New MTB Race takes place – in prison?

The First Annual Folsom Prison Race Behind Bars is scheduled to take place next month – May 15 – in Folsom CA.  The event is run by the same folks that put on the self-proclaimed ‘Greatest race series in the west’ – the Prairie City Race Series.  That lineage would suggest that this will be a successful event – both on this first running, and in the future.  That is, assuming that racing on prison grounds property doesn’t scare folks away!

That’s right – the race takes you to normally forbidden grounds.  From their website:

The latest trail additions include even more new flume trail than previous races held out here. Racing this event is a rare opportunity to ride on the 5+ mile Folsom Prison grounds course.NOTE: This area is off limits at any other time, please do not try to pre-ride this course.

Registration is open now until May 13, and you can register online.  I’m also planning on being onsite to cover the race for both VeloReviews and