Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 12 & 13, 2013


Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 12 & 13, 2013


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; the single track of Vulture's Knob will bring it all together.

After Saturday's racing action a massive 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.

Saturday is Vintage VK apparel night - wear those old Vulture's Knob jackets, shirts, jerseys and hats!

RACE DISCOUNT SPECIAL: well, sort of a BOGO...bring a friend who has never raced a 331 event and they race one race for FREE! (this weekend only)

Pumpkin carving contest - bring and show off your prized carving, we'll have a vote and someone will win something! All Jack-O-Lanterns will enhance the podium.

YOUTH DAY (Halloween Costumes Welcome)
SPECIALIZED | EDDY'S BIKE SHOP | PROGRESSION SESSIONS| 331 RACING are proud to support IMBA's take a kid mountain biking day

2012 was a fantastic year for the youth at 331 events. At our Vulture's Knob youth day and Oktoberfest event we had over 60 smiling bike riding youth participants. This year we'll continue the fun including goodies such as Specialized t-shirts, Clif Bars, IMBA helmet sticker and waterbottles for youth participants provided by Eddy's Bike Shop, Specialized and 331 racing!

Youth day is all about the smiles. We'll have bike safety checks from Eddy's Bike Shop, a progression session challenge course featuring the Urban Vision pump track and limbo, youth race course preview ride and then the last youth race of the season. We'll have fun with awards to follow.

YOUTH RACE SERIES | Halloween costumes preferred (whats the fun if you don't ride in disguise)
A fun short loop for the kids on the upper portion of the course surrounding the pavilion. 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 around the pavilion area
- 9-11 yr olds - 1 or 2 laps on the kids course around the pavilion area
- 12-13 yr olds - 2-3 laps on the kids course around the pavilion area

Test your speed skills against your peers in this elbow to elbow multi heat anaerobic throw down. The VK short track is a get at it from the start, lactic acid producing, heart pounding and smile inducing, battle royal.

Short Track ~ [short trak]
an off-road bike race similar to a criterium where riders do multiple laps on a short dirt course. Race Distances will be determined by speed and time. Very fast, challenging and fun!

XC MTBR RACE | All riders racing in Halloween costumes "might" get a preferred starting call. A NEW modified race course has been unveiled - See details tab for video and description.

"IF" we have enough daylight - Immediately following the short track racing we will be holding - in short track form, a single 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!

BLAZING SADDLE CYCLE Saturday Night PIG ROAST This recovery dinner is going down a little different for the finale. How about a combined POT LUCK and pig roast courtesy of Blazing Saddle Cycle. For Saturday evening the fine folks at Blazing Saddle will be roasting up a 80lb porker, so we are simply asking you to bring a dish to share with the everyone and help celebrate a season of racing. Live music, food and good times will accompany.

EDGE OUTDOORS STORE is supplying the Lager Heads - bring your favorite pint glass.

following completion of all events the days events will be recognized and presented awards. Race day prizes provided by Eddy's Bike Shop

After the awards the traditional bonfire will be lit and as the moon raises over Vulture's Knob live music from Adam and the Auntacids will be heard and resident DJ Madnote will spin the rare funk and eklectik beats til as the moon rises.

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


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Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 12 & 13, 2013


October 12 | saturday Youth Day & Short Track

10:00-12:30 - short track Practice

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

12:00 - Eddy's Bike Shop youth bike check
12:30-1:00 - youth 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.

2:00 - OIRL Varsity and JV Short Track Race (25 min + 1 lap)
2:45 - OIRL awards
3:30 - Expert (all ages) Short Track Race (25 min + 1 lap)
3:31 - Sport Plus - Short Tack Race (25 min + 1 lap)
4:15 - Beginners - Short Track Race (20 min + 1 lap)
4:16 - Juniors - Short Track Race (20 min + 1 lap)
5:00 - Sport - Short Track Race (25 min + 1 lap)
6:00 - Muddy Paws Dog Race
6:30 - awards
6:53 - sunset
7:00-12:00 - The Sundown Recovery & Rehydrate party, Band & pig roast
12:00 - Camping - quite time

CAMPING: Primitive camping is available and encouraged - showers available.

October 13 | sunday (first race 10:00am) this is a new format, times are approximate.
10:00 - OPS XC RACE #1 - Expert/Sport Plus
11:30 - OPS XC RACE #2 - Sport
1:00 - OPS XC RACE #3 - Beginner

Expert Awards - 11:45ish (15 min. after sport start)
Sport Awards - 1:15ish (15 min. after beginner start)
Beginner Awards - 2:15ish

We will also hold a "Bikes for kids giveaway" at the awards ceremony.
Click here for more details on the bikes for kids.

XC Laps: each lap approx 3.5 miles on a new upper XC race loop
Expert - 6 laps
Sport - 4 laps
Beginner - 2 laps

trails not being used for race: over-under, junk hill, cradle, suspension bridge climb, rock tunnel, crotch tree, glass highway are all out. To see whats in see the video below

Short Track Race Fees:
- Series Pass - $23.00 - (pre-season purchase only)
- Short Track Online registration - $25.00
- ALL Juniors 17 & Under- $15.00

Muddy Paws Dog Race
- Free (must sign in and register prior to start of event)

XC Race Fees:
- Series Pass - (pre-season purchase only)
- XC Online registration (early bird til Oct 02) - $35.00 includes Bistro dinner ticket
- XC Online registration (Oct 3-11) - $35 no Bistro dinner ticket
- XC race day "late" registration - $35.00 no dinner ticket option
- ALL Juniors 17 & Under- $15.00 *** Junior pricing does not include dinner ticket ***

* as events continue to grow we have raised the day of race registration or added the meal ticket add-on simply to encourage pre-registration. This enables us to prepare food orders, 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.

Vulture's Knob is privately owned and maintained by the 331 crew. VKnob consists of 125 acres along the majestic and mighty Killbuck River in the rolling hills of Wooster Ohio. The trail system about 30 miles southwest of Akron and has hosted a full mountain bike race schedule, including night races, a 24 hour race, and an adventure race, "The Knob" is considered the most technical single track in northeastern Ohio. Small painted signs give indication about what to expect around the next turn, with names like Rock Tunnel, Fern Gully, Oh Sh#!, Friar Bryan's Forest, Ant City ...well, you get the idea. Creative and fun.

Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Finale | October 12 & 13, 2013

Remember...the Vulture helped launch and establish the sport over 15 years ago. However, this has not always been the case; this venue was once a county farmers land fill. The 331 Crew has accepted the environmental challenge no one else dared to consider and turned it into a sustainable venture with mountain bike and running trails, a 6 acre mulch and organic food waste facility, and evergreen tree farm with several thousand trees. We aim to continue our efforts to clean and develop this once useless 125 acres.

The established facility contains parking, permanent restrooms and shower facilities, primitive camping areas, a staging area with pavilion at the start finish line that provides the backbone for a network of challenging single track and technical trails. Over 100 races have been run at the Knob including epic 12 hour and 24 hour races, adventure races along with the popular cross-country race series. The facilities are open 365 days a year for open riding and camping. Thousands of people from all over the country visit Vulture's Knob year round, not just to race, but for the daily open riding, it is the most reviewed trail in Ohio according to mountain bike trail review pages.

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