Beware the call of... “The Wilds”!
KENDA OMBC Race #2 at The Wilds Saturday, April 12
Race Report by Quickdirt
The Weather forecast 70 degree temps and sunny skies for race day
Race Preview by Quickdirt's James Knott
The Wilds Trail System: AOA’s trail system at the Wilds consists of around 17 miles of great Ohio Singletrack to satisfy just about any rider. Trails are marked with trail signs and white numbered poles that correlate with numbered circles on the map, to help keep you headed in the right direction. Be sure to print out a Map, and head down. It’s worth the trip!
2014 marks the eighth time the OMBC Series heeded the call of The Wilds, a wildlife conservation facility located near Zanesville, held on 5 of the 17 miles of singletrack trails designed and maintained by the Appalachia Outdoor Adventure club (AOA). The second of 11 stops this season for the OMBC series, The Wilds mountain bike trails are open to the public year round.
$5 from each adult entry will be donated to AOA to support trail maintenance at The Wilds
Trail conditions are: currently mostly dry
Kenda Tire recommendation: Kenda Karma or Nevegal
When: Saturday, April 5 at High Noon
Where: The North Country Camp (1 mile north on Watson Road, off of state route 146)
OMBC Race Venue Coordinates: 39.8731 -81.7105
Google Maps Link
The Wilds RACE MAP
Race Venue is located at the Wilds North Country Camp on Watson Road located about two miles east of the Trailhead off of 146.
If you are heading east from Zanesville on SR146 East, the trailhead is located in a field on the left side of the road, just past The Wilds main entrance sign on the north side of SR146. Zion Ridge Rd is 6 miles west of Cumberland, and 18 miles east of Zanesville onState Route 146. Racer’s will pass the trailhead and follow the race parking signs to the camp area where the start/finish is located.
If you are east or north of Cambridge, take I-70 west to New Concord exit 169head south on 83. Turn right in Cumberland on 146 west, and go 6 miles look forZion Ridge Rd on your left. Parking lot is on your right. Race parking signs will be located on the right leading you to the North Country Camp and well before reaching the trailhead.
Newcomers may be relieved to know that the mountain bike trail area is located in a separate area from the animals so there is no fear of being chased by wild Cheetahs or Rhino’s unless they have OMBC number plates.
Distances by Class:
Men's Expert, Vet Open 35+, Single speed, Expert Masters 45+ – 3 Laps- 16.2 miles
Women’s Expert -3 Laps– 3 Laps 16.2 miles
All Sport divisions – 2 Laps – 10.8 miles
All Novice/Beginner divisions – 1 lap – 5.4 miles
What to Bring: Helmets required. Suggested items would include a water bottle, gloves, eye wear and your favorite beer mug. Please check to make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
REWARDS: Based on OMBC payout chart: see “information” at www.OMBC.net
Pro/Expert/Vet Open: 100%-85% Cash Payback based on $20 payout chart or trade for anything on the prize table
Sport: 50% Cash Payback based on $20 payout chart or trade cash for anything on the prize table
Novice: Prizes courtesy of OMBC Sponsors. Fully one third of each division is eligible for prizes and recognition. First place receives first pick of the prize table.
All racers will receive a state ranking posted to the official website of the Ohio State Series at www.ombc.net.
Entry Fees: Family Friendly
$10 Novice Junior High, age 13-14
$10 High School divisions age 15-18
FREE 12 and under
Race Number Plates: If you do not already have an OMBC number plate, you can pick up a custom permanent race number at registration for $5 that is refundable at any time. Using your permanent number plate will speed the time it takes you to register at future events and is yours to keep.
Post Race Bread and Water: All you can drink Great Lakes Brew will be available at the Wilds so be sure to bring your favorite mug. No filthy, mud covered water bottles will be filled. Bring a clean mug and save your mud covered water bottle for water and Hammer Heed. If you are under 21 or have a biking/drinking problem, we recommend Pepsi Products.
Pizza may arrive from Creno’s Pizza provided the delivery driver doesn’t lose his way in the Wilds. If/when it arrives, Pizza is for racers only and we ask that you limit yourself to two pieces (not two pizzas) until all racers have had something to eat. Imagine the last racer having nothing to eat but an empty pizza box. Now imagine that racer is YOU. (;