Tranquility Trail Tantrum: NE State MTB Championships

When: August 6th, 2016
Location: Tranquility Mountain Bike Park, 124th & Fort Streets
Host: Bike Masters Cycling Club
Contact: Ryan Feagan 402-415-9071, ryan.feagan@gmail.com 

PRE-REGISTRATION 

Preregistration cut off is Friday before the race at 7 p.m.

Racers under the age of 18 need a parent or guardian to register them and sign the waiver at the event.

Current account holders: Register at USA Cycling and log into your account using your license number.

New account holders: Registering at USAC does not mean you have to buy an annual license. This is just to sign up to race this series. Once you do so, then you will use this account for the rest of the season.

DAY-OF REGISTRATION
Day-of registration can only be done at the race venue. The cost is $10 on top of your entry fee. Cut off time for same day registration is 30 minutes before your event.

RACE SCHEDULE – The races will stage on the NORTH side of Fort St, between the ball fields in the Kelley Softball Complex. Parking is available to all participants in the complex.

7:30 am – Registration closes for Trail Run

8:00 am – Trail Run Race

9:30 am Trail Run Podium Presentations.
(Registration Closes for morning mountain bike races)

10:00 am Mountain Bike Race

  1. Marathon Men & Women
  2. Cat 3 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
  3. Cat 3 Women Open
  4. Juniors

11:30am TTT and NE State Championship* Awards Ceremony Cat 3/Juniors/First Timers –
*To qualify for state championships, racers must be a NE Resident and have a current USAC annual license.
(Registration Closes for afternoon mountain bike races)

12:00pm

  1. Cat 1 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
  2. Cat 1 Women Open

12:02pm

  1. Cat 2 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
  2. Cat 2 Women Open

2:30pm Kiddie Races

2:45pm TTT and NE State Championship* Awards Ceremony Cat 1/2/Marathon
*To qualify for state championships, racers must be a NE resident and are a current USAC annual license holder.

More info on Categories here.

RACE DISTANCE RUNNERS – 1 full lap, 9 miles

RACE DISTANCES – Mountain Bike 

  • First Timers, Juniors – (1) 6 mile lap
    This category will skip the South Hill and exit the singletrack at the West Entrance, taking a sharp left on the gravel and entering the single track on the north side of the creek. They will also skip Paul’s Motivator, on the NW corner of wetlands area, which is located on the northwest side of ball complex. They will ride the single track on the east side of the fields.
  • Cat 3 Women, Cat 3 Men – (1) 9 mile full length lap
  • Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men – (2) 9 mile laps = 18 mi
  • Cat 1 Women, Cat 1 Men – (3) 9 mile laps + 27 mi
  • Marathon (4 hour) class will ride full length laps
  • Kids (under age 10) races will start after the Cat 1 & 2 races are complete. Parents need to sign their kids in at the check-in table. DEVO coaches will determine course.

The Course
These trails are primarily single track, though there are also some short sections of double track connectors. A good mix of terrain can be found here – everything from swervy switchbacks through pine trees, to wide open grassy climbs, to speed-building swooping descents. There is a good amount of climbing to be had here (by Omaha standards) and plenty of areas to pass.

The Venue
Tranquility MTB Park trail skirts along the bluffs of the Big Papillion Creek. The trail winds along through evergreen and deciduous trees, over grasslands and around wetlands. The trail passes by a hub of activity centers like the Moylan Iceplex, Koch Tennis Complex, Tranquility soccer fields, and Kelley Softball Complex. A portable restroom is seasonally available in the soccer field parking lot at 123rd & Fort Street. A flushing bathroom is open seasonally at the Kelley Softball Complex. No running water is available.

Directions
Start/finish are in the middle of the Kelley Softball Complex on the north side of Fort. The physical address is 12302 Fort St. and directions available through Google maps, here!