The TWISTED TWIG Mountain Bike Race/Ride

Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Clarksville, OH at Bonnybrook Farms


  • Kids Race/Ride

    » Class 1 - Kids Race, Ages 6-8 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 2 - Kids Race, ages 9-11 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)

    Class 1 Kids Race, ages 6-8 Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles.
    Parent escorts: Parents can ride behind the group, in order to escort the child through the race if needed.

    Class 2 Kids Race, ages 9-11 Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles.
    Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort. An 11 year old can choose to ride in either the Kids class or Junior class depending upon experience level.

    $20 Entry Fee
    Kids Race Registration


  • Junior & Beginner Race/Ride

    » Class 3 - Junior Race, ages 11-15 boys (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 4 - Junior Race, ages 11-15 girls (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 5 - Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 15-29 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 6 - Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 30-49 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 7 - Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 50 and over (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)

    Class 3 Junior Race, ages 11-15 boys 2 laps, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 4 miles.
    A 15 year old can choose to ride in either the Junior class or Adult class depending upon riding experience level.

    Class 4 Junior Race, ages 11-15 girls 2 laps, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 4 miles.
    A 15 year old can choose to ride in either the Junior class or Adult class depending upon riding experience level.

    Class 5 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 15-29
    2 laps, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 4 miles.
    Will divide into men's and women's classes if entries warrant.

    Class 6 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 30-49
    2 laps, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 4 miles.
    Will divide into men's and women's classes if entries warrant.

    Class 7 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 50 and over
    2 laps, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 4 miles.
    Will divide into men's and women's classes if entries warrant.

    $25 Entry Fee
    Junior & Beginner Race Registration


  • Sport

    » Class 8 - Women's Sport Race, ages 15-29 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 9 - Women's Sport Race, ages 30-49 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 10 - Women's Sport Race, ages 50 and over (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 11 - Men's Sport Race, ages 15-29 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 12 - Men's Sport Race, ages 30-49 (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)
    » Class 13 - Men's Sport Race, ages 50 and over (through 6/14 at 11:59 PM EST)

    Class 8 Women's Sport Race, ages 15-29
    2 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 10 miles.

    Class 9 Women's Sport Race, ages 30-49
    2 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 10 miles.

    Class 10 Women's Sport Race, ages 50 and over
    2 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 10 miles.

    Class 11 Men's Sport Race, ages 15-29
    3 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 15 miles.

    Class 12 Men's Sport Race, ages 30-49
    3 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 15 miles.

    Class 13 Men's Sport Race, ages 50 and over
    3 laps, Hills & Hollers course. Approximately 15 miles.

    $30 Entry Fee
    Sport Race Registration




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The TWISTED TWIG Mountain Bike Race/Ride

Location: Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, OH 45113

Date & Time: Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Type of Bikes accepted: Any mountain bike is welcome, old or new. Suspension is optional. CX/Cross bikes can be used though there's not a "cross" category. One note, there are some soft spots on the course and wider tires are a plus. If you don't have a MTB start begging and borrowing, someone may have one they aren't using.

Classes

New to racing? Not sure what class to enter for your first race? Here's a quick guideline.

Beginner - You're a recreational rider and/or new to racing. You just want to have fun.

Kids: Classes for ages 6-8 & 9-11, 1 lap, Twigs & Berries course. Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee
Parent escorts: Parents of 6-8 year olds can ride behind the group, in order to escort the child through the race if needed. Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort.

An 11 year old can choose to ride in either the Kids class or Junior class depending upon experience level.

Junior: Classes for boys ages 11-15 and girls ages 11-15. 2 laps, Twigs & Berries Course. Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

A 15 year old can choose to ride in either the Junior class or Adult class depending upon riding experience level.

Adult: Classes for ages 15-29; 30-49; 50 & over. 2 laps, Twigs and Berries course.
Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee Will divide into men's and women's classes if entries warrant.

Sport - You've either raced before, or ride hard when you ride.

Women: Classes for ages 15-29; 30-49; 50 & over. 2 laps, Hills & Hollers course.
Approximately 10 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Men: Classes for ages 15-29; 30-49; 50 & over. 3 laps, Hills & Hollers course.
Approximately 15 miles. $30 Entry Fee

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary.

Online Pre-Registered Riders

Online Pre-Registered Riders
. receive race entry, pre-course ride, Twisted Twig Shirt, race swag and a sack lunch from the Farm Kitchen.

After registration, download the Twisted Twig Race Day Rules and Waiver, print, sign and bring to the registration table on race day.

Bottled water available for racers/riders and their families. Farm Kitchen open from 8 am until 2 pm. No food or drink to be carried in. No pets.

No refunds will be given. The Twisted Twig Bike Race will take place rain or shine.

Schedule

Race Day

. 8:00 Gates open

. 8:15 Check in on-site at Twisted Twig race tent

Online and Same Day Registrants:
. Check-in.
. Turn in signed waiver. (Download the Twisted Twig Race Day Rules and Waiver, print, sign and bring to the registration table and the check-in will go much quicker.)

. Verify class number and pick up your color tag

Race Schedule
We reserve the right to combine or change class size and/or schedule as necessary.

8:30 - 9:20 Course open for pre-ride. Course MUST BE CLEARED by 9:20.
9:20 - Stage start in waves, by category and class.

Class 1 Kids Race, ages 6-8 Twigs and Berries Course
Class 2 Kids Race, ages 9-11 Twigs and Berries Course
An 11 year old can choose to ride in either the Kids class or Junior class
depending upon experience level.


Class 3 Junior Race, ages 11-15 boys - Twigs and Berries Course
Class 4 Junior Race, ages 11-15 girls - Twigs and Berries Course
A 15 year old can choose to ride in either the Junior class or Adult class depending upon riding experience level.

Class 5 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 15-29 - Twigs and Berries Course
Class 6 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 30-49 - Twigs and Berries Course
Class 7 Men & Women Beginner Race, ages 50 and over - Twigs and Berries Course
Class 8 Women's Sport Race, ages 15-29 - Hills and Hollers Course
Class 9 Women's Sport Race, ages 30-49 - Hills and Hollers Course
Class 10 Women's Sport Race, ages 50 and over - Hills and Hollers Course
Class 11 Men's Sport Race, ages 15-29 - Hills and Hollers Course
Class 12 Men's Sport Race, ages 30-49 - Hills and Hollers Course
Class 13 Men's Sport Race, ages 50 and over - Hills and Hollers Course

Rules

Have Fun!
Helmets are mandatory and must be worn whenever rider is on bike. No exceptions!

Bikes must be walked thru the parking lot, roadways and anywhere near pedestrians. No riders on driveways. Racers/riders must stay in the restricted riding area.

No headphones, earphones or MP3 players while on the course.

During races, the course is closed to racers not in the active race category.


Course Etiquette/ Sportsmanship/Conduct

Courses may be marked with arrows, colored tape or flags, cones or signs. Volunteers in safety vests are on course to help you if needed.
Slower riders stay to right of course.
If you need to walk a section of course quickly look behind you, and if safe, move immediately to the right side of course.

Where safe, yield to faster riders coming from behind.

Faster riders announce yourselves - "Rider Right", "Rider Left", etc.

Stay to the right side of a divided trail marked with arrows, colored tape or flags, cones or signs to avoid collisions.

Passing in tight, technical or gravelly sections use good judgment - do not put other riders or yourself in danger.
Foul riding, use of foul language towards other riders/staff will result in disciplinary action as determined by race management.

Racers must start in their assigned class.

Short cuts result in disqualification from the race. If you leave the course, re-enter where you left.

Racers must complete assigned laps

Racers are permitted support. Racers may leave the course for repairs, but must return to the exact location where they left.

The Finish Line

Racers must cross the finish line with their bike. Slow down after the finish and STAY IN ORDER until your number is recorded at the scoring table. Racers will be placed in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as they cross the finish line. No passing in finish chute! Once your color tag is recorded move out of the finish chute area.

After the Race

Award Ceremonies will commence at Twisted Twig race tent at 11:30 am with awardss for the top three finishers in each class.

What to Expect at your First Mountain Bike Race

Here are a few tips to help you enter your first race with some confidence:
1. More often than not, YOU are in control of your own destiny. The majority of the race you ride single file on a single track. The terrain usually splits the field up pretty quickly.

2. Pre-ride the course if possible. Knowing what to expect is HUGE for race success. Note the more difficult areas. Also, if there is a section that you know you cannot ride, plan to get off and walk during the race rather than trying to ride it.

3. Don't feel confident riding a portion of the trail? Fine, walk it! Want to go slower? That's great, you are still beating everyone not riding. Mountain bikers are generally a pretty nice bunch and will be very welcoming and encouraging to beginners.

4. Races generally start on an open section prior to entering the single track. Faster riders try to get to the front of the race early!

5. Passing can be tricky, but don't be afraid of it. If you want to pass someone, let the person in front of you know your intentions. Also, be aware of people behind you that want to pass and listen for them letting you know. In either situation, the person being passed should pull over to the side of the trail when there is an opportunity to do so. Sometimes the person passing will say something such as "on your left." Both parties can stay on their bikes but just move to opposite sides of the trail, and hardly any time is lost. Sometimes it can be hard to move over, depending on the trail, so make sure your intentions are well known whether passing or being passed. Communication is the key to a safe and timely pass.

6. Have fun! Even if you aren't at the front of your race, take the opportunity to work on skills and gain confidence. There are always many races within a race, whether you're battling for first or second to last, just keep pushing! The beauty of mountain bike racing is that you don't have to be winning a race for it to be successful; every race is an opportunity to work on skills, gain confidence, and enjoy a variety of trails in pristine shape.

Questions?

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