The inaugural Oktoberfest Classic 25-mile “fondo” style mountain bike event takes place, Sept. 13, in Nederland. There will be an adult race as well as a kids event, and when the riding is done, a Bavarian style Oktoberfest with traditional German food, music and beer awaits.
The “ever-challenging” Mineral Mountain Trail and subsequent loop near Nederland will provide racers with 25 miles of “elevated fall splendor” and some of the best leaf peeping in the state. Large open spaces offer terrific views of the Continental Divide, and are good places to find elk
The adult race begins at 10 a.m. at the Nederland High School parking lot and heads up and into Arapahoe National Forest. The race ends with a descent down to Nederland where the finish line will be at Guercio Memorial Ball Field.
This year there is also a “Fast, Fun and Free” kids race will be held for junior racers between 6 and 12 years old.
Entry costs $60 in advance and each participant receives unlimited craft beer and unlimited German food along with a “super-high-quality” commemorative event sweatshirt, Prestige Imports T-shirt and bottle, Profile Design backpack and Bellwether cycling cap.
Published in September 2014 issue of the MMAC Monhtly