Mudders Day

"How to registerRegistration forms for the Whidbey Island Mudder are available at the Parks Office on Maxwelton Rd. or at Velocity Bikes. The cost is $20 for those who pre-register, $25 on the day of the race. Race coordinators are still looking for more volunteers. To volunteer or for more information, call One-Speed Promotions at 579-1967 or the parks district at 221-5484. Or, visit the race's website at bikes are cool.South Whidbey's many riders have known this for years. On any given weekend, scores of them can be found on DNR trails in the Goss Lake area jumping stumps, splashing through puddles, and winding along trails too narrow for even some hikers. But there is one aspect of the mountain bike that has gone largely unnoticed by local riders:Mountain bikes are good for racing.On June 4, mountain bike racing comes to South Whidbey in the first annual Whidbey Island Mudder. Geared for all riders, from beginners to experts, the Mudder will be one day out of the year when two-wheeled vehicles take center stage.Robert Frey, the race's promoter, said the race should attract not only scores of Whidbey Island riders, but riders from across the state as well. It is the only major mountain bike racing event on that date within easy driving distance for Western Washington riders.Taking place on a wooded 3-mile loop course off Coles Road, the event offers separate races for beginners, women, and sport/expert classes. There will also be a Clunker Classic race in which racers will be challenged to compete on their Schwinn Cruisers, three speeds, five speeds, one speeds, and any other oddity they can find in their garages. Clunker participants will race two loops of the course, while beginners and women will race four. Riders in the sport/expert class race seven loops.Sponsored by the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, Velocity Bikes, and Frey's One-Speed Promotions, the Mudder will provide entrants with T-shirts, after-race refreshments, and a long prize list. Especially important to the event's success will be spectators, whom Frey hopes turn out in droves."

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