Gudrun - Northwoods MTB Festival
The new three-day Gudrun Northwoods Mountain Bike Festival will combine a mountain bike expo, a group ride through downtown Hot Springs, and the annual Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race that has been a feature of Hot Springs sports activities since 1992.
“We are inviting everyone to join us November 15 – 17 as we celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Northwoods Trails with a weekend of mountain biking fun for all ages,” said Traci Berry, trails coordinator for Visit Hot Springs.
“The genesis of the Northwoods Trails goes back to the early days of the Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race, which began in 1992 where The Northwoods Trails are located today,” Berry said.” Following the events of 9/11 in 2001, the race was moved to Charlton Campground and then eventually to Cedar Glades Park where The Attila has been held each year since.
“In November 2018, the Northwoods Trails System was opened to the public. Now, with Phase One of the Northwoods complete and 15.7 miles of trails open, we introduce Gudrun.
“So — what, or who is Gudrun? Gudrun is a Germanic heroic legend. A warrior. A Viking!. Wife to Attila the Hun and later defeater of the Huns.”
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The inaugural Gudrun Festival will incorporate these activities:Friday, November 15
Noon to 7PM - The mountain biking community will join the Spa Running Festival Expo at the Hot Springs Convention Center - Hall D with a day full of vendors and activities.
7:00PM - Northwoods Birthday Bash at Superior Bathhouse Brewery. Join us as we tap Gudrun Beer.Saturday, November 16
11:00AM — The Gudrun Slow Roll group ride (aprox. 3.6 miles) will start from the Spa Running Festival Start Line down Convention Blvd and proceed through downtown Hot Springs. Pedal down Central Ave passed Bathhouse Row, right on Fountain Street and then a quick left onto the Arlington Hotel veranda, through the hotel lobby and out the valet entrance back onto Central Ave. Then, left on Whittington where we will circle Whittington Park and return to the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Group is ride is presented by Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. The first 200 Registrants receive a complimentary tote bag, long sleeve t-shirt, Specialized water bottle, DeFeet MTB socks and more. PLUS! Win a huge Prize Package for Best Costume in our Gudrun Costume Contest! Register here!
12:30PM - Birthday Cake at Cedar Glades. Immediately following the Slow Roll, we encourage all participants to join us at Cedar Glades Park where there will be vendors, demos, food, music and more!
1:00PM - Climbing Wall open at Cedar Glades (closes at 3PM)
1:00PM - Mini- Enduro begins (Waterworks Trailhead)
3:00PM - Jump Jam on Lucky 13
5:00PM - Bonfire at Cedar GladesSunday, November 17
8:00AM - The Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race- Cedar Glades
1:00PM - AMBCS Awards Ceremony - Cedar Glades
3:00PM - Gudrun Afterparty at Red Light Roastery
**Camping (no electricity, no water) will be permitted at Cedar Glades specifically for this event. First come, first-serve basis.
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Phase One of Hot Springs’ new Northwoods Trail System was completed this spring, giving the city 15.7 miles of world-class mountain-bike riding.
Phase Two of the trails, when completed, will provide 44.6 miles of mountain bike trails that will be among the best in North America, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. A starting date on construction of Phase Two will be announced later.
The Northwoods Trail System mountain biking facility is located in the northern section of Hot Springs.
Visit Hot Springs began construction in November 2017 on Phase One of the Northwoods system, with assistance from Tom Walton, Steuart Walton and the Walton Family Foundation.
For more information contact Traci Berry at 501-321-2027 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/912102995790673/.
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