Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Possibly the oldest XC event around here....
23 Years running and I never won the raffle!
This annual event features biking opportunities for everybody: cross country races, road rides of 35, 70, or 100 miles through some of North Central Washington’s most inviting scenery, and awesome mountain bike rides for different skill levels and ages. A kid's race and a bike rodeo for riders ten years and under make this a wonderful family event.
Events, Food, Music, Contests, & Exhibits
Friday, October 2
Self Guided Rides all day long
Free maps are available at Winthrop Mountain Sports, the MVSTA office, Methow Cycle & Sport and Sun Mountain Lodge Activities Shop.
Cycling Film Night, 7:00 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub. Enjoy a meal or just the film at this Valley favorite eatery and watering hole. The movie is free.
Saturday, October 3
Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn
Fuel up for a day of mountain bike and road riding! $6.00 adult, (9 and older); $4.00 children (8 and under). Everyone is welcome. Purchase tickets at check-in Friday, or at the door. A fundraiser for the Methow Valley Junior Nordic Team.
Bike 101 Repair Clinic - Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00pm at the Winthrop park.
Participants will learn to change a flat tire by either patching the tube or replacing the tube, as well as how to repair a broken chain. Bring your bike and—if you have them—a chain tool, spare tube, patch kit and tire levers. Clinic is limited to 15 participants. Register online, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Friday at Methow Cycle & Sport, or 7:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn. Cost: $10.00
Road Rides, All weekend long
Come and explore the Methow and lower Okanogan Valleys on your bike. Free road maps will be provided all weekend long with detailed course map directions. Choose from three routes:
The first loup of the Tour de Methow travels along the Chewuch River, followed by an out and back along the Methow River to Twisp (35 miles) or to Carlton (70 miles) on scenic county roads. Click here for the map and directions.
Or use your pedal power on the Tour d' Okanogan Century. The 100-mile route meanders from Winthrop to Twisp, up over the Loup Loup Mountain Pass (4300’) into Malott, down to Brewster and back up the valley to Winthrop. Click here for the map and directions.
Buck Mountain Ride, Depart Saturday, 8:30 a.m., from the Winthrop Barn
For the Buck Mountain Ride, you and your bike are chauffeured Methow-style to the top of the pass. The ride is 25 miles with some technically challenging sections. Register online, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Friday at Methow Cycle & Sport or 7:00-8:15 a.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn. Cost: $40.00. Registration fee includes transportation of the rider and bicycle to the start of the ride, guided ride and food stop. Click here for the map.
Mazama Ride, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. start from Brown’s Farm. Great 15 mile ride on the valley floor for riders of all ages not wanting to climb single track. Riders meet at Brown’s Farm (Wolf Creed Road, just off highway 20) to ride the Community Trail over the suspension bridge, up to Goat Creek, down into the Mazama Junction for a small food stop at the community club. From there, you’ll ride out to Jack’s Hut at Wilson Ranch before pedaling back to your car. Register online, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday at Methow Cycle & Sport or 7:00-8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn. Cost: $20.00. Registration fee includes guided ride and food stop.
Food, Beer Garden, Exhibitors, and Contests, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and the Winthrop Barn and Park. Recover from the day’s activities and whet your appetite for dinner. Everyone is invited to enjoy food, drink and cycling exhibitors at the Winthrop Park. Visit exhibitors and vendors Kona, Winthrop Mountain Sports, Curtlo, MVSTA, Methow Cycle & Sport, Black Diamond, Shimano, Hutchinson, and Methow Time, among others. Beer from Twisp River Pub and food from award-winning Piggy D's BBQ available for purchase.
Kids' Rodeo, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. start at the Winthrop Park
A favorite for the budding bike rider. Come to the Winthrop Park and put your bike through the many challenges offered to kids 8 years or younger. Snacks and goodie bags for all participants, sponsored by Winthrop KOA. Helmets are required and will be available for purchase at discounted prices, compliments of Aero Methow. Free. No need to pre-register; just show up.
Mountain Bike Beginner Skills Clinic, Saturday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Winthrop Park
Participants will learn basic bike handling skills involving balance, body position, braking, climbing and riding over small obstacles. After some building exercises, we’ll take a short ride and put the new skills into practice. Bring a helmet, bike, gloves and water. Clinic is limited to 20 participants. Register online, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday at Methow Cycle & Sport or 7:00 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn. Cost: $20.
Evening Cuban Concert with the SuperSones
Unclip and unwind on Saturday, October 3rd with the SuperSones at the Winthrop Barn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and drink, and the family-friendly concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a local opener followed by the SuperSones at 8:00 p.m. The SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930's in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate. $15.00 suggested donation at the door, students $5.00. Pre-schoolers are free. For more information check out the Methow Arts website.
Sunday, October 4
Cross Country Races: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. start at Sun Mountain's Chickadee Trailhead. Races for all ages and skill levels. Choose from Beginner, one lap; Sport, two laps; and the Expert, three laps of a course with varied terrain. Each lap is approximately 11 miles. Register online, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday at Methow Cycle & Sport, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn, or beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Chickadee Trailhead. All registration must be completed 1 hour prior to start time. Cost: $25.00 adults ; $20.00 juniors (17 years and younger).
Click here for the map
Kids' Cross Country: Sunday, 11:45 a.m. start at Sun Mountain's Chickadee Trailhead.
For budding racers 12 years and younger. Choose from one of two courses depending on ability. Prizes for all participants are awarded at the conclusion of the race. Register online, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday at Methow Cycle & Sport, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Winthrop Barn, or beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Chickadee Trailhead. Cost is $10.00.
Friday, October 2
All Day Long: Self-Guided Rides (maps provided) Maps available at Winthrop Mountain Sports, the MVSTA office, Methow Cycle & Sport and Sun Mountain Lodge Activities Shop.
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up at Methow Cycle & Sport
8:00 p.m. Film Night at the Twisp River Pub
Saturday: October 3
7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Winthrop Barn
7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up at the Winthrop Barn for most events: Mountain Bike Rides, Kids’ Rodeo and Cross Country Races
8:30 a.m. Buck Mountain Ride loads up and leaves from the Winthrop Barn
9:00 a.m. Mazama Ride leaves from Brown’s Farm at Wolf Creek Rd & Hwy 20
All day long: self-guided rides. Maps available at Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop Mountain Sports, MVSTA, Winthrop Barn and Sun Mountain Lodge Activities Shop
1:00-5:00 p.m. Beer Garden, Food (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) and Exhibitors
2:00 p.m. Kids' Rodeo at the Winthrop Park
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Bike 101 Repair Clinic at the Winthrop Park
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mountain Bike Beginner Skills Clinic at the Winthrop Park
6:30 p.m. Super Sones at the Winthrop Barn
Sunday: October 4 : Cross Country Mountain Bike Races
7:30 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up begins at Chickadee Day Lodge, Sun Mountain
9:00 a.m. Cross Country races begin (see below)
9:00 a.m. Beginner & Junior Cross Country Race Begins
10:00 a.m. Sport Cross Country Race Begins
11:30 a.m. Expert Cross Country Race Begins
11:45 a.m. Kids' Cross Country Race Begins
2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Raffle drawing for custom Curtlo frame
Online Registration is now available.
On-Site registration and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants available:
* Friday from 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at Methow Cycle & Sport
* Saturday from 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn
* Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Sun Mountain's Chickadee Day Lodge
AWARDS AND RANDOM PRIZES
The awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of each mountain bike race. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each 10 year age group division for adults, two year age groups for juniors and "kids". Random prizes will be given at the conclusion of each award ceremonies.
Tee-shirts and Methow Olympic Festival bike socks will be on sale throughout the festival.
HEAD PROTECTION IS A MUST…. ANSI HELMETS REQUIRED
INFORMATION: call the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association @509-996-3287 or e-mail us at email@example.com
RACE RESULTS: posted upon the conclusion of each race at the finish line and on our results page on Sunday, October 4.
NO CAMPING AT SUN MOUNTAIN OR CHICKADEE PARKING LOT: Go to www.methownet.com/recreation.html for camping information.
DOGS: Dogs must be on a leash at Chickadee Trailhead.
RAFFLE: A custom CURTLO bike frame, made by local resident, Doug Curtiss will be given away on Sunday at the conclusion of the last race. You do not need to be a participant of the bike festival to enter this raffle. Tickets are available starting September 1 at the MVSTA office in Winthrop until Friday, October 2 at noon or at any of the race registration venues throughout the weekend. Tickets cost $2.50 each or 5 for $10.00. Odds of winning depend on the number of tickets sold. Sponsored by CURTLO bikes and the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS, BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE BIKE FESTIVAL. THANKS!