Race at Capitol View Park a grueling test for moutain bikers

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

Believe it or not, there's more that goes on at Capitol View Park than soccer and softball games ... in the woods, on the trails, even out on the hills.

And on Sunday, May 18, those responsible for this "other sport" at Capitol View will invite fellow participants from far and wide to join them for the 2003 Capitol View Park Mountain Bike Race. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and closes 15 minutes prior to each race and if you have a mountain bike ... or something close to it ... you're invited to participate.

Sponsors include the Bluegrass Cycling Club of Lexington, the Frankfort Tourism Commission, KHS Bicycles and Burn Energy Drinks. There are classes for all ages and all experience levels - from first timers to experts.

Woodson Smith and Danny Peake are in the forefront organizing the event.

"I know there are people who don't know about the bike trails there," said Peake, who rides about 150 miles each week, "but there are about seven miles of them that we've worked hard preparing."

Most of the trails are what Peake and Smith call "single-track," meaning they're wide enough for one bike. There are some, however, that are wide enough for two.

The races might be compared to cross-country running.

"There's a large loop," said Smith, "and depending on the weather we may not be able to use all the trails. It (the loop) offers a variety of terrain ... and in some places it's narrow and rocky where you have to get off and push your bike up a hill."

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