PINKHAM NOTCH — Barker Mountain Bikes has signed on as a presenting sponsor for the 2020 return of the Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen at Great Glen Trails.

Based in Bethel, Maine, Barker is owned and operated by the Seib family, who bring a simple philosophy to running a bike shop — create a fun environment, without attitude, where everyone — regardless of age, gender or experience — feels as if they are hanging out with friends.

“BMB is super-stoked to get behind an event like the Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen,” said owner Don Seib. “It’s the perfect mountain bike race — 24 hours at a superb venue with a wicked-fun course for both racers and spectators, and family-friendly, as well.

"This is one of the best-organized events we've attended in past years, and it checks all the boxes for us. We simply can't wait to hang out and race with all our friends next summer,” Seib said.

For two decades, mountain bikers from across the country ventured to the base of Mount Washington in Pinkham Notch to compete in the 24 Hours of Great Glen.

This epic, round-the-clock race was the first of its kind in New England, following a specially designed course at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center with a mixture of fast-paced gravel carriage roads and technical single track.

First held in 1995 with a modest 11 teams, the event steadily grew to more than 180 teams and 500 participants for its last running in 2015.

After a five-year hiatus, the Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen will return on Aug. 8-9, 2020, for its 21st running. As in past years, the event will attract a broad range of competitors, from expert racers to average cyclists, and to families looking for the ultimate weekend mountain bike getaway.

The event will also be bringing back the 24 Minutes of Great Glen for kids of all ages — a fun-filled part of the weekend, which included over 80 participants in 2015.

Registration for the Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen, presented by Barker Mountain Bikes, will begin Jan. 1, 2020, and will be limited to 450 riders. Race details and registration information will be added in the coming months to the website greatglentrails.com.

For more about Barker Mountain Bikes, go to barkermountainbikes.com.

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