What is the Tinker Classic? Think Leadville meets Burning Man. You will get all the hospitality that a small town can muster up. Beatty and the Spicer Ranch are pulling out all the stops to welcome the first Tinker Classic Racers for a full weekend of racing and biking fun. The weekend will start in Beatty with a old fashioned pasta dinner on Friday night and a once in a lifetime presentation by Tinker Juarez on his life as the longest performing Professional American Mountain Bike Athlete.
The race will start in the center of Small Town Beatty with a Old Timey Cowboy Shoot Out to start the race off right!
The day will finish at the Spicer Ranch. A 120 Acre private ranch with green grass , large cottonwood tree and fresh water ponds you can jump in on a warm day. The venue will have a host of bike and food vendors serving up post race taco’s and beer. During the afternoon you can grad a shower and enjoy Anvil Road out of Las Vegas in concert playing Acoustic Grit Fusion until the sun goes down. Then fire barrels will come out and mountain bikers can enjoy the crisp air under the perfect desert night sky while swapping stores of the day.
The Course envisioned by Tinker is all that you would expect in a Pro level course. There will be Huge Climbs with plenty of room to pass, some fast ripping descent and some gripping descent. You will experience all the variety in terrain that the desert can dish out. Packed surfaces, sand, loose gravel and everything in between.
Thanks to our generous sponsors every racer will get a stocked goodie bag and event T-Shirt, Every 100 K finisher will get a commemorative cup from Kleen Kanteen and 60 K finishers will get an engraved bottle opener.
Podium awards have been created by a local artist and there will be some amazing swag for the top podium winners. Pro Men and Women entered in the 100K race will be eligible for the $3000 cash purse split equally 5 deep. If there is not a full Women’s podium, the remaining purse will go to the 1st place winners.
The “Tinker Classic”, named in honor of David “Tinker” Juarez, the legendary Professional Mountain Biker whose prolific winning career includes 7 National Championship titles as well as representing the U.S.A. 3 times in the Olympics. Tinker was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2001 and the BMX Hall of Fame in 1993.
The wealth of experience and knowledge Tinker holds is beyond fathomable. He knows what it takes to start from humble beginnings, and tenaciously pedal his way to live out his wildest dreams of racing bicycles as his grown-up job. He is kind, passionate and wins the hearts of everyone he meets. His sharp focus and discipline are nearly unmatched.
It has been his passion for sometime to create an event in the “Classic ” style of mountain biking, with long climbs, fast straighways, in an unmatched peaceful landscape. He has found that in Beatty Nevada. Working with GRO Races, New Age Athlete and the Spicer Ranch this event has been a year in the making. Every mile of the course was carefully planned to create a championship level course that can also be accessible to all levels of racer.
He sincerely hopes you love this event and that it challenges you to new heights in your racing career.