23rd Mudslinger set for Saturday

Apr 21, 2011 by

Chris Sheppard, Sean Babcock and Erik Tonkin battled for the win at last year's Mudslinger. Sheppard eventually came away with the win. This year's race is Saturday. ┬ęPat Malach / File photo

BLODGETT — The oldest mountain bike race in the northwest, Saturday’s 23rd Peak Sports Mudslinger, also marks the third stop of this season’s Oregon XC Series.

Course profile.

The Mudslinger course on private forest land near Blodgett, which is about 17 miles west of Corvallis, runs nearly 22 miles (12 miles for Cat 3s) and includes a steady diet of climbing and descending. The good news is that most of the 3,850 feet climbing for the 21 mile loop takes place on gravel roads. The short course features 1,500 of gravel road climbing. A mass neutral roll out provides three miles of gentle climbing to warm the legs and sort out the 300+ riders for the start.

Chris Sheppard finished ahead of Sean Babcock, Erik Tonkin and Ben Thompson in last year’s Pro men’s Mudslinger. Sue Butler beat Becky Bjork to take the Pro women’s win.

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