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Hidden Valley Hammer mountain bike races set to run May 26-June 23

The Ely Nordic Ski and Bike Club  will be hosting the “Hidden Valley Hammer,” a series of mountain bike races in Ely.

Challenge yourself on some of the best mountain bike trails in the north woods. The Hidden Valley Hammer is a weekly cross-country mountain bike race held at the beautiful Hidden Valley recreation area in Ely.

Races will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. from May 26 through June 23.

The events are for both hard-core racers or those new to riding dirt. The Hidden Valley Hammer is billed as a fun, no-frills event focused on offering an enjoyable experience riding your bike through the woods in a great community.

Proceeds from the Hidden Valley Hammer will be donated to Team BOREALIS, Ely’s youth mountain bike team.

Courses will vary from week to week. Each race evening will have a long course (12-15 miles) and a short course (five to seven miles). Riders 12 and under on these courses will require a paid adult rider with them at all times. Each week will also feature a free kids race for kids of all ages.

Cost is $15 per race for adults or sign up for all five weeks for $60, $5 per race for individuals 18 or younger. Individuals in the kids race for free.

For more information and to register online, Race day registration starts at 5 p.m.

In the event of rain or other weather events where riding may damage the trails, the course will be routed to mowed ski trails. Severe weather will result in race cancellation.

There will be no refunds for the Hidden Valley Hammer. In the event you are unable to race for any reason your entry fee can be considered a donation to Hidden Valley trail maintenance and Team BOREALIS.

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