This snowshoe and fats bike race will take you up Orland’s Nice Pond Mountain
Combining fats biking and snowshoe working, the brand new Wildlands Winter Wilderness Problem will probably be held on March 1, at Nice Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland. The competitors will characteristic races for every sport, plus a duathlon that mixes the 2 actions.
The primary-time occasion was born out of a rising relationship between the native mountain biking group and Nice Pond Mountain Conservation Belief, a land belief that owns and manages the 4,500-acre Nice Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland, and some different properties within the area.
“We’ve been working with them now for 3 years,” stated Craig MacDonald, president of the Penobscot Area chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Affiliation. “The occasion is basically going to focus on what may very well be presumably completed [in the Wildlands].”
In 2019, the Penobscot Area chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Affiliation acquired grants and donations amounting to about $25,000 to build mountain bike trails in the Wildlands. Working with Nice Pond Mountain Conservation Belief, skilled path builders and volunteers, the mountain biking group constructed a 1.4-mile path on the property that spring and summer season.
The path — named the Capstone Path — climbs Nice Pond Mountain and is designed for knowledgeable riders.
This summer season, the group plans to increase the path to a complete size of three.7 miles, MacDonald stated, and there are plans underway for added trails to be constructed which are much less difficult.
“To me, it’s one of many main issues we’ve got happening within the mountain biking group,” MacDonald stated. “There’s a possibility to construct a path system there, and the board of Nice Pond Mountain [Conservation Trust], they need this however they need to take time they usually need high-quality mountain bike trails. They need it to be the most effective in Maine.”
On the upcoming Wildlands Winter Wilderness Challenge, the fats bike races and duathlon will observe a route that features the brand new Capstone Path, in addition to multi-use trails which have existed within the Wildlands for a few years. The snowshoe races will observe multi-use trails and mountaineering trails. All of those intersecting trails discover the slopes of Nice Pond Mountain and provide views of the close by Lifeless River.
“We really feel that the Wildlands, proper now, don’t see numerous excessive consumer site visitors for the placement that it’s,” occasion organizer Sarah Vickers stated. “We thought it might be a superb venue for races.”
As is usually the case with first-time occasions, organizers are working exhausting to get the phrase out about it and ramp up participation. Racers of all ability ranges are welcome, although the fats biking route could also be too difficult for some newbie riders.
The occasion is sponsored by Japanese Maine Biking Membership and Nice Pond Mountain Conservation Belief. Occasion parking, registration and a post-race meal and award ceremony will probably be held at Craig Brook Nationwide Fish Hatchery, which provided its constructing and car parking zone for the occasion. The hatchery is positioned on the fringe of the Wildlands at 306 Hatchery Street in Orland.
On the day of the occasion, registration will probably be from 7 to eight:30 a.m.
A 5.2-mile fats bike race will begin at 9 a.m. These taking part within the duathlon will begin on the similar time, starting with the 5.2-mile fats bike portion and following with a 3.5-mile snowshoe portion. Racers can full the duathlon solo or in two-person groups.
An extended fats bike race, measuring 9 miles lengthy, will begin at 9:15 a.m. And the three.5-mile snowshoe race (for these not taking part within the duathlon) will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Chili supplied by volunteers will probably be accessible for racers, race volunteers and spectators after the race, and an award ceremony will probably be held at 11:30 a.m. At the moment, the winners of first, second and third locations will probably be introduced for males, girls and youth taking part within the races. As well as, the winners of first, second and third locations will probably be introduced for the duathlon for women and men solo racers, in addition to male, feminine and co-ed groups.
Moreover, the female and male racers who end first within the duathlon as solo athletes will probably be topped “Wildlands Frozen Man” and “Wildlands Frozen Lady.”
“We don’t have anybody signed up for the duathlon but,” Vickers stated Monday. “However we’ll have enjoyable crowns for them.”
Winners of first, second and third locations will all obtain small prizes, and there will probably be a drawing for reward playing cards to native companies, together with Alpenglow Journey Sports activities, Cadillac Mountain Sports activities, Renys and Finelli Pizzeria.
Racers can register on the day of the occasion or on-line. To register for the snowshoe race or duathlon, go to runreg.com/wildlands-winter-wilderness-challenge, and to register for the fats bike races, go to bikereg.com/essexwoods.
This yr, the fats bike races on the Wildlands Winter Wilderness Problem are changing the Essex Woods Fats Bike Race, which has been held in Bangor within the city-owned Essex Woods for a number of years. The Orland races are part of the Maine Winter Fat Bike Series, which this yr contains fats bike races in Rangeley, Bethel, Carrabassett Valley, Farmington and Cumberland.
Occasion organizers hope the Wildlands Winter Wilderness Problem will draw sufficient participation to turn out to be an annual occasion.