Saturday, April 24, 2010
On April 18th, MultiSports Marketing held the 2nd Annual Bone Bender MTB race on the Smithville Lake MTB trails.
The trails were in near perfect condition thanks to the tireless efforts of the ERTA trail volunteers that make up the "core" group for the Smithville Lake trails. Several dedicated volunteers spent 1/2 Friday and all day on Saturday prepping the course for Sunday's event.
Mother Nature cooperated and Sunday started off in the upper 30s, but the sunshine and calm winds helped make for a near perfect day for MTB racing...and the Midwest racers responded in kind.
Nearly 270 racers converged on Sailboat Cove to compete in one of several classes ranging from solo or team 3-hour or 6-hour categories to singlespeed or clydesdales (racers over 200 lbs).
Here's a Youtube video taken on one of the first stretches of singletrack on lap one... a bit of a traffic jam!
Great BIG props to all of the volunteers that came together to make this race a success on race day, from course marshalls to the Midwest MTB Patrol to the fine folks from Earth Riders MTB Club who spent the day behind the grill to feed the hunger masses! Thank you one and all!
A special THANK YOU to MultiSport and Chris Locke for making this event happen! All proceeds from the race go the ERTA who helps to build and maintain nearly 100 miles of singletrack in the KC region.
(Photos courtesy of Eclectic Arts Images)