The tenth annual Tears, Beers and Fears mountain biking endurance event will kick off in Ely on Saturday at 9 a.m. starting at Broadbent Park. According to event organizer Kent Robertson, over 100 riders from all around the west coast will be participating in this years event.

Those racers will be divided into whichever difficulty “race class” they have chosen and then proceed onto that class’s course. The courses range from a “Beginner” class which incorporates 17 miles of trails to a “Pro” class which has the longest ride at 40 miles.

Robertson, who has been spending time recently marking trails and getting checkpoints ready for Saturday’s events, helped create the event 10 years ago when it started with a little over 20 riders.

“We were looking an motorcycle enduro-style events and we thought that it would make a cool mountain bike race. We were the first enduro type race in North America, but people don’t realize that because we are still on the small size,” Robertson said.

The “enduro” style of the event means that the trails incorporate un-timed uphill climbs as well as timed downhill sections. Robertson said the different styles make it feel close to just going and riding trails with friends.

“I love this kind of race because every mountain biker can do it. It doesn’t take a specific type of bike, you don’t have to worry about time when you are going up a trail, and you still get the thrill of racing on the downhill sections,” he continued.

The tears, Beers, and Fears festival is still taking signups for those looking to enter into the compeitition. Sign-ups will be taken at the Jailhouse Casino in the Buffet Room from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, as well as from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning out at Broadbent Park.

Volunteers are also still needed to help run checkpoint stations on different downhill trails. Those interested in volunteering should call Robertson at 775-296-2162. There will be a volunteer meeting at the Jailhouse in the Buffet Room on Friday beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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