Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wood River Cup biking gets into gear

Wednesday mountain bike racing

     Road & Dirt based in Hailey has announced summer’s official kickoff with the start of its 12th annual Wood River Cup short track mountain bike series for the whole family.

     As the race organizers say, “If you can ride a bike, we have a race for you!”

     The Wednesday night racing series began Wednesday, May 29 and continues each Wednesday evening in June through the double-point finals scheduled for June 26.

     Rotarun Ski Area trailhead three miles west of Hailey is the site of three of the races—on May 29, June 12 and June 26. Old Cutters Park on the east side of Hailey is staging area of the other two events June 5 and 19.

     The registration starts at 5 p.m. each Wednesday with racing at 5:30 p.m. featuring Men’s Category 3, Junior Men 2/3 and Masters 45-plus Men. The Shimano Youth Series for 6-and-under pedal a lap on a special course at 6 p.m.

     Other classes are: At 6:10 p.m., Women’s Cat. 2/3, Junior Women and Masters 45-plus Women; at 6:40 p.m., Shimano youth ages 9-and-under followed by 12-and-under; and, at 7:10 p.m., the 45-minute races for Men’s Cat. 1/2, Masters Men Cat. 1 and Junior Men Cat. 1.

     All kids 12-and-under receive a medal for completing their races. There are prizes and awards for adults nightly and points for the overall title.

     Cost is $25 per day and you must have a current USA Cycling off-road racing license that is available on a one-day basis at each race. The Shimano kids 12-and-under race for free.

     Call 788-9184 or visit Powerhouse Bike Pub & Fit Studio, Hailey. Email race organizer Billy Olson at

     Road & Dirt is a non-profit organization committed to promoting safe, fun and competitive bike events in the valley. Series sponsors include Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Wise Guy Pizza, Smith Optics, Shimano, Scott and Fly Racing.

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