All-inclusive racing: Dr. Kevin Schmidt, an OTH racer, explains, “Over the Hump’s short
course and short climbs allow the beginner to have a great time. What a concept! If the
Pros don’t find much of a challenge, they can always ride faster! Other promoters would
be wise to follow the OTH formula.” Not a bad group of racers for a Thursday afternoon.
Experienced racers only: The OTH race organizers wisely offer
more challenging sections for the experienced racers. Beginners
and sport racers can aspire to move up to the long-course route
or be satisfied to compare their weekly times.
long, lonely stretches of nothingness.
Instead, they include fun-to-ride
sections, room to pass and keep the
courses short enough so that families
and fans can cheer on the nonstop
flow of racers. This also ensures
that everyone from pros to beginners gets to mix it up together. They
don’t make riders buy licenses, and
they keep the entry fees reasonable.
Finally, you definitely won’t run into
officials wearing black-and-white-striped shirts and holding clipboards
or reading from 300-page rulebooks.
The OTH draws people from
all skill levels and backgrounds.
“After the arduous work of losing 25 pounds, I dusted off my old
mountain bike. The bike had never
actually been ridden up a hill, and it
had seen only a handful of short, flat,
fireroad rides. Immediately hooked,
I canceled my gym membership and
bought a new bike,” explains OTH
racer Kim Allan. “A year later, I took
to the starting line at OTH. With
some coaching on passing and being
passed, to my amazement, I ended