Bidwell Bump • September 30, 2017 • Chico
Don’t ya wanna BUMP ?
The 41st annual Bidwell Bump is set to go off in Chico on September 20, 2017 … on the same weekend as the opening of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest. Cross-country races of varying levels throughout the rugged upper park area of Bidwell Park will take place in the morning, with the infamous downhill happening in the afternoon.
Since 1976, the Bidwell Bump race courses have challenged the technical ability of anyone who has raced it.
For the Sport, Expert and Pro categories the Cross-Country (XC) race course will test everyone with North Rim’s lava-capped climb, B-Trail’s switchbacks, the Big Chico Creek crossing, 10 Mile House trail (aka; Green Gate climb) and weaving single-track through canyons and cliffs of Bloody Pin and South Rim. The courses are not for the faint-of-heart, but will greatly reward the racers as they descend the multiple trails that make the South side of Big Chico Creek famous. The course is 14.3 miles with 2000′ of climbing. The race has a mass-start at 9 am, mandatory participants meeting at 8:55 am.
The Experts and Pros will have the option of taking the All Mountain Challenge (AMC). This is the ultimate race the Bidwell Bump can offer; racing the XC course and the Super Downhill (SD) race course. The SD course is 5 miles and is very technical, and only intended for advanced riders. Participants are expected to have the correct protective equipment. Participants in the AMC race must race the same bike in the SD as used for the XC, otherwise they will be disqualified. The race starts and 1pm in 1 minute intervals.
For Expert and Pros only, the Super Downhill (SD) race starts at 1:00 pm in one minute intervals. The SD can only be raced by participants who raced the XC race. No exceptions. Mandatory participants meeting at 12:45 pm at the start. The starting line is off HWY 32 on the west side of the road across from Ten Mile House Road. Participants need to provide their own transportation to the start.
The Beginner Bump is approximately 5.7 miles with some technical aspects as it winds through Middle and Lower Trails of Upper Bidwell Park. The Beginner Bump starts at 9:10 am, mandatory participants meeting at 9:10 AM.
The Sport Bump is approximately 8.1 miles and includes the 5.7 miles of the Beginner Bump with additional 2.4 miles of more a technial single-track on MIddle and Lower Trails in Upper Bidwell Park. The Sport Bump participants should not be new to mountain biking but can complete the course if familiar with the basic skill set that it takes to navigate through technical sections. The Sport Bump starts at 9:05 am, a mandatory pre-race meeting will start at 9:00 am immediately after the XC Race begins.
The Kids Race will be hosted by Chico Velo Cycling Club. It is on a flat dirt course that is approximately 1.0 mile in length. Visit chicomasterscyclingteam.com for all the details. The kids race will have 3 age categories; 4 and under (100 yd/300′ dash), 5-7 (1 lap) and 8-10 (2 laps). The Kid’s Race starts at 11:00 AM, mandatory participant meeting at 10:55 AM. Registration for the Kid’s Race is on the day-of the event and starts at 9:30am.