Monday, June 22, 2009

Portland Short Track Series rolls out tonight at PIR

Dust off those knobby tires and pull the 'cross bike down off the rack, because the Portland Mountain Bike Short Track Series gets underway tonight on the infield of Portland International Raceway.

The seven-week series runs Monday nights June 22-August 3. In short-track tradition, racers will do multiple laps (3-5) on a course that includes a bumpy dirt track on the motocross course, fast grassy flats and a twisty section of fun singletrack under the trees. The compact course makes for a very spectator-friendly race.

There will be free races for the young ones over 10, starting every Monday night at 5:45 under the trees. There will also be a skills area, featuring skinnies, teeter-totters, even some miniature north-shore style ladders, all built and hosted by Northwest Trail Alliance.

Aslo new for the 2009 season, the series will host FREE clinics for novice and intermediate racers. The Women's clinics will be taught by local pro riders Sue Butler, Alice Pennington, Tina Brubaker and Emily Van Meter. The Men's clinics will feature longtime singlespeed short track racers Ethan and Jake Furniss. There will also be guest clinics by the three-time Short Track champ Shannon Skerritt and possibly some more. The clinics will be held from 5 to 5:45 on the race course. Meet-up is in front of the registration tent. Advance resgistration for clinincs is not required, but you need to fill out and sign a series waiver.

Start Times & Race Duration:
4:00 - Course open for pre-riding
5:00 - Registration opens
5:45 - Kiddie race - racing for 5 minutes (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:00 - Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Junior Women: racing for 20'
6:30 - Cat 2 Women (19-34 & Master 35-44 & 45+), Cat 2 Men Master 45+ & Singlespeed: racing for 30'
7:00 - Cat 2 Men 19-34 & Cat 2 Men Master 35-44 - racing for 30'
7:30 - Pro Men, Cat 1 Men (19-34 & Master 35+) & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 30-40'