Pinkham Notch, NH -Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomes back the 12 & 24 Hours of Great Glen for its 19th season on August 9th and 10th. The unique mountain bike race is wrapped into a weekend-long mountain bike festival enticing intermediate and hardcore racers to tackle single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington.
Each year the race incorporates a theme, which just happens to be circus related this year, and is appropriately named “The Greatest Show on Dirt”. Competitors and their crews are invited to join the festival-like weekend with free camping and kayaking as well as a full slate of activities and offerings planned for the weekend, including a gigantic festival tent, expo area, movie night, face painting, numerous circus-themed games, and much more. In 2013, which featured a beach party theme and atmosphere, over 100 teams and 300 competitors logged over 16,000 miles during race weekend.
Registration is still available online through August 6 and includes RealTime scoring (results provided by Granny Gear Productions), RFID card for each team member, onsite camping from Friday, August 8 through Monday morning, August 11, event t-shirt for each team member, a ticket to Saturday evenings meal catered by Moat Mountain Smokehouse, a digital copy of on course photos taken by a professional photographer, 24/7 access to water and portable toilets, hot showers and a bike wash station, access to all festival activities, eligibility for finisher awards & prizes, entry into the 24 Hours of Great Glen post event raffle, and more.
This year’s sponsors include Red Jersey Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Hammer Nutrition, Lucy Hardware, Light & Motion Bike Lights, Dasani, White Mountain Cupcakery, Exposure Lights USA, Clif Bar, The Conway Daily Sun, Coca-Cola, MonkeyLectric, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort and Porky Gulch Bike Shop with additional businesses signing on weekly.
Volunteers are still needed and can contact Steven Iannuzzi for details at email steven.iannuzzi@mt-washington.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com.