Spectators are anticipated to gather Saturday morning along Main Street in historic downtown Weaverville to cheer 120-plus racers on their way to the official starting line for the second annual LaGrange Classic bike race. The Saturday, June 8, pre-race welcome and kick-off begins at 9 a.m. as contestants leave Lowden Park and pedal up the hill to Bally Road and the McKenzie Gulch trailhead. The first wave of Elite Course racers start at 9:30 a.m. with Sport and Short Course groups to follow on the Weaver Basin Trails in Weaverville. Early festivities in town include a 15 percent discount at Mamma Llama Eatery and Cafe from 9 to 10 a.m.
The LaGrange Classic has an over 20-year history in Weaverville, first organized by local riders in the early 1990s, then later by Team Bigfoot from the coast. It grew to a large event with hundreds of riders, culminating in 2015 when the international WEMBO 2015 World Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championship was held in Weaverville.
The race check-in and set-up will be at the Lowden Park Recreation Hall on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Racers can select either the Elite course (30 miles), the Sport course (24 miles) or the Short course (14 miles). All are single-track courses, travelling through scenic conifer forests and oak woodlands, across historic mining ditches and clear creeks. Every effort has been made to avoid forest roads.
You can experience race day excitement as riders navigate complex single-track trails winding through the Weaver Basin. Watch the action from one easy to access location at the East Weaver Campground. Please park along the roadside; pick a safe spot for viewing between the road and the race course. Remember to keep off the trails as the riders will be coming through.
Plan to spend the afternoon in the shaded meadow at Lowden Park. Family-friendly amenities include the Trinity Bike Park and pump track, day use picnic sites, playground facilities, pool access, and large grassy areas. RV and tent camping is also available. Ice cold beer and food vendors are onsite from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on race day.
The event at the park will be highlighted by food and beverage booths. Tangle Blue Saloon, Café at Indian Creek, Two Guys and a Grill and some of our hometown chefs will have food booths available for the public as well as race riders. Sierra Nevada Brewing will be pouring some of their best. Vendors, information booths, and race T-shirt sales will be available.
Enjoy live music featuring The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers who take the stage at 2 p.m. Pump Track Time Trials, open to kids of all ages, will gear up following the LaGrange Classic Awards Ceremony. Sign-ups for the time trials will be at the TTA Information Booth on the day of the race.
The 2019 LaGrange Classic Mountain Bike Race is a fundraiser for the Trinity Bike Park and an official event of The Trinity Trail Alliance. Additional details, including maps and pictures from past events/rides are available at www.trinitytrailalliance.com/lagrange-classic.html.