Register now for annual bike challenge

PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER SHERWOOD Charmian Breon, of South Williamsport, heads for the finish line in Asaph to be the first-place female finisher in the Expert category during last September’s Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge.

ASAPH — The Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge, which will be held on Sept. 9, is known by riders for its awesome mix of grinding climbs, smooth single and double track, creek and log crossings and fast technical descents on trails and forestry roads in the Asaph section of the Tioga State Forest.

“Another great feature is this race has 22 miles of continuous course without any repeat laps,” said race director Sandy Beideman.

On race day, registration and sign-in will be at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Branch. It’s just off Route 6 in Asaph, 8 miles west of Wellsboro.

Those who register on or before Aug. 30 will pay a $30 entry fee and be guaranteed a free event T-shirt in the size they order.

Registration may be made online at bike or by mailing a completed entry form to the Mountain Bike Challenge, Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 733, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Those who wait and register on race day will pay $5 more to enter and may purchase an event T-shirt for $15 while supplies last.

Race-day registrations may be made in cash or by check payable to the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. Credit cards will not be accepted on race day.

The start of the 11-mile course for beginners will be at 10 a.m. The 22-mile course for expert, sport and single speed entrants will start at 11 a.m.

The 22-mile course covers the 11-mile short course plus an additional 11 miles of challenging terrain. The long course has a cut-off of 1.5 hours to complete the first loop, which includes two long climbs.

It takes up to three hours to finish the long course and up to two hours for the short course.

There are six age groups in the expert, sport and beginner male classes, including: junior (12 to 18 years old), senior (19 to 34 years old), vet (35 to 44 years old), masters (45 to 57 years old), super senior (58-67) and super master (68+).

In single-speed male, there is an open class category for all ages.

In the female expert, sport, beginner and single-speed classes, there is one age group — all ages.

Expert class prizes are: first, $75; second, $50 and third, a prize table selection. Sport, single speed and beginner class first, second and third place winners in each age group will receive awards and get to choose an item from the prize table, which will be filled with bike gear from Oswald’s Cycle Works and C S Sports, Inc. Cycle & Ski Shop.

All entrants must wear a helmet. Chip timing is used.

The Wellsboro Firemen’s Ambulance Association is providing ambulance and rescue services and the Tioga County Amateur Radio Club is handling communications.

Register online at bike

Course maps and registration forms are available online at the Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge’s Facebook page and at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office, 114 Main St. in Wellsboro.

For information, call the chamber at 570-724-1926 or Oswald’s Cycle Works at 570-662-3097.