Seattle, WA, September 19, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Local nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is presenting the first mountain bike race to ever happen on Tiger Mountain – the Evergreen Enduro at Tiger – on Saturday, September 22nd. While mountain biking has been allowed on a select trails at Tiger for more than 20 years, a bike race has never been staged there. Proceeds from the race go towards building and maintaining mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain.
The race course will include all trails open to mountain bikes on East Tiger Mountain: Iverson, Preston Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and the brand new Summit trail – the first new trail open to bikes on Tiger Mountain in more than 20 years. This new trail (built in a partnership between Evergreen and Washington State Department of Natural Resources), along with increased demand for mountain biking opportunities and races in the greater Seattle area, has provided added impetus for staging this first race now.
“Tiger is such a popular riding area, and Enduro racing is a growing format that emphasizes a broad range of riding skills,” says Evergreen’s Executive Director Glenn Glover. “We’re very excited to be bringing Enduro racing to Seattle and Tiger Mountain!” As a testament to the demand for this type of race at this venue, the initial 120 racer spots sold out in less than five days. An additional 30 spots released to Evergreen members only sold out in 24 hours.
The Enduro race will include three timed downhill sections and two untimed uphill sections. The race starts at 10:00AM and includes an after-party with refreshments, food and a prize raffle. Race sponsors are local bike shops or companies including: Shimano, Diamondback Bicycles, Webscorer, Alpine Hut, Sonadei, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery, Full Speed Ahead, Platypus, Gregg’s Cycles and Second Ascent.
All skill levels of riders are encouraged to participate. Racers will be divided into Pro/Open, Sport and Novice categories with age groups ranging from teens to masters. Racers meet at the upper Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot off Hwy 18.
East Tiger Mountain, located approximately 12 miles southeast of Issaquah, WA, is one of Seattle's most popular mountain biking destinations featuring nine and a half miles of singletrack trail currently open to mountain bikers from approximately April 15 to Oct 15 annually-depending on conditions. Washington State Department of Natural Resources estimates they see more than 60,000 rider visits per year there.
Tiger Mountain is a working forest, and the trails are multi-use. Evergreen and its volunteer trails crews, in partnership with Washington State Department of Natural Resources, are currently building two more new mountain biking trails on Tiger Mountain, in addition to the new Summit trail which opened September 5, 2012.
Members of the press are invited to attend the race.
Racers wishing to add their names to the wait list in case of cancellations should contact Stacy Karacostas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Enduro Race here: http://www.evergreenmtb.org/enduro
Learn more about the mountain biking trails at East Tiger Here: http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tiger
About Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is Washington State’s largest mountain bike organization with more than 8,000 followers. The organization is dedicated to trail maintenance and building, advocacy and education. Created in 1989 as a nonprofit, grassroots solution to local trail networks closing to riders, Evergreen has since grown to become a trusted partner with public land managers across the state, contributing more than 7,000 hours of volunteer labor in the past year alone. The organization is internationally known for creating both Colonnade and Duthie Hill mountain bike parks. To learn more about Evergreen visit http://www.evergreenmtb.org.
About Enduro Racing
Enduro racing is a relatively new format for mountain bike racing in the U.S. though it has been popular in Europe for many years. It is a stage-race with both timed (typically descending) and untimed connector sections (typically ascending) covering a variety of cross-country or all-mountain style trails. The winner is the rider with the lowest combined time from the various timed sections. While a rider’s time on the connector sections doesn’t affect his or her final time, these sections do typically have maximum time limit for completion. Enduro races can be ridden on the average cross-country or all-mountain bicycle, requiring little to no investment in new gear.