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Saturday, August 27, 2016


The Saturday, Sept. 10 Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge is known by riders for its amazing mix of grinding climbs, smooth single and double track, creek and log crossings and fast technical descents on trails and forestry roads in the Asaph section of the Tioga State Forest.

"Another great feature is this race has 22 miles of continuous course without any repeat laps," said race director Sandy Beideman.

On race day, registration and sign-in will be at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Branch. It’s just off Route 6 in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro.

Those who pre-register by this coming Tuesday, Aug. 30, will pay a $25 entry fee and be guaranteed a free event T-shirt in the size they order.

Those who wait and register on race day will pay $30 to enter and can purchase an event T-shirt for $15 while supplies last and pay in cash or by check made payable to the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. Credit cards will not be accepted on race day.

The start of the 11-mile course for beginners will be at 10 a.m. The start of the 22-mile course for expert, sport and single speed entrants will be 11 a.m.

The 22-mile course covers the 11-mile short course plus an additional 11 miles of challenging terrain. The long course has a cut off of 1.5 hours to complete the first loop, which includes two long climbs. It takes up to three hours to finish the long course and up to two hours for the short course.

There are five age groups in the expert, sport and beginner male classes, including: junior (12 to 18 years old), senior (19 to 34 years old), vet (35 to 44 years old), masters (45 to 57 years old) and super senior (58 plus). In single-speed male, there is an open class category for all ages.

In the female expert, sport, beginner and single-speed classes, there is one age group – all ages.

There is a 100 percent payback for the expert class. Sport, single speed and beginner class first, second and third place winners in each age group will receive a Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge pint glass and get to choose an item off the prize table, which is filled with bike gear from Oswald’s Cycle Works and Country Ski and Sport.

The Morris Ambulance Association is providing ambulance and rescue services and the Tioga County Amateur Radio Club is handling communications.

Sponsors include: Acorn Markets, Citizens and Northern Bank, Country Ski and Sports, EQT, Mountain Graphics, Oswald Cycle Works, Pepsi Bottling Group, Shell Appalachia, Specialized Bicycle Components, Steve Colegrove Contracting, LLC and Twisted Spokes Bicycle Club.

Register online at Course maps and registration forms are available online at the Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge’s Facebook page and at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. For information, call the chamber at 570-724-1926 or Oswald's Cycle Works at 570-662-3097.

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