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12 hours of Humboldt this weekend in California

With temperatures throughout California reaching into the 90s (degrees Fahrenheit) and beyond, many endurance racers are looking forward to visiting Arcata for the 12 Hours of Humboldt on August 22, as a means of getting in some racing while escaping the sweltering heat-wave.

The average August daily temperature in this corner of the north coast is in the high 60s, and the race course is almost entirely in the shade of giant redwood trees.

The main venue is in Arcata's Redwood Park.The eight-mile course will run through the Arcata Community Forest using a variety of trails and covering 1,400 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Mountain bike endurance pro Tinker Juarez has called the course, "one of the best I've ridden."

Racers may compete in solo and two-, three-, and four-person team categories.

The event will benefit the Humboldt County Search and Rescue Team. For more information, visit www.teambigfoot.net, or call (707)845-3095.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.