Local mountain bike club plans a downhill dash
Sean Buehler, of Susanville, competes in last year’s Super-D. The Susanville Area Bicycle Association will be hosting the downhill race again this year and is adding a new junior class for riders ages 12 and younger. File photo
Oct. 15 — Do you have a mountain bike and the need for speed? If so, you may want to register for the Susanville Area Bicycle Association’s (SABA) second annual Super-D.
After a successful inaugural year last year, the local mountain biking club is bringing back the popular downhill race.
The race will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Susanville Ranch Park and is open to mountain bikers of all skill levels. Riders can register in the open (pro/expert), sport, beginner, junior or women’s divisions. The 4.1 mile long course descends about 1,500 feet in elevation and, according to the race registration page, is fast, flowing, and includes several corners and surprises along the way.
Last year, about 19 bikers participated in the race. This year SABA expects to have about 25 to 30 racers.
There will be three shuttles to get racers to the top of the course. Racers will get one practice run and two timed race runs. The times of each timed run will be combined for an overall combined time.
The open and sport divisions will go through the full 4.1-mile descent, while beginners will go through the bottom 1.5-mile part of the course, nicknamed heart attack hill.
The junior class is new this year and is open to riders age 12 and younger. There is no cost to register in the junior division. Riders will go through the bottom half-mile of the course.
“We just wanted to get some of the younger crowd involved … get them up there and let them do it and see if we can get them excited about riding bikes,” said Brian Tilford, SABA member.
The top finishers in the open class will split 50 percent of the funds collected from the open class registration fees, while the other divisions will receive medals and other prizes.
Riders will also have the opportunity to sign up to compete in the Dash for Cash on race day. Riders will race down the bottom 1.5 miles of the course and the winner will take home a cash prize.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day and the races begin at 10 a.m.
Parking and restrooms will be available on site. However, the race area is remote and does not have running water.
For more information, visit sabadirtriders.com.