Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mountain Bike Races at inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan is great success!

Greetings everyone,
On behalf of the Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association, I would like to thank all our friends who came out to race with us at the innaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan mountain bike races.

We were very pleased with the turnout for this first-time event, with over 150 mountain bikers racing in both cross-country and downhill events. The forecast was ominous, but the weather turned out to be perfect for racing: sunny and hot. A new cross-country course set-up starting with a mile-long uphill run to the hole-shot gave the Cannonsburg Ski Area a unique and challenging feel. We began the day with over 30 youths, juniors, and beginners, many of whom were first time cross-country racers. In spite of flat tires and a grueling course, this group had a great time. The sport-class racers came next and they were a big crew with nearly sixty racers including geared bikes, single speeds, and 2 tandems! The course was reset to include portions of the skills course and a table-top feature which was very challenging and the topic of many stories after the race. A large number of sport and beginner racers stuck around to cheer for the more than 30 experts and elites who raced last. What a show they put on, inspired by cheers and cowbells all through the woods and along the course! The day concluded with 15 downhill racers who geared up with body armour and bike with huge suspensions! They put on a great show with tremendous efforts and great results!

A special podium was set up to honor the winning racers. The beginning and sport racers had the honor of receiving their gold, silver, and bronze medals from Olympic silver medalist Pam Kruse. In addition to receiving medals, all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place racers automatically qualify for the 2011 State Games of America taking place in San Diego, California next August 4-7.

Thank you all - racers, parents, family, friends and volunteers - for making this special event a great success - we couldn't have done it without you! We're already planning how to make it even better next year. And since it's never too early to start planning, mark June 24-26, 2011 on your calender - we expect next year's State Games will be even more awesome!

Dave Staublin,
Tournament Director