Last weekend, not only did we get to visit the scenic city of San Francisco, but we were able to ride in the 1st ever mountain bike race held in the city! But, our trip to San Francisco to race the McLaren Short Track Challenge was unique in so many other ways.
What made this one of our favorite races was the uniqueness of the location and the cause that the proceeds went to. We were really looking forward to racing in San Francisco, where no MTB race has ever been held. The course was neat because it was 2.50 miles long and 450 ft of elevation change and a mixture of mostly singletract and short sections of paved path and road. We enjoyed that there were a lot of spectators cheering for the racers. All of the people that were at the park were so excited that a race was going on! San Francisco is a city that had no dirt trails to ride! This race has now changed that and McLaren Park now is a place where kids can come to experience riding MTB bikes. Soon McLaren Park will have a Valmont style Bike Park too. Isn’t that awesome?!
The turnout was great, there were at least 200 people racing and at least as many spectators. That’s more than most of the Race Events we’ve been to, and all of the money from registration and raffle tickets will go to building a bike park at McLaren. That makes us really happy! And talk about dedication! The race promoter, Dan Schneider of SF Urban Riders, has been working on getting this race together for 5 years! Just goes to show how much people care about this sport! If you want to help support this Bike Park contact him through their website www.sfurbanrider.org
The McLaren Short Track was a great event! The community was obviously well behind this event, the immense amount of prizes and raffle items shows just how San Francisco feels about getting dirt cycling in its City! The event has a great atmosphere and if you ever get the chance you should go race it, it’s worth it! If you ask Yackle Brothers Racing, we feel San Francisco would be a great choice for a top UCI/USA Cycling Event. The people would support it with enthusiasm. We like to see it get done!