News update as of 5/11/16!
Some of you may have heard about the watershed west side closure that started on May 9th. Link to notice.
We have been in contact with the proper authorities and the Spring Thaw will go on as scheduled. There will be a slight course change. Instead of going up the Horn Gap trail, riders will continue down the road a few more miles and then take the Potlicker trail up to the Loop Rd.. From there the course will continue on as normal.
Ashland, Oregon’s Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival is in its 25th year! It is one of the biggest and longest standing mountain bike events in Oregon’s rich history of racing. It features a Cross Country Race on Saturday that utilizes some of the finest single tracks in Southern Oregon with over 4,000 feet of climbing and descending for the elite and expert riders. The event starts on Saturday with–conditions permitting –the 2060 XC loop and the Kid’s Race. It continues on Sunday with a Downhill race starting up at 4 Corners.
This Downhill continues to grow with racers coming from Washington, California, Arizona and all over the state of Oregon. The Downhill is 2 stages instead of 1, with the addition of a race run on BTI, a very popular trail that is at the end of the Cross Country race and near the venue. We are also putting points on all 3 of the stages, XC and the 2 DH stages and crowning an “All Mountain” Champion for both the Men and Women (Only Elite and Expert combined and you must compete on the same Bike!)
Racers will be tested on not only their fitness but their skill on a mountain bike, as well.
This race is proudly part of the Oregon Off Road Mountain Bike Series, or OBRA.