Marquette Fall Classic to be held Saturday

MARQUETTE — There’s only a few weeks left until Marquette Mountain will be covered in snow, and mountain bikers are taking every chance they can to ride trails, including Saturday’s endure-race.

Riders will get a chance to compete against one another in a friendly manner at the Marquette Fall Classic, the final race in the LSGS Enduro series. Enduro races differ from an endurance race, which has a set distance.

“In an enduro style race, rather than pedaling a long distance, we select the really fun downhill stages we want to race, and you only race hard on those for time. In the meantime you get to chill out, talk with your friends, have a snack, so it’s a little more relaxed, kind of a combination between racing and fun,” said race director Jeremiah Johnston.

To add even more fun, there will be a final night stage starting at eight, where riders will traverse downhill in the dark wearing lights on their helmets. It’s shaping up to be a fun weekend.

“Just a really fun event for us, kind of an end of season race. We get the best weather in the fall,” said Johnston. “I’d like to thank Gothier insurance in Ishpeming, with their help, we were able to put on this series, and Travel Marquette has given us a lot of support as well, helping to make this race happen.”

The race starts at the Noquemanon south trailhead. Registration is open online HERE – riders and volunteers can register there or at the race Saturday morning.