The revival of an old Pemberton mountain bike race will continue this weekend to help put a cap on the 2013 riding season.
The Lumpy’s Fall Trifecta Invitational, also known as the LFTI (pronounced “lefty”), was resurrected last year after it had disappeared from the race calendar for several years.
The organizing team for the annual Nimby Fifty race in Pemberton — Russ Wood, Terry Evans and Dean Linnell — decided to expand upon the old time-trial race by organizing a three-lap course making use of one of the Spud Valley’s most notorious trails.
“It’s a nice way to wrap up the mountain-bike season,” said Wood. “We all live in Pemberton and ride the Lumpy’s zone quite often, and it’s unique and it’s really hard, so we thought this is a good way to showcase it and just have some fun.”
The idea to re-invent the LFTI while keeping the time-trial format intact came after Wood and Evans spent some time riding a couple of laps in the Lumpy’s area looking to beat each other’s times.
“We kind of looked at each other and said ‘I wonder if you can do three laps in under two hours?’” recalled Wood. “A little while longer I went out there and pieced together three laps and got in just under two hours. Then Terry went out and tried to do it and we thought, ‘Hey, let’s make a race out of it.’”
Although Lumpy’s Epic will be the feature trail on all three laps, Brake-Away, K2, Pioneer and Fizzy Pop will be among some of the other routes used to test riders this weekend. Overall, the race will cover 22 kilometres of trail and close to 4,000 feet of climbing and descending.
“Over the past five to eight years, there have been a lot of really great trails built in there,” said Wood. “Trails like Pioneer, Fizzy Pop and Dog Beach, Get Over It — they’re all kind of newer trails that I don’t think a lot of people outside Pemberton know about. We wanted to highlight them; they’re super-fun trails.”
Having been the last champion of the original LFTI and the winner of the revived race in 2012, Matt Bodkin has been holding on to the trophy for a lot of years, but may not be available to race this year, leaving the title open for the taking. There will also be a new women’s champ as Sylvie Allen won’t be able to defend her victory from a year ago. Organizers are hopeful to have several dozen riders out participating this weekend.
The race was originally scheduled for Saturday (Oct. 5), but weather forecasts were looking nasty, so organizers this week were considering moving the race to Sunday (Oct. 6), when better conditions are expected. Visit ‘The Lumpy’s Fall Trifecta Invitational’ event page on Facebook for the most updated race details.
No matter which day it goes, on-site registration begins at One Mile Lake Park at noon, with self-seeded, interval starts beginning at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $20, with Dups Burritos expected to be on hand to feed racers.