The Summit Shorty is grassroots mountain biking at its best, offering a great experience for racers of all ages and skill levels. Races range from 3-6 laps of our 1 mile course, which includes dirt and paved climbs, bumpy singletrack, a tight switchback, and steep descents. Most racers complete their event in around 25 – 30 minutes, which makes for some short and fierce battles. Points are awarded for your finish place, with points from all six races tallied to declare the series’ winner in each category. The final race of the series is worth double points, and it is here that we have podium awards for the top 5 from each class.
Our kids’ races give children a chance to strap on a number and show their stuff on a short and safe lap, all the while close enough to be seen and cheered by their parents. There is no charge for this race, and everyone gets a prize. The course is short, with no steep climbs or descents, suitable for any child that has a pedal bike and a good attitude. Please, no training wheels or tricycles. Not ideal, but possible on a “scoot bike”, with some additional “good attitude”.
We have had exclusive middle school classes for the last two years, which provide the only organized competitive racing for the growing number of local middle school mountain bike clubs. Middle school races happen every other week, but racers are welcome to race in our 14 years old and under C class on the off weeks.
Our series coincides with the height of the NorCal high school racing series and provides an excellent intense midweek workout for local NICA racers. These young athletes are able to self-select for an appropriate category, with some doing very well in our fastest A category.
Adults will also find the right amount of challenge in our Women’s, C, B, and A race categories, with further 35 years and up divisions in C, B, and A.
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There are signs to direct traffic to the race area, which is above the skate park, on the old Nike missile site at the top of the hill.
You must sign a waiver when you register. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to have a waiver signed by your parent or legal guardian. You can download the waiver HERE and bring it with you to the race. We will keep the waiver on file for all six races, so you do not need to complete more than one.
Results will be available on line and onsite as soon as the race for that class is over. The results include timing for each lap.
The trails we use for the race are only open to mountain bikes on the days of the races. Please do not pre-ride on any other days.
No bikes are allowed in the skate park down the hill.
Please park in the large gravel lot on the left after the tennis courts and before the paved parking lot at the skate park. From here it is a short ride/walk through the skate park parking lot and up the fireroad to the hilltop, where you will take a left and see the registration tent.
Registered racers may pre-ride the course while other classes are racing, but only if they do not interfere with the action.
The fee for racing is $20 for all Middle School, Women’s, A, B , and C classes. This fee is charged to cover our costs for insurance, site fee, electronic timing, medical personnel, and other expenses associated with putting on a safe and fun race. If you want to race, but are not able to due to the cost, please contact the race organizers.
In ten years, we have not had to cancel a race due to weather, but it is possible if there is heavy rain on the day of the race. Please see our Facebook Page for up to the minute details.
Please send any questions or feedback to Jim Hewett, firstname.lastname@example.org.