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OBRA road race season revs up with Banana Belt Series

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association's (OBRA) 2006 road racing begins in earnest this Sunday, March 5, at Henry Hagg Lake in Forest Grove, with round one of the three-race Banana Belt Road Racing Series, according to race director Jeff Mitchem.

The Banana Belt series a two-decade tradition is expected to draw more than 400 of the fastest Northwest cyclists to the hilly roads of Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake for three consecutive Sundays March 5, 12, and 19. The Henry Hagg Lake course is a challenging, rolling 11-mile loop that throws 750 feet of net elevation gain at the riders each lap.

"Last year's series was a huge success," explained Mitchem, "We had 410 entries for the first race, and this year looks even better. Pre-entries are coming in fast, and some classes may even fill up. This speaks to the growing popularity of bike racing in Oregon and the efforts of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Assocation."

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