Mountain Biking

Hit the trail in Birmingham’s newest mountain bike race, The Hammies, happening this November – Bham Now


Hit the trail during The Hammies in Birmingham. Photo via Cahaba Cycles

Mountain bike ready? Then prepare to hit the course this November during Birmingham’s newest mountain bike race—The Hammies.

Created by Max Klein, The Hammies offers a new type of mountain bike race. While most races come with a strict set of rules and are designed for athletes, The Hammies is for everyone and is all about having fun.

“My wish is for all mountain bikers, regardless of skill, to come together for a fun afternoon of friendly competition.”

Max Klein, creator, The Hammies

Four Rounds of Races to Take Part In

The Hammies welcomes all ages and experience levels to race. Photo via Cahaba Cycles

One of the cool things about The Hammies is that there are several opportunities to participate. Unlike most races that take place on just one day, The Hammies will have four event days to choose from. Here’s a look each:

Round 1

Location: Red Mountain Park. 2011 Frankfurt Dr., Birmingham, AL 35211
Date: Nov. 3
Time: 1PM
Distance: 7 miles per lap
Price: $27+
Register

Photo via thehammies.com

Round 2

Location: Oak Mountain State Park. 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham, AL 35124
Date: Nov. 10
Time: 1PM
Distance: 6 miles per lap
Price: $27+
Register

Photo via thehammies.com

Round 3

Location: Trussville Sports Complex. 4621 Riverbend Rd., Trussville, AL 35173
Date: Nov. 17
Time: 1PM
Distance: 4 miles per lap
Price: $27+
Register

Photo via thehammies.com

Round 4

Location: Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park. 12632 Confederate Pkwy., McCalla, AL 35111
Date: Dec. 1
Time: 1PM
Distance: 6 miles per lap
Price: $27+
Register

Photo via thehammies.com

Don’t want to race, but would like to watch? Go for it! Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on the racers. 

Along with biking, there will be other fun activities to take part at the event, such as

  • Corn hole
  • Raffles
  • Slow bike races
  • And more

The Course

Race with friends and fellow mountain bikers taking part in The Hammies in Birmingham. Photo via Oak Mountain State Park on Facebook

The course for The Hammies will vary on event location, but each will offer a mix of single and double tracks. 

Racers have the option to race one lap or two. The distance extends between four and seven miles per lap. 

The first lap will be based on age division. The second lap, or “Super Hammy Championship” is optional and all will participants will race together.

Those age 14 and under will race on a shorter course and will not be eligible for the Super Hammies Championship.

Win a Sprocket Metal

Wouldn’t you love to win a sprocket metal at The Hammies? Photo via The Hammies on Facebook

Unlike many races, The Hammies won’t hold an awards ceremony after each race. However, sprocket metals will be available to the top three finishers of each age division. Pretty cool, huh?

Are you planning to race in The Hammies’ inaugural event? We wish you fun and luck.