Mountain bikers of Huntington County compete for state champ titles

Competing in a DINO bicycling event is 13-year-old Wyatt Doctor, of Huntington. The competition was held at Potato Creek State Park on Sunday, July 26.
Competing in a DINO bicycling event is 13-year-old Wyatt Doctor, of Huntington. The competition was held at Potato Creek State Park on Sunday, July 26. Photo provided.

Huntington area mountain bikers have been competing for state champion-
ship titles in a mountain bike race series across Indiana.  Three of the six races have been completed, and all of the local racers are in contention to win a state championship title in their respective categories.

As of Aug. 2, 13-year-old Hunter Bauman, of Ossian, is leading the 11 to 14-year-old junior division, and 13-year-olds Wyatt Doctor and Zane Loshe, both of Huntington, are also in contention for that division.

Also as of Aug. 2, 8-year-old Tanna Bauman, of Ossian, is leading the 0 to 10-year-old girls division, and 6-year-old Isaac Bauman, of Ossian, is in second place in the 0 to 10-year-old boys division.

These area cyclists have trained for their races on the Kintionki mountain bike trails at Salamonie reservoir. Information about this trail and more can be found at www.mtb
project.com.

Mountain bike trails in Indiana are typically four to eight miles long and wind through mature hardwood forests. Those who are interested in finding a mountain bike trail near them can download and use the MTBProject app.

Nick Hancock, of the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association, says that the competition is more than just biking, and that there are even opportunities for participants to win scholarships.

HARTA is a local non-profit that promotes trails and programs in the area. Currently, the group’s largest project is working on connecting the Little River Trail to the Historic Bridge Trail.

The race series that the Huntington mountain bikers have been participating in is promoted by Do Indiana Off Road (DINO). DINO is celebrating is 30th year of conducting this championship race series. DINO also promotes a trail running series, including some XTERRA events. More information can be found at www.dinoseries.0trail-running/.

The final two races to determine the champions are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, at Southwestway Park, Indianapolis, and for Saturday, Sept. 5, at Winona Lake Boys Club Trail, Winona.

The next HARTA event will be the HARTAween Zombie Dash on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 4 p.m., at Yeoman Park. Registration is open now through Oct. 10. To guarantee receiving a race T-shirt, register before Sept. 30. For more information, visit harta-gotrails.org.