Second Cacapon Enduro mountain bike event set for Sunday

Cacapon State Park will be host to the Cacapon Enduro mountain bike race on Sunday, May 23.

The event, with registered mountain bike competitors, is a fundraiser for the park’s mountain biking trail system.

Organizer Mark Hoyle has said most of Cacapon’s trails will be closed from Friday, May 21 through race day for race preparations.

The registration site is: Racers must pre-register by May 21.

Racing begins on Sunday at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. with main events centering around the Batt Shelter in the upper park area.

Spectators can park at the Batt Shelter and walk up the Giddy Up trail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to watch racers finish coming down the jumps and turns of that trail, said Hoyle.

Cacapon trails used for the race: Ziler Loop (the full loop), Giddy Up, Rock & Roll, Lower Ziler (from Ziler Loop & Central to the bottom), Upper Ziler and portions of the Central Trail.

“An Enduro mountain Bike Race is different from a cross country race in that only the downhill segments are timed. The riders pedal uphill at their own pace and then go one at a time down each of the 4-5 stages. When a rider crosses the starting line, an RFID tag that they are wearing is activated and starts the clock running. When they cross the finish line, the RFID tag triggers their close to stop. The rider with the lowest time overall is the winner,” Hoyle explained.

Mountain bikers will compete in age groups from under 14 to teen to Pro/Open class, Sport and Master class.

Awards will be presented at the Batt Shelter.