True Grit Mountain Biking Race
Move over Moab; St. George, Utah is a rising star on the national mountain biking stage!
The first race of the National Ultra Endurance Race Series began on Saturday, March 16 here in southwest Utah. Hundreds of racers participated in the event, riding anywhere from 23 to 89 miles, with the most popular course being just over 50 miles.
Throughout the sunny day, racers experienced a ride-through showcase of some of the most popular trail systems in the St. George Field Office, including the Bearclaw Poppy trail, the Competitive Use Area just outside of the Red Bluff Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
and the Santa Clara River Reserve
. The course covered a variety of challenging desert terrain, including sandy washes, slickrock, fast winding singletrack and slow, rocky ascents.
Riders were required to stay on trail, as the course passed through habitat for the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise and the endangered Dwarf Bearclaw Poppy. Course marshals were posted along the route to ensure compliance with laws and race regulations.
As you enjoy springtime adventures in the desert, please remember to use similar care during your outdoor activities. Stay on designated trails, leave what you find, and be considerate of other visitors by protecting the quality of their experience. Everyone shares the responsibility of taking care of public lands.