Oak Mountain hosts profitable Bump N’ Grind mountain bike races – Shelby County Reporter
By NATHAN HOWELL | Particular to the Reporter
PELHAM – Oak Mountain State Park was visited by greater than 300 racers competing within the twenty sixth annual Bump N’ Grind mountain bike racing occasion over the Labor Day weekend.
The occasion was placed on by the Birmingham City Mountain Peddlers, who construct and preserve greater than 50 miles of trails on the park for recreation and competitors use.
With races for kids and adults of all ability ranges, the two-day occasion supplied wholesome and safely distanced recreation for these bored with being quarantined of their homes.
Regardless of issues from the pandemic the race was nonetheless capable of transfer ahead efficiently and practically achieved their attendance from years prior, in response to BUMP President Jeff Rozycki.
“The races went efficiently this weekend. The climate was lovely all weekend,” Rozycki mentioned. “We have been pleasantly stunned with how everybody one dealt with social distancing and different pointers. With that and the gorgeous climate, it was an amazing weekend general.”
The races kicked off on Saturday with kids’s and unicycle races, in addition to different principally downhill races. On Sunday, the extra superior cross nation fashion races came about.
This was not solely an amazing alternative for mountain bikers to proceed of their craft, however for these trying to get out and have secure household pleasant enjoyable.
“The attendance reveals that individuals are eager to get out and be wholesome,” Rozycki mentioned. “They go a bit stir-crazy being locked up at house for thus lengthy, and aggressive bikers are excited to really be capable of get out and compete as a part of a factors paying collection.”
The race is usually held earlier within the 12 months however because of COVID-19 restrictions and pointers, the race needed to be postponed, whereas many different organizations canceled their races outright.
Really having the ability to manifest the occasion regardless of these odds offers not solely funding for BUMP, however invaluable alternative for out of doors recreation.
“We thought-about cancelling the race altogether,” Rozycki mentioned. “Nevertheless, we acquired a lot response from individuals who needed an choice to get out and race. As soon as we reached a sure variety of individuals the place we may maintain a profitable occasion we determined to maneuver forward.”
As a nonprofit, BUMP depends on donations and proceeds from occasions like this to assist additional its mission of constructing and sustaining trails at Oak Mountain State Park, so a profitable occasion like this permits them to proceed this work.
“We respect all of the racers who got here out, all of our sponsors and our volunteers,” Rozycki mentioned. “With out everybody concerned, we wouldn’t be capable of maintain the occasion. All of us actually had a good time.”
Relying on how the pandemic goes, BUMP plans to carry races earlier within the 12 months for its twenty seventh annual race.
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