Two new events have been added to the third annual Gudrun – the Northwoods Mountain Bike Festival, as well as the return of the popular Slow Roll event, according to Visit Hot Springs.
“We are very excited to add two new running events and bring the popular Slow Roll back to the lobby of the Arlington Hotel for this year’s festival,” said Traci Berry, trail coordinator for Visit Hot Springs, in A press release.
The festival will take place November 12-14 on the Northwoods-Cedar Glades trail system.
“We already have runners from 13 different states, with runners between the ages of 5 and 75 already registered,” said Berry. Runners have until 7 p.m. on November 12 to register.
According to Berry, runners signed up from Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee , Texas and Wisconsin.
New to the festival will be the Gudrun Waffles & Coffee Time Trial, sponsored by Redlight Roastery & Coffee House, and the Gudrun Dual Slalom Competition, sponsored by Michael Irmen with Outbound Lighting and powered by Slaughter Trail Guides.
The Waffles & Coffee Time Trial will be a short, fast 3km cross-country race on the Waffles & Coffee Trail at Cedar Glades Park.
“This race is perfect for XC (cross country) runners looking for something to do while enduros take place on Saturday as well as for runners who have never raced before but are curious and ready to go. wet feet, ”Berry mentioned.
“The Gudrun Double Slalom Competition will be a fun and friendly event taking place at the end of the hill in Cedar Glades Park lit by a light tower,” she said.
Participants will have a predetermined time to make descents on the double slalom course. Their best time will be their qualifying time. The finals will be determined by the eight best qualifying times in each category: open men and open women.
“The riders will compete in the Dual Slalom category and each complete lap (going down either side of the track with the same opponent) will determine the winner and who will advance to the next lap. Winners will be crowned Viking Warrior King and Queen of the Hill She said.
The Gudrun Slow Roll Fun Ride will take riders from the Hot Springs Convention Center, Bathhouse Row through the lobby of the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, around Whittington Park in the city center and will end at 420 Eats for the opening night celebration.
“Our festival isn’t just for competitive mountain bikers,” said Berry. “We want everyone to enjoy the festivities. We will have food trucks and the Superior Bathhouse Brewery as well as several vendors throughout the weekend. We are also very pleased that the Hot Springs RC Flying Club is hosting an air show at the Remote Airfield at Cedar Glades Park located at the bottom of Cedar Glades Hill. “
The trail system “has been such a valuable addition to our community, what better way to celebrate such an amazing recreation space than to have fun riding a bike with the Vikings,” she said.
The Gudrun Festival has its origins in the early days of the Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race, which began in 1992, where the Northwoods Trails system is located today.
The 2021 Attila the Hun competitive race, to be held on Sunday, November 14, will be the last race of the season for the 2021 Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. There will be areas where spectators can view the riders. and encourage them, according to the statement.
Berry said the full festival Enduro event sold out early, so race organizers increased the number of participants by an additional 50 slots. She said 18 empty spots were left on Thursday morning.
“The Gudrun Enduro races will once again be hosted by Slaughter Trail Guides,” the statement said. In Enduro, the timed part, or stages, of the race are mainly downhill. Stages can vary in incline, length and difficulty. Between each stage, the riders have an untimed section which is mostly uphill leading them from the end of one stage to the start of the next. The Mini Enduro will consist of three stages with a course of approximately six to eight miles.
The Full Enduro consists of six stages, with a course of approximately 15 to 18 miles.
The Gudrun Jump Jam, sponsored by Holy Roller United of Benton, is “a hit with the spectators,” Berry said. Jump Jam competitors will show off their bike flight skills, taking to the air on skill jumps at Cedar Glades Park.
“We’ve had guys shooting 360s, back flips, supermans and more,” she said. “We can’t wait to see what they bring to the stage this year.”
This year marks the 29th consecutive year for the Attila the Hun XC mountain bike race (cross country). The racing format for this year’s Attila will be a short course with multiple spectator areas. The course is approximately three miles in length and each category will complete a predetermined number of laps. With 43 different categories, it will be a full day of cross-country mountain bike racing, according to the release.
Each participant in the Slow Roll, Enduro, Time Trial, Jump Jam and Dual Slalom will receive a loot bag which will include a long sleeve T-shirt, a Specialized water bottle, a pair of Sock Guy socks and other goodies, Berry said.
She said online registration is still open at http://www.Gudrunmtbfest.com.
The full program of the Gudrun – Northwoods MTB Festival is as follows:
Friday November 12
12 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Expo / parcel pick-up.
Noon – Enduro / time trial pre-ride.
5 pm-7pm – Gudrun Slow Roll group ride.
7-9 p.m. – Opening night.
Saturday 13 November
8h00 – Collection of packages.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – RC Plane air show.
9:00 am – Gudrun Mini-Enduro.
10:00 am – Gudrun Full Enduro.
11 a.m. – Waffle and coffee time trial.
1:00 p.m. – Attila the Hun XC pre-ride.
3 p.m. – Gudrun Jump Jam.
5 p.m. – Gudrun Slalom.
Gudrun award ceremony immediately after the doubles slalom.
Sunday November 14
7:30 am – Collection of packages.
8:00 am – Attila the Hun XC.
2:00 p.m. – Prize giving.