On Wednesday we feature the World's 10 Interesting & Unusual Bike races and/or rides:
Our goal is to travel the world with you in search of the most unusual, fun, and interesting races from Peoria to Peking.
Today we get muddy with the U.S. based Muddy Buddy ride/run/crawl/climb/get really muddy race series.
How does it work?
First you need a buddy---who will also get muddy.
Both partners start at the same time, one running and one biking. The course is approximately 6 miles long and is separated into 5 legs by obstacles along the way. The first obstacle is near the one mile mark. Assuming that the biker is traveling faster than the runner, the biker will first approach the obstacle transition area.
The biker will drop the bike and conquer the obstacle and start running to the 2nd transition/obstacle. The runner will then approach the first transition area, conquer the obstacle, find the bike and start riding to the 2nd transition/obstacle area. The team will continue to leap frog throughout the course switching between biking and running.
Because the course has five legs, the person who is the stronger biker should begin the race biking, and the stronger runners, should start out running so they are doing three legs of their stronger discipline, and two of the other.
There will be five obstacles on each Muddy Buddy course. Mystery events could be challenges such as a cargo net crawl, a wall, monkey bars, or a hay bale obstacle. At every race teams will have to conquer the famous Mud Pit before crossing the finish line together.
The race divisions include All Male, All Female, Coed, and Beast (team combined weight over 400 lbs.) Female and Coed will each have age divisions of 45 and under, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76-85, 86 and over. For the males, the first five divisions are the same with the last age division being 86-95. Those ages are the combined ages of the two team members on race day. There will also be a Masters division for all teams with a combined age of 96+. The Masters and Beast categories will be open and not separated by gender. Medals will be awarded to the top 5 teams in each division.
2009 Muddy Buddy Dates & Locations
- Richmond -- May 3
- Orlando -- May 9
- Austin -- May 17
- Nashville -- May 31
- San Jose -- June 7
- Atlanta -- June 20
- Detroit -- July 12
- Chicago -- August 2
- Boulder -- August 16
- Dallas -- October 25
- LA -- November 1
- Temecula -- December 6
- Phoenix -- December 13