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Five hours of power

Five hours of power are simply not enough for an upcoming bicycling race at Holiday Valley’s Mountain Sports Center.

The 13th annual 6 Hours of Power will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15 at Holiday Valley’s world-class 10-mile course and will feature cyclists from all around the country. Cyclists competing in a solo and two-person tag-team mountain bike race format will attempt to complete the most laps in order to land within the race’s winner circle, which means cash, trophies, prizes or a combination of these.

To participate, cyclists can preregister or by enter the day of the race. In an email interview with The Ellicottville Times, Mark Lawrence, who runs, which hosts 6 Hours of Power among numerous other outdoor athletic events throughout the year in Western New York, said 6 Hours of Power is a unique and appealing event because it promotes performance, endurance and pure power of any mountain biker.

“It’s the racer against himself or herself, 10-mile laps of some of the most manicured and demanding single track on the east coast, a spectrum of talent from several surrounding states and Canada and a positive vibe second to few in the industry,” he said.Our volunteers, local shops and national sponsors pour their hearts into 6 Hours of Power and we are happy to have the support of a terrific venue such as Holiday Valley,” he said.

Classes for solo cyclists are based on age and include under-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 or 50-and-up. Male, female and co-ed teams will compete in one of three combined-age groups: under-30, 31-45 or 46-and-up. Single-speed cyclists riding solo or with a team will not be divided into age groups.

With all bikes in the racks at 9:45 a.m., cyclsists will begin the race with an 1/8th-of-a-mile LeMans-style running start then retrieve their bikes and continue on the course. According to, the first water station will be at mile three, which has a short recovery section that leads to “a beautiful and challenging single-track haven on state land.

The second water station includes “another recovery area and flat gravel section that lets riders recover for the trip back down the mountain to the transition area.” At the transition area, riders must dismount and walk their bikes through the timing area, where their lap times will be recorded.

Riders can then rest, eat or hydrate and proceed on the course through the 4 p.m. cutoff time. Cyclists can set up their pit areas just beyond the transition area from 6-8 p.m. or at 7 a.m. on race day. The race will officially end at 6 p.m.

In addition to the race, 6 Hours of Power will feature a post-race pasta party at 4:30 p.m., door prizes and awards, the latter of which will be presented as follows:

Overall solo male, solo female and overall team winners will receive cash, trophies and prizes.

Trophies will be awarded three-deep in all age groups (male and female), plus a product prize for first-place in each solo group.

Trophies will also be awarded three-deep in the male, female, co-ed and single-speed divisions and a product prize will be presented to the first-place winner of each.

Mr. Lawrence said that is luck and proud to keep the tradition alive and to work feverishly to host a practical, supportive and demanding endurance event.

“Our volunteers, local shops and national sponsors pour their hearts into 6 Hours of Power and we are happy to have the support of a terrific venue such as Holiday Valley,” he said.


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