San Luis Obispo, February 27, 2011 – All Out Events is excited to partner with Santa Margarita Ranch/Ancient Peaks Winery to host the July 23 & 24th Ancient Peaks Mountain Bike Classic this year. Situated in the coastal hills of central California, this latest race venue looks to be the newest contender for a world class mountain biking destination.
Given access to over 14,000 pristine acres, race director Yishai Horowitz and friends are custom building the terrain for the event in their free time. Says Horowitz, “A lot of venues for these races are just held at established riding areas but we’re being given the opportunity to create world-class trails by the generous land owners who are looking forward to seeing the event prosper.”
Armed with pick axes and McCleods, the trail building team consists of area locals ranging from community enthusiasts to active bike racing competitors. Local professional downhiller Nate Lewis is in charge of developing the downhill course, which features a 1000 foot drop in less than a mile off the land’s most prominent peak. Horowitz, an avid cross country rider, is working with involved locals and competitive racers to develop a 16-mile cross country course using custom single track and existing fire roads. Says Horowitz of the trail development, “We’re making the trails well-groomed and wide single-track, using the natural terrain’s features as much as possible, and making sure that not only is everything totally doable, but super fun.”
This year’s July date was chosen to work with current race schedules and give the All Out team a chance to develop trails, but next year the team is hoping to move it to the weekend after Sea Otter, luring exhibitors and racers a little further south for some jaw-dropping race experiences. All Out will be adding a slalom and super D course for 2012.
For more information, go to www.ancientpeaksclassic.com
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