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News.bytes Extra, issue 473

Hundreds at Keyesville for mountain bike race and activities

Mountain bike enthusiasts from across the nation gathered on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office at the Keyesville Special Management Area on Saturday, March 19, for the 23rd Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike race. (text continues below)

mountain bikers race along a dirt trail past large rock outcroppings

The Keyesville Classic is one of the longest-running mountain bike races in the western United States. Operating under a permit from the BLM, the event attracts amateur and professional cyclists alike to compete in several events, including Cross-County, Downhill and All Mountain.

Besides the main competitive events, the Keyesville Classic has grown to become a fun-filled weekend of mountain bike activities including trials events, demonstrations from bike manufactures and a kid’s race.

This year the event hosted more than 300 participants, filling the dispersed camping areas with friends and family at the Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area in the Southern Sierra near Lake Isabella and Kernville. See more information on the Keyesville area.

mountain bikers make their way down a winding grassy hill while others begin the climb up the next hill among trees
a tight grouping of eight mountain bikers racers past an observation area lined with temporary fencing

- Peter De Witt, outdoor recreation planner, BLM Bakersfield Field Office

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Last updated: 03-24-2011