Twisted Twig Mountain Bike Race & Ride

The Twisted Twig Mountain Bike Race & Ride
 at Bonnybrook Farms

Fall Ride: Saturday October 7, 2017

Summer Ride: Saturday June 16, 2018
Rain or Shine

Join us for a fun and exciting, casual,
good time for the whole family!

The Twisted Twig Race & Ride is a challenging ​competition for experienced mountain bike racers, yet a family friendly, no pressure trail ride for new riders of all ages.
Come cruise the farm on your bike!​

1st timers, kids, beginners, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, over the hills and seasoned racers are all welcome.

Back roads, trails, hills and woodlands are designed to challenge all levels of riders, and give participants a great place to experience the FUN and excitement of mountain bike racing/riding on an exclusive mountain bike track at Bonnybrook Farms available only to Twisted Twig racers. Come cruise the farm on your bike!

There are race categories and classes for all ages – Kids, Juniors, Adults, Recreational Rider, Beginner, Intermediate and Sport! Mountain Bike folks are great people who love to encourage new riders.

It’s never too soon to start training and it’s hard to have more fun than riding your bike in the woods, riding for medals, swag and bragging rights!

Cheering fans are encouraged!  The Twigs and Berries first track is highly visible for your personal support team of family and friends. Bring Aunt Mary & Uncle John, the neighbor kids, grandma, grandpa and the whole family out for a day of outdoor FUN!  Meet some real farmers – members of The Warren County Antique Tractor and Machinery Club – who will be here to show off their unusual vintage tractors of all colors and sizes. 

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THE TWISTED TWIG Mountain Bike Race & Ride

Location:  Bonnybrook Farms

Dates & Time: 
The Twisted Twig Fall Race & Ride – Saturday October 7, 2017
Sign up before midnight Sat. August 5th and save $10.  
Enter code: Save10 
 (Family Leisure Ride not included in discount)

The Twisted Twig Summer Race & Ride – Saturday June 16, 2018

  • 7:30am   Gates open (free admission)
  • 7:45am   Check-in begins at the race tent 
    If not pre-registered, turn in signed Twisted Twig Rules and Waiver.
  • Verify class number and pick up your color tag and Shirt 
  • 7:45 – 8:20 Pre-course ride
  • 8:30 am Classes begin – rain or shine. Classes will run in order. Some classes may be combined.
  • 10:00 am  Farm Kitchen open (Cash only)
  • 11:00 am  Antique tractors arrive

Type of Bikes accepted:  Any mountain bike is welcome, old or new.  Suspension is optional. CX/Cross bikes can be used though there’s not a “cross” category.  One note, there are some soft spots on the course and wider tires are a plus.  If you don’t have a MTB start begging and borrowing, someone may have one they aren’t using.

Recreational Riders and Beginner Classes 

Just want to have fun or new to the sport.  One Lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles – Division begins at 8:30.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary. If you have a child who is riding at a more advanced level than his/her age group, contact us and we will discuss options.

Class 1 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 6-8  (boys & girls)
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.
Parent escorts: Parents can ride behind the group, in order to escort the child through the race if needed. $20 Entry Fee

Class 2 Kids Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 9-11  (boys)
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.
Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort. $20 Entry Fee

Class 3 Kids Recreational/Beginner  Race, ages 9-11  (girls)
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
Kids 9-11 are expected to ride without parent escort.  $20 Entry Fee

Class 4 Junior Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 12-14 (boys)
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 5 Junior Recreational/Beginner  Race, ages 12-14 (girls)
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles. 
$20 Entry Fee

Class 6 Women’s Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 15-29 
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 7 Women’s Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 30-49 
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 8 Women’s Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 9 Men’s Recreational/Beginner  Race, ages 15-29 
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 10 Men’s Recreational/Beginner  Race, ages 30-49
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Class 11 Men’s Recreational/Beginner Race, ages 50 & over
One lap Twigs and Berries course – Approximately 2 miles.  
$20 Entry Fee

Family Leisure Ride

Class 28 Family Leisure Ride – any age/level – no class placings –
last class of day
 
$10 Entry Fee per person, 5 & younger free

Intermediate Classes

Ready for more of a challenge?  Two Laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles – This Division begins approximately 9:30.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary. If you have a child who is riding at a more advanced level than his/her age group, contact us and we will discuss options.

Class 12  Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11  (boys) 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 13  Kids Intermediate Race, ages 9-11  (girls) 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 14  Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14  (boys) 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 15  Junior Intermediate Race, ages 12-14  (girls) 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 16 Women’s Intermediate Race, ages 15-29 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 17 Women’s Intermediate Race, ages 30-49 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 18 Women’s Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over
Two laps Raccoon Ridge Course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 19 Men’s Intermediate Race, ages 15-29 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 20 Men’s Intermediate Race, ages 30-49 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Class 21 Men’s Intermediate Race, ages 50 & over 
Two laps Raccoon Ridge course – Approximately 4 miles.  
$25 Entry Fee

Sport Classes

 You’ve raced before, or ride hard when you ride –
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles  –

This Division begins approximately 10:30.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before division start time.

The Twisted Twig management reserves the right to combine or split classes as necessary. 

Class 22 Women’s Sport Race, ages 15-29 
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles. 
$30 Entry Fee

Class 23 Women’s Sport Race, ages 30-49 
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles.
$30 Entry Fee

Class 24 Women’s Sport Race, ages 50 & over  
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles. 
$30 Entry Fee

Class 25 Men’s Sport Race, ages 15-29 
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles.  
$30 Entry Fee

Class 26 Men’s Sport Race, ages 30-49 
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles.  
$30 Entry Fee

Class 27 Men’s Sport Race, ages 50 and over
Two laps Hills & Hollers course – Approximately 7.8 miles. 
$30 Entry Fee

Family Leisure Ride

Class 28 Family Leisure Ride – any age/level – no class placings –
last class of day
 
$10 Entry Fee per person, 5 & younger free

Online Pre-Registered Riders
  • receive race entry, pre-course ride, Twisted Twig Shirt and race swag

Recreational Riders / Beginner Classes: $20 Entry fee
Intermediate Classes: $25 Entry Fee
Sport Classes: $30 Entry Fee
Family Leisure Ride: $10 Entry Fee per person, 5 & younger free

Sign up before midnight Sat. August 5th and save $10.  
Enter code: Save10 (Family Leisure Ride not included in discount)

Twisted Twig T-Shirts:
Youth –  M (10-12)  L (14-16) XLG (18-20)
Adult  –  S  M  L  XL

Bottled water available for racers/riders and their families. 
No food or drink to be carried in.  No pets.
Farm Kitchen 10:00 (Cash only)

No refunds will be given.  The Twisted Twig Bike Race & Ride will take place rain or shine.

Online registration closes:
Thurs. Oct. 5th, 10:00pm- The Twisted Twig Fall Race & Ride
Sign up before midnight Sat. Aug 5th and save $10.  
Enter code: Save10 
(Family Leisure Ride not included in discount)

Thurs. June 15th, 10:00pm- The Twisted Twig Summer Race & Ride

click here to register online at Get Me Registered

Same Day Registered Riders
  • receive race entry, pre-course ride, *Twisted Twig Shirt and race swag.  *Twisted Twig shirts available only while supply lasts.
  • must complete Twisted Twig Rules and Waiver (if under 18, must be completed by parent or legal guardian).

Recreational Riders / Beginner Classes: $25 Entry fee
Intermediate Classes: $30 Entry Fee
Sport Classes: $35 Entry Fee
Family Leisure Ride: $15 per person Entry Fee

Cash only on race day.

Bottled water available for racers/riders and their families. 
No food or drink to be carried in.  No pets.
Farm Kitchen 10:00 (Cash only)

No refunds will be given.  The Twisted Twig Bike Race & Ride will take place rain or shine.

Race Day
  • 7:30 am Gates open (free admission)
  • 7:45 am Check-in begins at the race tent 
  • If not pre-registered, turn in signed Twisted Twig Rules and Waiver at the registration table.
  • Verify class number and pick up your color tag and T-Shirt. 
  • 7:45 -8:20 Pre-course ride
  • 8:30 am Classes begin – rain or shine. Classes will run in order.  Some classes may be combined.
  • 10:00 am  Farm Kitchen open (Cash only)
  • 11:00 am  Antique tractors arrive
Rules       

Have Fun!

Helmets are mandatory and must be worn whenever rider is on bike.  No exceptions!

Bikes must be walked thru the parking lot, roadways and anywhere near pedestrians.  No riders on driveways.

Racers and riders must stay in the restricted riding area.

No headphones, earphones or MP3 players while on the course.

During races, the course is closed to racers not in the active race category.

Course Etiquette/ Sportsmanship/Conduct

Courses may be marked with arrows, colored tape or flags, cones or signs.  Volunteers in safety vests are on course to help you if needed.

Slower riders stay to right of course.

If you need to walk a section of course quickly look behind you, and if safe, move immediately to the right side of course.

Where safe, yield to faster riders coming from behind.

Faster riders announce yourselves – “Rider Right”, “Rider Left”, etc.

Stay to the right side of a divided trail marked with arrows, colored tape or flags, cones or signs to avoid collisions.

Passing in tight, technical or gravelly sections ‐ use good judgment – do not put other riders or yourself in danger.

Foul riding, use of foul language towards other riders/staff will result in disciplinary action as determined by race management.

Racers must start in their assigned class.

Short cuts result in disqualification from the race.  If you leave the course, re-enter where you left.

Racers must complete assigned laps

Racers are permitted support.  Racers may leave the course for repairs, but must return to the exact location where they left.

The Finish Line

Racers must cross the finish line with their bike.  Slow down after the finish and STAY IN ORDER until your number is recorded at the scoring table.  Racers will be placed in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as they cross the finish line.  No passing in finish chute!  Once your color tag is recorded move out of the finish chute area.

After the Race

Award Ceremonies will commence at Twisted Twig race tent with awards for the top three finishers in each class.

What to Expect at your First Mountain Bike Race

Here are a few tips to help you enter your first race with some confidence:

  1. More often than not, YOU are in control of your own destiny. The majority of the race you ride single file on a single track. The terrain usually splits the field up pretty quickly.
  2. Pre-ride the course if possible. Knowing what to expect is HUGE for race success. Note the more difficult areas. Also, if there is a section that you know you cannot ride, plan to get off and walk during the race rather than trying to ride it.
  3. Don’t feel confident riding a portion of the trail? Fine, walk it! Want to go slower? That’s great, you are still beating everyone not riding. Mountain bikers are generally a pretty nice bunch and will be very welcoming and encouraging to beginners.
  4. Races generally start on an open section prior to entering the single track. Faster riders try to get to the front of the race early!
  5. Passing can be tricky, but don’t be afraid of it. If you want to pass someone, let the person in front of you know your intentions. Also, be aware of people behind you that want to pass and listen for them letting you know. In either situation, the person being passed should pull over to the side of the trail when there is an opportunity to do so. Sometimes the person passing will say something such as “on your left.” Both parties can stay on their bikes but just move to opposite sides of the trail, and hardly any time is lost. Sometimes it can be hard to move over, depending on the trail, so make sure your intentions are well known whether passing or being passed. Communication is the key to a safe and timely pass.
  6. Have fun! Even if you aren’t at the front of your race, take the opportunity to work on skills and gain confidence. There are always many races within a race, whether you’re battling for first or second to last, just keep pushing! The beauty of mountain bike racing is that you don’t have to be winning a race for it to be successful; every race is an opportunity to work on skills, gain confidence, and enjoy a variety of trails in pristine shape.

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