Saturday, June 16, 2012

Video: They're off! Keweenaw Chain Drive Bike races begin ...

HANCOCK -- Chain Drive bike racers crossed the Portage Lift Bridge this morning on their way to the Maasto Hiihto-Churning Rapids Trails in Hancock for the 2012 Portage Health Keweenaw Chain Drive 16- and 32-mile point-to-point cross-country distance races.

This morning, June 16, cyclists cross the Portage Lift Bridge from Houghton to Hancock on their way to the Maasto Hiihto-Churning Rapids Trails for the 2012 Portage Health Keweenaw Chain Drive races. (Video clip by Keweenaw Now)

The Chain Drive promotes the sport of mountain biking for the whole family and supports trail preservation efforts throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula. All funds raised by the festival will go to trail improvement, access and acquisition projects in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

The Junior Chain Drive begins at 3:30 p.m. today at Portage Health. Using a single-track trail in a wooded area east of the hospital, the event includes timed races for youth ages 8-13 and non-timed races for those ages 7 and under. Registration is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Portage Health.

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