Fall Classic in danger of being canceled
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BRECKENRIDGE ” One of the local mountain biking community’s oldies-but-goodies is in jeopardy of being canceled this year.
The Fall Classic, a rare mountain biking stage race that takes place on the trails around Breckenridge, is slated to be held this weekend, with two stages on Saturday and one on Sunday. But if event promoter Maverick Sports doesn’t get at least 100 people signed up by 6 p.m. today, it will cancel the event this year to prevent further financial losses.
Mav Sports co-owner Mike McCormack announced the possibility of canceling the race on the promotion group’s website last Thursday night, at which time he said there were only 12 riders signed up.
Tuesday McCormack said the number had grown to about 50, and thus set the odds of calling off the race at “about 50-50.”
“We’ve had some response on that,” he said of last Friday’s posting. “I think people are pretty sympathetic to the cost involved. But if we can’t do it, I think there’s going to be some disappointment.”
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The three-stage event, which includes a circuit race, a hillclimb and a cross country stage, began in 1984 but was discontinued in the late 1990s when then-race director Mike Zobbe decided to pursue other interests. The stoppage was not, Zobbe pointed out Tuesday, due to waning participation in the event. “We were still getting 400, 500 people then,” he said.
Since Maverick revitalized the race four years ago, McCormack said he and his partner, Jeff Westcott, have run the race “either at a break-even point or a loss.”
That many mountain bike racers are either physically worn down or tired of racing at this point in the season is one factor contributing to the lower turnout. It also didn’t help that this year’s race had been scheduled for Aug. 27-28 but had to be pushed back because it conflicted with the well-established Winter Park Race Series finals.
Regardless, McCormack said, “It’s important to note that we’re not giving up on the Fall Classic. We’re committed to putting this race on.
We love it. And more than anything, it’s a part of Breckenridge history.
The onus is on us to figure out a way to put it on.
“We don’t want to be the guys that cancel a race. We’ve never canceled anything.”
“It would be a real shame if they had to call it,” Zobbe said.
For more information on the Fall Classic, or to register, visit http://www.mavsports.com.
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