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CMass hills come alive with races.

Byline: Mark Conti

COLUMN: CYCLING

Central Massachusetts racers - mountain bikers and road cyclists alike - will not have to go far to compete this season.

There will be four road races as well as three mountain bike races in the region, including the state mountain bike championship.

Massachusetts state champs will be crowned at the 16th annual Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike Race Aug. 7 at Hodges Village Dam in Oxford. The race, presented by Team Bike Alley, is part of the Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series.

Also part of the series is the Domnarski Farm Race in Ware June 5.

The Treasure Valley Rally, presented by Team Bums and part of the Eastern Fat Tire Association New England Championship Series, will be held at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland Aug. 28.

Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series and the Eastern Fat Tire Association events are the two major mountain bike race series in New England.

The Root 66 series kicks off today with the Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington, Conn.

The second race in the series is the Massasoit Lung Opener Mountain Bike Race at Massasoit State Park in East Taunton on Saturday. The Bikers Edge Winsted Woods Mountain Bike Race will be held May 15 in Winsted, Conn.

Next up in the series is the Coyote Hill Classic, a two-day event at the Coyote Hill Mountain Bike Camp in West Fairlee, Vt., on Memorial Day weekend. The event includes a short track race and hill climb May 28 and a cross-country race May 29.

The Domnarski Farm Race takes place June 5 in Ware at the horse farm of Matt Domnarski, a veteran cyclist. It's a challenging technical course with hills and plenty of rocks.

The Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival in Henniker, N.H., will be held June 11-12. The weekend includes a 24-hour race starting June 11 and a cross-country event and downhill race the next day.

The series continues with the Putney/West Hill Mountain Bike Race, a cross-country event, June 26 in Putney, Vt. Race the World will be held July 10 in Windham, N.Y., followed by the Wrath of the Boneyard race July 17 in Meriden, Conn.

The 16th annual Hodges Village Dam race will be held in Oxford Aug. 7. Hodges Village Dam features a popular racecourse with fast switchbacks; short, steep climbs; technical sections, and hard-packed doubletrack.

The next race in the series is the Millstone Grind Aug. 21 in Websterville, Vt. The Norcross Scurry in Ashford, Conn., will be Aug. 28. The series concludes with the Landmine Classic Sept. 11 at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham.

The Eastern Fat Tire Association New England holds the New England Championship Series and the non-championship series, which includes mainly a series of races in Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine.

The eight-race EFTA championship series begins May 15 with the Glocester Grind in Glocester, R.I. The second event in the series will be the Weeping Willow Mountain Bike Race at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich May 22.

The Big Ring Rumpus takes place June 5 on a fast course off Depot Road in Auburn, N.H. The 12th annual Pinnacle will be held June 19 at Newport (N.H.) High School.

The fifth race in the EFTA series will be the All Out in Moody Park at Moody Park in Claremont, N.H., June 26. The Maine Sport Runoff at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine, will be held July 10, and the 17th annual Horror at Harding Hill mountain bike race takes place July 17 at Webb's Forest in Sunapee, N.H.

The final race in the series is the Treasure Valley Rally at the 1,600-acre Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland Aug. 28. The race, first held in 2008, offers a challenging course that mixes technical singletrack and roomy doubletrack for passing.

The Eastern Fat Tire Association also holds a non-championship mountain bike race series, which includes the Bradbury Mountain Summer Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain series events will be held June 8, June 29, July 13, July 20, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. The non-championship series also includes the Hampshire 100 at Oak Park in Greenfield, N.H., Aug. 21.

Road races in Central Mass. include the 52nd annual Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, the 17th annual Sterling Classic, the Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race, and the Purgatory Road Race.

The Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race will be held Saturday at the tower at Quabbin Reservoir in Ware. The race is a 64.5-mile course for all categories.

The Sterling Classic takes place May 7 from the Chocksett Middle School in Sterling. The races begin in the morning and the pros race about 1 p.m. The races range from 24 to 80 miles on the eight-mile course in the Minuteman Road Club event.

The Purgatory Road Race, presented by Green Line Velo, will be held June 12 in Sutton.

The Fitchburg Longsjo Classic will return to a one-day race this year, after about two decades as a four-day stage race. The criterium will be held July 3 in downtown Fitchburg.

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

Cycling calendar

Today - Fat Tire Classic Mountain Bike Race, Winding Trails, Farmington, Conn. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Info: root66raceseries.com.

7:30 a.m. tomorrow

- Seven Hills Wheelmen 28-mile road ride. Meet at Westboro Shopping Center, Route 9 and Lyman Street, Westboro. Show 'n' Go bicycle ride (with no leader), featuring a breakfast stop in Ashland followed by a break to watch the Boston Marathon; or start at 8:30 and skip the breakfast. Info: call (508) 831-0301, sevenhillswheelmen.org.

Saturday - Massasoit Lung Opener Mountain Bike Race, Massasoit State Park, East Taunton. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Info: root66raceseries.com.

Saturday - Quabbin Reservoir Classic Road Race, the tower at Quabbin Reservoir, presented by Cyclonauts Racers and Michael Norton. Info: www.bikereg.com.

10 a.m. Saturday - Seven Hills Wheelmen 47-mile road ride, meet at Naquag Elementary School, Main Street (Route 122A), Rutland. Info: call (508) 831-0301 or visit sevenhillswheelmen.org.

10 a.m. April 30 - Seven Hills Wheelmen 53-mile road ride, meet at Paxton Center School, Route 31. Info: (508) 831-0301, sevenhillswheelmen.org.

May 7 - 17th annual Sterling Classic Road Race, Chocksett Middle School, Boutelle Road, Sterling. Presented by the Minuteman Road Club. Info: bikereg.com or minutemanroadclub.com.

May 15 - Glocester Grind Mountain Bike Race, 96 Anan Wade Road, Glocester, R.I. Race No. 1 in the Eastern Fat Tire Association New England Championship Series. Info: efta.com.

May 15 - Bikers Edge Winsted Woods Mountain Bike Race, Winsted, Conn. Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Info: root66raceseries.com.

Submit bike listings to mconti@telegram.com; Mark Conti, Telegram & Gazette, P.O. Box 15012, Worcester, MA 01615-0012; or fax attention to Mark Conti at (508) 793-9363.
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