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Rollercoaster of Love Mountain Bike Festival at Bogue Chitto State Park near Franklinton is scheduled for October 2-3.

The festival will end with the first mountain bike race held on the newly built mountain bike trails inside the park. Hosted by the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association, the weekend mountain bike festival will feature events for mountain bikers of all ages, including a Funduro race, mountain biking lessons and the Mega Zeph Mega Jam, an evening mountain bike jumps with many aerial jumps and stunts.

Refreshments will be available at the local Gnarley Barley Brewery in Tangipahoa Parish.

“With the growing popularity of mountain biking, we wanted Louisiana to feature some of the best trails around. Thanks to the hard work of my office, Louisiana State Parks, the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association and many others, we were able to extend the existing four miles of biking trails to 14 miles, on some of the most diverse terrains in the area, ”said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We invite everyone to come experience a world class event on our world class mountain bike trails in South Louisiana.”

The new trails at Bogue Chitto State Park are expected to attract mountain bikers from across the Southeast and beyond. Created through a collaboration with the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association, the new mountain bike trails offer trails for all skill levels. Bikers can expect a stimulating ride no matter how intense the trail is as they meander through the pine woods of Bogue Chitto State Park along the park’s natural elevation changes, said Nungesser.

This October 2, cyclists can register for Funduro. This Enduro race will start at 9 a.m. and will take place in stages, with the lowest overall times being declared the winners. There is no registration fee for this event.

In addition, this Saturday will present the Dirt Coaster Academy at 2 p.m. Two certified mountain biking instructors will offer a free basic mountain biking course. This instruction is perfect for beginners looking to learn or as a refresher for more experienced mountain bikers looking to hone their skills. There is no registration fee for this event.

The day will end with the Mega Zeph Mega Jam at 4 p.m. The Mega Zeph Jump Night will feature mountain bikers tackling the biggest jumps in Bogue Chitto State Park, performing aerial stunts with every jump.

The main event of the Rollercoaster of Love Mountain Bike Festival kicks off on Sunday morning, October 3, with on-site registration at 8 a.m. and races start at 9 a.m. There are 17 different categories of races open for registration on the Rollercoaster of Love Mountain Bike Festival registration page. The races are the seventh stop in the Southern Gulf Regional Mountain Bike Series.

Online registration will close Thursday, September 30 at 12:01 AM. Runners will also be able to register on site on October 3 for the cross-country race.


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