** Race update as of 4/7 - PLEASE READ**
With the amount of flooding at Hodges Village Dam, we're not confident that the water will recede enough by the race day. Even if it does, we're less confident that the trails will be in any condition to hold a race. We're fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of quality trails, so are moving forward with plans to move the race to a new venue, Douglas State Forest. Same race day 4/15 and same time, just new venue. We will be placing preliminary markers along the 6.8 mile course Saturday morning, and will lead two group rides this weekend and will post a GPX file as soon as possible. Please see course description for more details. We're sure you'll love this new course and venue, and thank DCR for working with us on such short notice.
** Course update as of 4/6**
The trails at Hodges Village Dam are currently closed until further notice, per Park Rangers. With the recent rains, water levels are extremely high and significant sections of the course are virtually under a few feet of water. This property protects downstream communities against flooding, so the timetable for opening the dam and quickly lowering the water level is currently unknown and contingent on many factors. We continue to work closely with the Park Rangers to monitor the situation, especially with the promising (dry) forecast next week. Meanwhile, we are actively pursuing a few different contingency/alternate plans to provide a quality event for regional riders, and expect to make a final decision by early next week at the latest. We'll communicate more information as soon as it's readily available. We apologize and appreciate your understanding.
Hodges Village DamWallum Lake Mountain Bike Race
New for 2017 Hodges Wallum Lake will be race #1 in the EFTA NECS
9:30am Start (first race) Saturday April 15, 2017 (now in the spring for 2017!!)
Douglas State Forest, Wallum Lake Park Rd, Douglas, MA
Douglas State Forest is on the border of MA and RI, on Wallum Lake. Conviently located between I-395 and Rt 146 in Central MA (just 20 minutes from Hodges), this expansive trail system features the SNETT, Mid-State trail, a few wide fire roads and some sweet singletrack, built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.
Fees: $25 on-line (not including EFTA license), and $15 more (so $40 total) the day of the event. An EFTA membership/license is required to participate in an EFTA sanctioned race. License fees charged by EFTA are separate from the race registration fee collect by MRA Multisport.
week of race (Saturday prior, by noon) - course marked and available for pre-ride for rest of the week Saturday 4/15, 8:30am - checkin/registration for Novice and Cruisers (1 lap) 9:30am - Novice race starts (2 laps) 9:45am - race starts (1 lap) 10am - checkin/registration for Expert and Elite 11:30am - Expert and Elite race starts (4 laps) 11:45am (approx) - Awards for Novice 12:30pm - checkin/registration for Sport race 2pm - Sport race starts (3 laps) 2:15pm (approx) - awards for Expert and Elite 4:15pm (approx) - awards for Sport
Race Day awards: variety of beer, pint glasses, cookies, merchandise, gift certificates, race credits, bragging rights, and even a little cash (elite category only).
Age/Ability Categories: Elite/Expert, Sport, and Novice are all ability based (usually equated to distance) and riders earn NECS points based on gender. Age Categories (based on year-end age) are Male: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-29), Veteran I (30-39), Veteran II (40-49), Senior (50+) and Female: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), and Veteran (40+). Other Categories: Single Speed, Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs), Fat bikes (min. tire 3.7 in.), "Cruiser" and NEHSCA are offered at certain distances at Wallum, but NECS points are only awarded for: Single Speed/4 laps (Expert), and Clydesdale/3 laps (Sport).
Q: What is the race cancelation policy?
A:To ensure the safest event for the participants and all involved, we reserve the right to cancel, delay, or modify the format of the event at anytime. Believe us, it would have to be a very, very SERIOUS and DANGEROUS situation for the event to be canceled. But in the unfortunate situation this is required, there is a no-refund policy in place, as the majority of the costs have already been incurred to host the event and when associated, we do not want to take away any contributions to our charities. We expect you to be disappointed if the event is canceled, as we will be, but we also hope you understand why a no-refund policy is in place.
Q: Are there any refunds or transfers?
A: Sorry, all registrations are final; there are no refunds or transfers to other participants. Within 10 days of the event, you can transfer your paid registration to another future event, for a small fee. Please see the Transfer page for full details. If you are unable to do the event please let us know ASAP so someone else can take your spot.
Q: Are strollers, joggers, pets, etc allowed on the course?
A:Due to insurance purposes and the safety of all participants, and the obvious reason of the terrain of the trails, we cannot allow strollers, joggers, pets, etc on any of the courses at all.
Q: Is there bike support at the event? A: Yes, the bike techs from Bikes + Life will be on location to assist with any minor/basic adjustments.
Q: Are team tents allowed? A: Yes! We'll have a dedicated area of the venue for you show off you team/club colors and where your riders can hang out all day.
Q: What is the food situation?
A:The Hot Pie Guy will be there serving up hot pies and calzone, including some gluten free options. There will be some light snacks like bananas and granola bars, plus Gatorade Endurance formula and water.
Q: How many participants will be allowed to register?
A: The race capacity is 250 people.
Q: Is the event chip-timed? A: YES! Timing will be provided by the TRIMOM Timing Company using hte latest chip technolgy! Athletes will also recieve real-time results displayed on large screen TVs, individual results kiosks, emailed results immediately following your event. All cateogry laps, gaps, and finish results can be found at by clicking here.