LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester bicyclists were among more than 200 who took on the bumpy ride at last weekend's fifth annual Team BUMS Treasure Valley Rally in Rutland.
The nine-mile loop presented a series of challenging maneuvers and harrowing moments as several different categories of racers navigated their way, sometimes repeatedly, through the technical trails of the Scout Reservation.
The rally, whose proceeds go to the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America for camp improvements and upkeep, has gained a reputation as a challenging course, even for those experienced in mountain bike racing.
Racers traveled from all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire to compete for a variety of prizes and to support Scouting in Mohegan Council.
The difficult race was ripe with excitement, with several entrants seen running with their bikes toward the finish line after the trail left them with flat tires, and a stirred up bees nest left others with stings.
Despite the challenges, riders waited on the home stretch to cheer on others, sometimes running along side them to raise their morale. Camp Director Stephanie Keimig said the camaraderie is what any event at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation is all about.