Alexandria to host mountain bike occasion; no spectators allowed
Alexandria will likely be internet hosting the primary occasion of the Minnesota State Excessive Faculty Biking League’s season at Lake Brophy County Park this weekend, August 29-30.
The mountain bike trails at Lake Brophy County Park will likely be closed to the general public throughout this time, and attributable to COVID-19 spectators is not going to be allowed to observe the occasion. The seashore space and playground at Lake Brophy Park will stay open to the general public.
The Minnesota State Excessive Faculty Biking League is holding seven occasions this yr, with Lake Brophy Park in Alexandria being its first one of many season. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say the construction of the occasion has been modified to permit the athletes to compete in a protected method following all MDH and CDC tips.
Probably the most notable modifications embrace the race being altered to a time trial format with just one workforce on web site at a time, and no spectators allowed on the occasion.
That is the primary time an occasion of this stage has been hosted on the newly developed trails.
“It is rather thrilling to get to host a race of this magnitude in Douglas County. Groups from throughout will get to come back expertise Brophy Park and the Alexandria Lakes Space”, mentioned Brad Bonk of Douglas County Parks and Trails in a information launch. “An incredible quantity of volunteer hours and energy have gone into these trails. Jeff Model, The Alexandria Mountaineers (coaches, riders and households), Rune Stone Off Highway Cyclists, and Jake’s Bikes deserve quite a lot of credit score. It is a celebration of their efforts. Hopefully subsequent yr we are able to have the occasion and invite the group to come back collect and rejoice collectively.”
“Though the 2020 yr isn’t fairly what all of us anticipated, we’re grateful to have the chance to get extra youngsters using bikes this season”, mentioned Joshua Kleve of the Minnesota Excessive Faculty Biking League. “The brand new trails at Brophy Park are a terrific group asset and function a terrific first cease for the league this yr. We sincerely respect the hospitality of the Alexandria group and are wanting ahead to a terrific occasion weekend.”
Whereas this occasion might look slightly totally different this yr, Alexandria hopes to proceed internet hosting these occasions sooner or later.
“We’re so completely happy to have this occasion come to Alexandria. A lot nice work has been performed by passionate teams of individuals to develop mountain bike trails in our space and this occasion helps elevate these nice out of doors property. Trying ahead to a terrific occasion this yr and hope to proceed to internet hosting these races in subsequent years”, mentioned James Feist, government director of Discover Alexandria Tourism.