Bailey HUNDO Entry Closes Tuesday

, , , | UltraRob | Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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Last year the Bailey HUNDO was started as a new Colorado 100 mile mountain bike race. 150 racers were accepted into the inaugural race. It is produced by Advance Colorado Fund Inc., a Colorado-based nonprofit committed to youth biking initiatives and trail building.

Applications for this year’s race are only being accepted through tomorrow night (midnight on Tuesday, March 29th). The race will start in Bailey at 6am on Saturday, June 18th. There are 250 spots in the race this year thanks to a partnership with the Forest Service and all capable racers are encouraged to apply for consideration for an invitation!

I talked to Bailey HUNDO Executive Director Noah Aptekar at the Front Range Cyclist Bike Show a week ago. He said that the invitational really means that it’s a lottery except that they’ll pick some top racers or other races that they feel deserve to be there. It sounds like they’re doing basically what’s done for the Leadville 100 mountian bike entry lottery but trying to avoid some of the criticism Leadville has gotten for not being totally a lottery.

“We are deeply proud that the Bailey HUNDO will have 250 racers this year who are so committed to supporting youth biking initiatives in Colorado and trail building in the Platte Canyon area that they are willing to raise much-needed funds and spend months training for this 100-mile endurance race,” said Noah Aptekar. “The Bailey HUNDO provides the opportunity; it is the racers who make the impact on the state of cycling for Colorado’s youth and in the Platte Canyon area through their dedication to raising funds and participating in such an extreme and exciting event.”

Last years race was a big success from what I heard with many riders recommending it as a race to do. The top three finishers in the Men’s Open/Pro category were Olympian Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (6:36), Colorado mountain biking legend Dave Wiens (6:49), and Team Epic Endurance racer Bryan Alders (6:56). The top finishing times in the Women’s categories were turned in by Sonya Looney (8:19), Eszter Horanyi (9:04, singlespeed category) and Brenda Moczygemba (9:21). The Bailey HUNDO is looking forward to attracting an even more competitive field in 2011.

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