HURRICANE, Utah – Mixing inspiring scenery with a challenging – and new – course, the Red Rock Cactus Hugger welcomes hundreds of mountain bikers of all ages and abilities to the Hurricane Valley April 22 at 9 a.m.
“The event has nearly 30 different categories, which means it offers something for every type of mountain bike enthusiast,” said Joey Dye, Marketing Director for Red Rock Bicycle Company. “We have families with children as young as 3 participating.”
Dye said he is expecting approximately 350-400 competitors to participate. An estimated 80 percent of the participants are out-of-town guests, and those guests are expected to bring an average of three people with them.
Previously in Green Valley, the course moves east near Virgin where it incorporates single track from the J.E.M., Cryptobiotic and Hurricane Cliffs trails for 8.5 miles. The payoff is in the gorgeous views.
“This is one of the best times of the year to get outdoors with our warm spring temperatures. Add to that the adrenaline competitors generate during the race along with the stunning views, and you have a pretty amazing event,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of the St. George Area Sports Commission. “For out-of-town visitors, events like the Cactus Hugger provide an excellent introduction to the area and, as is often the case, they become enchanted with our region and want to return.”
Cactus Hugger, in its 13th year, is one of eight “Ride Southern Utah” events and one of just two with all-dirt tracks. The other is the Red Rock Rampage, which has had a home in St. George since 1996.
“The Cactus Hugger and Red Rock Rampage are the two longest running cycling events in the area,” said Dye. “These events have done a lot to bring cycling culture to Southern Utah and to put St. George on the map as a cycling destination. Both events are known for having actual mountain bike courses that require skill to race.”
To sign up for the race, go to ridesouthernutah.com/events/cactus-hugger.
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