Thank you to everyone who continues to follow the Idyllwild Spring Challenge. Trail implementation in May Valley is underway but will not be completed for the 2017 event, but... 2018 is looking most likely so we are going to announce (unofficially) a date. So here goes!
2018 ISC, May 19-20 !!!
What is the Idyllwild Spring Challenge...?
Cycling Illustrated labels The Idyllwid Spring Challenge one of the top 5 mountain bike races in So Cal. This elite group includes the likes of the Sea Otter Classic!
"The Idyllwild Spring Challenge is held each May in the small town of Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains. It's a very popular race due to the beautiful scenery and sublimely flowing singletrack. The race includes a 1 mile 13% gradient climb, followed by technically challenging singletrack. If you only do one race in So Cal, make it this one."
This event is about as old school as it gets. The venue is held in the beautiful Hurkey Creek Campground and is an excellent place to bring the entire family. There are several courses in the adjacent May Valley Trail System to match all riding abilities and best of all, no laps! Each course includes a combination of superb single track (some of the best anywhere and miles of it!), challenging climbs*, flowing trails, ripping downhills, streams, meadows, woods, rocks and loads of dirt. This is real mountain biking!
Every year we try to better the event. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. We love to hear if you enjoyed your time up in Idyllwild. It helps confirm we are on the right track! This race is for all of you and we want it to be the best it can be (but please, not 'perfect'. Who really wants to be perfect?!)
*The 13% climb is only on the long course (so some of you can breath a little easier!). It is the highest point of the race and is famous for evoking just a little pain.
For all race inquireries please contact Katie