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Ten Fidy Endurance Throwdown

Ten Fidy Endurance Throwdown

the Vultures Knob Double Down Endurance Race

SEPTEMBER 27 | You asked, begged and screamed for the return of this titanic, immensely memorable and hefty haul of VK courage so we paired it up with some Oskar Blues half-baked & fully roasted Ten Fidy for the af-ter-math or what we call the rehydrate and recovery party. The endurance throw-down returns to Vulture's Knob with double the laps of a normal cross country race on the mighty VK course..this is no race to lollygag, cruise and dawdle, here you gotta push, pedal, jump and corner! ...you best be rid'n and not hid'n. See you September 27

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2014 Race Schedule

2014 Race Schedule

featuring... Oskar Blues Brewery

The 2014 schedule is a return to our roots, our priorities; family, friends, local trails, and fun! Our focus is upon enriching the community, leading the growth of mountain biking in the state of Ohio, creating new trail opportunities while preserving existing access, and championing the sport for family participation. This year, we have created unique events that stress quality competition, encouraging participants to test their limits.

331's racing recipe for the ultimate athlete =
1 time trial, 1 Cross Country, 1 Endurance and 1 Team Challenge.

Joining the family this year as title sponsor is Oskar Blues Brewery, hopping up the race formula with bodacious brews to provide an assertive but balanced blend of bikes and beers. So here's what's being served...

July 19 | Mama's Little Yella Time Trail
Reagan Park - Medina (10 year celebration)

August 30-31 | Deviant Dales XC Experience at Manatoc
Peninsula (13 annual festival)

September 27 | Ten Fidy Endurance Throwdown
Vulture's Knob, Wooster (20 year tribute)

October 18 | G'Night Team Challenge
Vulture's Knob, Wooster (inaugural year)

Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

2014 Race Schedule

Ohio High School racing is entering its sophomore year following a very successful and passionate inaugural season. Northeast Ohio (district 1) is entering year two of OIRL mountain bike racing and is anticipating steady growth as more schools and student athletes have expressed interest. All Ohio schools and/or individual athletes are invited to compete in the District 1 race season while we build resources and contacts to expand to other districts closer to your school system. To learn how to form a club at your school and for expansion plans hit the "more" button below.

2014 OIRL RACE SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 30 - 6:00 p.m.
Camp Manatoc XC - Peninsula, OH

Saturday, Sept. 6 - 2:00 p.m.
Reagan Park XC (new course layout)
Medina, OH

Saturday, Sept. 13 - 11:00 a.m.
Findley State Park XC (new course layout)
Wellington, OH

Saturday, Sept 20 - 11:00 a.m.
Vulture's Knob XC - Wooster, OH

Saturday, Oct 4 - 11:00 a.m.
Camp Tuscazor - Zoarville, OH

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UPNEXT: The Manatoc Experience

UPNEXT: The Manatoc Experience

August 30-31

NE Ohio's largest mountain biking event will be returning for its 13th year building on the successful two day festival format. This two day event includes clinics, open riding, group rides, race course preview, the Urban Vision/Rays MTB children's challenge zone, Johnson Memorial Youth Race 6 different youth races, limbo contest, 1/2 marathon trail run and manufacturer demo bike exposition in addition to the annual mountain bike race.

- Factory Demo Experience
- Ohio High School Racing League - opening race
- Youth Racing
- Urban Vision and Ray's MTB Park youth challenge and pump track
- Open riding on trails open once a year
- vendor expo
- The Big Valley Mountain Bike Race

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Manatoc Experience YOUTH RACES

Manatoc Experience YOUTH RACES

Johnson Memorial Youth Event | Aug 30

Saturday Aug 30, join 100 smiling and determined faces in the 10th annual Johnson Memorial Youth Race; from tikes 'n' training wheels to 12 year old nitro sonics there are 6 different youth races based on age and ability. Have fun and test your skills on the Urban Vision and Ray's MTB Park youth challenge and pump track zone. Life is far more enjoyable when it's experienced on two wheels.

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The Manatoc Factory Demo Experience

The Manatoc Factory Demo Experience

August 30

When you enter the gates of Camp Manatoc on August 30-31 fun will surely follow. Factory demo trucks and trailers stocked with mountain bikes of all sizes and models, there will be something for everyone to try. Industry experts will be on hand to insure proper bicycle fit and answer questions. This event is the largest demo event in Ohio and you'll have the opportunity to test ride the best bikes and equipment the industry has to offer on a specially designed demo loop and then hit some sweet single track only available one weekend a year.

Test ride bikes from the following manufacturers:
Trek | Specialized | Giant | Focus | KHS

Test ride bikes from the following local bike shops:

Eddy's Bike Shop: Trek | Specialized
Edge Outdoors: Jamis | Intense | Pivot | Scott
Mountain Road Cycles: Giant | Kona
Blazing Saddles: Focus | KHS
Kent Cycles: Focus
Bike Ohio

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UPNEXT: Mama's Little Yella Time Trial | July 19th

UPNEXT: Mama's Little Yella Time Trial | July 19th

Stage #1 - Ohio Power Series

Round one of the Ohio Power Series is the single track anaerobic throw down otherwise known as the Reagan Park Single Track Time Trial. Celebrate 10 years of racing Medina trails with Oskar Blues brews at the Rehydrate and Recovery party immediately after race at The Edge Outdoors - Top finishers receive Oskar Blues Pint glasses and prizes from The Edge Outdoors. Registration is now open and actual start time will be assigned based on registration date. This is a pre-registration event only.

Reminder, BOGO drinks with your 331 pint glass anytime at the Bistro on Main in Kent.

2013 Ohio Power Series awards presentation will take place after the race.

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OIRL Youth Progression Sessions

OIRL Youth Progression Sessions

free youth bike clinics

STARTING JUNE 11

Entering the 4th year the OIRL youth progression sessions continue to grow! In coordination with Mountain Road Cycles, Eddy's Bike Shop, the Bicycle Hub, Edge Outdoors and Century Cycles we are able to expand and provide more opportunities to teach youth mountain biking skills. Join us this summer starting in June for free weekly youth clinics where we'll work on a few skills, tricks and techniques and then head out on the trail to put the skills to use. Each location will hold a 3 week program aimed at basic riding skills such as balance, turning, braking and cornering.

NEW LOCATIONS and days for 2014

Chagrin Falls | Thursdays
Medina | Wednesdays
Kirkland | Thursdays
Strongsville | Tuesdays

For times, locations and more info click the more button.

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Ohio High School Racing - 2014 OIRL

Ohio High School Racing - 2014 OIRL

League Information Meeting - May 29 7:00 pm

2014 OIRL - Ohio High School Racing - League Information Meeting - May 29 7:00 pm

Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

The Wooster High School Mountain Bike Club would like to extend an invitation to all State of Ohio High School students interested in participating in the 2014 OIRL Mountain Bike Season to attend an informational meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, May 29th, 2014 in the Large Group Instruction Room at Wooster High School, 515 Oldman Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

Content covered will include:

- an introduction to the OIRL and the sport of High School Mountain Biking
- Viewing Single Track High, a professional documentary on the sport of High School Mountain Bike Racing with a focus on the roots of the NorCal NICA league...a super motivational film!
- Logistical information on how to develop a team within your school system
- Review of the 2014 schedule and venues
- Question and Answer period
- Break out with coaches to discuss preparation for the fall season

Interested attendees need not be an active member of an established high school club. Prospective coaches, racers, and volunteers interested in assisting with the progression of the race series for 2014 are encouraged to attend.

More info on league website: http://www.331racing.com/cms/hshome/

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Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | Oct 12 & 13

Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | Oct 12 & 13

The year end party

The final stages of The OHIO POWER SERIES will conclude at the mighty trail system of "The Knob" with the Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Race Weekend. After testing all abilities of riders from endurance to short track to the speed of time trials; Vulture's Knob will bring it all together. At the conclusion of the weekend a new POWER SERIES Champion will be crowned, a bon fire will be lit, live music will be heard into the night. Primitive camping is available. Expect the unexpected and other zany happenings at this and all Vulture's Knob events...let's call it a party to celebrate a great season!

the Oktoberfest Finale
- Saturday short track race | Sunday XC race
- 80lb pig roast supplied by our friends at Blazing Saddle Cycle
- Pot Luck Dinner
- BOGO racing...bring a friend and they race for free*
- IMBA/Eddy's Bike Shop "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day"
- Free youth shirts, IMBA helmet stickers and water bottles
- OIRL High School Short Track
- Live Music
- Camping
- Cross Country Race on new upper race loop
- Pumpkin Carving Contest
- Short Track Racing
- Muddy Paws Dog Race

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SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 12th

SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 12th

IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day!

Please join us this weekend, Saturday, October 12, at noon.

SPECIALIZED | EDDY'S BIKE SHOP | PROGRESSION SESSIONS | 331 RACING are proud to support IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 12:00. Vulture's Knob in Wooster provides a fun setting for your kids to have a blast on bicycles!

Lots of goodies like Specialized t-shirts, Clif Bars, IMBA helmet stickers and waterbottles for youth participants!

12:00 - youth race & IMBA youth day registration (free shirts & water bottles to first 20 kids)

12:00 - Eddy's Bike Shop youth bike check
12:30-1:00 - youth race course preview
1:00 Youth race(s) - presented by Eddy's Bike Shop | Specialized
1:30ish Youth awards

12:00-6:00 : IMBA take a kid mountain bike day challenge course and fun zone. Ride the youth friendly challenge course with features the Urban Vision pump track and limbo.
Bring your friends and family.

Click on 'more" for complete event schedule for the Oktoberfest Finale and TAKMD

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Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

Race #5 | Vulture's Knob Short Track

After an inspiring first 4 races the OIRL racers will wrap up the season with some short track racing at world famous Vulture's Knob trail system.

The 5th and final race of 2014 for the newly formed Ohio Interscholastic Racing League will take place on the Vulture's Knob short track course.- Saturday Oct 12 2:00

After Saturday's racing action a bon fire will be lit, pot luck dinner and pig roast served, live music from Adam and the Auntacids and DJ MadNote will follow spinning into the night. Primitive camping is available. Expect the unexpected and other zany happenings at this and all Vulture's Knob events.

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midwest OUTDOOR experience | OCT 6

midwest OUTDOOR experience | OCT 6

Dual Race Classic & Great Lakes holeshot

The 5TH annual MoMBA XC classic also serves as the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association championship race as the last race of their local Fast Laps series. So this is a dual series shootout bringing the OPS racers together with the Fast Laps racers! First 200 adult entrants receive a Great Lakes Brewery Pint Glass.

This race is in conjunction with one of Ohio's largest outdoor gatherings. Join 14,000+ outdoor enthusiast's October 4-5 for the Midwest Outdoor Experience. Take part in the bike village, special take a kid mountain biking day activities, over 100 exhibitors, kayaking, slack-lining, fly fishing, rock wall, beer garden and more.

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OIRL Fundraiser | 2013

OIRL Fundraiser | 2013

All proceeds benefit the Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

The OIRL has 3 gift baskets that contain the following items with an approx. retail value $350+ for each basket. Tickets can be purchased at any of the remaining OIRL or 331 Racing events - 3 winners will be selected at the State Championship High School Race on October 12 at Vulture's Knob in Wooster Ohio. Winner not need to be present.

All proceeds benefit the Ohio Interscholastic Racing League (OIRL)

OIRL Fundraiser
Ray's Bike Park - 2 VIP passes
Kenda or Bontrager - 2 Tires
Kenda Wheel Bag
Bontrager Helmet
Bontrager Gloves
Pro Gold Bike Wash
Pro Gold Bike Lube
Clif Bar - 2 boxes
Kenda Tire Pump
2 Shirts
331 Race Pass
331 Racing pint glass x2

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Alum Creek Dual Shoot Out | Sept 22

Alum Creek Dual Shoot Out | Sept 22

Ohio Power Series | stage #11

Click in, saddle up, and throw it down...two times. The Showdown in Cowtown is a individual off road time trial through the Alum Creek phase II trail system. Each racer will get two attempts to post their best time.

- man vs bike vs trail vs time vs mother nature -

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Thorn Trail Time Trail

Thorn Trail Time Trail

- the rain date - Saturday Sept 14

21 days of straight rain postponed the schedule race in July, but rather then cancel we are doubling up on Sept 14 with the Ohio Power Series time trial in the morning and the OIRL race #3 at 2:00. You hid'n or rid'n?

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Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

Ohio Interscholastic Racing League

Race #3 | Findley State Park

After an inspiring opening race at the Manatoc Experience and an exciting race # 2 at Reagan Park, the OIRL racers will head to the Thorn Trail at Findley State Park in Wellington for race #3 - Saturday Sept 14 2:00

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High School Group Rides

High School Group Rides

Royalview mtbr trails

Every Thursday in August, the Ohio Interscholastic Racing League will be holding training rides for any high school student interested in mountain biking. Meet by the picnic pavilion in the upper parking lot of the Royalview mountain bike trail, located on Royalview Lane, Strongsville, OH 44236.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Dates: August 15, 22 and 29
What to Bring: bike, helmet and water

If the trail is closed due to weather we will ride on the multipurpose path to get some miles in.

Directions/Trail Map Link click on more:

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR HARDY ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL PROJECT

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR HARDY ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL PROJECT

The Metro Parks serving Summit County are in the process of building a mountain bike "specific" trail system at Hardy Road. We've seen the plans, the terrain, the vision and the planning concept and we are thrilled!

There are immediate opportunities to volunteer and make a difference. This trail build is slightly different from traditional builds we are familiar with. Thus a different approach...Summit Metro Parks are looking for riders who want to learn to build more advanced features such as berms and rollers that enhance the trail experience...or what is aptly called FLOW! Machines are doing the heavy lifting, benching and corridor clearing - the new flow teams will be following the path...sculpting, carving, riding and creating the ultimate mountain biking experience.

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upnext: ROYALVIEW ROULEUR XC

upnext: ROYALVIEW ROULEUR XC

August 18

Don't wait til tomorrow. Registration is open and spots are limited. Due to parking limitations at the venue registration has been/will be capped. (PLEASE CAR POOL) The event is on the way to selling out so register sooner rather then later if this event is on your calendar. Don't email us after event sells out... you have been warned!

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YOUTH INITIATIVE | 2013 PROGRESSION SESSIONS

YOUTH INITIATIVE | 2013 PROGRESSION SESSIONS

LOCATION CHANGE

PLEASE NOTE: all remaining youth clinics have been moved to Reagan Park in Medina. Dates and times listed on the Progression Session Page.

Join us every week for free weekly youth clinics where we'll work on skills, safety, tricks and techniques and then head out on the trail to put the new abilities to use. The clinic is designed for ages 17 and under and will be broken down by age and/or skill level.

For the younger ones - parents are welcome to drop off your son/daughter at the clinic and let the instructors teach or you may join in on the fun. Feel free to leave your child and go ride with the adults while the instructors teach your children the skills and rules of the trail. We found when we head out onto the trail, the kids actually listen a little better to the instructors when their parents are not present. We've seen fast improvements in all skills over the first 5 weeks of the program last year.

All ages - We work on safety, trail awareness, the power stroke, balance, track stands, wheelies, overcoming and riding obstacles and more.

Games - bike limbo contest | last person riding | slowest race competition| skills course

We break the trail ride into portions of the trail suitable for the technical skill level. We start with level, easy single-track and slowly proceed to trails with different trail features as the individual skill levels progress.

Volunteers and ride leaders needed. The Progression session are growing and if you like working with children and have a passion for cycling please contact us at youth@331racing.com . If you don't ride we can sometimes use help with fun events and little time trials. Its all about the smiles and having fun on bikes!

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OHIO INTERSCHOLASTIC RACING LEAGUE

OHIO INTERSCHOLASTIC RACING LEAGUE

Fall 2013

331 Racing is stepping up to make school-based MTB racing a reality in NE Ohio with the eventual roll out of additional districts throughout Ohio. As part of the Manatoc Experience on Friday afternoon, August 30, 331 Racing will be launching the new Ohio Interscholastic Racing League. The Ohio Interscholastic Racing League is an interscholastic high school mountain bike race series that is coordinated by 331 Racing and sanctioned by USA Cycling. The 5-race series is open to ANY high school in Ohio.

High school mountain biking is one of the fastest growing interscholastic sports in the country. High school leagues have been successfully operating in California for a number of years and new leagues have sprung up in states such as Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Utah and Virginia. Competitive cycling has seen dramatic growth in the U.S. in recent years and we feel now is the time for high schools to join the momentum, form a club and be a part of a new league in Ohio. Our goal is to transition the league into a separate non-profit in the near future.

Ohio mountain biking is growing, energetic and straight up full of fun contagious enjoyable events. From IMBA chapter rides, Spoke Junkies get together' s to local bike shop rides our community, our sport and network of trails is on the rise. The Ohio Interscholastic Racing League needs your help to continue our grass roots growth by identifying potential school systems, coaches within the schools and student athletes. Please help us get the word out and encourage others to join the new league.

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CANCELLED - July 23 Progression Sessions

CANCELLED - July 23 Progression Sessions

TRAIL UPDATE: The progression session for tonight have been cancelled due to trail conditions. Rain yesterday and forecast of rain this evening. Please be patient and let the trails recover.

upnext: REAGAN PARK TIME TRIAL

upnext: REAGAN PARK TIME TRIAL

August 3

The race of truth...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature.

The Reagan Park trail system in Medina has hosted a unique off-road time trial 8 years running. This is a PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY event. Registration is now open.

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Findley Time Trail postponed

Findley Time Trail postponed

new date either Sept 14 or 15

Chagrin Falls Short Track - CANCELED

Chagrin Falls Short Track - CANCELED

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION:

The Chagrin Falls Short Track Spectacular has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Every attempt was made to reorganize after the flooding, however, unforeseen circumstances with the venue have forced a total cancellation. Pre-registered participants will receive a coupon code by email for the full amount to be credited toward a future 2013 event. Participants unable to attend one of the 8 remaining races please use the "Contact Us" form at www.331racing.com for resolution. Ride safe and hope to see you soon.

RAIN DATES

RAIN DATES

Tentative 331 race reschedule dates

Mother nature has two faces; that of pure destruction and chaos as well as its polar opposite in pure beauty and serenity. To say she is full of mystery is an understatement. Her 21 days of rain have taken a toll on a majority of NE Ohio Trail systems. The Short Track venue and Reagan Park trails have been under 3-6 feet of water and Findley State Park is in dire need of a dry and sunny forecast. If the prediction for waterless days stays solid and the trail systems become stable we'll proceed with the following revised Ohio Power Series Schedule. Please note this is tentative and based on near future weather patterns. If you have preregistered and are unable to attend rescheduled race dates, please contact us through the "contact us" form at www.331racing.com and we will issue you a credit code for a future race.

Revised Race Dates:
The Short Track Spectacular - CANCELED

Findley Time Trial- Either Saturday Sept 14 or Sunday Sept 15

Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale/TAKMBD weekend - October 12 & 13


2013 has been a wild ride so far...stay tuned and be safe- The 331 Crew

"NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT"

Short Track Spectacular

"NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT": the race for this Saturday July 13 has been postponed. We have alternative dates planned and will make announcement shortly. The venue has experienced significant flooding with the combined storm systems of Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon. The river adjacent to the Chagrin Falls short track venue has large trees down river that have blocked water and caused flooding. Parts of trail and field parking are currently 3-4 feet under water. If you have preregistered and are unable to attend the rescheduled race, please contact us through the "contact us" form at www.331racing.com and we will issue you a credit code for a future race.

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YOUTH INITIATIVE | 2013 PROGRESSION SESSIONS

YOUTH INITIATIVE | 2013 PROGRESSION SESSIONS

Weekly youth clinics

Join us every week starting in June for free weekly youth clinics where we'll work on skills, safety, tricks and techniques and then head out on the trail to put the new abilities to use. The clinic is designed for ages 17 and under and will be broken down by age and/or skill level.

New for 2013 | High School age instruction & new locations - in conjunction with the newly formed Ohio Interscholastic Racing League the progression sessions welcome new high school mountain bike club members. We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to ride with other high school mountain bikers while improving skills and techniques needed to compete at the high school league race series starting in September. Grab your friends and ride at the progressive sessions

For the younger ones - parents are welcome to drop off your son/daughter at the clinic and let the instructors teach or you may join in on the fun. Feel free to leave your child and go ride with the adults while the instructors teach your children the skills and rules of the trail. We found when we head out onto the trail, the kids actually listen a little better to the instructors when their parents are not present. We've seen fast improvements in all skills over the first 5 weeks of the program last year.

All ages - We work on safety, trail awareness, the power stroke, balance, track stands, wheelies, overcoming and riding obstacles and more.

Games - bike limbo contest | last person riding | slowest race competition| skills course

We break the trail ride into portions of the trail suitable for the technical skill level. We start with level, easy single-track and slowly proceed to trails with different trail features as the individual skill levels progress.

Volunteers and ride leaders needed. The Progression session are growing and if you like working with children and have a passion for cycling please contact us at youth@331racing.com . If you don't ride we can sometimes use help with fun events and little time trials. Its all about the smiles and having fun on bikes!

Click more for times and locations:

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IMBA SUPPORTER

IMBA SUPPORTER

331 Racing is proud to support the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) which is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.

Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.

IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 200 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

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Vultures Knob Double Down Endurance Race

Vultures Knob Double Down Endurance Race

June 29, 2013

The endurance leg of the Ohio Power Series returns to Vulture's Knob for 2013. Double the laps of a normal cross county race on the mighty VK course..enough said

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2012 Power Series Awards Ceremony

2012 Power Series Awards Ceremony

May 4 | at Vulture's Knob

The 2012 Ohio Power Series awards ceremony will take place at the season kick off event on May 4th. Bistro on Main will be providing the recovery dinner after the Stage #1 short track event and also Stage #2 VK XC on Sunday. Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday night followed by DJ Madnote, bonfire, camping and good times.

USA Cycling OHIO STATE MTB CHAMPIONSHIP

USA Cycling OHIO STATE MTB CHAMPIONSHIP

June 15, 2013

OHIO STATE MTB CHAMPIONSHIP | USA Cycling and 331 Racing is proud to announce the Chestnut Ridge Roaster mountain bike race was selected to host the Ohio State Championship race on June 15, 2013. The purpose of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike State and Regional Championship (USA CYCLING MTB) is to recognize the best mountain bike racers in each state and region. Through the USA Cycling MTB State and Regional Championships, riders will be eligible for state and regional titles and medals, along with being able to qualify and compete at the USA Cycling MTB Cross-country National Championship July 18-21 at Bear Creek Resort in Pennsylvania. The Chestnut Ridge Roaster, centrally located in Columbus Ohio will also serve as stage #4 of the expanded 2013 Ohio Power Series.

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AOA Multi-Stage Enduro

AOA Multi-Stage Enduro

May 26, 2013

The second annual AOA Mayhem Enduro is a multi-stage annual enduro throughout the wilds of the Wilds Preserve. This much anticipated competition offers challenging trail design mixing natural terrain with man built features. 5 stages will feature predominantly downhill timed "special" stages linked together by non-timed trail rides. This rapidly growing discipline combines the physical endurance of cross-country riding with the technical difficulty and excitement of downhill racing.

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Ohio Power Series | 2013

Ohio Power Series | 2013

May 4 & 5 | dual race opening weekend

Vulture's Knob short track race | XC race | Youth Races | Woo Town SS Classic | Bistro on Main Hole Shot | 2012 OPS awards presentation | DJ | Bonfire | Bistro on Main Dinner | Camping | Egg Race | The Drink

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2013 OHIO RACE SCHEDULE

2013 OHIO RACE SCHEDULE

Host venues and dates announced. Ohio Power Series expands with new courses in Dayton and Strongsville.

Every year we challenge ourselves to raise the bar and create a route and mix of races more challenging than the last. That's the great thing about planning a race in Ohio, with the hard work of many organizations there is an increasing amount of trails from which we can choose. From rolling hills or rocky trails to fast, flat and flowing, Ohio mountain biking is growing. For 2013 we introduce a new layered concept, the "mini-series": the OPS mini-short track, OPS mini-XC and OPS mini-time trial series, lets call it a series within the series. More details to follow in the next couple of weeks. We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Five Rivers Metro parks and MVMBA as the OPS joins forces with the Midwest Outdoor Experience in Dayton. Join over 14,000 like minded outdoor enthusiast's October 4-5 for the 2 day festival which includes over 100 exhibitors including the bike village, action sport area, climbing wall, youth adventure zone, freestyle kayak, slack lining, beer garden and more.

New sport open class: this is a class with little restrictions, aimed at those who stand atop the sport podium but are unable to race the expert distance. Or expert women who don't have enough competitors at the start line. Or expert racers who took the jump due to mandatory move-up but find their training schedules don't align. All ages, all genders, one open class. Stay tuned for details.

For 2013 we were overwhelmed with 23 race requests and we somehow whittled down to the offering presented below. We are also working a special event to happen in the fall. And what's up with the mystery race...well, it was a late addition to the schedule, the date has been reserved and we are close to making an announcement. Many have requested a larger event weekend, with that said we introduce the Vulture's Knob weekend - Stage 1 short track, stage 2 cross country, stage 13 short track - stage 14 cross country and toss in some zany VK bonus races on those weekends such as the muddy paws dog race and woo town single speed classic and youth races...we hope the request has been satisfied.

We hope your as excited as we are to begin 2013. We can't thank you enough for your support, enthusiastic passion and ideas to improve the series every year. The OPS is as much about fun, shared experiences, community, fitness and making new friends as it is about competition and enjoying the great outdoors.

OHIO POWER SERIES
Time Trial | Short Track | Enduro | Cross Country | Endurance

STAGE #1#2 | Vulture's Knob 331 Kick Off Event | May 4 & 5 | Wooster
STAGE #3 | The AOA Mayhem Multi-Stage Enduro | May 26 | Cumberland
STAGE #4 | OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-Chestnut Ridge XC | June 15 | Columbus
STAGE #5 | VK Double Down Endurance | June 29 | Wooster
STAGE #6 | Short Track Spectacular | July 13 | Chagrin Falls
STAGE #7 | The Thorn Time Trial | July 21 | Wellington
STAGE #8 | Reagan Park Time Trial | August 3 | Medina
STAGE #9 | Royalview XC | August 18 | Strongsville
STAGE #10 | The Manatoc Experience | Aug 31 & Sept. 1 | Peninsula
STAGE #11 | ALUM Creek Phase II Time Trial | Sept 22 | Columbus
STAGE #12 | MoMBA XC Classic & dual series shootout | October 6 | Dayton
STAGE #13#14 | Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 12 & 13 | Wooster

** not likely but just in case...."Dates subject to change **

Thorn Trail Fundraiser

Thorn Trail Fundraiser

March 3, 2013

The sun is out so spring has got to be on its way! As we wait patiently, grab the family and your friends and head out to Ziggy's Sports Bar and Grill on Sunday, March 3, 2013, for a THORN Mountain bike trail benefit. The new Thorn maintenance crew has organized this fundraiser with the Friends of Findley State Park to raise funds for trail signs and improvements for the 2013 season. The attached flyer has all the details. Come anytime, but we have great raffles between 4 and 7 p.m. including a JAMIS youth mountain bike, thanks to the Edge Outdoors and JAMIS.

We'd love to see all of you and you won't go away hungry after being at Ziggy's!

Thanks for your support of Ohio mountain bike trails!

Ziggy's Sports Bar & Grill
193 Park AVe
Amherst OH 44001

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The 331 Season Speed Pass

The 331 Season Speed Pass

Race all season for a discount | limited time offer

A very popular option last year, the season pass + speed pass returns for 2013. How can a little bit of everything feel so good yet continue to get better. Well during the months of January - March we will push the boundaries of financial discounts and incentives by slashing our race day fees in half. In addition each season pass will automatically receive a 331 Speed Pass which allows you to skip registration lines and proceed directly to the start line for each and every race. From April 1 - 15 the season pass price increases but is still priced at a discount over individual pre-reg prices.

Here's the how and why of it...while we want to see the sport of mountain biking grow, we're also on a mission to protect local trails and save Vulture's Knob from private development. It's a delicate balance of time, passion, commitment and love of trails and sport. We also want to simplify the race registration process for you as a participant as we grow, by allowing you to skip the day of race registration lines, proceeding directly to the start line for each and every race with your speed pass.* To accomplish these goals, we're offering you incentives to help us...you show us the love and we return in kind.

When you wheel into the start line we'll slap a smokin' hot course in front of you and entice you to go fast with outrageous events. It's that simple - we bring it....the rest is up to you!

* - Exception for the Mayhem Enduro, we need your smiling "team" at time of registration and the 2013 season pass does not include entry into the Mayhem, please purchase separately.

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2013 Winter Training Series

2013 Winter Training Series

Vulture's Knob

2013 Dates announced:
This is a winter training series...grassroots winter time fun!
Designed simply to get you off the trainer and outside with like minded riders. Don't expect any UCI points or fancy cx course barriers - you'll get sloppy weather, wood in the stove to melt the ice off your face and maybe plaques for prizes. "uncontrolled & unpredictable in every way" or shall we say..."You'll wish you stayed in bed"

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Take A Kid Mountain Bike Day - postponed

POSTPONED | rain date TBD - Tomorrows (Oct 6th) IMBA "Take A KID Mountain Biking Day" at Reagan Park has been cancelled. Rain date and location to be determined. Looks like the same weather pattern we saw last year is returning tonight. The forecast is calling for .66 to 1.1 inch of rain overnight and cooler temperatures for Saturday. Stay tuned for an announcement on the rain date and location.

SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 13th

SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 13th

IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day!

RESCHEDULED

Please join us this weekend, Saturday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m.

SPECIALIZED | EDDY'S BIKE SHOP | PROGRESSION SESSIONS | 331 RACING are proud to support IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 13 at 2:00. Vulture's Knob in Wooster provides a fun setting for your kids to have a blast on bicycles!

Lots of goodies like Specialized t-shirts, Clif Bars and waterbottles for youth participants!

This event focuses on youth riders, and we'll work on a few skills and then head out on youth race course to put the skills to use. Then we'll have a fun youth race at 3:00 with awards to follow.

We work on safety, trail awareness, the power stroke, balance, track stands, turns, breaking, overcoming and riding obstacles and more.

Games - bike limbo contest | last person riding | slowest race competition | skills course

Click on 'more" to for a map located on bottom of youth page.

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Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | Oct 13

Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | Oct 13

The year end party

The final stage of The OHIO POWER SERIES will conclude at the mighty trail system of "The Knob" with the Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Race. After testing all abilities of riders from endurance to short track to the speed of time trials; the single track of Vulture's Knob will bring it all together. At the conclusion of this race a new POWER SERIES Champion will be crowned, a massive bon fire will be lit bands will play and DJ MadNote will spin into the night. Primitive cool camping is available. Expect the unexpected and other zany happenings at this and all Vulture's Knob events. Youth races - costumes sorta required, whats the fun without? We'll have a pumpkin carving contest so bring your best creation and the riders will vote, We'll decorate the podium with the Jack-o-lanterns. DJ Madnote/Unkle Dub/MC Flow will be spinning tunes into the evening. A bon-fire will be lit, free primitive camping is available...let's call it a party to celebrate a great season!

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UPNEXT: WestBranch Mini Endurance Race

UPNEXT: WestBranch Mini Endurance Race

September 16th

You best be resting up, eat'n proper and taking the recommended dose of Flintstones vitamins if this challenge is on your schedule...the West Branch State Park trail system will host the endurance leg and stage #9 of the Ohio Power Race Series. The WB Endurance Race will test riders ability to endure long hours in the saddle riding challenging terrain testing skills, fitness and determination.

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2012 Demo Experience

2012 Demo Experience

11th annual Camp Manatoc BVR Weekend

SEPTEMBER 1st | Ride and Believe -

Simply show up with your ID and riding gear and test ride bikes from the
following manufacturers: Felt, Trek & Trek Women

Test ride bikes from the following local bike shops:
Edge Outdoors: Jamis | Intense | Yeti | Pivot.
Mountain Road Cycles: Giant Trance X Womens | Kona Abra Cadabra | Kona Major Jake & others.
The Bicycle Hub: Felt
Eddy's Bike Shop: Trek

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UPNEXT: The Manatoc Experience

UPNEXT: The Manatoc Experience

Sept 1 & 2

Our largest event of the year! A once a year opportunity to ride some exclusive single track. Youth races, demo bike expo, XC races and more! Last year we saw over 1000 riders through the gates and over 100 youth racers smile their way across the finish line and share in the Manatoc Experience.

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YOUTH INITIATIVE | PROGRESSION SESSIONS

YOUTH INITIATIVE | PROGRESSION SESSIONS

NEXT SESSION - Wednesday August 22- Medina's Reagan Park

Join us every week starting in June for free weekly youth clinics where we'll work on a few skills, tricks and techniques and then head out on the trail to put the skills to use. The clinic is designed for ages 15 and under and will be broken down by age and/or skill level. Parents may drop off your son/daughter at the clinic and let the instructors teach or you may join in on the fun. Feel free to leave your child and go ride with the adults while the instructors teach your children the skills and rules of the trail. We found when we head out onto the trail, the kids actually listen a little better to the instructors when their parents are not present. We've seen fast improvements in all skills over the first 5 weeks of the program last year.

We work on safety, trail awareness, the power stroke, balance, track stands, wheelies, overcoming and riding obstacles and more.

Games - bike limbo contest | last person riding | slowest race competition| skills course

We break the trail ride into portions of the trail suitable for the technical skill level of the children. We start with level, easy single-track and slowly proceed to trails with different trail features as the individual skill levels progress.

Service Entrance to Reagan Park - Map available here:
http://www.331racing.com/cms/youth/

6:15-6:30 check-in and registration
6:30-6:50 on bike instruction
6:50-7:30 trail ride
7:30- Clif Bars/prizes/farewell

August
Wednesday - August 15
Wednesday - August 22
Wednesday - August 29

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Reagan Park Time Trial

Reagan Park Time Trial

August 18th - you hid'n or rid'n

8 years running and our largest off road time trial event. An intense 40 minutes of power, wattage and bike handling skills. This is Stage #7, the TT you've been preparing for and the final time trail of the 2012 Ohio Power Series. **Pre-Registration Only **

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UPNEXT: THE ROASTER

UPNEXT: THE ROASTER

Chestnut Ridge Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

UpNext: THE ROASTER | COMBO and 331 are back at it for the second time in 2012, offering COMBO's newest trail, Chestnut Ridge, to the cycling community to test their fitness against the best in the region and recover with a diner from the Red Hot Food Truck. We will also have a separate course and races for the youth, or what we like to call the tiny tot's and mighty mites. A little something for the whole family.

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Thorn Trail Time Trial

Thorn Trail Time Trial

July 22nd - you hid'n or rid'n?

Thorn Trail Time Trial

The race of truth returns to Findley State Park in Wellington...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature. The 2nd off road time trial for The OHIO POWER SERIES pits racers not only against one another but against the clock. This is a mountain bike single track time trial. ** Pre-registration only **

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Short Track Spectacular | July 8

Short Track Spectacular | July 8

Ohio Power Series | stage #4

We're mixing it up and throwing down something different for stage 4 of the 2012 Ohio Power Series. This new off road criterium has potential to introduce the tactics of conserving energy, forming breaks, attacking or sitting in. Will laps be nice and orderly or all out anarchy and chaos ...an anaerobic sprint to the finish throw down.

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Alum Creek Dual Shoot Out | June 23

Alum Creek Dual Shoot Out | June 23

Ohio Power Series | stage #3

Click in, saddle up, and throw it down...two times. The Showdown in Cowtown is a individual off road time trial through the Alum Creek phase II trail system. Each racer will get two attempts to post their best time.

- man vs bike vs trail vs time vs mother nature -

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AOA Mayhem Enduro | May 20

AOA Mayhem Enduro | May 20

Ohio Power Series | stage #2

UPNEXT: we introduce to you an emerging race format, a new way to ride, race and enjoy good times with friends. The multi-stage enduro.

Learn to form a new set of expectations as this event is going down totally different. This is a team format, multi-stage time trial event. Groups of teams will depart on a quest like like no other. While on course your team will encounter 5 timed sections, that will focus mainly on ... see event page for more details.

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Vulture's Knob Season Kick Off Race May 5

Vulture's Knob Season Kick Off Race May 5

XC race + Woo Town Single Speed Race + Youth Races

The historic Vulture's Knob mountain bike course has undergone a transformation over the last 4 years and continues to mix the zany with the traditional with a little flow getting thrown down. To highlight this triumphant time of year and the beginning of the race season, Dr. Knob is calling on all racers past and present and is throwing down the traditional Easter Egg reunion bash. The event kicks off around 3:00 with free youth races. 4:00 will be the start of the Easter Egg in May XC race. After the XC race will be the most challenging yet version of the Woo Town Single Speed Classic...bring the cameras for this short track single speed, food eating, liquid drinking extravaganza. Awards will follow and bonfire ignited. Primitive camping available.

MAY 5 2012

XC RACE + WOO TOWN SINGLE SPEED RACE + YOUTH RACES

Complete schedule of events can be found on the event page

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New EXPERT divisions for 2012

New EXPERT divisions for 2012

- Junior 18 & under
- Senior 19-34
- Master 35-44
- Master 45+

We've been watching the sport and beginner classes swell over the last couple of years, yet it seems the expert class does not share in this progression. After the suggestions of a few racers we've decided to redistribute the age categories in the expert division. As the expert class grows we will continue to refine.

Wonder if it's time for you to move up to the next class? Of course this is a fun series, but it's competitive too, so in keeping the playing field fair and equal, here's the guidelines for moving up a class.

IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO MOVE UP A CLASS WHEN:
- You finished on the podium last year (top 3 series finishers move up)
- You finished 1st in 2 or more races in your class last year
- You've seen a marked improvement in your efforts of the off season, or need a challenge.

Remember, the only way for newcomers to have the same thrill you have, is if they are able to compete at a level that's appropriate for them. (in other words by you moving up, helps keep Beginner truly beginner and keeps Sport truly sport) We appreciate your help keeping it fun for everyone.

The 331 Speed Pass

The 331 Speed Pass

Race all season for a discount

How can a little bit of everything feel so good yet continue to get better. Well during the first 3 weeks of March, 331 will push the boundaries of financial discounts and incentives by slashing our race day fees in half. In addition each season pass will automatically receive a 331 Speed Pass. From March 24-April 30 the price increases but is still priced at a 10% discount over individual pre-reg prices.

Here's the how and why of it...while we want to see the sport of mountain biking grow, we're also on a mission to protect local trails and save Vulture's Knob from private development. It's a delicate balance of time, passion, commitment and love of trails and sport. We also want to simplify the race registration process for you as a participant as we grow, by allowing you to skip the day of race registration lines, proceeding directly to the start line for each and every race with your speed pass.* To accomplish these goals, we're offering you incentives to help us...you show us the love and we return in kind.

When you wheel into the start line we'll slap a smokin' hot course in front of you and entice you to go fast with outrageous prizes. It's that simple - we bring it....the rest is up to you!

* - Exception for the Mayhem Enduro, we need your smiling "team" at time of registration.

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2012 RACE SCHEDULE

2012 RACE SCHEDULE

Host venues and dates announced. Ohio Power Series expands with new courses in Columbus, Chagrin Falls and Cumberland.

Every year we challenge ourselves to raise the bar and create a route and mix of races more challenging than the last. That's the great thing about planning a race in Ohio, with the hard work of many organizations there is an increasing amount of trails from which we can choose. From rolling hills or rocky trails to fast and flat, Ohio mountain biking is growing.

OHIO POWER SERIES
Time Trial | Short Track | Enduro | Cross Country | Endurance

STAGE #1 | Vulture's Knob 331 Kick Off Event | May 5 | Wooster
STAGE #2 | The AOA Mayhem Multi-Stage Enduro | May 20 | Cumberland
STAGE #3 | ALUM Creek Phase II Time Trial | June 23 | Columbus
(Alum is a pre-registration only event)
STAGE #4 | Short Track Spectacular | July 8 | Chagrin Falls
STAGE #5 | The Thorn Time Trial | July 22 | Wellington
STAGE #6 | Chestnut Ridge XC | August 4 | Columbus
STAGE #7 | Reagan Park Time Trial | August 18 | Medina
STAGE #8 | The Manatoc Experience | September 1 & 2 | Peninsula
STAGE #9 | West Branch Mini Endurance | September 16 | Ravenna
STAGE #10 | Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 13 & 14 | Wooster

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Youth Group Rides & skills clinic at Reagan Park

Youth Group Rides & skills clinic at Reagan Park

Come join us every Saturday 5:00 during October as the NE Ohio Inter Scholastic Mountain Biking Group and 331 Racing hold weekly youth rides with the simple premise to get kids outdoors and experience mountain biking. We'll work on a few skills and then head out on the trail to put the skills to use. The rides will be broken down by age and/or skill level. Please bring your mountain bike, helmet and water bottle. NOTE: Due to decreasing daylight hours we've shifted from Wednesday nights to Saturday's.

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Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | October 15&16

Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest | October 15&16

Duel Shootout Race | XC & DH

The most anticipated race series is back with a vengeance on Oct 15th. Up for grabs... The NEO Power Series Title. Up for grabs...the Vulture's Knob DH Series Champion. It's all part of the "it's a Groovy MTBR Race Season" and "NEO Power Series" at Vulture's Knob. Plus...we're throwing down extra bonus madness before, during and after the race!

This is a duel race combining the best racers of the NEO Power Series with the VKnob faithful on their home course. The racers will converge into 1 final race for the series finale. PLUS...lets toss in some VKnob zaniness, all riders racing in a costume "might" get preferred starting status. We'll have kids races at 2:00ish, costumes required. We'll have a pumpkin carving contest so bring your best creation and the riders will vote, We'll decorate the podium with the Jack-o-lanterns. DJ Madnote/Unkle Dub/MC Flow will be spinning tunes into the evening. A bon-fire will be lit, free primitive camping is available...let's call it a party to celebrate a great season!
On Sunday, October 16 we wake up and continue a new chapter at Vulture's Knob with timed runs down the new downhill course for the second Mini DH race of the season!

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SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 1ST

SPECIAL YOUTH EVENT | OCTOBER 1ST

*** RESCHEDULED ***
Please join us this weekend, Saturday, October 8, at 4:00 p.m. for our IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day!

IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day!

SPECIALIZED | EDDY'S BIKE SHOP | NEO YOUTH CYCLING GROUP | 331 RACING are proud to support IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 8 at 4:00. Reagan Park in Medina provides the perfect setting for your kids to have a blast on bicycles!

Lots of goodies like Specialized t-shirts, Clif Bars and waterbottles for youth participants!

This event focuses on youth riders, and we'll work on a few skills and then head out on the trail to put the skills to use. The rides will be broken down by age and/or skill level.

We work on safety, trail awareness, the power stroke, balance, track stands, wheelies, overcoming and riding obstacles and more.

Games - bike limbo contest | last person riding | slowest race competition | skills course

We break the trail ride into portions of the trail suitable for the technical skill level of the children. We start with level, easy single-track and slowly proceed to trails with different trail features as the individual skill levels progress.

Click on 'more" to for a map located on bottom of youth page.

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UPNEXT | Thorn Trail Time Trial

UPNEXT | Thorn Trail Time Trial

August 7 - you hid'n or rid'n?

The race of truth...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature. The 2nd off road time trial for The POWER SERIES pits racers not only against one another but against the clock. This is a single track time trial.

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331 Racing's Manatoc Experience | September 3rd & 4th

331 Racing's Manatoc Experience | September 3rd & 4th

10 year anniversary! | our biggest event yet!

NEW for 2011 - you asked for it - you begged for it - you got it -
more demo bikes | more exhibitors | more new trail | food | 3 new youth categories - U-18 Expert, U-15 Sport, U-15 Beginner

Northeast Ohio's largest mountain biking festival.

INTERACTIVE EVENT SCHEDULE - click here -

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Attention Ladies

Attention Ladies

We have some ideas and need your opinions and feedback!

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The POWER SERIES

The POWER SERIES

2 time trials + 2 endurance races + 2 xc races

Stage 1 | June 19 | Reagan Park Time Trial
The start of Ohio's premier race series leads in with the race of truth...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature. Stage #1 for the POWER SERIES pits racers not only against one another but against the clock. This is a single track time trial...bring your fast wheels, powerful legs and a good set of lungs!

Stage 2 | July 16 | Vulture's Knob Double Down Enduro
Double the laps of a normal cross country race...enough said. Oh ya...the expert/sport over-under section will be closed for this race, thus...same course for everyone!

Stage 3 | August 7 | Findley Thorn Trail Time Trial
The 2nd off road time trial for the POWER SERIES pits racers not only against one another but against the clock as they leave it all out on the trails that surround the lake at Findley State Park.

Stage 4 | Sept 3&4 | Manatoc Experience-BVR Festival
NE Ohio's largest mountain biking event will be returning for its 10th year building on the successful two day festival format. This two day event is much more than a typical mountain bike race; there are clinics, open riding, group rides, race course preview, a children's zone that includes safety programs and 4 different types of kids races, limbo contests, bunny hop contests, CAMBA group rides, cyclocross races, 1/2 marathon trail run and manufacturer demo bike exposition in addition to the race.

Stage 5 | Sept 18 | West Branch Mini Enduro
Ten miles and growing of world class singletrack with a wide variety of terrain and scenic lake views makes West Branch an ideal location for fast, challenging mountain bike racing. West Branch will host the 2nd endurance leg of the Power Series. The West Branch Enduro Race will test riders ability to endure long hours in the saddle riding challenging terrain.

Stage 6 | October 15 | Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest-Halloween
The final stage of the POWER SERIES will conclude at the mighty trail system of "The Knob" with the Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Duel Series Shootout Race. After testing all abilities of riders from endurance to the speed of time trials; the single track of Vulture's Knob will bring it all together. At the conclusion of this race a new POWER SERIES Champion will be crowned, a massive bon fire will be lit and DJ MadNote will spin into the night. Primitive camping is available and encouraged. Expect the unexpected and other zany happenings Vulture's Knob events.

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Movie screening at Vulture's Knob | July 23

Movie screening at Vulture's Knob | July 23

The Potential Inside

Pure121.org received permission for a special showing of the movie THE POTENTIAL INSIDE which is a riveting action packed drama that takes you inside the never before seen world of Elite Bicycle Racing. Filled with spectacular race scenes through some of the most treacherous courses on the East Coast of the United States, THE POTENTIAL INSIDE is a powerfully moving and compelling drama that examines the heart and soul of a true champion.

This gathering on July 23 is to help raise awareness for Pure121 2011 mission that children with special needs don't have to sit by and watch sports but be a part of it and to support the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO) in Wooster, Ohio

July 23 | This is a free casual fun family event, bring comfortable chairs or blankets. Ride the trials til dusk and as the sun sets the movie will begin. Refreshments such as hotdogs, popcorn and drinks will be provided.

http://www.thepotentialinside.com/

UPNEXT | Vulture's Knob Double Down Enduro | July 16

UPNEXT | Vulture's Knob Double Down Enduro | July 16

Stage #2 of the POWER SERIES

Double the laps of a normal cross county race...enough said.

All classes will be rac'n the the same "yellow" is "mellow" course. All red sections except the cradle will be closed.

race starts at 1:00

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Reagan Park Trail Work Day III

Reagan Park Trail Work Day III

Saturday June 11th - 9am

One last time before the race. This will be the weed whipper walk through. So bring your weed whippers and cutting devices. We also have 1 area on the river trail that needs rebuilt...if you've ridden the trail you know the spot. A huge "Thanks" to those who helped last Saturday(s) as alot was accomplished. Meet at the Huffman parking lot, 9am

Reagan Park Time Trial | Stage #1

Reagan Park Time Trial | Stage #1

NEO Power Series | June 19

The start of Ohio's premier race series leads in with the race of truth...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature. Stage #1 for the NEO Power Series pits racers not only against one another but against the clock. This is a single track time trial...bring your fast wheels, powerful legs and a good set of lungs! We bring it...it's that simple - the rest is up to you!

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the NEO POWER SERIES is here!

the NEO POWER SERIES is here!

2 time trials + 2 endurance race + 2 xc races

power | wattage | skill | speed | courage | suffering | determination | glory | agony | perseverance | passion | energy | epic | adrenaline | ride | bike | live | love

How can a little bit of everything hurt so good yet continue to push the boundaries of your personal thresholds - balance! 2011 brings 6 races to the series divided by 3 XC disciplines providing you with 2 opportunities to tweak and refine each type of race to achieve your personal best. Welcome to the 4th annual and updated version 4.6 of the North Eastern Ohio Power Series. This is not your typical cross country race series. We've tried that before, many times, in fact. And no matter what we did, it left the same bland taste in our mouths. But rather than using a tanking economy as an excuse to bag the whole race series, we switched it up and focused instead on what sets us apart. We scoured magazines for inspiration, held deep conversations with the local racers and friends, we listened to emails and seasoned veterans. Before we knew it, we were overwhelmed with ideas and thoughts and we are doing our best to bring the tastiest morsels to fruition. The 2011 NEO Power series is here! Go at it...get it dialed, Win it. Here's how we do it: - We slap a smokin' hot course in front of you and entice you to go fast with outrageous prizes - Cash, Bike Frames from Jamis Bicycles, Swag from North Face, Oakley, Swiftwick and more. Recovery food provided by either Chipotle or Pizza Pan. Goodie bags filled with Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition, LUNA Bars, Revive, Emergen-C, Chamois Butter for all racers! Local bike shop sponsors going huge for the event prize tables.

We bring it...It's that simple - the rest is up to you!

NEO Power Series
stage #1 | Reagan Park Time Trial | June, 19 2011
stage #2 | Vulture's Knob Double Down Enduro | July 16 2011
stage #3 | The Thorn Time Trial | August 7 2011
stage #4 | The Big Valley Race at Camp Manatoc | September 3 & 4, 2011
stage #5 | West Branch Mini Enduro | September 18 2011
stage #6 | Vulture's Knob | October 15 2011

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Vulture's Knob XC Race + Woo Town SS Challenge Bonus Race + Group Therapy DH Session

Vulture's Knob XC Race + Woo Town SS Challenge Bonus Race + Group Therapy DH Session

Saturday - May 21

Remember the old adage from years ago, "until you live it, breath it, taste it... this my friend is Vulture's Knob." This line was coined by one of the VKnob founding fathers and is still going strong today. Was the wise ole Dr. Knob rambling about tasting the dirt or the competition, breathing the air or a new challenge, or chomping on some after race dinner dish or dishing out the days epic stories...well, it's all here and then some as your 2011 race entry gives you access to a single track battle that includes 1 giant Chipotle recovery Burrito as you cross the finish line and Monster Energy goodness to keep the vibe flowing late into the night. You gotta be here to Live it...and well...the XC Race is held on Saturday evening so there my friend is a chance to get all three -live it , feel it and taste it. The race is followed by a Bonfire, the DJ Madnote recovery party, primitive camping & good times. All racers will even receive a goodie bag at registration with Revive, Luna Bar, Emergen-C plus more... and the awards ceremony is like no-other...not to be missed. Our sponsors are going bigger and better each year including the 4th year at a chance to win a totally custom Groovy Cycleworks frame and fork, custom built to size with your design for paint and details.

Then to top it off...immediately following the Groovy Cycleworks cross country race we will embark on an epic journey known as the Woo Town SS Challenge. This is a fun filled, smile generating action packed, zany single speed short track mountain bike race. This event showcases the simplicity and purity of rock'n the single cog with twists and turns only the mighty Vulture's Knob will for sure throw your way... can you say pickled sombrero or Monster float?

*NEW* YOUTH DIVISION *NEW* | 4:00
A new division is being added to Vulture's Knob events for the 2011 season to bridge the gap between kids races and the full on cross country racing distances. 12-13 year olds. They will start approx 1 hour before the XC race and will be racing 1/3 a normal XC lap. See website for info.

On Sunday, May 22nd we'll be throwing down a "Group Therapy Session" on the new mini DH course starting at 10:30 sponsored by Monster Energy Drink. This is a free, non-timed gathering, let's call it a jam session if therapy doesn't work for you. Monster Beverages included.

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Vulture's Knob Downhill Trail Map

Vulture's Knob Downhill Trail Map

Here it is folks, the master plan:

So how close are we to realizing a new DH venue in Ohio? We're getting there, with a lot of hard work by a few folks. In summary....

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331 Kick Off Weekend | April 30 & May 1st

331 Kick Off Weekend | April 30 & May 1st

Cross Country Race | Downhill Race | Kid Events | Muddy Paws Bonus Race | Demo Expo

The first Vulture's Knob Downhill race will be in conjunction with the 331 Kickoff party and XC race for 2011. We'll have demos from Jamis, Scott, Raleigh, Intense and Yeti. The traditional cross county easter egg reunion XC race will be on Saturday afternoon. Immediately following the cross country race we will be holding the 2nd annual "CYCLE DOG" MUDDY PAWS RACE - a short track form, fun filled race for you and your trail companion (dog). Primitive Camping, DJ and Party Saturday night. On Sunday, May 1st we wake up and open a new chapter at Vulture's Knob with the first timed runs down the new downhill course.

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Vulture's Knob Trail Workday

Vulture's Knob Trail Workday

Sunday April 10 - 10:00am

We're back on schedule after this nasty winter and spring. A huge thanks to all who came out to make it happen, the entire community appreciates your hard work.
Only 1 more "new" trail on the punch list. Phase 2 of the new" trail flagged after the Cradle! Phase 1 is complete. Phase 2 will take you up, up the hill slightly, then the payoff...which will flow into the phase 1 section. All in all - this new trail was designed with more down then up, should be fast flowing and much longer as we sweep around the original "Vulture's Knob" trail that has been closed for years. All who lend a hand get an extra "golden ticket"
into the annual "Groovy Cycleworks" drawing.

Meet in the shale pit (parking for the DH trail) - 10 am on April 10th

SPRING SPECIAL

SPRING SPECIAL

Save 10% for 10 days only

‎2 time trials + 2 endurance races + 2 xc races

Preregistration is open for the NEO Power Series. From March 7 to March 17th save an additional 10% off the discounted NEO Series Race Pass.

Simply enter discount code "331EVENTS" and save 10%.

March 7 - March 17

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Vultures Knob - Trail Day

Vultures Knob - Trail Day

Sunday March 20 - 10:00 am

Vulture's Knob Trail Maintenance, Sunday March 20th at 10 AM.

We finished the trail around the old Vulture's Knob after the cradle last weekend so we're moving on to get ready to open the entire trail system by having a total trail walk through to address anything mother nature threw at us this winter. This is your chance to tweek and define the trail system and throw down any ideas you've been bouncing in your head. All who lend a hand get an extra "golden ticket" into the annual "Groovy Cycleworks" drawing.

Vulture's Knob Trail Workday

Vulture's Knob Trail Workday

CANCELLED

*** Cold rain, muddy trail build = no fun. ** CANCELLED **

Sunday December 12 at 10 AM. New trail flagged after the Cradle! Designed with more down then up, should be wide and fast flowing and much longer as we sweep around the original "Vulture's Knob" trail that has been closed for years. As of this morning Vultures Knob has little snow, can still see the grass, so its game on for shutting down the old worn out trail and cutt'n in the new!

Please join us as we dial in the trails for the 2011 racing and riding season! All who lend a hand get an extra "golden ticket" into the annual drawing.

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE OFFERING for all who volunteer your time this Sunday at our trail day. We offer you our thanks with a free tree for the taking, simply bring a saw and walk around and select a tree after the trail build. If you rather ball it, have at it! If you can't make it to the trail day, we are also offering up our trees to the 331 community for a small donation, simply stop out and walk around our various fields of trees, select your tree and drop a "fair" donation in the donation barrel in the pavilion. All tree donations will go towards trail development and tools. Happy Holidays from the 331 Crew and Vultures Knob!

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AMAZING 2010 SEASON

AMAZING 2010 SEASON

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Photos from the NEO Series Finale can be found on the
331 RACING FACEBOOK PAGE

NEO Power Series | Stage 5 | Vulture's Knob

NEO Power Series | Stage 5 | Vulture's Knob

Oktoberfest Duel Series Shootout Race

The most anticipated, yet feared race series is back with a vengeance on Oct 16th. Up for grabs... a totally custom - Groovy Cycleworks frame and fork. Up for grabs...The NEO Power Series Title. Up for grabs...the Vulture's Knob Series Champion. It's all part of the "it's a Groovy MTBR Race Series" and "NEO Power Series" at Vulture's Knob. Plus...we're throwing down extra bonus madness before, during and after the race!

This is a duel race combining the best racers of the NEO Power Series with the VKnob faithful on their home course. The two series will converge into 1 final race for the series finals. PLUS...lets toss in some VKnob zaniness, all riders racing in a costume will get preferred starting status. We'll have kids races at 2:00ish, costumes required. We'll have a pumpkin carving contest so bring your best creation and the riders will vote, We'll decorate the podium with the Jack-o-lanterns. DJ Madnote/Unkle Dub/MC Flow will be spinning tunes into the evening. A bon-fire will be lit, free primitive camping is available...let's call it a party to celebrate a great season!

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6th Annual Reagan Park Single Track Time Trial

6th Annual Reagan Park Single Track Time Trial

NE Ohio Power Series | Stage #4

OCTOBER 3 | The race of truth...man vs machine vs trail vs time vs mother nature. Stage #4 for the NEO Power Series pits racers not only against one another but against the clock. This is a single track time trial...bring a good set of lungs!

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Trail Maintenance | Work Day

Trail Maintenance | Work Day

Vulture's Knob

Please join us as we dial in the trails for the upcoming race in October and the fall riding season!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 @ 9:00am - meet at pavilion, late arrivals meet out at over/under bridge area.

On our punch list is rebuilding the over/under bridge, working horseshoe hill bench and fixing up the bridges in the under before junkyard hill.

West Branch Mini Enduro

West Branch Mini Enduro

NE Ohio Power Series | Stage #3

NE Ohio's offroad stage race

September 19th

West Branch State Park will host the endurance leg of the NEO Power Race Series. Endurance racing has become the fastest growing segment of mountain bike racing and an endurance race at the most popular trail in the area is sure to test riders skills, fitness and determination. The West Branch Enduro Race will test riders ability to endure long hours in the saddle riding challenging terrain. Pro/Experts will race approx 6 hrs, sport approx 4-5 hrs, novice 2-3 hrs.

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The Big Valley Race & Festival

The Big Valley Race & Festival

NE Ohio's largest mountain biking event

September 4 & 5th
The 9th annual Big Valley Race and Festival

The one weekend of exclusive trail access will be returning for its 9th year building on the successful two day festival format. This two day event is much more than a typical mountain bike race; there are clinics, open riding, group rides, race course preview, a children's zone, limbo contest, bunny hop contest, CAMBA group rides, cyclocross races, 1/2 marathon trail run and manufacturer demo bike exposition in addition to the race. Check out the new events for 2010!

- 9 miles of "forbidden" trails (only chance to ride trails within CVNP)
- test ride demo bikes from Jamis and Specialized
- Specialized women specific demo trailer
- 4 different kids races in our kids zone
- trail 1/2 marathon running race "NEW"
- NE Ohio CX race series "Cyclocross racing!" NEW"
- bunny hop contest
- Chipotle Burritos for Cross Country Racers on Sunday
- limbo contest
- CAMBA "Intro to mountain biking clinic"

more to come! See website within for complete schedule of events

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Akron Cycling Festival | August 21st

Akron Cycling Festival | August 21st

Rubber City Meltdown Criterium Race

Downtown Criterium Racing is back!

Join the urban uprising, leave the gas guzzlers in the driveway and cycle into the bike friendly city of Akron. Map out your route on the famous Tow Path trail, bike the blue line - a scenic course through Downtown Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, bike out to Peninsula and ride back via train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown criterium racing at its best.

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the NEO POWER SERIES is here!

the NEO POWER SERIES is here!

2 time trials + 1 endurance race + 2 xc races

power | wattage | skill | speed | courage | suffering | determination | glory | agony | perseverance | passion | energy | epic | adrenaline | ride | bike | live | love

How can a little bit of everything feel so good yet take it to another level - that's what we were thinking when we came up with the 3rd version of the North Eastern Ohio Power Series. We took a bunch of our favorite places to ride, tossed 'em together... & what cha know...it's a masterpiece! Here's how we do it: - We slap a smokin' hot course in front of you and entice you to go fast with outrageous prizes - Chipotle Burritos, Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition, Marathon Protein Bars, Cliff Mojo, Raw Revolution for all racers! It's that simple - the rest is up to you!

NEO Power Series
stage #1 | The Thorn Time Trial | July 18, 2010
stage #2 | The Big Valley Race at Camp Manatoc | September 4 & 5, 2010
stage #3 | West Branch Mini Enduro | September 19, 2010 !!-Double Points Race-!!
stage #4 | Reagan Park Time Trial | October 3, 2010
stage #5 | Vulture's Knob | October 16, 2010

NOTE | racers that pre-register online will be placed in the start order based on 2009 NEO Series Final Points Standings. All other racers will be placed in the order they register. Register day of event = traffic -or- register today = front of start order, clear trail & save a little $$

May the best overall, skilled racers step up onto the podium...do you have what it takes?

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Vulture's Knob

Vulture's Knob "It's a Groovy Series" race #4

+ Woo Town Single Speed Classic bonus race

The most anticipated, yet feared race series is back with a vengeance on July 10th. Up for grabs... a totally custom - Groovy Cycleworks frame and fork. It's all part of the "it's a Groovy MTBR Race Series" at Vulture's Knob. Plus...we're throwing down a extra bonus race after the race!

WOO TOWN SINGLE SPEED CLASSIC - Immediately following the Groovy Cycleworks cross country race awards ceremony we will be holding a fun filled, action packed, zany single speed short track mountain bike race.
This event showcases the simplicity and purity of rock'n the single cog! But can you handle the twist and turns the mighty Vulture's Knob might, will, or for sure throw your way.

The annual VKnob Woo Town Single Speed Champion will be crowned at the closing ceremony/party and will hold this distinguished award for 1 year, but will be remembered forever. Up for grabs... the annual Big Mofo Trophy, your name laser cut into a piece of stainless and tacked on from year to year. - so you don't want to give it back...you must return the next year to defend your title or lose the Big Mofo revolving Trophy to a new champion.

see last years write up of the SS race here http://groovycycleworks.blogspot.com/2009/06/groovy-series-3-and-wootown-ss.html

Updates & Changes for XC race
- WOMEN race for $20.00
- presentation of our 4th and 5th bike donation with "Bikes for Kids" serving underprivileged youth
- registration closes promptly at 4:30
- youth| kids "fun" races start at 4:00. XC race at 5:00

Online and Mail-in registration for race #4 is now open - sign up at www.331racing.com $30 register online | $35 day of event

-Chipotle Burritos, Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition + goodie bags with samples from Raw Revolution, Hammer Nutrition and Clif Bar for all racers! DJs, bonfire, camping.

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Vulture's Knob Wooster Ohio

Vulture's Knob

Vulture's Knob "It's a Groovy Series" race #3

Vintage bike show and bonus retro klunker race

Vulture's Knob "Groovy" Series Race #3
Presented by Chipotle

BIKE SHOW AND RETRO KLUNKER RACE - Immediately following the cross country race we will be holding - fun filled races featuring bikes of years past. Here's the details

This event takes us back to the origins of mountain biking, where poorly prepared gentlemen and ladies charge off down a big hill on bikes that just ain't up to the job. Leave the lycra, disc brakes, and suspension behind, just grab a clunker and bomb it.

The VKnob Klunker Champion will be crowned at the closing ceremony/party. All competitors (in these event(s)) have to donate something or anything to the communal prize stash for each race entered.

Klunkers Races
Race number 1 = a clunker race | One rule -- you can't ride a mountain bike or anything suitable for the purpose. So that leaves anything old or inappropriate: choppers, shoppers, stingrays, BMX postie bikes, 20", 24", 26", 700c etc. The route is offroad, technical, rocky, and includes trails and roads. Well start somewhere then head down the lane to the new upper bowl trail, then back on the lane to the finish on Mcafee road

Race number 2 = the modern era of pre- 1995s mountain bike builds | anodized wonder bikes, Stumpjumpers, Zaskars, whatever, (no modern disk or v-brakes), same course as race number 2.

Race number 3 = a chopper race around the outhouse onto the lane and around back to start, a couple laps?

Best vintage apparel contest! (its a costume party!)

Bike show Categories
Choppers
Clunkers
Pre-1995?
?

However, remember this is VKnob... there may be some twists thrown down between laps and on the course.

Updates & Changes for XC race
- WOMEN race for $20.00
- presentation of our 4th bike donation with "Bikes for Kids" serving underprivileged youth

- registration closes promptly at 4:30
- youth| kids "fun" races start at 4:00. XC race at 5:00

Online registration for race #3 is now open-sign up at www.331racing.com
$30 register online | $35 day of event

-Chipotle Burritos, Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition for all racers! DJs, bonfire, camping, bike show & bonus races.

A good thing just got better!

A good thing just got better!

As you can see, we're constantly adopting new ideas and moving forward. Be sure to let us know how you like it. We're certainly willing to field suggestions as to how we can make things better. This year we're introducing several new ideas and features to our races as a result of direct input from rider suggestions.

Series Race Pass - the cost of everything seems to keep going up, except our home values. 331 is bucking this trend by introducing a rider suggested series race pass. (save $50.00)
Online registration - if the full series race pass is not for you, save $5.00 off race day registration by registering online. (save $25.00)
Kids Races - We are having kids races at all our Vulture's Knob races!
New Start orders We'll be calling the top finishers up front to the start of each race for preferred starting positions.

Why the push to online registration, it makes sense! So we can respect the hardworking folks that prepare and provide food for our races. So we can continue to start races on time by streamlining the registration process and data entry. To make life easier! It's simple, painless and easy! Save $$$

It's a Groovy Series | Race #1
Time: 5:00PM Saturday, April 10th
Location: Vulture's Knob

Youth|kids "fun" races start at 4:00

Online registration is now open for the Vultures Knob race series:
$25 register for entire series pass | $30 register online | $35 day of event

-Chipotle Burritos, Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition for all racers! DJs, bonfires, & bonus races.

-2009 Series Awards will be given at the awards ceremony including the presentation of the 2009 Groovy Cycleworks custom frame and fork.

Click here to RSVP and scope out the competition!

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Groovy Series Race #2 - Muddy Paws Bonus Race

Groovy Series Race #2 - Muddy Paws Bonus Race

Presented by "Ride On" Wooster Bicycles

It's a Groovy Series | Race #2 "MUDDY PAWS BONUS RACE"
Time: 5:00PM Saturday, May 22nd
Location: Vulture's Knob

Youth|kids "fun" races start at 4:00

MUDDY PAWS BONUS RACE
Immediately following the xc race we will be holding - in short track form, a two lap race for you and your trail companion (dog). Here's the details, it will be a team time trial type event, one open class, fastest time (scored by last teammate to cross the finish line) wins an incredible juicy steak for both you and your dog! However, remember this is VKnob... there will be some twists thrown down between laps and on the course. Are you and Fido ready! This is a free bonus race, simply bring your dog and register at the event!

Online registration is now open
$30 register online | $35 day of event

-Chipotle Burritos, Monster Energy Drink and Hammer Nutrition for all racers! DJs, bonfire, & Muddy Paws bonus race.

Updates & Changes
- FULL PRIZE TABLE for sport and beginners presented by "Ride On" Wooster Bicycles
- WOMEN race for $20.00
- presentation of the 2009 Groovy Cycleworks custom frame and fork.
- presentation of our 3rd bike donation with "Bikes for Kids" serving underprivileged youth

Groovy Cycleworks will be holding their annual open house on this day from 10:00 til 2:00 in downtown Wooster. Stop at the cycleworks studio and check out the machinery behind the man and the title sponsor of the 2010 Vulture's Knob "Its a Groovy" race series.
More details coming soon.

Get Out & Ride Vulture's Knob!

Get Out & Ride Vulture's Knob!

Big happenings gett'n thrown down in Wooster. First off - the most anticipated, yet feared XC race series is back with a vengeance for 2010 as Chipotle satisfies the after race hunger and Groovy Cycleworks throws down another custom frame and fork! Can you handle the mighty and majestic trails at Vulture's. Second...phase II construction has began...a combined slopestyle zone tied in with a freeride run/downhill course. The initial corridor has been cut, cross country has been relocated and a handful of jumps have been crafted...many, many more in the works...hope to have a line or two open sometime in the spring. Stay up to date on the VKnob Gravity Zone page.

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Welcome to our new digital ride.

Welcome to our new digital ride.

So this is version 1.0 and the new home of 331racing.com. We've been spread thin over numerous websites and various url's so as our volume of races and venues has grown we found the need to consolidate our virtual operations. Through a new partnership with GameSnake.com we've been enabled to take everything to the next level. So be aware...and look for changes such as online registration for all our events, "get out and ride" notifications and a few additional features to be announced at a later date. Take a quick gander, we're still moving and creating the content so please be patient as we drop in more photos, news and articles.



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