Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Mountain Biking Events

Finally, we are one big happy family - Unified Federation of Dirt.

I have always been an advocate of having one organization/series. I am also excited that we are all finally using USA Cycling to permit/insure events. In my opinion, having different organizations/series (Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series, Heartland, St. Louis, Individual) wasn't good for our sport, nor did it support our national governing body. We are a niche sport as it is, and working against each other simply wasn't good. I would like to see us become a local chapter with USA Cycling or develop into something like WORS. Of course this would take a lot of work and a group of dedicated people to organize it. I believe we are on great path now and I see good things ahead for mountain biking, especially seeing the tremendous growth on the endurance side and gravel adventures.

The 2012 Unified Federation of Dirt Mountain Bike Series:

East Series

March 25: (Sun) Mesa Lost Valley Luau (Mesa/Matt James) XC (Maybe even push back into April? )
May 12: (Sat) Greensfelder (DRJ Racing/Bob Arnold) XC
May 20: (Sun) Broemmelsiek Challenge (Mitch Johnson) XC
June 17 (Sun) Leadbelt XC. St. Joe Park (Mark Grumke) XC
July Dirt Crits Castlewood (Every Thursday) Dirt Crits
July 14: (Sat) Castlewood (Ballwin Cycles/Pfoodman) XC
Aug 19: (Sun) Cyclewerx Crankfest. Cape Girardeau, MO (Cyclewerx/John Dodd) XC
Aug 26 (Sun) Matson Hill - St. Charles (Walter Davis/Mike Barro - Momentum) XC
September 30: (Sun) Rhetts Run (Andy Shuette/CBC) XC
October 6 (Sat): Castlewood Race - St. Louis (Rich Pierce/ICCC) XC

West Series
March 24 & 25 - God's Country Fat Tire Festival @ Lawrence River Trail (Chris Locke)
April 7 - Team Colavita Mountain Bike Races @ Perry Lake Trails (Brett Shoffner)
April 22 - OMBA Caramba- Springfield, MO (Ryan Meschke)
May 5 and 6 - Kansas Fat Tire Festival @ Wilson Lake (Doug Chambers)
May 20 - Dirty Little Secret @ Fancy Creek State Park (Aaron Apel)
May 26 - Robidoux Roundup @ Krug Park (Randy Tracy)
June 10 - Down and Dirty @ Warsaw, MO (Mac Vorce)
July 29 - Show Me State Games @ Rock Island State Park (Sarah Ashman)
September 9 - Tour de Lizard @ Camp Horizon (Bobby Smith)
September 30 - Rhett's Run @ Cosmo Park (Andy Schuette)

Endurance Series
April 15 Bone Bender 3/6 Hour MTB Odyssey @Lawrence, Kansas (Cow Town/Chris Locke)
June 2 - Dirty Kanza (Jim Cummings)
June 23: (Sat) Indian Camp Creek 3/6/12 @ St.Charles (Off the Front/Todd Holtman)
July 21 - Rapture in the Midwest @ Perry Lake (Colavita/Ethos)
August 25 - Cruise the Blues @ the Farm (Doug Palen)
September 8 - Sac River 6/12 hour (Jason Feagans)
September 23 - Tall Oak Challenge @ Binder Lake (Jeff City, MO)
Oct 13 (Sat) Burnin at the Bluff 2011 Endurance @ Potosi, MO (Mesa Cycles/John Farinella)
Oct 20 (Sat) BT EPIC (Springfield Bikes / Scott Davis)


Rasta Rider said...

got some new events/updated dates to add to that list soon :)

Chris Locke said...

I posted the updates. That is one hell of a MTB season. Looking forward to some great riding and having as season of fun in the dirt.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we have more west races, more east races? East side and west side should be having races at similar times and the west side should incorporate more KS racing.

I was looking at the schedule, and unless you like to travel to St. Loius frequently the west needs more races. Now would be a great time for a Clinton lake XC or Topeka XC. What about Joplin or Shawnee Mission Park, maybe landahl or another swope race.

It's great to be one big family, but two family's that can meet a couple times a year is where it's at if you ask me.