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The Catalyst Race Series is back and with new venues and more fun!

Stop #1 Is at Lake Glendale Recreation Area on Saturday, April 30. Expect flow, chunky rocks and roots, lung and leg burning-climbs and some of the fastest downhills in all of the Shawnee! These trails have been hand-tuned and are maintained by members of the Shawnee Mountain Bike Association and other volunteers. These are the first trails to be designated for MTB use in the Shawnee National Forest. All proceeds from this race will support future trail building and maintenance by the Shawnee Mountain Bike Association. 

Stop #2 is The first ever Cannonball MTB race on the Camp Ondessonk MTB course on Sunday, May 22.. This course is custom built MTB specific trails that cut through the 800 acres of Camp Ondessonk's property. This singletrack includes creek crossings, rocks, roots, punchy climbs and some flowy downhills. It is in some of the most scenic property in all of Southern Illinois. All proceeds for this racing series are dedicated toward trail maintenance and improvements. 

Stop #3 Is at the professionally-designed and built MTB trails at SIU's Touch of Nature on Saturday, June 25. The first phase of completed trails officially opened on May 1, 2021 after five years of planning, fundraising, construction, and thousands of hours of volunteer work. This trail system is the fastest and most flowy of the three locations. Although most of this trail system is fast flowing singletrack, a few creek crossings and small rock gardens are thrown in to keep everyone on their toes and keep things exciting. All proceeds for this racing series are dedicated toward the ultimate goal of constructing 30 miles of trails at Touch of Nature. 

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