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Race to the Canal Returns to Land Between the Lakes

 

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 30th. 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 USA Cycling (USAC).  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 42.5 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 weather permitting 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.  “Justin Harrison, with Wood-N-Wave Bicycles & Watersports, has done a great job coordinating this and other bike events at LBL, and has volunteered 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 Justin Harrison with Wood-N-Wave at 270.703.1893 or email . You may also visit the Wood-N-Wave website at www.woodnwave.com.  Registration is available at Wood-n-Wave on Friday, October 28th from 10am-5pm, and at Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive on Saturday, October 29th from 7:30am-8:30am.  Racers must register at least 30 minutes prior to their class start time.

Online registration is preferred at www.usacycling.org. Racers must have a USAC 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

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, 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 LBL’s official website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, and temporary trail and road closures.

Follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl and on our blog at http://landbetweenthelakes.blogspot.com/.  Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is available on our website or by calling 1.800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.


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