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Austin Rattler mountain bike race set for March 29

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 20, 2014

Mountain bikers from around the country will descend on Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville on March 29 for the Austin Rattler.

Among those competing? Tristan Uhl, 25, who grew up in Smithville and has won the last two Rattlers. And he’s pretty confident going into this year’s race.

“I’ve always loved flying through trees,” Uhl said in a press release. “It’s thrilling and fortunately it’s something my entire family has always enjoyed and supported.”

Uhl’s father Paul is an avid mountain biker and his sister Kara attended college on a mountain biking scholarship. Uhl started competing when he was 5 and since then has qualified and competed at world championship races in Italy and New Zealand.

He calls the Rocky Hill Ranch course one of his favorites. “I’m familiar with it and I’m confident about the race,” Uhl said. “I know a lot of mountain bikers from all over the country are coming in to compete as well so I need to be ready.”

The race, which consists of four loops around a 15.5-mile course that includes dirt roads and single track, serves as a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB in Colorado, a famously grueling race.

The Austin Rattler is open to cyclists of all skill levels and includes two- and four-person relay divisions. Entry fees are $80 for the solo 25K, $120 for the solo 100K, $215 for a two-person relay, $390 for a four-person relay or $190 for tandems. To register or for more information go to www.austinrattlermtb.com/mtb/. The race starts at 8 a.m. March 29.