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Race to the Canal Returns to LBL

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Race to the Canal is set to take place again this year at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area on Sunday, October 24th. This event provides cyclists the opportunity to enjoy an adrenaline rush in the great outdoors!

This mountain bike race is sponsored locally by Wood-N-Wave, Grand Rivers, KY, and sanctioned by the National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA). Race to the Canal is an endurance event that will cover challenging and varied terrain along the North/South Trail from Golden Pond Visitor Center to North Welcome Station. Some expert classes will also race the Canal Loop for a total of 36 miles. 

There are race classes that accommodate all ages and ability levels, including: children; first-timers men and women; single speed; Clydesdale (200# or over rider); and masters for ages 50 and over. Race distances will vary, depending on the race category. The race has 31 classes, with prizes awarded to the top 3 finishers in each class. Races will be held rain or shine and will end near the Between the Rivers Memorial Bridge on Canal Loop Trail. 

“This annual event has been held for several years, the challenging and varied terrain makes it very popular with the mountain biking community,” said Kyle Varel, LBL OHV & Trails Assistant. “Steve Wilson, with Wood-N-Wave Bicycles & Watersports, has done a great job coordinating this and other bike events at LBL, as well as volunteering to help maintain our bike trails.”  Varel adds, “The Wood-N-Wave cycling team has contributed immensely to ensure this race and other trail related events take place at LBL.”

For race information, contact Steve Wilson with Wood-N-Wave at 270-362-2453 or email . You may also visit the Wood-N-Wave website at www.woodnwave.com.  Registration is available at the Wood-N-Wave shop, beginning Friday, October 22rd from 3:00pm-7:00pm, at KY Lake Drive on Saturday from 3:00pm-7:00pm, and on-site race day. Racers must register at least 30 minutes prior to their class start time. 

The cost for the race varies from $10.00 to $30.00 for expert classes. Racers must have a NORBA license, which will be sold on-site. A one-day license may be purchased for $5.00. All racers are required to wear helmets. Sponsors of the event include: Wood-N-Wave, Grand Rivers, and Land Between The Lakes.

About Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.  We encourage visitors to review our website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, and temporary trail and road closures. Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.


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