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Winter Park’s Mountain Bike Capital Weekend better than ever

Keith Sanders
Mountain Biking with Keith

Keith Sanders

Mountain Bike Capital Weekend is this weekend in Winter Park. This is going to be a great event and is a great step up from last year's Mountain Bike Capital Weekend.

I'm going to highlight a few things that are going on. To get a more complete picture of what is happening go to http://www.playwinterpark.com/mbc_weekend.html as there is A LOT more than what I can touch on here.

Saturday the Epic Singletrack Race Series (www.epicsingletrack.com) has one of its most popular races and race routes on the Rendezvous course. This is a great chance to see one of the best race series in the USA. It is also a great race for you as there are categories for the beginner to world class racer. Racers are broken up by age and skill so that you are racing with those who are similar to you. On Sunday there is a guided ride on the race course if you want to see the course or just want a great ride. (These are some of my favorite trails to ride.)

Locally raised world class professional bike racer Allison Powers will be on hand to give some clinics on riding. Allison is the only woman professional bike racer to hold the National Championship Title in time trial, road race and criterium all in the same year.

“I’ve ridden with so many people on my group ride at Beavers Sports Shop that had no idea of the variety of trails here. This is a great chance for you to explore and learn more about our trails.”

One thing I see constantly out on the trail and in my shop are people who have very poorly fitting bikes. Jeff Russell will be doing bike fitting and analysis. If you haven't had your bike fitted, stop by and see him. I consider a bike fit to be one of the most important things you can do to enjoy biking and get the most out of your time. I'll be doing an article on bike set up and fitting in the near future.

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Of course, let's not forget the skills clinics and guided tours. Stop in and learn how to handle your bike better or improve your skills. Pre-registration is required (see link above). Or join one of the guided rides to see more of our fantastic trail system. I've ridden with so many people on my group ride at Beavers Sports Shop (see below) that had no idea of the variety of trails here. This is a great chance for you to explore and learn more about our trails.

When you come to a Winter Park Chamber event you are going to have a great band! I have to admit that my knowledge of many of the lesser known bands is limited but I do know that our chamber always books some great talent. Come down and see for yourself as Robb Drabkin will be playing from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. While you are at it you can sit back on the grass and enjoy a beer as this is part of the Odell Brewing Co. Summer Concert Series. After all, after the race and skills camp you might be a bit thirsty.

In addition to all of this you will have vendors, local merchants and other great things going on. There is already talk of next year's event and how to make this even better. That is part of the marketing that is happening through the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce with Thorpe Marketing that I touched on in last week's article.

I will see you there!!!

Group ride

Beavers Sports Shop next the Best Western Hotel does a group ride Friday at 6 p.m. This ride is for the intermediate and above rider. We will explore the local trail system as a group. For more info call the shop at 726-5988.

Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker. Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!

Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at keith@winterparkskirental.com.

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