Local mountain bike club plans a downhill dash
Sean Buehler, of Susanville, competes in last year’s Super-D. The Susanville Area Bicycle Association will be hosting the downhill race again this year and is adding a new junior class for riders ages 12 and younger. File photo
Oct. 15 — Do you have a mountain bike and the need for speed? If so, you may want to register for the Susanville Area Bicycle Association’s (SABA) second annual Super-D.
After a successful inaugural year last year, the local mountain biking club is bringing back the popular downhill race.
The race will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Susanville Ranch Park and is open to mountain bikers of all skill levels. Riders can register in the open (pro/expert), sport, beginner, junior or women’s divisions. The 4.1 mile long course descends about 1,500 feet in elevation and, according to the race registration page, is fast, flowing, and includes several corners and surprises along the way.
Last year, about 19 bikers participated in the race. This year SABA expects to have about 25 to 30 racers.
There will be three shuttles to get racers to the top of the course. Racers will get one practice run and two timed race runs. The times of each timed run will be combined for an overall combined time.
The open and sport divisions will go through the full 4.1-mile descent, while beginners will go through the bottom 1.5-mile part of the course, nicknamed heart attack hill.
The junior class is new this year and is open to riders age 12 and younger. There is no cost to register in the junior division. Riders will go through the bottom half-mile of the course.
“We just wanted to get some of the younger crowd involved … get them up there and let them do it and see if we can get them excited about riding bikes,” said Brian Tilford, SABA member.
The top finishers in the open class will split 50 percent of the funds collected from the open class registration fees, while the other divisions will receive medals and other prizes.
Riders will also have the opportunity to sign up to compete in the Dash for Cash on race day. Riders will race down the bottom 1.5 miles of the course and the winner will take home a cash prize.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day and the races begin at 10 a.m.
Parking and restrooms will be available on site. However, the race area is remote and does not have running water.
For more information, visit sabadirtriders.com.
Grizzlies take on the Shasta Wolves at homecoming game
The Lassen High School Grizzlies took on Shasta High School for their homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 11. Lassen lost the game, 42-35. Here, Lassen’s Jacob Padelford, Christian Harlowe and Kyle Gullion team up to take down Shasta’s Trevor Russell. Photo by Maddie Musante
Powder Puff game provides a night of fun and football
Lassen High School celebrated its homecoming last week and held its annual Powder Puff football game Wednesday, Oct. 9. Junior and sophomore girls were on one team and senior and freshman girls were on the other. Here, Mikayla Rawson runs the ball for the senior/freshman team. Photos by Maddie Musante
Kennedy Ford runs toward the end zone for the junior/sophomore team while Kelcie Mendonca attempts to grab one of Ford’s flags. The junior/sophomore team won the game.
Hundreds expected to race into Lassen County
Hundreds of runners from all over the world are expected to flock to Lassen County to participate in the Bizz Johnson Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. The marathon is in its eighth year and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. File photo
Oct. 10 — It’s that time of the year again. Hundreds of people will flock to Lassen County on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 to be a part of the Bizz Johnson Marathon.
The famous race, now in its eighth year, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and draws runners from all over the world.
The Bizz Johnson Marathon course is best known for its smooth combination of road and trail racing, as well as its beautiful views of the Susan River Canyon and route through old train tunnels.
The race is organized by Coastal Trail Runs, a Bay Area based company that puts on races throughout California. Each year the company acquires permits from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for use of the trail, then rents the space at the historic railroad depot in Susanville, which is used to check in runners prior to the races.
Lassen Land and Trails Trust also holds its annual Rails to Trails Festival the same weekend each year.
“We coincide (with the marathon) and offer runners and their friends and families with something else to do while awaiting their runner … it’s a nice partnership,” Louise Jensen, Executive Director at Lassen Land and Trails Trust, said.
Several races will take place during the marathon weekend. However, the only race taking place on Saturday is the express half marathon, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Goumaz Trailhead and ends at Hobo Camp. The express half marathon course covers the second half of the full marathon.
On Sunday, the 50K race begins at 8 a.m. and the marathon, 10K and half marathon begin at 9 a.m. The 10K and half marathon start across the street from the historic railroad depot in Susanville. The marathon and 50K start near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead. All races end at Hobo Camp.
The Rails to Trails Festival will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the historic railroad depot. Everyone, including marathon participants and spectators, can enjoy food, beverages, live music, children’s activities, handcar races, a chili cook-off and a salsa contest.
For more information on the Bizz Johnson Marathon, visit coastaltrailruns.com/bizz_johnson.html.
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