Thank you, Louisiana mountain bike racers

It is with a little bit of sadness and a lot of pride that we announce the retirement of the Louisiana State Championship of Mountain Bike Racing, aka LAXC.  In partnership with USACycling, this state championship was the first of its kind for the Gulf South United States.  We brought things together at an opportune time when Louisiana had high-charged support for mountain bike racing, with trails just waiting to be promoted and raced.

Trends come and go, people move on to other passions, and the weather changes.  What was started in 2011 and finishes in its lucky seventh year accomplished the following goals in service of mountain biking (racing has always been a great way to promote trails):

It helped an aggressive but unique new trail in the West Feliciana Sports Park called “The Beast” grow from obscurity and infamy.  This trail is now famous in the media, and a permanent destination for competitive trail runners and mountain bikers alike.

The LAXC was solely responsible for carrying on the unbroken string of Piney Hills Classic races on Louisiana’s most celebrated trail in Ruston, the annual event now safely back in the hands of TMBRA.  We thank Texas for its standard-setting competition, and participation in our series.

The LAXC brought mountain bike racing to the grand Bodcau Dam trail.

The LAXC held Louisiana’s first sanctioned night race!

The Louisiana series was there to promote the brand-new Acadiana Park trail in Lafayette that now has strong, sustainable popularity, and a new series host to feed it racers next year.

Lastly, although we lost a diamond in the rough, the Cypress Bend Resort trail, we were blessed with a top-notch sponsor in our first year that treated a bunch of muddy mountain bikers like first-class royalty, within resort tucked away in the hills and lakes of Western Louisiana.

Therefore, we leave mountain biking, and mountain bike racing in the good hands of those enthusiasts that have raced with us and will continue to seek out new trails and new racing adventures.  Stay fast and dirty Louisiana!

Cancelled – Beast Master Oct. 29th LAXC#4

We apologize but after an extensive tour of the trail this morning following Friday night’s rains, we have decided to cancel Beast Master.

While LAXC’s policy is rain or shine, extensive erosion damage has made a workable race route in an already tough course impossibly dangerous. All registrations will be refunded. Please look forward to the finale in Lafayette.

 

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Can’t Catch Us Outside!

2017 Louisiana State Championship of Mountain Bike Racing Schedule
(best 4 performances of 5 races wins championship)

1. September 2 – Knobbies At Knight, Alexandria
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2. September 17 – Piney Hills Classic XXIV, Ruston  (co-hosted with TMBRA series)

3. October 1 – LOCOfest, Shreveport

4. October 8 – Acadiana Classic, Lafayette

5.  October 29 – Beast Master, St. Francisville

Seeking sponsors

LAXC is seeking sponsors for the Fall 2017 season. As a non-profit race series, our costs are as low as possible, but we can promise marketing visibility to many cyclists across the state. To help keep the series going; our sponsorship goal this year is only $500. If you know of a business or organization that would like to contribute to that goal, please email us, info@laxc.org.

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2016 Louisiana State Championship jersey design

Thank You

Thanks for a great 2016 series!  Thanks first, to all of our racers.  Secondly, thanks to all of the volunteers that made the series happen.  To our champions, make sure to send your mailing address and jersey size to info@laxc.org so that we can send out your championship jersey.  LAXC will be back once again next Fall, and we’ll have a lot of fun new, different, races.  Check back in as we finalize the 2017 schedule.

January 2017 update:  Jerseys for all our champs were ordered and ship out today. You should receive them by January 30th. Look out for our state champs on your local trails, passing on your left:  Don Armentrout, Bryce Landry, Sullivan Van Way, Jakub Haba, Kimberly Ryder, Ben Allen, John Kyzar, Chris Kyzar, Brad Way, Brandon Mathews, Peter John Irizarry, Dan Purvis, and Len Braley

2016 championship series photography by Lester Rosebrock:

Knobbies On Kincaid  |   Beast Master