The TWISTED TWIG Mountain Bike Race/Ride at Bonnybrook Farms

Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Clarksville, OH at Bonnybrook Farms


  • Recreational Riders and Beginner Classes
    Just want to have fun, or new to the sport?
    One Lap Twigs and Berries course - approximately 2 miles

    » Class 1 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 6-8 (boys & girls)
    » Class 2 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 9-11 (boys)
    » Class 3 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 9-11 (girls)
    » Class 4 Junior Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 12-14 (boys)
    » Class 5 Junior Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 12-14 (girls)
    » Class 6 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 7 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 8 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
    » Class 9 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 10 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 11 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
    $20.00 entry fee

    See below for class descriptions.
    Online registration closes 10/05 at 10:00 PM.
    Recreational Riders and Beginner Classes


  • Intermediate Classes
    Ready for more of a challenge?
    Two Laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles

    » Class 12 Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11 (boys)
    » Class 13 Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11 (girls)
    » Class 14 Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14 (boys)
    » Class 15 Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14 (girls)
    » Class 16 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 17 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 18 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over
    » Class 19 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 20 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 21 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over
    $25.00 entry fee

    See below for class descriptions.
    Online registration closes 10/05 at 10:00 PM.
    Intermediate Classes


  • Sport Classes
    You've raced before, or ride hard when you ride.
    Hills & Hollers: 1 lap=5 miles.(23-27 /1 lap) (28-30 /2 laps) (31-33 / 3 laps)

    » Class 22 Women's Sport Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 23 Women's Sport Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 24 Women's Sport Race, ages 50 & over
    » Class 25 Men's Sport Race, ages 15-29
    » Class 26 Men's Sport Race, ages 30-49
    » Class 27 Men's Sport Race, ages 50 and over
    $30.00 entry fee

    See below for class descriptions.
    Online registration closes 10/05 at 10:00 PM.
    Sport Race Registration


  • Family Leisure Ride
    Class 28 Family Leisure Ride - any age/level - no class placings - last class of day - Children 5 & under free

    » $10.00 per person
    Family Leisure Ride




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THE TWISTED TWIG Mountain Bike Race & Ride at Bonnybrook Farms

The Twisted Twig Race & Ride is a challenging competition for experienced mountain bike racers, yet a family friendly, no pressure trail ride for new riders of all ages. Come cruise the farm on your bike!

1st timers, kids, beginners, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, over the hills and seasoned racers are all welcome.

Back roads, trails, hills and woodlands are designed to challenge all levels of riders, and give participants a great place to experience the FUN and excitement of mountain bike racing/riding on an exclusive mountain bike track at Bonnybrook Farms available only to Twisted Twig racers. Come cruise the farm on your bike!

Location: Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, OH 45113, 937-289-2500

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.

Schedule

The Twisted Twig Fall Race & Ride
Saturday October 7, 2017
If not pre-registered, turn in signed Twisted Twig Rules and Waiver at the registration table.

  • 7:30 am Gates open (free admission)
  • 7:45 am Check-in begins at the race tent
  • Verify class number and pick up your color tag and T-Shirt
  • 7:45 - 8:20 Pre-course ride
  • 8:30 am Classes begin - rain or shine. Classes will run in order. Some classes may be combined.
  • 10:00 am Farm Kitchen open (Cash only)
  • 11:00 am Antique tractors arrive

Classes

Recreational Riders and Beginner Classes
Just want to have fun or new to the sport - One Lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles - Division begins at 8:30. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary. If you have a child who is riding at a more advanced level than his/her age group, contact us and we will discuss options.

Class 1 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 6-8 (boys & girls)
One lap 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. $20 Entry Fee

Class 2 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 9-11 (boys)
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles.
Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort. $20 Entry Fee

Class 3 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 9-11 (girls)
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles.
Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort. $20 Entry Fee

Class 4 Junior Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 12-14 (boys)
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 5 Junior Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 12-14 (girls)
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 6 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 15-29
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 7 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 30-49
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 8 Women's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 9 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 15-29
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 10 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 30-49
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee

Class 11 Men's Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
One lap Twigs and Berries course - Approximately 2 miles. $20 Entry Fee


Family Leisure Ride
Class 28 Family Leisure Ride - any age/level - no class placings - last class of day
$10 Entry Fee per person, 5 & younger free


Intermediate Classes
Ready for more of a challenge? Two Laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. This Division begins approximately 9:30. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary. If you have a child who is riding at a more advanced level than his/her age group, contact us and we will discuss options.

Class 12 Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11 (boys)
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 13 Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11 (girls)
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 14 Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14 (boys)
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 15 Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14 (girls)
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 16 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 15-29
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 17 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 30-49
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 18 Women's Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over
Two laps Raccoon Ridge Course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 19 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 15-29
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 20 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 30-49
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee

Class 21 Men's Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course - Approximately 4 miles. $25 Entry Fee


Sport Classes
You’ve raced before, or ride hard when you ride - Two laps Hills & Hollers course -
Approximately 7.8 miles - This Division begins approximately 10:30. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

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

Class 22 Women's Sport Race, ages 15-29
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Class 23 Women's Sport Race, ages 30-49
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Class 24 Women's Sport Race, ages 50 & over
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Class 25 Men's Sport Race, ages 15-29
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Class 26 Men's Sport Race, ages 30-49
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee

Class 27 Men's Sport Race, ages 50 and over
Two laps Hills & Hollers course - Approximately 7.8 miles. $30 Entry Fee


Family Leisure Ride
Class 28 Family Leisure Ride - any age/level - no class placings - last class of day
$10 Entry Fee per person, 5 & younger free

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 and 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 with awards 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.

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.

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