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Grassroots Help Could Earn a Moots

By Singletrack.com

A racer at the 2009 Dirt, Sweat and Gears finishes a lap. Courtesy photo
A racer at the 2009 Dirt, Sweat and Gears finishes a lap. Courtesy photo

A $10 donation to IMBA and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association could end up with your butt on a Moots.

Moots has teamed up with Dirt, Sweat & Gears, a 12-hour endurance race and weekend festival May 15 in Fayetteville, Tennessee, to assist with IMBA and SORBA‘s efforts to provide trail accessibility for mountain bikers in the Southeast.

In addition to event support, Moots will donate one of its signature handcrafted titanium mountain bike frames for the Dirt, Sweat & Gears grand prize drawing. 2010 marks the second year of Moots’ two-year sponsorship commitment to Dirt, Sweat & Gears and IMBA/SORBA.

Each $10 donation to IMBA/SORBA is an opportunity to take home a handcrafted Moots titanium mountain bike frame. Tickets can be purchased on the Moots and Dirt, Sweat & Gears Web sites, and through online race registration at BikeReg.com. One lucky recipient will be announced at the Dirt, Sweat & Gears awards ceremony on Saturday, May 15.

“Moots is psyched to team up with Dirt Sweat & Gears to promote trail advocacy”, said Rob Mitchell, president of Moots Cycles, which is based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. “As one of the Southeast’s most friendly and festive mountain bike events, DSG brings hundreds of bike enthusiasts together. It’s an ideal opportunity to further awareness about the importance of trail preservation and development.”

The fourth annual Dirt, Sweat, & Gears endurance mountain bike race festival is scheduled for May 14 and 15, 2010 in Fayetteville. The 12-hour DSG race event on Saturday May 15, is one of five on USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike National Ultra-Endurance Calendar.

Dirt, Sweat & Gears is one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing mountain bike events. In 2009, DSG raised over $3,500 for IMBA and SORBA for trails, hosting more than 400 competitors from 31 states and Canada including 2009 24 Hour Solo World Champion Rebecca Rush and 2009 24 Hour National Champion Josh Tostado.

Moots will be part of the DSG festivities offering mountain bike demos of their handcrafted frames Friday and Saturday.

“To mix it up this year, we’re running the course ‘bass-ackwards’, that’s backwards if you’re not from these parts” said Clay Higgins, DSG promoter. “As always, we encourage everyone to come for the race and stay for the weekend!”

Following Saturday morning’s Kiwanis Club’s Sunrise Breakfast, the 12-hour endurance race (aka the “Main Event”) begins promptly at 9 a.m. with a LeMans start. Racers will battle one another and the clock for the next 12 hours over the 10-mile plus fast, yet challenging course, gaining 1,500 feet of elevation per lap.

Pro Men, Women and Single Speed Open classes will complete for an $7,000 cash purse with equal payouts to both Men and Women for the top three finishes. Amateurs will pedal for more than $15,000 in prizes.

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