COW TRAIL CLASSIC XC RACE
The Cow Trail Classic will NOT be returning for 2018
Hello all you Cow Trail Classic enthusiasts. Unfortunately, we need to break some bad news: the 2018 Cow Trail Classic has been cancelled. Our race committee has taken a hit with several members leaving the community recently. While our small community has dedicated volunteers, we decided to hit the pause button this year. We hope you understand.
We have appreciated the support you have all shown this race and it has been a pleasure to be your hosts. Our event was great due to the great people involved - all you racers, sponsors and volunteers.
We hope 2019 will have the cow bell ringing again! In the meantime, the MMBA hopes to focus in on some projects to keep us busy this coming riding season. Stay tuned!
Cow Trail Classic 2017 Overview:
Thank you Racers and Volunteers!
Find your race results here:
2016 Cow Trail Classic Results:
One hundred and fifteen riders from around B.C. answered the (cow) bell on Saturday for the running of the 2016 Cow Trail Classic mountain bike races, organized by the Merritt Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
The extremely popular Cow Trail event was last held in 2010. It was subsequently cancelled for several seasons because of the damage to the Coutlee Plateau riding trails caused by the pine beetle infestation that ravaged the forests of our province.
Thanks to the efforts of the MMBA and various provincial ministries, the Coutlee trails are once again safe and open to riders.
This year’s Cow Trail Classic featured 16 and 32-kilometre races for older, experienced riders, and a four-kilometre loop for youngsters.
The 32-kilometre men’s and women’s titles went to 40-year-old Ryan Pannell and Jean Ann Berkenpas, 29, respectively. A veteran rider from Kelowna, Pannell moved up from fifth place on the opening lap to win by a 58-second margin over second-place Ryan Oliver of Sorrento.
“I was pretty lucky today,” said Pannell. “A couple of guys who are definitely faster than me got flats out on the course which alllowed me to pass them.” Pannell, who last rode in a Cow Trail Classic 10-plus years ago, enjoyed this year’s event. “It was great. Lots of single-track riding. It reminds me a lot of the trails back home.”
Pannell said the strong winds and cool temperatures didn’t bother him. “Once you got racing, it was plenty warm.”