10TH Annual Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival June 11 & 12, 2011

By AlpineZone News |
Apr 06 2011 - 01:29 PM

Henniker, NH, April 6, 2010 – PATS PEAK in Henniker, NH will host the 10th Annual PATS PEAK Mountain Bike Festival the weekend of June 11 & 12, 2011. The weekend is presented by PATS PEAK along with S&W Sports, USA Cycling, Root 66 Series Northeast XC Race Series and the Eastern States Cup Downhill Race Series.

Bicycle riders from all over New England come to PATS PEAK to participate in this exhilarating mountain bike weekend. The Mountain Bike Festival features 24-Hour, 12-Hour, 6-Hour, X-Country Challenge and Downhill races. Riders will be competing for over $4,000 in cash and prizes.

Riders for the 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK may ride solo, in two person teams, in four person teams or in five person teams. The 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK races will kick off at 12:00pm on Saturday, June 11.

On Sunday, June 12, the X-Country Challenge Cat 3 Race begins at 9am. The Cat 2 and Cat 2 Single Speed Open Races begin at 11:30am followed by the Pro/Cat 1 Open, Cat 1 Single Speed Open and Cat 1 Races starting at 1:30pm.

The bike course for the 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK and the X-Country Challenge will be open for riding sometime in May. There is no charge to pre-ride the course. All participants and everyone alike are encouraged to ride the course. Please practice common courtesy if a wedding ceremony or other activity is taking place in the Base Area. The course is a technical mix of single track, dirt, logging roads, switchbacks and downhill.

The Downhill racers will take the chair lift up to the top of the mountain and race down the course one at a time against the clock for the quickest time to the bottom of the course. They will take two runs each and the best of the two runs will be recorded. Bicycles used in the downhill have up to nine inches of suspension front and rear to help absorb the extreme terrain passing beneath them with speeds up to 40mph. The Downhill race starts at 11:30am on Sunday, June 12. The Downhill course is only available for pre-riding on Saturday, June 11 for paid entrants only.

New this year, the Downhill race is part of the Eastern States Cup (ESC) USA Cycling Regional Championship Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series. The Series is in its second year and includes four venues with 10 series races plus the finals. This multi-championship series includes Pats Peak, NH; Attitash, NH; Killington, VT; Mount Snow, VT; Plattekill, NY; and Whiteface, NY. The venues are all pioneers and leaders in the East Coast Downhill Race scene. The ESC Downhill race will provide high-level racing, multiple USAC Championships at great venues. Within the ESC, three separate USAC State Championships will be contested. Pats Peak and Attitash will decide the New Hampshire State Championship with two races over two weeks. Plattekill and Whiteface will host four races for the New York State Championship. Mount Snow and Killington will host four races for the Vermont State Championship. One of the unique features of the Eastern States Cup Series is its support of junior racers. The Eastern States Cup will support junior racers by offering a $600 bonus to be split between the top three Category 1 under 18 men racers. The Pro Men and Women will split up $1,200 per race and $1,600 for the final standings. For a listing of the ESC schedule, rules and more information go online to www.easternstatescup.com .

Other weekend events include a Kids Race on Saturday and Sunday. The Sled Pub will be open with food and beverage available. On Saturday night, there is Live Band from 5pm to 10pm.

Overnight camping at PATS PEAK is available. Camping and registration opens at 3pm on Friday, June 10, 2011. Family, friends, and non-riders are welcome. Whether you’re a spectator or plan to race, you’re sure to have a great time.

In order to continue to make this event a success, volunteers are needed to help in the Scoring Tent for the 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK races and in other positions. All volunteers will receive a food voucher, t-shirt, a lift ticket for skiing/riding at Pats Peak Ski Area. If you are interested or know someone who is interested in volunteering, please email [email]linda@patspeak.com[/email].

“We are excited to host this Mountain Bike Festival for the 10th year in a row. Every year it gets bigger. A few years ago we added a X-Country and Downhill component to the weekend, which brought many additional racers to PATS PEAK for this fun mountain bike festival weekend. This year the Downhill race is part of the Eastern States Cup series, which will add another level of excitement to the weekend”, says Jim Wall, PATS PEAK Mountain Bike Festival Event Coordinator.

For more information go online to http://www.patspeak.com/summer/bike.html or call PATS PEAK at 1-888-PATS PEAK (1-888-728-7732).

Online Registration is available through http://www.bikereg.com under the event title of PATS PEAK Mountain Bike Festival (http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=11993 ).

PATS PEAK Mountain Bike Festival Weekend Schedule
(Subject to changes)

Friday, June 10

Camping opens for participants and guests

Registration: 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK; ESC Downhill Race; X-Country Challenge

Saturday, June 11

Cafeteria Open with Full Breakfast Menu available for purchase.

Registration: 24/12/6 Hours of PATS PEAK; ESC Downhill Race; X-Country Challenge

Lift Rides available for $5 per ride

ESC Downhill Thrill Practice

Cafeteria Open


24/12/6 Hours Riders Meeting (mandatory)

Sled Pub Open. Pub Fare available for purchase from 3pm-9pm.

24/12/6 Hours Begins

Kids Race (Under 12 years old; Helmet mandatory)

Live Band

6 Hours Ends, Awards Following

Riders must start using lights

Quiet Hours

Sunday, June 12

12 Hours Ends, Awards 9:30am-Sled Pub

Riders are permitted to ride without lights at this point in the race.

Full Breakfast Menu (available for purchase)

Registration: ESC Downhill Thrill

Registration: X-Country Challenge

X-Country Challenge Cat 3 Race Begins; Awards Following-Sled Pub

12 Hours Awards-Sled Pub

ESC Downhill Thrill Practice

Lift Rides available for $5.00 per ride

Cafeteria Open

Sled Pub Open

Kids Race (Under 12 years old; Helmet mandatory)

ESC Downhill Thrill Riders Meeting – At Summit (mandatory)

ESC Downhill Thrill Race Begins (2 runs each, Best of 2), Awards Following-Sled Pub

X-Country Challenge Cat 2 and Cat 2 Single Speed Open Begins;

Awards Following-Sled Pub

24 Hours Ends, Awards Following-Sled Pub

X-Country Challenge Pro/Cat 1 Open, Cat 1 Single Speed Open,
Cat 1 Begins; Awards Following-Sled Pub

For additional information on the PATS PEAK Mountain Bike Festival, please visit patspeak.com .


PATS PEAK recently completed its 48th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the Patenaude family ownership. PATS PEAK has 22 well-groomed trails for day and night skiing/riding, 7 gladed areas, 3 terrain parks, a snowtubing park, 10 high-capacity lifts, 100 percent snowmaking, and some of the most challenging skiing in Southern New Hampshire.

PATS PEAK has a Weekday Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program for more than 8,000 kids from over 100 local schools and a Weekend Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program for adults and children. There are more than 70 Adult/Corporate Racing teams in the Adult/Corporate Racing League . Many adults participate in the weekday Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics for all ability levels. PATS PEAK has 100% of its trails lit for night skiing/riding and is one of the state’s most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains , with three separate beginner areas.

During the “Other Season of PATS PEAK”, PATS PEAK Banquet Center is the perfect location for wedding receptions, parties, company meetings, company outings, or any social gathering!

PATS PEAK is located in Henniker, NH, just twenty minutes from Concord, forty minutes from Manchester, and ninety minutes from Boston. The latest information, snow conditions, photos and events are available at www.patspeak.com or call 1-888-PATS PEAK (1-888-728-7732).