MidSummer Classic 2015

Are You Ready for the Midsummer Classic?

3 days of racing packed into one weekend!

It all starts Friday, August 21st at Shuniah Mines with a time trial. It is the same course as XC#4 so you can see how much you’ve improved over the summer. Registration at 6:00pm and racing starts at 7:00pm.

The action moves to Kinsmen Park on Saturday. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! Registration is at 10:00am and racing starts at 11:00am. Alignment Chiropractic will be sponsoring this race. The course will be the same as XC#3 but as long as the course is dry, everyone will be doing an extra lap.

Racing wraps up on Sunday morning at Centennial Park with the XC Eliminator races. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! Registration is at 10:00am and racing starts at 11:00am. Riders will be seeded in heats and race around a short (600m) course behind the farm. Top riders in each heat will advance. The course will be wide enough for passing at most places and include a fast downhill near the finish. The course will also be very spectator friendly so if you’re not racing you can cheer the riders on.


See you there!!


Fun for everyone! The annual Blacksheep Race for the Cheese is on Wednesday, July 22nd at Trowbridge/Kinsmen Park.

The format is team relay. The course will wind around the grassy field with each rider tagging off with a team member after their lap.

No registration fees, just bring a cheezy prize (preferably bike related) that you have lying around or something with “cheese” in it. We will aim to start around 7 pm so arrive a little before that.

See you there!

DH #1 UPDATE – Wed June 17

Loch Lomond is now ready to be shredded!   The race course and access road have dried up nicely and the shuttle truck is now able to make the ascent to the peak. A huge thank you goes out to the many volunteers who have brought the course to life this season. With that being said there have been some improvements to the race course and a pre-race inspection is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to all riders

Interested in volunteering? Email info@blacksheepmtb.com with the subject line “DH 1 VOLUNTEER”

Some important details to remember:

  • All racers must be BlackSheep members as of Tuesday at midnight
  • There will be an additional $10 fee for all racers at registration
  • It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that ALL riders inspect the course before they race, LOCH LOMOND will be allowing racers to practice for free until race day
  • The shuttle will be running at 5PM on Wednesday allowing for extra practice before the race
  • Registration will be open at 5pm, race starts at 7pm
  • Bring bug spray….

For those who are unsure what to expect in a DH race this is a great spectator sport and always promises lots of action and excitement.

CLICK HERE to Sign Up to Become a BlackSheep Member!!

NOTE: There is a Group Social Ride happening on Wed June 17, leaving at 6:30PM from Kinsmen Park (Trowbridge). Fun for everyone!

See you soon!

DH #1 Wed June 10

DH #1 Race Info

Our next race event features the city’s newest outdoor activity area! On Wednesday Jun 10 come hang out with your fellow sheepers at Loch Lomond for some Downhill action.   Race registration and shuttle service starts at 5PM. A pre-race course inspection is recommended. The race course will be open for hike-a-bike inspection from now until race day for anyone who would like to get some practice in.

THERE WILL BE A $10 ADDITIONAL FEE PER RACER, this fee is additional to any BlackSheep fees and will be collected at registration. This goes towards covering Loch Lomonds costs for our evening of fun.

Sport, Advanced and Elite will all ride the full course from top to bottom. Any jumps, drops or more difficult sections of trail offer a slower ride-around route which allows the racer to safely complete the course at their own pace.

A Lambateur race course will be offered as well, this course will start on the landing of the jump at the bottom of the Maple. It will follow the race course towards the chicken and then proceed left into a short (100m) single track section (similar in difficulty to the 2k loop in Shuniah mines). The course will continue through the trees exit onto the birch to the finish. There are no drops or jumps in the lambateur course.


You MUST be a BlackSheep member before 11:59PM on Tuesday to be able to race, you will NOT be able to become a member at the race. Here (http://blacksheepmtb.com/membership/) is the link to the Ontario Cycling Association where you can fill out the required forms.

The race course is the same as last years and will consist of a best of 2 race format

If anyone is able to volunteer we will need several course marshals on the hill, please email info@blacksheepmtb.com if you are able to help out.


Mud N Mayhem Race Report

The Blacksheep MTB Club kicked off the 2015 XC racing season with our annual Mud N Mayhem festival race on May 24. First, we would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Petrie’s Cycle and Sports, Fresh Air Thunder Bay, & Rollin’ Thunder. We would also like to thank Maltese for donating the delicious burgers! A huge thank you goes to all of our wonderful volunteers and, of course, all participants!

Conditions for this year’s event were relatively dry (although compared to last year anything would feel dry) with beautiful temperatures in the mid 20s. There were lots of smiles in the finish area, with general praise for the courses set by XC Race Director Gerald Hamm. The Sport class did a longer than usual race, while Elite had an added section of technical single track.

Young racer Emile Hamm proved he is ready to race the veterans, winning the Elite Male category while Marilyn Ailey took Elite Women. Laura Inkila continued her winning ways from last year winning Advanced Female with new comer Jacob Zavitz on top in Advanced Male. Youngster Peter Macgregor was first in Sport Male with Sheila Sundell winning Female Sport. Biggest smiles were on the Lambateur podium with Hannah and Ruthie Zavitz going one – two, while Willem Abbink won Lambateur Male on a course entirely within the Trowbridge playground area.

As usual a satisfying BBQ hamburger lunch and mini bike races completed the festivities.

Next up…the twisty turns of Shuniah Mines on June 3. Course details have been posted on facebook as well as the website!

Make sure to check us out on instagrm @blacksheepmtb

Results at http://racesplitter.com/races/03193F07D

Photos at

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