There’s a new 100 mile mountain bike race in Colorado this year and it’s only a month away. The Bailey HUNDO: The Senators’ Underground Invitational 100 Mile MTB Race will be held on June 19th, 2010. If you missed out on the Leadville 100 or other 100 miles mountain bike races across the country, you still have a chance at getting into the Bailey HUNDO.
Sponsored by four Colorado State Senators, the proceeds of the race will not only enhance the singletrack trail system around Bailey, but also promote mountain biking to at-risk youth, and high schoolers around the state by supporting Trips For Kids Denver/Boulder and the newly-founded Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL).
This year is a low key race with a field limit of 150. They’ve said they could see allowing 1,000 racers in the future. This year racers will also be self supported. My guess is that in the future there’ll be aid stations with support but I haven’t gotten a answer from them.
Bailey is a great area to mountain bike and they’re working on building more singletrack. The course will feature over 40 miles of singletrack through the Buffalo Creek Trail System and along the Colorado Trail as well as some challenging climbs on dirt roads and jeep trails. With this race very close to the Colorado Front Range and what should be a great course, I can see this race being very popular if organized well.
There’s no set entry fee for the race. It’s a suggested-donation and pledge-based event. A donation or pledge of $100 gets you a commemorative t-shirt designed by a Platte Canyon junior high school student. A donation or pledge of $250 will additionally qualify you to receive an inaugural Bailey HUNDO jersey.
To have a chance to race this in the inaugural race, you must register by this Wednesday, May 19th. They’re calling it a lottery for picking the 150 riders from those that sign-up but much like the Leadville 100 lottery, I think it’ll be a very weighted lottery. On the race application form, they ask if you live in the districts of any of the 4 Colorado Senators that helped make the race happen. They also want to know how much money you can raise and how you can help promote the race. They also want to know if you have the experience to finish a 100 mile self-supported race.
I’ve seen a couple blog posts about the Bailey HUNDO since it was announced a few weeks ago but haven’t heard of anyone that has applied to do it. Have you or someone you know signed up for it?