Mountain bike nirvana in Prescott

140 racers wait for the riders meeting at the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona’s final enduro race of the series at the White Rock parking lot in the Prescott National Forest. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

140 racers wait for the riders meeting at the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona’s final enduro race of the series at the White Rock parking lot in the Prescott National Forest. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

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Riders grab a shuttle to go on various group rides. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott was the star of Arizona’s mountain bike scene this past weekend as lots of different events brought riders to town.

The weekend opened up Saturday with the Prescott 6’er endurance race on the Brownlow Trail system at Pioneer Park. With more than 80 riders racing on the trails for 6 hours, race promoter Breanna Bissel said she was happy with Saturday’s turnout.

Also on Saturday the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance hosted its annual mountain bike festival at Granite Creek Park. With organized trail rides, demo bikes from a variety of vendors and then the fun and frivolity of games such as a bike toss and bunny hop event drew riders from around the state to Prescott.

Sunday kicked off the final race of the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona’s Enduro Race Series in the Thumb Butte area.

More than 140 racers competed in an endure style race from the top of Sierra Prieta overlook down and around the Thumb Butte parking area.

Several local riders like Chloe Woodruff, Travis Tillery and Zaydie Croy won their respective categories in this race and many other sharing second and third place honors including Eric Eby, who won the overall for the series in amateur men.