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Stoopid 50

The inaugural Stoopid 50 heads to State College, Pennsylvania June 8-10. The area may be better known for hosting the Singlespeed World Championships or the annual Wilderness 101, but this time mountain bikers will converge on the Roth Rock State Forest for an entire weekend, which features two fun rides (including one at night), an informal three stage competitive event with a time trial, hill climb, and a "don't put your foot down" trial. Camping and movies are also included before Sunday's highlight, a single 50 mile one-lap race hosted by Nittany Mountain Bike Association and Shenandoah Mountain Touring.

Promoters estimate the course will take five to eight hours to complete. It is a potent mix of forest roads, trails (including some trails that have never before been used in competition) and a 15 minute hike-a-bike. One race volunteer described it, "This ain't no race for a Beginner."

Showing a sense of humor, Mid Atlantic Super Series promoter Ken Getchell said, "Well, when you think about it rationally, every sport is 'stupid', it's just that (race promoter) Frank Maquire and his crew are smart enough to recognize it." The race's name also alludes to the way a person speaking one of Pennsylvania's many dialects might pronounce "stupid."

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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.