If you build it, they will come.
That sentence proved true for Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track event director Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions.
Through five races, the last coming on June 13, more than 250 racers were on the new EasyCLIMB trail system in Cascade Locks.
The series has drawn riders not only from the gorge areas of Hood River, White Salmon, The Dalles, Trout Lake, and Mosier; but also from Bend, Vancouver, Fairview, Camas, Forest Grove, Echo, Sandy, Washougal, Irrigon, Battleground, Happy Valley, Gresham, Seattle and Portland.
The youngest racer was age 12 to the most senior racer at age 70.
In all reality, this bike racing circuit was an event for all ages and abilities.
“We are really pleased and excited about the level of riders and drawing so many from outside the gorge,” Sperry said.
Much of the planning included organizing a tough route for the racers with the help of several community members around town.
“Also how supportive the community of Cascade Locks has been to help make the series a success,” Sperry added. “The Port of Cascade Locks has been instrumental in not only providing an incredible venue, but in making this track a reality for all riders to use. We look forward to coming back with the series next spring.”
Sperry went on to thank a full list of sponsors responsible for the success of this inaugural program.
“We couldn’t have done this without the support of our other partnering sponsors,” he said.
The series overall leaders were recognized and awarded at the completion of the race series last Thursday.
Overall Series Leaders include: Elite Men – James Ceccorulli, Portland; Elite/Category 1 Women – Bre Rue, Portland; Category 2 Men 45+ – Thomas Morgan, The Dalles; Category 2 Men 35-44 – Mark Deresta, Hood River; Category 2 Women 35+ – Lora Melkonian, Trout Lake; Junior Men Classification – Micah Melkonian, Trout Lake; Category 3 Men 19+ – Jeff Fink; Category 3 Women 19+ – Kellie Dunn, Hood River.