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Bike racing returns to Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center on Saturday June 25, 2022.

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Mountain Bike Racing will take place this Saturday at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

This Saturday mountain bikers will compete in the Catalyst Race Series at SIU-C's Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center. The fairly new mountain bike trail will see racers in several age brackets competing beginning at 10AM. Isaiah Tanner, was a graduate student in recreation at SIU-C when work on the mountain bike trail began several years ago, and says because of the layout, racers will get a unique experience.

"So this is rolling contour trail. We do that for a couple of reasons. Nature already has the ideal design. And, we wanna just imitate that for our riders, for our hikers, for our runners. They get a better a experience when they feel like they're moving naturally through the environment."

Refreshments and drinks will be available for both spectators and racers at this Saturday's race.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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