Mountain bikers tackle challenging Bidwell Bump Race

Sep 14, 2014 2:30 AM by Ross Field

Dozens of extreme cyclists made their way through Upper Bidwell Park in Chico on Saturday, September 13th, for the 38th annual Bidwell Bump Race.

The grueling course takes cyclists through rocky terrain, up steep climbs and down small hills.

But the race is one of Chico's most popular, and after 38 years, it's still going strong.

More than 100 racers came to Bidwell Park to ride the tough course.

Cyclists start at the rocky North Rim Trail. From there, they take the Guardian Trail to where they race down Tennis Ball Hill to South Rim and end at Five-Mile Recreation Area.

Participant Dax Downey shares his thoughts on the ride.

"It's probably one of the harder races or rides I've ever been to, I think a lot of the riders agree, which is why it draws such a great quality group of racers."

Aren Timmel discusses what he's thinking about while riding through the course.

"A little bit of everything, sometimes you're thinking about going fast, then other times you're thinking about dinner or something you shouldn't be thinking about, so try to think about going fast and taking a good line, try to get to the end man."

The Bidwell Bump involves other races as well including a kids race around Five-Mile Recreation Area.


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