Epic Finale on the East Side of Leadville
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today contributor
The conclusion to the 2016 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series (WMBS), produced by Leadville’s own Cloud City Wheelers (CCW), is only a week away and if these spring storms keep up as forecasted, this one will live up to its name!
The East Side Epic takes place April 23 among the historic ruins of Leadville’s mining district. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Cycles of Life and the race starts at 700 E. 8th St. at 10 a.m.
This year, the course is a little bit different.
“The plan is to get as high on the east side on the trails groomed by the Highriders Snowmobile club,” says Sterling Mudge, CCW Chair.
For a map of the course click here. Although it’s “springtime” in Leadville so riders can expect only the unexpected, either clear-blue skies or storms, for which the course may change.
Always ending in food, beverage, and celebration, this race will be no exception. Competitors who have participated in all four races are in the running for a brand-new REEB Cycles Bike frame.
The 2016 season has been a huge success thus far for the WMBS and the CCW, with an average turn out of 85 participants per race.
It’s not like any of these racers will put away their bikes for summer, but this will be the last chance for them to careen through slush and ice and freezing temperatures until next season. While your average enthusiast is dusting off his/her fat tires this May, riders of the WMBS will be yawning until November, and sharing stories of frozen faces and the dire competition they faced all winter long.
Proceeds from all the races have benefited the Wheelers’ continued dedication to education and local advocacy. They work to improve Lake County’s bike-ability, promote individual health and recreation, and educate kids on safe riding. For more, visit their site, or Facebook, and get involved–the Wheelers are active all year-round!
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