SUNDAY JUNE 8th 2014
Illiniwek Forest Preserve - Hampton, IL
A huge THANK YOU to all the racers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this event possible! We dodged a bullet Saturday as the storms broke up around us and the trails were spared a torrential downpour. Race conditions were excellent and the day went by smoothly even with the 2 hour rain delay. Overall we had around 150 racers in attendance. Lets see if we can break 200 next year!
FORC is bringing a new venue to the race scene this year with the creation of the Illiniwek Abermination.
Preregister online ($30) and save $5 from race day while making things much smoother for yourself and the registration volunteers. Race day registrants will pay $35. On race day, registration opens at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes before each race begins. Online registration closes Friday June 6th at 4:00 PM CST.
The course consists of a 4.5 mile loop of pristine, wooded singletrack on the Mississippi River bluffs at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL. These trails are jam packed with flowing corners, large berms, and ripping descents that are sure to please riders of all skill levels! There are multiple sections of doubletrack per lap to make passing easier. The race course will be laid out and available for pre-riding the day before the event but will not be released until then.
The park is located just North of Hampton, IL on IL-84 or 2.2 miles west of I-80 on IL-84 (take the first/last exit entering/exiting Illinois). Trailhead, Sign-up, and Start/Finish area will be located on the south (bluff) side of State Ave/HWY 84.
Racer and spectator parking will be in the parking lot next to the baseball diamonds on the north (river) side of State Ave/HWY 84 immediately west of the trailhead.
Door prizes have been donated by local bike shops and will be given away throughout the day. KENDA tires has also donated a few 29er tires which will be leaving with participants.
A kids race will be held around 12:30. The course will be a short loop of nontechnical doubletrack trail and grass field near the trailhead area. All kids 9 and under are encouraged to participate. There are no restrictions on bike type and registration is not required for participation.
This event is dependent on trail conditions and may require rescheduling in the event of heavy rain prior or during the race. The rain date for this event is scheduled for Sunday June 15th with the same times. As the event date approaches we will post weather updates and announce any delays or cancellations by 6AM the day of the event. The trails at Illiniwek handle rain very well and dry quickly so rain events late in the week may not be a problem.
It takes a small army of people working behind the scenes to make sure this event runs smoothly. If you would like to help out, post up in the A-berm - Call for Volunteers thread on the forums or stop by the day of the event to sign up.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us by either posting in the Racing Forum or sending us a message.
|Racing Class||Start Time||Distance||Awards||Payouts||Age Divisions|
|Novice (Cat 3) ♂ | ♀||9:00 am | 9:04 am||7 mi||Top 3 in age div.: Medals||None||19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+|
|Juniors ♂ | ♀||9:02 am||7 mi||Medals||None||10-14, 15-18|
|Kids Race*||12:00 pm||0.25 mi||T.B.D.||None||9 and under|
|Sport (Cat 2) ♂ | ♀||10:45 am | 10:50 am||13.5 mi||Top 3 in age div.: Medals||Medals||19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+|
|Expert (Cat 1) ♂||1:00 pm||22.5 mi||Top 5 overall||Cash||All Ages|
|Expert (Cat 1) ♀||1:06 pm||18 mi||Top 5 overall||Cash||All Ages|
|Open||1:02 pm||22.5 mi||Top 3 overall||Cash||All Ages|
|Comp||1:04 pm||18 mi||Top 3 overall||Cash||All Ages|
The riders meeting will be held at the starting line 10 minutes before each race start.
* Kids race is just for fun and not part of the race series. Scoring will not be recorded.
Lap mileage is approximate and subject to change based on course conditions.
This race is part of the Illinois Homegrown Race Series and the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series.
The Illiniwek Abermination is a USAC sanctioned event. All rules and regulations apply