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Spring Thaw (2009)

dates May 16, 2009May 17, 2009
http://somba.org/springthaw/ Ashland, OR, USA [large map] 42.1891, -122.699
World http://somba.org/springthaw/
Tag_green Northwest, gt golden bike series, somba, orba
Award_star_gold_2 Cross Country, Downhill
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Winter is over and Oregon’s largest mountain bike event is ready to thrill and challenge racers of all ability levels. Come to Ashland for an exhilarating two days of racing and fun in the spring weather of Southern Oregon. The Spring Thaw has something for everyone. It is a great first race or a way to challenge yourself early in the season.

The weekend is perfect for beginners, pro racers, and spectators. So, come out and race or cheer on all the riders! It is brought to you by the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association and a portion of the proceeds from the event go toward local trail building efforts.

Cross Country

Cost: $11 - $27
License: ORBA
Course Description: Riders start on a paved climb, turn right at the top of the park and ride up Road 2060 to Horn Gap Trail. From there, it’s a single-track climb up to Ashland Loop Road, where the high-speed fun begins! The Loop Road is slightly downhill to Four Corners, and then it’s nearly all singletrack, miles and miles of it, back to the finish line.

  • Category 3 (formerly Beginner) Short Course: 9 Miles
  • Pro, Category 1 & 2 (formerly Expert & Sport), Single Speed & Clydesdale Long Course: 23.5 miles


Cost: $30
License: ORBA
Course Description: The Downhill begins at Four Corners high in the Ashland Watershed. The course takes place entirely on the Catwalk Trail – 1.7 miles of adrenalin rush to the bottom where it intersects Toothpick Trail. This course has plenty of technical sections, tight switchbacks, a couple of all-out straight sections, and the last 60 yards is a slight uphill to the finish – a little bit of everything thrown in to even out the competition.


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