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  • Illiniwek Abermination 2017

    2017 Illiniwek Abermination IV SUNDAY April 23rd 2017 | Illiniwek Forest Preserve - Hampton, IL
    Race Results Posted Here

    A huge THANK YOU to all the racers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this event possible! Trail conditions were excellent and the weather couldn't have been better! We also broke our previous turnout record with 193 racers this year. Don't forget about the next FORC race, the FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park on June 25th.

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    Register online through USA Cycling. Pre-register and save $5 while making things much smoother for yourself and registration volunteers. Online registration is $30 and race day registration $35. On race day, registration opens at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes before each race begins. Online registration closes Friday April 21st at 11PM.

    Race Course

    The course consists of a 5 mile loop of 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 also multiple sections of doubletrack per lap to make passing easier. The race course will be marked and available for pre-riding Saturday afternoon before the event. There are a few new additions to the course since the 2015 event so be sure to get in a pre-ride.


    The park is located just North of Hampton, IL on IL-84 or 2.2 miles west (downriver) of I-80 on IL-84 (take the first/last exit entering/exiting Illinois). Trailhead, Sign-up, and Start/Finish area will be located in the large grass field across from the campground/river side of the park. The main race areas should be easily visible from IL-84.

    Racers on the wood.

    Racers on the wood.


    Racer and spectator parking will be located in the grass field adjacent the main festivities. Signs will be posted along the highway to direct traffic.


    If you are a local business and would like to donate door prizes or swag get in touch.

    Kids Race

    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 start/finish line. All kids 9 and under are encouraged to participate. There are no restrictions on bike type. Registration is required for insurance purposes but is free.

    Weather & Trail Closures

    This event is dependent on trail conditions and may require rescheduling if we get a lot of rain before the race. If the worst happens, the rain date for the event is Sunday April 30th with all times remaining the same. As the event date approaches we will post weather updates and announce any delays or cancellations by 6AM on 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 Aberm 2017 - Call for Volunteers thread on the forums or stop by the day of the event to sign up.

    On Site Camping

    Illiniwek has a large campground featuring primitive tent and modern sites with water/electric hookups and a shower house. Come on Saturday to preride the course, spend the night, and don't worry about getting up early for the drive. There will be a group of FORCers staying near the main entrance of the campground. You should stop by, say hi, and hang out with us.

    Saturday Night Ride

    If you're camping before the race, be at the trailhead at 8:00pm Saturday night and join us for a night ride of the Illiniwek trails! One of our race sponsors Rakc Industries will be there with a bunch of demo lights if you want to give night riding a shot, don't have your own lights, or just want to check out their products. Riding Illiniwek at night turns it into a whole new trail and is super fun!


    We are still lining up a food vendor for the event. There are also a few places in downtown Hampton that sell food (sandwiches, pizza).


    If you have any questions feel free to contact us trough these following methods:

    Race Timetable and Information

    Racing Class Start Time Distance Awards Payouts Age Divisions
    Novice (Cat 3) ♂ | ♀ 9:00 am | 9:02 am 2 Laps
    [10 mi]
    Top 3 in age div.: Medals None 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
    Juniors 9:04 am 1 Lap
    [5 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 3 Laps
    [15 mi]
    Top 3 in age div.: Medals Medals 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
    Expert (Cat 1) ♂ 1:00 pm 5 Laps
    [25 mi]
    Top 5 overall Cash All Ages
    Expert (Cat 1) ♀ 1:06 pm 4 Laps
    [20 mi]
    Top 5 overall Cash All Ages
    Open 1:02 pm 5 Laps
    [25 mi]
    Top 3 overall Cash All Ages
    Comp 1:04 pm 4 Laps
    [20 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 State Championship Race Series and the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series.

    The Illiniwek Abermination is a USAC sanctioned event. All rules and regulations apply