This series is designed to help groms learn how to race safely, so there will be a mandatory pre-race meeting and scouting lap 30 minutes prior to each race. Racers should arrive plenty early to check-in at registration, make sure their bike / helmet / gear is ready to race by the start of the meeting.
Race meetings will be lead by Race Director and Pro Mountain Biker, Clint Claassen.
Racers will race for approximately 25 minutes, and we will adjust how many laps they do based on how long it takes to do the first lap. There will be giant lap cards that tell racers how many laps they have remaining.
Pre-register online by 6:00 pm on Thursday night, and the cost is only $20, or pre-register for the whole series for only $50. A family with more than one grom racer gets a $5 discount on the 2nd (3rd, 4th!) racer. Please note that all racers are charged the regular online price, and sibling discounts will be rebates at the race. If you wait to register your grom at the race venue, the price will be $5 higher.
Any grom who is interested in racing should register, attend the pre-race meeting, and try the scouting lap. If (s)he does not feel comfortable racing at this point, we will happily refund the entry fee.
Cheering and supporting all groms is strongly encouraged! So much so, that Mike's Bikes in Folsom has ordered custom cowbells for the first 100 parents to sign up their groms.
(I gotta fever... and the only prescription... is more cowbell.)
Please Note: If a grom races in the NorCal High School Cycling League, we ask that (s)he limit involvment with this race series to cheering on other groms! NorCal racers are big-time, and this series is designed to help newer groms gain the skills and confidence needed to reach that level!
All races will be held at Folsom Point State Recreation Area.
Directions to the Race
Please note there is a $12 daily parking fee if you do not have a State Parks Annual Pass.
Parents should park on the main boat ramp at Folsom Point, and there is a road that leads to the area where the races will be held.
If your grom has never raced before, or if it's been a while since a trained mechanic has looked over your grom's bike, we strongly recommend you have the bike inspected!
Folsom Bike is a huge supporter of youth cycling in our area, including their Folsom Bike Jr. Development Team. Their professionally trained bike mechanics have offered to do FREE bicycle inspections for any grom racing in this series. Just take the bike (and your grom's helmet!) to their store on Folsom-Auburn Road, let them know you're racing in the Folsom Grom MTB Series. They will do a free evaluation to make sure the bike is safe to race, and will confirm the helmet has not expired (yes, helmets expire since the protective material breaks down over time!).
Given the fact that this series is designed to help youth learn how to race mountain bikes, safety is at the core of what we're putting together - but we can't do it alone. Below are some safety-related areas that we're addressing, along with the issues that we need our groms to to know about!
Each racer will receive a custom mountain bike plate to be used throughout the series. This series will be professionally chip timed, and we will have a short awards ceremony at the conclusion of each category of racing. (No waiting around until the end of the night!) The following recognitions will be awarded: