Leave it to the crew over at Drunk Cyclist to keep tabs on rides that involve bikes and booze. That’s right everyone, it’s time to register for the 2011 Whiskey Off-Road.
Via Drunk Cyclist:
Registration is now open for the pro category of the 2011 Whiskey Off Road endurance mountain bike event located in Prescott, AZ. The online registration form can be found here.
Registration opened at 9 a.m. Arizona time on Monday, Nov. 1. Event organizer, Epic Rides, expects the pro category to fill up relatively quickly; it is limited to the first 100 entrants and boasts two days of racing and a $20,000+ cash purse attached to the Sunday, May 1st XC race; unique to the mountain biking industry, the cash purse will be split 50/50 between men and women.
Returning 2010 male and female champions Gretchen Reeves (Team Tokyo Joes) and Andy Schultz (Team Kenda-Felt) are confirmed to race. When asked if he planned to return in 2011, Schultz stated, “I had so much fun last year I would be there regardless of the purse size.“
Other pro’s confirmed to toe-the-line on race day include Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt), Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes), Dara Marks-Marino, Jay Henry (Tokyo Joes), and Tinker Juarez (Siemens-Cannondale). In addition to the above confirmed athletes, there has been an overwhelming amount of interest from other professional level mountain bikers plus non-mountain bike specific professional level athletes.
The 2011 Whiskey Off Road will take place Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. All amateur level athletes will enjoy their choice from the graduated distance options including a 15 Proof, 25 Proof or 50 Proof course (1 proof = 1 mile). The Pro athletes will participate in a two stage weekend. The first stage will be a Fat Tire Criterium held Friday evening, and the second is the 50 Proof endurance XC course on Sunday morning. All events will be based in the center of downtown Prescott on Whiskey Row, which receives an estimated 10,000 visitors each day during tourism season.
Pro registrants will need to attach a race resume to their registration form in order to gain entry into the 2011 Whiskey Off Road. When completing the online registration form, it will prompt the applicant when appropriate to attach their resume.
Amateur registration will open Monday, Jan. 3. The amateur category will be limited to 1,400 participants.