By Shawn Gilley
More than 500 people, mainly from the Chicagoland area as well as across the state, will compete in mountain bike races throughout the day, Sunday, August 14.
Racing will occur all day, with novice race beginning at 10 a.m. and the expert and comp race beginning at 1:30 p.m. Race distances will range from approximately eight miles for men and women novice racers to approximately 25 miles for the men's expert field (20 miles for the women's expert racers) and will consist of trail with rocks, ravines, tight twisty single-track and other obstacles.
Participants will be supporting the non-profit Chicago Area Mountain Bikers, testing themselves physically, competing with their friends and competing for cash and prizes.
The race, which is in its fifth year, will take place at Pulaski Woods, Palos Forest Preserve, near the intersection of 95th Street and Archer Avenue in Willow Springs. To get there, take 95th Street to Wolf Road and go south on Wolf Road.
Interestingly, this is the only mountain bike race in the Chicagoland and is the largest mountain bike race in the state.
Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr) is a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization that builds trails and currently maintain seven area trail systems and parks designed for all skill levels at no cost to land managers and trail users.
You can register online at www.cambr.org