At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, Cache Valley mountain bikers and trail enthusiasts will Bike the Beav in the first ever “UnRace” at Björr Trail. Participants can choose between two or four-lap course lengths at Beaver Mountain — 10 and 20 miles respectively — as well as a one-lap option for youth riders. The event is organized by The Trails Cache and Cache Trails Alliance and costs $55 to register.
Cyclists in the UnRace will ride the looping 5-mile trail at their own pace, taking part in “feats of strength” at various checkpoints to win playing cards and a chance to win other prizes. According to Cache County Trails Planner Dayton Crites, feats of strength checkpoints may include poetry, hula hoops and artwork, among other tasks. For each feat of strength, cyclists will be given a playing card plus one additional card for completing the Björr course. Once five cards have been acquired, cyclists will play their best hand in poker.
And the best hands wins the best prizes.
“It doesn’t really matter if you go fast or slow,” Crites said. “Go the speed that you want to go — that’s why it’s an unrace — just have fun.”
According to Crites, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to a fund dedicated to trails maintenance and construction. He said they anticipate matching the raised funds with a RAPZ grant next year to hire a trail crew to help tackle maintenance duties on various trails throughout Cache Valley.
“If we can raise a few thousand dollars through this event,” Crites said, “we can double that with a local grant or a state grant if we get the right approach to it.”
Crites said the creation of the trail is largely due to the Cache Valley High School Mountain Bike Team.
“Possibly the reason this trail exists is because the local high school mountain bike chapters were saying, ‘We need a place to train,’” Crites said.
He said having 50 youth cyclists on out-and-back trails was unsuitable.
Amie Hansen, one of the Board of Directors for the mountain bike team, said the team approached the Seeholzer family about building a mountain bike trail that could facilitate National Interscholastic Cycling Association races in 2016.
“The races bring in anywhere from three to five thousand people,” Hansen said, “and so we need to be able to host a race, and it needs to be a continual trail, not an up-and-back trail.”
Hansen said the looping singletrack of the Björr Trail provides the safety needed for cyclists in training, as well as recreation for community.
“The nice thing is it gives something for the community to do,” Hansen said. “It gives another free option of being able to go out and ride your bike and be out in the mountains.”
While internet connectivity should allow for day-of registration purchases, Crites said it’s encouraged for participants to register before heading up to the event. Participants can register at bikethebeav.com.
“It’s a great course,” Crites said, “and we’re really excited to celebrate it.”