Penn Cycle's long-standing tradition of mountain bike racing at Buck Hill returns in 2015 for the 24th season. What started out with 45 riders the very first night a long time ago has grown and evolved into something truly special. "Whether you’re a first-timer or local hero, these weeknight races continue to rank as the best bang for your entertainment Buck by every mountain biker in the world." Thursday Night at the Races brings together beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bikers for some great racing and good times. This family friendly event is also a great opportunity to get the little ones into mountain biking with a free kid's race after the adult races.
"You won’t find a more family friendly, cycling event anywhere and I am really proud of what we have put together and continue to do so on Thursday Nights." - Pat Sorensen, Penn Cycle President.
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If you've never raced before, this is your chance to give it a try. The Beginner class race starts at 7:15 pm and only costs $5. For the intermediate and advanced racers, $10 will gain you entry into the Advanced, Recreational or Fat Bike class races that start at 6:30 pm. Registration for the races runs from 5:00-6:15 pm.
|Start of the Fat Bike Class Race|
2015 Buck Hill Race Schedule
Series 1: May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th and 11th
Series 2: June 18th, 25th, (No race July 2nd), July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Plus a potential make up race on Aug. 6th.
If you're still not convinced to join in on the fun this year, watch the video below for a week by week recap of the fun, thrills and competition of last year's races.
After the races, the adults take to the kid's course on kids bikes. Watch the hilarity ensue as Pat shoots for the win.
This is a great opportunity to test yourself in a race setting on a challenging wooded course at Buck Hill. For Minnesota High School Cycling League racers, here's a chance to get in some early practice for the upcoming season.
After the races there will be loads of door prizes and food and drink is available all evening long. For additional details you can visit the Penn Cycle Thursday Night at the Races page or call the Bloomington store at 952-888-1427. A little rain may not always cancel the races, so give them a call if weather becomes an issue.