The 27th Annual Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race will be held at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area near Redding on Saturday, April 26. The parking lot at Whiskeytown Lake’s Brandy Creek Marina will be the start/finish area for the 2014 event. On-site registration and check-in will open at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. Spectators and supporters of the racers/riders are welcome.
Redding Mountain Bike Club President Mark Haslam and event coordinator Tori Parks agree that “This year’s race is slated to be the best ever with beautiful springtime conditions on the hillside trails above Whiskeytown Lake.”
Founded in 1987, the Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race is renowned for its epic loop, huge climbs and long, technical descents. The race will feature a 26+ mile challenging and difficult Long Course, a 20-mile Intermediate Course, and an easier 8-mile Short Course. Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to winners in the Long Course category and medals to the winners of other categories. All racers will receive a finishing pin and a post-race meal. The event features generous post-race raffle drawings.
Last year the Lemurian Shasta Classic drew more than 375 mountain bike riders, with most riders competing in the challenging 26-mile course. Billy Damon of Auburn won last year’s Long Course event with a course time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 5 seconds. The second and third place winners were Jared Kessler of Auburn (02:08:43) and Tim Olson of Chico (02:09:03). The full listing of the 2013 winners is at: http://shastalemurian.com/race-info/results
Aside from the event’s direct contribution to the local economy, proceeds from last year’s event enabled donations in excess of $2,500 for local non-profit agencies, including the Old Shasta Volunteer Fire Department, Shasta County Search and Rescue, and the Friends of Whiskeytown.
The Lemurian Shasta Classic is hosted by the Redding Mountain Biking Club, a non-profit organization. For more details, including registration information, visit shastalemurian.com and reddingmountainbiking.org
-from press release