Chestnut Ridge XC Race | June 15, 2013



Stage #4 of the Ohio Power Series will host the USA Cycling Ohio State Championship race. Destined to become a classic and already a must attend event. The OPS's first stop in Columbus for 2013 is the second cross country race of the 14 event series which contains 6 XC races. A Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO) maintained trail and one of the newest trail system to hit the buckeye state. Chestnut Ridge is south east of the heart of the Buckeye Nation and is considered the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains reaching 1050 feet above sea level and features several out croppings of ancient Blank Hand sandstone bedrock. Due to the central location and proximity to the state capital this is sure to become a destination trail for many central Ohio mountain bikers. The Chestnut Ridge XC consists of approx 8-10 miles of well managed trail that climbs and twists around black oak, pines and chestnut trees.


Approx Times: check back for final schedule
10:30-12:00 - Practice
11:00 - Registration Begins (pick up for pre-registration packets)
12:00 - Practice ends
YOUTH RACE SERIES #2 | Bikes for Kids presentation
12:00 - Mini-Mites race (5 & Under)
12:10 - Mini-Sonics race (6-8 yr olds)
12:20 - Super Sonics race (9-11 yr olds)
12:35 - Nitro Sonics race (12-13 yr olds)

estimated start times (age group split times and order tbd day of race based on size of classes)
12:30 - Registration Ends
1:00 - CAT 3 Beginner Race - 1 lap 8 miles
1:05 - Juniors - 1 lap 8 miles
1:40 - CAT 1&2 Expert Race - 3 laps 24 miles
1:45 - CAT 2 Sport Race - 2 laps 16 miles
3:30ish - Awards Ceremony

**EVENT WEATHER UPDATE: ** Event delays, cancellations and other weather related information will be posted here.


Click here for online registration - online registration closes June 13 at 11:00pm - race day registration available on site til 12:30
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RED HOT FOOD TRUCK| Special appearance from the freshest tex-mex-fusion food available in Columbus, Ohio. "Gourmet on-the-go goodness" Tacos or Enchilada. The menu will be available to all spectators and families at normal menu pricing. Remember to support those that support our sport!

Race Fees: Early Bird registration includes dinner ticket for tacos or enchilada from the "red hot food truck" A portion of each fee is donated directly to COMBO for trail building and advocacy. USAC one day license is being absorbed by 331 racing.

- Series Pass - $25.00 (pre-season purchase only)
- "EARLY BIRD PACKAGE" Online - $38.00+dinner (til June 6) (dinner ticket included)
- Online registration - $40.00 (no dinner ticket) (June 7-June 13)
- Race Day "Late" registration - $45 (no dinner ticket)
- ALL Juniors 18 & Under- $15.00 (discount price does not include dinner ticket)

USAC license is encouraged however CAT 1 racers are the only category required to have a USA Cycling license in-order to race. The expert race is a combined Cat 1 & Cat 2 race, if you enter the expert race as a Cat 2 racer you are not required to have a annual USA Cycling mountain bike license for this race. However, if you are wishing to qualify for nationals you must have a current and valid USA Cycling license to participate in the National XC Championship.

USAC One Day License: There will be NO one day USAC license requirement. 331 Racing is absorbing the cost.

The top-15 riders from each category and age-group offered at the USA Cycling MTB State and Regional Championships
(same discipline and category) will eligible to compete at the National Championships. Riders will also need to be United States
citizen or permanent resident (amateur categories only) Specific qualification procedures and guidelines posted at

USA Cycling MTB Cross Country National Championship July 18-21 at Bear Creek Resort in Pennsylvania.

Lap counts: approx 8 miles per lap
1 lap - Beginner & Junior (CAT 3)
2 laps - Sport (CAT 2)
3 laps - Expert men (CAT 1/CAT 2)

CLASSES / CATEGORIES | NOTE: we may add or combine age groups base on participation

CAT1/CAT 2 / expert | 3 laps
18 & U Junior
19-39 Senior
40+ Master

CAT 2 / sport open | 2 laps
A step between the Sport & Expert Classes. We have a lot of fast Sport riders who have considered moving up, but the step to expert is pretty major. So we've created a new class as an intermediary between sport and expert. Sport Open will run 2 laps, and be an Open Age Class & mixed gender. All of you fast sport riders... this is the new class for you. This class will not serve as a qualifier class for USA Cycling or State Championship but will count towards the Ohio Power Series only.

CAT 2 / sport | 2 laps
18 & U Junior
19-29 Senior
30-39 Master
40-49 Master
50+ Master

CAT 3 / beginner | 1 lap
19-29 Senior
30-39 Master
40-49 Master
50+ Master

Junior | 1 lap
age 10-12
age 13-14
age 15-16
age 17-18

YOUTH All about the entry level mountain bike race, short distance...see descriptions below for more information. Parents are allowed to run or ride next to their child. If your child is more advanced and can normally complete an adult lap please consider the junior class.

A fun short loop for the kids. Various classes based on age and abilities. From training wheels to tiny tots to mini-mites...a little something for all! Free entry

5 and under and training wheels - small drag race down a straight line in front of the staging area.
6-8 yr olds - 1 lap on the kids course
9-11 yr olds - 1 or 2 laps on the kids course
12-13 yr olds - 2 to 3 laps on the kids course

* FYI: as events continue to grow we have raised the day of race registration simply to encourage pre-registration. This enables us to prepare food orders, swag purchases and ensure accurate start times and avoid delays due to data processing of late participant entries. Pre-reg also gives us a direct line of communication in the event the race is delayed or canceled though the event email system.

Chestnut Ridge XC Race | June 15, 2013

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NOTE: do not go to the main park entrance, trailhead parking is on Mason Rd.
From I-270 to the north, take US 33 east toward Lancaster. From points south or east, take US 33 toward Canal Winchester. Exit at Pickerington Road and proceed south. Turn right on Jefferson Road which becomes Winchester Road. Drive past the main entrance to Chestnut Ridge Metro Park. Cross Amanda Northern Road and take the next left turn onto
Mason Road. The trailhead parking lot is on your left. Look for the Mountain Bike Trail sign.

Chestnut Ridge is located southeast of Columbus, the park provides hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing for children aged 15 and younger, and a playground. The ridge at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park rises more than 150 feet reaching an elevation above sea level of 1,050 feet and is 4,500 feet long. It is considered the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, featuring many out-croppings of ancient Black Hand sandstone bedrock. From an observation deck at the high point of the Ridge Trail, visitors can easily see the Columbus skyline, some 20 miles away. Black oak, shagbark hickory and northern red oak trees grow on the upper slopes of the ridge and enhance the woodland beauty of the 486-acre park.

Chestnut Ridge is part of a Blackhand sandstone ridge once covered by chesnut trees. This sandstone formed 345 million years ago when the Appalachian mountains were formed. As the mountains rose, rivers, and streams washed away sand and silt. This debris was deposited along the shorelines and eventually was compressed into the Blackhand Sandstone.

The ridge as the name implies was once covered with chestnut trees. Chestnuts were a popular food source and people came to the ridge to gather them. However, a fungus from an imported tree brought disease and death to most of these magnificent trees.




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