Start date: 05/31/2023
This year we are celebrating 23 years of FHMBC racing! There are NO race day registrations this year. The course is on private property and is not open to ride other than on race day by registered riders.
The Farmall Hill Mountain Bike Challenge (FHMBC) is known as the race with no recovery. The mountain bike race course goes through a variety of terrain including many punchy climbs, short descents and gorgeous tree covered single track. The race course is a 5.5+ mile loop containing over 700' of climbing over a variety of ups and downs, minor rock garden, log overs, jumps, drops and berms. Beginners will enjoy the challenge of completing the course that can be difficult for even the most experienced racers.
Race start time is 6:15 am on Wednesday's May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Race numbers will be provided at the check in table. The check in table is open 5:30-6:00. Helmets and positive vibe are required. Awards presented after the last race in the series, on May 31.
Expert: 3 laps, 17 miles, 2100' of climbing
Sport: 2 laps, 11 miles, 1400' of climbing
Beginner: 1 lap, 5.5 miles, 700' of climbing
Junior 14 and Under: 1/2 a lap, roughly 2-1/2 mile with over 300' of climbing. (Note: If someone 14 and under is a strong rider and would like to ride a full lap(s), they can enter Beginner/Sport/Expert category and compete as an Under 40 racer.)
The start of the race is a wave start, with each category starting 1 or 2 minutes apart.
What's included: Fantastic Single track on Private property and Number plate. Series awards and food on the last night, May 31. Series placement is based on your 4 best finishes. There are no weekly awards.
Social Distancing and Masks: Please follow all current social distancing recommendations prior to and after the race.
Parking location: is an adjacent field next to 180 Bluhm Rd, Fairport, NY 14450. This is a residential area. Please drive slowly and be respectful of the neighbors. Please DO NOT park on any of the surrounding roads.
Water and Food: We will be unable to supply a water and gatorade filling station this year so that we can follow the current COVID recommendations to keep everyone safe. Please come to the race prepared with whatever nutrition you may need.
Results and Timing: Timing will be completed manually using Webscorer, an online race timing platform. Race results will be posted online shortly after the race.
Spectators: Spectators must adhere to current social distancing guidlines. We love dogs! Please make sure your dog is leashed at ALL times.
Refund Policy: No refunds. Entrants, who cannot attend, may substitute another participant’s name for theirs by emailing farmallRVE@gmail.com.
Rules for Participants: Safety first and use common sense!
PASSING ETIQUETTE: Before passing at appropriat passing areas, overtaking riders are asked to call out politely “On your right” or “On your left“, on the appropriate side. Be courteous. If you are being passed, do your best to move aside where the trail permits, no blocking.
DRIVE SLOW AND BE POLITE TO LOCALS NEAR THE EVENT. Several neighbors generously donate the use of their land for this event. Be respectful of their property. Deposit trash, bottles and other gear in appropriate areas.
PREPARE FOR ADVERSITY: Cyclists should bring a spare tube, pump or CO2 cartridge, chain tool and wrenches.
All racers must cross the finish line upon finishing or contact score keeping to let us know you finished early (DNF).
Emergencies: Volunteers will be stationed at key points along the course in case you need assistance. If you have an emergency or see an injured participant please let a volunteer know and they will contact help.
Bike Recommendations: Hardtail, full suspension, and Fat MTBs are best suited to the course. Cyclocross bikes have been used but not recommended. It can be very slippery during wet weather.
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