There are few events like the Whiskey 50 Off-Road that are able to combine so many different aspects of mountain biking together into one seamless weekend of festivities and fun.
Part party, part amateur bike race, part professional bike race with one of the biggest prize purses available, the Whiskey Off-Road takes over the small town of Prescott, AZ., for an extended weekend from April 27 to 29, starting with a vendor expo and a spectator friendly Fat Tire Criterium for the professional racers in downtown Prescott Friday night. The event continues with the amateur races starting Saturday morning and the professional races commencing on Sunday.
Epic Rides, the promoter of the Whiskey 50, and its shorter version, the 25 Proof, seem to have found an ideal balance between putting on an event for the masses, as is seen by the event selling out all 1,750 spots, and a top notch event for professional riders that, with a $30,000 prize purse and equal payout for both men and women, is drawing some of the top talent in the sport.
If that isn’t enough, Epic Rides has also put two tickets to Single Speed World Championships (SSWC) in South Africa up for grabs. Unlike last year where the winners of the single speed categories automatically won the tickets to SSWC in Ireland, this year the top ten single speed riders of each gender will be entered into a raffle to determine who will represent the USA at the event.