Outdoor Recreation hosts “The Beast” mountain bike race

The Beast - Mountain Bike Race 2016Bikers begin the 22-kilometer track through the tough terrain of the USAG Stuttgart’s Local Training Area in the IMCOM Europe Region Mountain Bike Championship Race Series Aug. 6.

Story and photos by Kevin S. Abel

The local race of the 2016, one leg of IMCOM-E’s 2016 Mountain Bike Race Series, was held Aug. 6 on trails winding through forests and single track trail of the local training area covering just over 21 kilometers.

More than sixty mountain bike racers traveled from U.S. Army garrisons across Europe to test their skills in “The Beast”.

Living up to its name, the grueling course challenged even the most experienced of mountain bikers requiring them to rely on their experience and endurance to see them through the single track technical sections. “This course lives up to its name,” said Jason

Johnston, race participant. “If you want to find out why, come sign up and find out.”

This is the fourth year that U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Stuttgart, Outdoor Recreation has held the race.

All participants received t-shirts with awards being presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place riders in each category.

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