Race 1: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Willow Hills Park

Willow Hills Park is a wooded area with dirt trails located just behind Folsom High School.

Directions to the Race

  • Willow Hills Park, Folsom

Getting There
Willow Hills Park is located just behind Folsom High School.
Address to use for directions: 113 Bonaza Court, Folsom 95630

Please park in the Folsom High parking lot. From Iron Point Road, drive around to the back of Folsom High and park there. Race start will be located past the grass field and down the decomposed gravel path. (Walk towards the football field!)

Course preview: https://youtu.be/ySd2VX2kQW0

Course length: .66 miles per lap

Course direction: Clockwise

Course description: The Willow Hills short track course is consistently wide all the way around, making it a great place to learn to race. Groms will get experience out of the saddle on the short climbs, learn how to maintain momentum in the wide corners and control their speed on the gradual descents. More experienced Groms can practice line choice and pacing against their competitors on a track with clear visibility throughout.

Course Map

Start Times and Categories

Age is based on how old a grom will be on April 15, 2017 (the last day of the series).
Racers Must be
Ready to Preride
Race Start Time Category
8:45 am 9:00 am Boys 8 - 10
9:30 am 9:45 am Girls 8 - 10
10:15 am 10:30 am Boys 11 - 12
11:00 am 11:15 am Girls 11 - 14
11:45 am 12:00 pm Boys 13 - 14

This series is designed to help groms learn how to race safely, so there will be a mandatory pre-race meeting and scouting lap 15 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.

Please Note: If you race in the NorCal High School Cycling League, please do not register for the Folsom Lake Grom Series! NorCal racers are big-time, and this series is designed to help newer groms gain the skills and confidence needed to reach your level.

Prices and Series Information

The series championship will be the best of all three races.

Online pre-registration will close on Thursday, March 16 at 6 pm.

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.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor, JGC Government Relations, the first 150 groms to register will receive a free t-shirt and Camelbak waterbottle at their first race!

Race Prices

Registration Type Cost Amount Saved
Pre-register online for the whole series $65 Save $25
Pre-register online for an individual race $25 Save $5
Register on-site on race morning for an individual race $30

This series is designed to help young racers learn how to race mountain bikes, and safety is at the core of what we're doing. But we can't do it alone! Below are some safety-related areas that we're addressing, along with things we need our groms to know!

Personal Responsibility
We can take every safety precaution under the sun - but none of that will matter if groms are not paying attention and making their own safety (and the safety of those around them!) the #1 priority. We will go over this in the pre-race meeting, but please emphasize to your grom that they need to ride with their heads up, and be aware of who/what is around them.

It should go without saying that anytime someone (not just a grom!) is riding a bike, that person should be wearing a buckled helmet. Please note that we said "anytime someone is riding a bike"... not just during the actual race!

Course design
The race course is designed with 8 - 14 year old groms in mind, and it is marked by 4-foot tall plastic step-in stakes and caution tape. There should not be any confusion about where the course goes.

Course marshals
We will have course marshals with radios stationed on various parts of the course, as well as "roving" course marshals on bikes during each race.



Grom Prizes

Each racer will receive a custom mountain bike plate to use 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!) The following recognitions will be awarded:

Lap Awards
Small, round "lap" stickers will be awarded to all racers -- one for each lap completed.
These can be applied as badges of honor to the helmet (like football players get!), to the bike... or wherever else.

Place Awards
1st - 10th place stickers go on the designated section of your custom mountain bike plate.
At the end of the series, champion shirts will be awarded to the top five racers in each category. Series standings will be based on all three races, and you must have raced all three.



Folsom Bike is providing full support for this race. Please show them your love!

Venue Partner

Thanks to Folsom Parks & Recreation for allowing us to play at their park!