Mountain bike race series returns to Kelso Conservation Area in Milton


Published April 23, 2024 at 10:16 am

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If you love mountain biking and you love to compete, the Tuesday night Mountain Bike Race Series at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton is perfect for you.

Now in its 16th season, registration is open for the popular race series has attracted more than 300 seasoned mountain bikers and budding athletes each week for an unforgettable experience on Kelso’s trails.

“We’re looking forward to having our local riding community back for another action-packed Mountain Bike Race Series,” said Craig Machan, director, Parks & Operations at Conservation Halton.

“It’s a great opportunity for individuals and families to get active outdoors and build new relationships with fellow riders. Over the years, we’ve seen more young riders signing up for the series, and we hope to keep growing this community at Kelso and attracting more people to the sport.”

The series includes 12 races and four heats. Races start May 14, and run every Tuesday night until the finale event on Aug. 27. This year offers a new flexible schedule to accommodate races that are cancelled due to the weather.

To suit different skill levels, the races are divided into the following categories:

  • Kids Race: Children as young as four-years-old can join the races in a closed circuit, completing as many laps as possible within twenty minutes
  • Beginner: In a longer closed circuit, riders will complete as many laps as possible in thirty minutes
  • Novice: Riders will complete one lap of a six-to-eight km course
  • Intermediate: Riders in this new category will complete two laps of a 12-to-16 km course
  • Sport: Riders will complete two laps of a 12-to-18 km course
  • Expert: Advanced riders will complete three laps of the full course that is approximately 18 to 25 km

To kick off the MTB Race Series, Conservation Halton will be hosting an Open House and plate pick-up at Kelso on Tuesday, May 7, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Riders will get an opportunity to explore the course, avoid line-ups for plate pick-up on the first day of races, and ask Kelso’s MTB team questions about the race series.

For more information about the MTB Race Series and to register, visit here.

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