Going “off-road” is all relative — some people want technical singletrack challenges while others just want a challenge without the chance of ending up over the bars.
With that in mind a new off-road event is being launched on the fire roads around Cedar City, Utah, on July 9. Fire Road Cycling features 25km, 60km, and 100km courses with the goal of offering riders of every level the opportunity to experience the beauty of Southwest Utah.
“Our goal is to offer an off-road cycling event that is accessible to anyone and everyone,” said Paul Huddle, a partner in Multisports Events, which is organizing the rides. “You won’t need extreme skills to enjoy this event but the 60 and 100km courses will definitely provide a nice challenge in terms of fitness – yes, there is a climb or two.”
The 100km course will feature more than 7,500 feet of climbing with vistas of Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, Brian Head and Cedar Breaks before descending back down to Cedar City. The 60km course has a total elevation gain of almost 5,000 feet and includes the same ascent of Kanarra Mountain Road (more than 3,000-feet in eight miles) that the 100km riders will climb.
Novices on the 25km course that will ride the same neutral roll-out on Main Street but skip the big climb for a tour of the west side’s trails to the finish line at Main Street Park where there will be an expo, awards, post-race food and other festivities. On-course aid, SAG, technical and EMS support will be available.
For those needing a little extra motivation, organizers are offering age-group awards for the 25, 60 and 100km events as well a $3,000 prize purse in the 100km event.
All of the members of Multisports Events are also avid mountain bikers.
“When we ride, we now almost exclusively ride mountain bikes,” said Heather Fuhr, 15-time Ironman Champion. “I have done some off-road triathlons, mountain bike races and adventure races and, frankly, had a difficult time enjoying them because I was constantly in fear of the technical aspects of these events. I love the Fire Road Cycling style of riding off-road. I love the fitness aspect, the quiet beauty and ability to go places I can’t access on a road bike.”
Registration for Fire Road Cycling on July 9 in Cedar City, Utah is open at www.FireRoadCycling.com.