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Area to crown new champions.

Byline: Mark Conti

COLUMN: CYCLING

The state mountain bike champions again will be crowned in Central Massachusetts this season.

The 17th Annual Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike Race will be held Aug. 5 at Hodges Village Dam in Oxford. State titles will be earned on a fast course known for its roller-coaster hills. The race, presented by Team Bike Alley, is part of the Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series.

Entering its ninth season, the Root 66 Northeast XC series offers mostly cross-country racing from April through September at venues all over New England. The series includes first-timers, singlespeed and kids races, as well as the usual pro open, Cat 1, 2 and 3 divisions.

In addition to Hodges Dam, another race in the series will be held in Central Massachusetts. The Domnarski Farm Race takes place June 3 at Domnarski Farm in Ware. The race is organized by Matt Domnarski, a former racer who has created a challenging technical course.

The series started earlier this month and continues next weekend with the Winding Trails Mountain Bike Classic April 22 at Winding Trails Recreation Association in Farmington, Conn.

The next race in the series is the Massasoit Lung Challenge at Massasoit State Park in East Taunton April 29. The series continues with the Coyote Hill Classic, a two-day event at the Coyote Hill Mountain Bike Camp in West Fairlee, Vt. The event includes a short track race and hill climb May 26 and a cross-country race May 27.

The Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival in Henniker, N.H., will be held June 9 and 10. The weekend includes a 24-hour race starting on June 9, and a cross-country event and downhill race on June 10.

The series continues with the Putney/West Hill Mountain Bike Race on June 24 at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center in Grafton, Vt. The Race the World mountain bike race will be held July 1 in Windham, N.Y.

The Bike for Bovine mountain bike race will be held July 15 at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.

The Wrath of the Boneyard race, presented by the Meriden Motorcycle Club, takes place July 22 in Middletown, Conn.

The Winston Woods Mountain Bike Race will be held July 29 in Winsted, Conn. The next race in the series is the Millstone Grind on Aug. 19 on trails maintained by the Millstone Trails Association in Websterville, Vt. The series concludes with the Landmine Classic on Sept. 9 at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham.

8 races in EFTA Series

The other major mountain bike racing series in New England is the Eastern Fat Tire Association New England Championship Series.

The EFTA series features one race in Central Massachusetts, the Treasure Valley Rally that will be held Aug. 26 at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland. The race is presented by Team Bums.

There are eight races in the series, which runs from May through September. The best seven races count toward the season championship.

The first race in the series will be the Weeping Willow on May 20 at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich. The Big Ring Rumpus will be held June 3 on a fast course off Depot Road in Auburn, N.H.

The 13th Annual Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race will be held June 17 at Newport High School in Newport, N.H. The fourth race in the EFTA series will be the All Out in Moody Park event at Moody Park in Claremont, N.H., on July 8.

The Maine Sport Runoff at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine, will be held July 15. The 18th Annual Horror at Harding Hill mountain bike race takes place July 22 at Webb's Forest in Sunapee, N.H.

The final race in the series is Rock the Ridge at West Rock Ridge State Park in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 23.

The Eastern Fat Tire Association also offers non-championship mountain bike races. Including the Battle of Burlingame Cross Country Classic on May 6 at Burlingame Park in Charlestown, R.I.; Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge on July 22 at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley, Maine; and the Hampshire 100 on Aug. 19 at Oak Park in Greenfield, N.H.

Used bike sale

A used bike sale will be held at Landry's bike shop in Westboro from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday.

Anyone interested in selling a bike can bring it into the shop, located on the eastbound side of Route 9, until Friday. Landry's will assess the bike and help determine a fair selling price. If the bike is sold, the seller will have a choice of 70 percent cash or 90 percent Landry's store credit.

Landry's staff members will be available to advise potential buyers on any mechanical repairs or suggestions on used bikes.

Mark Conti can be contacted by e-mail at mconti@telegram.com.

Cycling Calendar

9:30 a.m. today

- Seven Hills Wheelmen mountain bike ride. Meet at Route 122 at the Mid-State Trail crossing in Rutland. Information: call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.

9:30 a.m. today

- Seven Hills Wheelmen 30-mile road ride. Meet at Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury. Information: call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.

7:30 a.m. tomorrow

- Seven Hills Wheelmen Show 'n' Go bicycle ride (no leader). Riders will stop for breakfast in Ashland, then watch the Boston Marathon near the Ashland-Framingham line, then loop back to Westboro, for a total of 28 miles. Meet at Westboro Shopping Center, Route 9 and Lyman Street, Westboro. Information: call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.

10 a.m. April 22 - Seven Hills Wheelmen 47-mile road ride. Meet at Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland. Information: call (508) 831-0301 or visit www.sevenhillswheelmen.org.

April 22 - Winding Trails Mountain Bike Classic Race. Winding Trails, Farmington, Conn. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Information: www.root66raceseries.com.

April 28 - Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race. The tower at Quabbin Reservoir, Ware. Presented by Cyclonauts Racers and Michael Norton. Information: www.bikereg.com.

April 29 - Massasoit Lung Challenge Mountain Bike Race. Massasoit State Park, East Taunton. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Information: www.root66raceseries.com.

May 6 - The Battle of Burlingame Mountain Cross-Country Classic Race, Charlestown, R.I. Eastern Fat Tire Association. Information: www.efta.com.

May 12 - 18th Annual Sterling Classic Road Race. Chocksett Middle School, Boutelle Road, Sterling. Presented by the Minuteman Road Club. Information: www.bikereg.com or www.minutemanroadclub.com.

May 22 - Weeping Willow Mountain Bike Race, Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich. Race No. 1 in the Eastern Fat Tire Association New England Championship Series. Information: www.efta.com.

May 26, 27 - Coyote Hill mountain bike races, West Fairlee, Vt. The Coyote Hill Climb/Classic Short Track race on May 26; the Coyote Hill Classic Mountain Bike Race on May 27. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Information: www.root66raceseries.com.

June 3 - Domnarski Farm Mountain Bike Race. Domnarski Farm, Ware. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Information: www.root66raceseries.com.

June 3 - Big Ring Rumpus Mountain Bike Race, 74 Depot Road, Auburn, N.H. Race No. 2 in the Eastern Fat Tire Association New England Championship Series. Information: www.efta.com.

June 10 - King's Tour of the Quabbin century ride. A 100-mile bicycle ride around Quabbin Reservoir, presented by the Seven Hills Wheelmen. There are also 62- and 125-mile options. Entry fee $15-$25. Details and registration: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/centuries.htm.

June 10 - Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Festival. Pat's Peak Ski Resort, Henniker, N.H. Cross-country challenge. 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Information: www.root66raceseries.com.
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