Kid's MTB Race, 8th Annual Grasshopper, Hilltop Reservation, Saturday, August 12

Discussion in 'Rides, Races and Events' started by overbrook, May 13, 2017.

  1. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    All the kids who aren't yet old enough for NICA can race in the Hilltop Grasshopper! Here's a chance for the older NICA siblings to watch the younger ones who had to wait all day while NICA events happened.

    Kids from pre K to grade 8 (based on grade in Fall 2017)

    Registration is open and as always, the Kid's Korse is too.

    Parents are urged to get the kids out riding using any excuse or inducement.

    More updates soon,

    Please add to your calendar, write date on a stickie and put on the fridge, tell all your riding crew and let other families know......
     
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  2. moose35

    moose35 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Paterson
    Registered for our third year.

    Thanks
     
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  3. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    Yeah, i admit it, i'm posting just to get this kid's race announcement to the top of the page.....i'm willing to bet that every rider thinks that kid's races are worth shouting about........and telling everyone about, there's a gazillion kids in northern NJ who can race this race

    8th year for this race and now we also have NICA to provide a venue for kids on bikes but it's never enough.......NICA kids in grade 8 or lower can race along with all their friends and siblings

    Unlike the upcoming 6 mile last race of the season for the NJ NICA teams, the grasshopper will also again include a quick few laps for the parents to show off their abilities. Parents or basically anyone who is too old for the grasshopper, that's anyone older than grade 8 this fall, can line up and run 3 fast laps (NICA kids, that basically means anyone in high school in the fall). NICA kids will likely spank most of the adults. No participation ribbons or medals or anything will be awarded but slower riders will be heckled.
     
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  4. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    Asking for a friend...... how strict are the age groups? Or are they more of a recommendation...
     
  5. the schwartz doesn't roll on shabbos :/
     
  6. ilnadi

    ilnadi Well-Known Member

    Location:
    CLinton, NJ
    signed up again, we may even make it this year (life got in the way last year)
     
  7. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    Regarding ages and race classes, we are careful to not allow the following, older kids (higher grade in the fall, 2017) can not race in a lower or younger class, that is inexcusable sandbagging. However younger kids can race up a class, in fact it happens every year.

    The not kids race, i.e. the race for adults acting like kids, puts everyone in one class, it's not pretty but it is a lot of fun and very competitive even though there are no awards, no participation ribbon and there is a good chance that some local fast highschool kids will kick everyone's butt.
     
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  8. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    This weekend is the Bloomfield bike fest! Younger kids are the focus. See the separate post and get out there with the kids. Note the adult bike race on kids bikes. Be thankful that is not the format for the adult event at the Grasshopper.
     
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  9. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    The kid's korse is going to get some attention later this weekend in preparation for the races in august, expect a track that is very similar to last year with a possible change at the very end before it pops out on the paved roadway. It is not too early to pre ride and train a bit on that trail, it's a great way to get out with kids for a shred and explore a bit of the Hilltop Reservation.
    Thanks to Cycle Craft and JORBA for helping again this season. And thanks to NICA for creating a buzz about kid racing.
     
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  10. overbrook

    overbrook Member

    Location:
    essex cty
    Kid's racing in the Hilltop is about a month away. Adult racing with the kids is about a month away.
    The course has been trimmed and is definitely a bit faster than last season, thanks to lots of traffic and minor improvements.
    Do tell everyone about it. Do start training because if you are riding with the kids at 1030 you can be sure it's going to be competitive.
     

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