First Ever Mountain Bike Race on Tiger Mountain September 22
September 6, 2012
Seattle, Wash. - The nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is presenting the first mountain bike race to ever happen on Tiger Mountain – the Evergreen Enduro at Tiger – on Saturday, September 22. While mountain biking has been allowed on a select trails at Tiger for more than 20 years, a bike race has never been staged there. Proceeds from the race go towards building and maintaining mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain.
The race course will include all trails open to mountain bikes on East Tiger Mountain: Iverson, Preston Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and the brand new Summit trail – the first new trail open to bikes on Tiger Mountain in more than 20 years. This new trail, along with increased demand for mountain biking opportunities and races in the greater Seattle area, has provided added impetus for staging this Enduro race now.
This Enduro race will include three timed downhill sections and two untimed uphill sections. The race starts at 10:00AM and includes an after-party with refreshments, food and a prize raffle. Race sponsors are local bike shops or companies including: Shimano, Diamondback Bicycles, Webscorer, Alpine Hut, Sonadei, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery, Full Speed Ahead, Platypus, Gregg’s Cycles and Second Ascent.
All skill levels of riders are encouraged to participate. Racers will be divided into Pro/Open, Sport and Novice categories with age groups ranging from teens to masters. Racers meet at the upper Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot off Hwy 18.
East Tiger Mountain, located approximately 12 miles southeast of Issaquah, WA, is one of Seattle's most popular mountain biking destinations featuring nine and a half miles of singletrack trail currently open to mountain bikers from approximately April 15 to Oct 15 annually-depending on conditions. Washington State Department of Natural Resources estimates they see more than 60,000 rider visits per year there.
“Tiger is such a popular riding area, and Enduro racing is a growing format that emphasizes a broad range of riding skills,” says Evergreen’s Executive Director Glenn Glover. “We’re very excited to be bringing Enduro racing to Seattle and Tiger Mountain!” As a testament to the demand for this type of race at this venue, the initial 120 racer spots sold out in less than five days. An additional 30 spots released to Evergreen members sold out in 24 hours. Racers wishing to add their names to the wait list in case of cancellations should contact Stacy Karacostas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiger Mountain is a working forest, and the trails are multi-use. Evergreen and its volunteer trails crews, in partnership with Washington State Department of Natural Resources, are currently building two more new mountain biking trails on Tiger Mountain, in addition to the new Summit trail which opened September 5, 2012.
Learn more about the Enduro Race here.
Learn more about the mountain biking trails at East Tiger here.
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