We had an amazing turnout at Estrella, with close to 440 riders, amazing sponsors and phenomenal weather…not to mention HERO dirt. We saw some of the fastest times we have seen in quite some time on the long loop, thanks in large part to great conditions, as well as the trail work last week. Thanks again to Pedal Bike Shop for the refuel support, Fluid, Kate’s Real Food, Giant Bicycles of Scottsdale, Trek Bicycles of West Phoenix, Bicycles of Phoenix, and Lifetime Events for the outstanding support – we could not do it without you!
As of 3:30pm – we are STILL RACING AT ESTRELLA. We are in communication with the land manager, have operations, portos, staff etc in place to support this event. Unless the weather is severe, or dangerous (lightning) to the participants, we have the green light to proceed. Consider the other events that have had rain in the county parks – ie Dawn til Dusk – you can ride in the rain. Rain has been relatively constant and light throughout the day at Estrella. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Athlete information, reminders etc for the event at Estrella can be found on the link HERE. There were some revisions on the start times and lap counts made on January 27, so be sure you review (and know) your laps/start times accordingly. The changes were made in an effort to ensure we all have a fun, safe event. The tech loop was in very poor condition, to the point that we made the determination to remove it from this years event. We hope trail work efforts in the next few months will return it back to a more tolerable condition for 2016.
RAIN – STILL A GO – yes, rain is in the forecast and we are still forging ahead with the event. If the land manager believes the amount of rain will result in long term severe damage to the trail, we will not be able to host the event and do not have plans on rescheduling, or refunding. Most every event has similar policy. We cannot control weather, acts of god or terrorism. The volunteer board has dedicated a lot of time, effort and money (contractors, portos, timing, insurance, marketing, medical, awards etc) to each event. Our intent is to host the event and make sure we don’t cause more damage to the trails we are trying to protect, promote and preserve. We are hoping for hero dirt – knock on wood. See you soon!
ps – recall Dawn til Dusk in Dec? That still went off. Recall Whiskey last year when it snowed?
VIDEO – Josh Maule – one time Marathon State champion, and now the emcee for the MBAA series, has started a new video series for the MBAA – “On the Trail” started at McDowell. This is a good summary of the MBAA, McDowell and even an interview with the legend (sans mustache) Dan Basinski. Check it out.
MEMBERSHIP – MBAA membership is just $20 and gets you a membership card and a sticker PLUS access to exclusive raffles throughout the season. We already raffled off a 2015 Solo Slot to Old Pueblo and have a bunch more raffles lined up throughout the season. You do not need to be a member, race or even live in AZ to be a member. The proceeds from membership go directly to trail projects throughout the state, as do profits from the series.
GEAR – we have an updated 2015 Series tee shirt, and are blowing out the remaining 2014 series tees, and now have beanies, flexfit baseball caps, trucker caps, socks (bamboo SOS 5″ cuff) are for sale at reasonable prices – again proceeds from sales of merchandise go to benefit trail projects throughout the state. Buy some schwag, look cool and know that your cash is going to help maintain and create amazing trails.
We had a great day out at McDowell and hope you did too. The first race is our biggest (typically, but you can help break that trend) and we (as a board) walked away pretty happy with the feedback we received from athletes and the sponsors. We realize there are always things we can do to improve and will be working on that as we move on to Estrella on January 31. All told we had over 640 riders out at McDowell and a ton of smiles. Results are up (thank you Mangled Momentum) and pictures from the day will be coming from TR-IAG Sports Photography shortly (they took over 13,000 pics) .
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Bicycles of Phoenix, and refuel sponsor The Pedal Bike Shop, as well as Kate’s Bars for supporting the event and the riders with great support. We’d also like to thank the sponsors that came out to show off cool bikes and promote their businesses – Devinci, Pivot, Bike Masters, Giant of Scottsdale, Two Wheel Jones, LifeTime Events, McDowell Mountain Cycles, your presence helps our cycling community continue to grow and thrive.