Mudslinger continues Oregon XC series

Mar 28, 2012 by

Chris Sheppard, Sean Babcock and Erik Tonkin battled for the win at the 2010 Mudslinger. Sheppard eventually came away with the win. This year's race is Sunday. ©Pat Malach / File photo

BLODGETT — The 24th annual Peak Sports Mudslinger will rip through the local trails Sunday. Mudslinger is also the second race of the nine-race 2012 Oregon XC series.

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 shorter 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.

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) knocked off her second-straight Mudslinger Pro women’s victory on last year’s course. Bellingham, Washington’s Logan Wetzel (Second Ascent) took home the Pro men’s win in front of Sean Babcock (Team S&M). Butler covered the course in just over two hours, clocking 2:00:31. Wetzel covered the distance in 1:39:10.

The next race in the series is the Bear Springs Trap on the east side of Mt. Hood April 29.

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