The Arrow Helicopters XC race series at Mt. Macpherson returns for a third season in 2012.

XC mountain bike race series returns

The Revelstoke Cycling Association is kicking off the Arrow Helicopters twonie mountain bike race series this Wednesday, May 9.

The Revelstoke Cycling Association is kicking off the Arrow Helicopters twonie mountain bike race series this Wednesday, May 9.

The series of seven races will run throughout the summer and spring. The first race takes place on the lower Mt. Macpherson trails, with a loop along the Hemlock Grove, Yew R Here and Quarry Trails.

The race series was launched two summers ago but really took off in popularity last year when an average of 30 people started coming out to the races, said organizer Bart Jarmula.

“I felt like it would be a great activity that we should have in our community,” he said.

The races are for all abilities and ages and the course will be different each week. Jarmula said people should not be intimidated by the competition – finish times range from one hour for the winners to two hours for slower racers.

Each race consists of two laps of the race course and will total about 15 kilometres in length and 300-500 metres in elevation gain.

“It’s about having a great course that everybody can enjoy,” said Jarmula.

The male and female winners of each race will receive prizes and there are several draw prizes available as well.

The race costs $2 to enter for members and $10 for non-members. Racers must hold Cycling BC insurance, which must be purchased separately. The first race starts at 6:30 p.m. and competitors are asked to show up 15-30 minutes early.

For complete details, visit www.bikerevelstoke.org.

And check out Revelstoke Alive for a race report from Revelstoke contingent at Kamloops’ Race at the Ranch here.

 

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