I’m not sure how this almost slipped through the cracks but I just found it thanks to the ever vigilant Victor Tu. This weekend (9/10 and 9/11) the UPstate DOWNhill Competition is going down in Upstate New York. The competition is all outlaw and will consist of a push race, slide jam, and downhill race taking place over the two days.
Registration is free and the push race is set to begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday. The course is 3.5 miles ending with a 35 mph+ hill for the finish, race organizer Tyler Kempney noted that racers would have multiple opportunities to reach the 30 mph mark, making for a pretty unique and exciting push race. After the race there will be a casual freeride/slide jam and swimming in the nearby river. The meeting location is at Ridge Road in Watertown, NY — you can get more location information in the map labeled “Push Race” below.
Unfortunately the details of Sunday are somewhat fuzzy, with no start time nor a solid schedule of events for the day. From what we can tell both the slide jam and downhill will be going down on Sunday, we’re not sure in what order nor are we sure the schedule of times. I’d get some more information from the event organizers while you’re there on Saturday, they’ll have all the info you need. As far as what the downhill course is like this is what Tyler posted on Facebook:
This will be located nearby the push race road and riders will be able to reach speeds 50+ mph on a 3/4 mile road. Leathers will be recommended. The road is very similar to the TMMR race on Baney Rd. It starts off with a 35 mph roll into a left hairpin. Which can be gripped but foot braking and predrifting will be recommended. The road continues with a 35 mph straitaway into a hard right that can be gripped. After the hard right is a straightaway where riders will be able to reach speeds 50+ mph. This race ends with plenty of run off for the riders and foot braking or sliding are not required to stop.
The DH course is also in Watertown, again, I’ll post a map below. Check out the Facebook Event for more information and to ask any questions you might have.
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