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Mountain biking is a sport that appeals to many. Young or old, we all ride trails for many different reasons. Cross country is the dominant genre of the sport in the Midwest, with plenty of smooth rolling terrain and natural surface singletrack for riders to enjoy. However, the limited difficulty of our terrain forces many riders to create new challenges.

Kids Race - 2012 Red Dome FreeCross

Freeride is a natural progression for riders who are less interested in the fitness aspect of cross country riding. Freeriders are forced to use their vision and ingenuity to create more advanced features to push their limits. From logrides to ladder drops, these features challenge riders both on the ground and in the air. With little vertical potential, some riders in the Midwest have brewed their own combination of cross country and freeride. We call it FreeCross!

2012 Race Photo - Courtesy of William L Snyder

The ideal setting for FreeCross is Scales Lake Park in Boonville, Indiana. Littered with steep spoil banks from decades of coal mining, the park has some of the most unique riding terrain in the world. Railing corners, tire-spinning climbs, and challenging features throughout the park have made the trails in this park some of the best around.

35 foot Logride on FreeCross Course

Each year, the Boonville Bike Club hosts a FreeCross race on the trails at Scales Lake Park. Named after the coal mine that left such great potential, the Red Dome FreeCross is a must-race for any midwestern rider looking to push their limits.

Cat1 Podium - 2012 Red Dome FreeCross

So join us for the third annual Red Dome FreeCross on Sunday, October 13th. If you are new to the park, come early for the Red Dome XC on Saturday, October 12th and session the features after your race. The FreeCross race consists of a one-lap individual time-trial on the 5-mile Red Dome Loop. All freeride features are optional, and heckling is strongly encouraged.
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