Fall is in the air and Güdrun is coming!! The leaves are changing giving us beautiful bright hues of orange, yellow, and red. The air is getting crisper and the temps are getting cooler. It’s the perfect time to be outside and on a bike.
Visit Hot Springs is excited to be delivering the Güdrun - Northwoods Mountain Bike Festival for the second year, November 13-15, in celebration of our world class trails. Last year the festival brought several riders from our bordering states and beyond. We had riders from as far north as the Yukon Territory in Canada to as far south as Florida. Riders of all ages and backgrounds come together to participate in that activity most of us remember doing for the first time as a child, riding bikes!
We will kick off the festival with our family friendly, non-competitive Slow Roll Fun Ride through Downtown Hot Springs at 5:00PM, Friday the 13th! Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes...Viking costumes at that! Be sure to don your best Viking attire for the Slow Roll Fun Ride; the participant with the best costume will win a BIG prize, your very own Viking helmet! The 5 mile ride will take us from the Farmers Market down Bathhouse Row where we will take a roll through the lobby of the historic Arlington Hotel back onto Central Avenue, around Whittington Avenue, past Parkside Cycle and back to the Farmers Market. All bike styles are welcome and lights are encouraged - even glow sticks and things of that nature. Vikings like to glow in the dark, right?
Saturday, November the 14th, will be a full day of competitions beginning with the Mini and Full Enduro races that morning. We are super stoked to have our friends, Slaughter Trail Guides, facilitating these races for us this year. Enduro racing is for riders that like to go super fast downhill and take it nice and slow on the uphill climbs. Racers are only timed on the downhill sections, “stages”, of the race course.
Our most spectator friendly and loved event, the GUDRUN JUMP JAM sponsored by Red Light Roastery, will start at 3:00 Saturday afternoon. Spectators will watch riders show off their flare on the Cedar Glades Skills Park jumps located at the Cedar Glades Park Trailhead. Contestants will be catching air to pull off tricks like double backflips, 360 spins, tail whips, and more. It’s like an air show on bikes sure to make the crowd go wild!!
The Güdrun Awards Ceremony will follow shortly after the Jump Jam on the Hilltop of Cedar Glades Park where awards will be given for the Best Slow Roll Costume, both the mini and full enduros, and the Jump Jam.
The final day of the festival will be a full day of the long running Attila the Hun Cross Country Mountain Bike Race. Attila the Hun XC Race originated on the now Northwoods Waterworks Property in 1992. After 9/11 the race moved to the Charlton Campground area and has since found its way back home to Cedar Glades Park where, for the 2nd year in a row, they will use it’s birthplace, the Northwoods Waterworks Trails, in the course. We are excited to have the introduction of categories for Rookie, e-bike, and tandem bike riders in the line-up this year. More categories equals more people on bikes!! The best spectator locations for the Attila the Hun race is the trail crossing at Wildcat Road, the Waterworks Trailhead, and the hilltop at Cedar Glades Park.
Registration to participate in the Slow Roll, Enduro, Jump Jam or Attila XC events is open now. https://www.bikereg/gudrun
We are confident that we can have a safe, fun, family friendly event with the proper protocols in place. We will have mandatory face mask/covering areas that will be identified with signage and monitored by event staff and volunteers. Face masks will be mandatory for participants and spectators where social distancing is not possible.
There will be a vendor area as well as a food court area. We will be welcoming back Taco Mama and Superior Bathhouse Brewery.
Get outside and come join in on the fun!! The event is free and open to the public for spectators.