2012 Maskenthine XC Classic June 2

Round five of the 2012 Nebraska Lottery Psycowpath Series makes it first stop in northeast Nebraska June 2 at Maskenthine Lake north of Stanton as part of the Norfolk Cycling Weekend. The weekend of cycling consisting of the Maskenthine XC Classic on Saturday and the Norfolk Classic/Nebraska State Championship Criterium on Sunday.

For those not inclined to race off-road but still wanting two days of racing in Norfolk, the 27th Annual Norfolk Family YMCA Triathlon will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012. More information on the tri is at http://www.norfolkymca.org/

In addition to the bike racing, there are several other events in Norfolk including Watered Down: Art DisplayMidwest Bike FestTour of Nebraska Cars, and Chicken, Rods and Ribs  at Barnstormers, 4100 So. Hwy 81 (old Air Port Terminal) 1 ½ mile south of viaduct

June 2 is also National Trails Day and the Maskenthine XC Classic is listed as a Trail Day event.

Pre-registration is encouraged as limited onsite registration is available. (See below)  Registration link

From the Psycowpath website:

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Location: Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area, Stanton, NE
Race Host: Elkhorn Valley Cycling Club
Contact: Jon Downey, jon.m.downey@gmail.com or 402-316-4917


Preregistration cut off is Friday before the race at 7p.m.

Register at USA Cycling and log into your account using your license number.This does not mean you have to buy a license. This is just to sign up for the race. If you do not have a license then just create an account. You will then use this account for the rest of the season. If you do have a license, then you don’t need to start a new account. Log in with your license number.

Day of registration can only be done at the race venue. The cost is $10 on top of your entry fee. Cut off time for same day registration is 9:00am. No exceptions. We will not be registering people after the races have begun.



  1. Marathon Men & Women (no age breakouts)
  2. Cat 3 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ (1 7-mile lap)
  3. Cat 3 Women Open (1 7-mile lap)
  4. Juniors (1 7-mile lap)
  5. First Timers (1 7-mile lap)


  1. Awards Ceremony Cat 3/Juniors/First Timers


  1. Cat 1 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ (4 7-mile laps)
  2. Cat 1 Women Open (3 7-mile laps)


  1. Cat 2 Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ (2 7-mile laps)
  2. Cat 2 Women Open (2 7-mile laps)
(Want more laps? Simple: cat up. Seriously, if you can do race-pace for more laps than your current category calls for, you should be upgrading.)

Awards Ceremony Cat 1/2/Marathon

The Course:
The single track course nestles up against Lake Meskenthin. It twists and turns through a densly wooded shelterbelt that opens up into fast, open stretches of prairie hill. A roller coaster section of fallen logs, steep ups and quick drops awaits riders in the middle of the system. The race loop is aproximately 5+ miles.

The Venue:
The recreation area offers modern showers, rest rooms, and running water. There is good fishing at the lake with boat docks available. The area also features a swimming beach, walking and horseback trails, a disk golf course and ample camping. The campgrounds are some of the nicest anywhere with both primitive and modern areas.

Getting There:
Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area is located five miles north of Stanton and 10 miles east of Norfolk. It is an easy drive up highway 275 to just past the Highway 57 junction, then south on Ridge Road to the north entrance to the lake.