Tour De Dirt Mountain Bike Races Make Their Way Across Oklahoma!
With four tour races down, and the next mountain bike race occurring on Sunday May 5th at the trails at Lake Stanley Draper, the Oklahoma Tour De Dirt series makes its way across the state. So far this season the tour has taken racers from Lake Thunderbird in Norman, to the trails in Claremore, on to the beautiful scenery of the Medicine Park trails, then up to the shoreline of Lake Ponca in Ponca City.
With the next race happening at the trails at Lake Stanley Draper, that takes the racers, their teams, and family and supporters approximately 680 miles from trail to trail. This number does not include their mileage to and from their houses or bike shops. There are several more races in the series that span the state as well. This dedication speaks volumes to the dedication of the racers and teams, and mountain bikers in Oklahoma. The willingness to travel and spend time on a Sunday morning to race also says a lot about the competitive nature of these racers, which include men, women and children ages 3-70. To say that the sport of mountain biking, and cycling in general, is growing in Oklahoma is an understatement. The Draper Lake race brings many metro racers out and with sponsors such as Bike One, Scars and Stripes Coffee, Badger Coaching, Skratch Labs, Johnny Carino’s and Kamps Café, the race should be a fun time for racers and spectators.
If you are interested in racing or would like to be a supporter or spectator, feel free to come out to one of the races. The race schedule can be found on the Tour De Dirt Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/51982076815/ or their website http://www.oktdd.org/ .
Tour De Dirt Races Start This Weekend…FINALLY!
This weekend kicks of the 2019 Oklahoma Tour De Dirt Mountain Bike race series, after two weekends of race postponement due to weather conditions (arg). This race is called the Sooner Stampede which is sponsored by Team Warm Up Cycling Team. The race is Sunday, March 10th, and races begin at 10:00am with the Kids Kup category. The race will take place at Lake Thunderbird State Park, Clear Bay Area, off of Highway 9 in Norman. The Clear Bay Trails are comprised of approximately 25 miles of trails that vary from flowy with switchbacks and some sand (not like Draper) to steep drop ins with elevation changes of 1000 ft, which means it’s great for all levels of mountain bike riders. Be sure to ride these trails in the Spring or Fall, as in the Summer it can be full of ticks and poison ivy. Come out to the Tour De Dirt Race as part of this race is spectator friendly, it’s a lot of fun. Or, if you would like to ride the race course to see what the racers are in for, the course is marked and open for riding now until race day. The sponsoring team knows how to put on a good and fun event! You can find information on this race on their Facebook page titled ‘Sooner Stampede 2019’, or at www.usacycling.org.
2019 Tour de Dirt Mountain Bike Race Series Kicks Off this month – TIME FOR BACON!
What? Bacon??? The kind of bacon we are talking about comes from racing mountain bikes. According to the Pactimo.com glossary of cycling terminology, bacon is “slang for scabs, cuts, scars and other scrapes and abrasions from crashing”. According to our calendar, its bacon time, as the first Tour de Dirt race series event called the 2019 Turkey Mountain Bike Festival will be held February 23rd-February 24th at 5400 S. Olympia Avenue in Tulsa. This race season opening two-day event benefits the children at the Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp. The race/event schedule is as follows:
Due to weather this race has been rescheduled to September 28-29 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
12:00 PM Off-Road Mtb Time Trial
3:00 PM Short Track Cross Country Race
Sunday, February 24, 2019
9:45 AM TdD Kids Kup Race
10:45 AM TdD Cross Country Race
The Turkey Mountain mountain bike trails consist of approximately 10 miles of scenic trails for everyone from beginner to the expert/technical rider. The trails are part of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area and are free to the public. Registration can be done through the USA Cycling website (usacycling.org) or the day of the race. The Facebook event page link is https://www.facebook.com/events/2083549618390800/?active_tab=discussion
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