Welcome to Rock Hard Racing where we create events that are challenging and fun. We’re grassroots with a professional feel and all of our events are built around the simple idea to build something that we’d want to participate in….if we weren’t so busy organizing them.
What you’ll find at each of our events is that we’ve taken our favorite places to ride and run and found the most challenging and fun way to hold a race. We make it memorable and we don’t take the easy way. If there’s something that we can do to improve the event we do it, regardless of the cost. Except for a cannon. Mike still hasn’t been able to get a cannon to start Freetown 50 with. Cannons as it turns out are very expensive.
He’ll get one….someday.
Back in 2013 we took our love of DCR Freetown-Fall River State Forest and the help of some friends and put them together for the first ever Freetown 50. It was our first event and the one that started it all so it holds a special place in our hearts. It’s also the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Don’t take our word for that, ask your friends that have finished. Better yet, ask your friends that haven’t. This course is no joke.
We change the course every year to show you a different side of what this enormous park has to offer but one thing never changes; it’s a technical challenge like nothing anyone else is willing to put you through. The 50 mile race is the focus of the event but we offer a 50k option for all levels and a 17.5 mile option for Novice racers.
DCR Massasoit State Park in East Taunton, MA is where everyone in the “Spark Crew” got our introduction to mountain biking. We’ve been riding here our whole lives and have watched the park change. We watched a great race come and go and we’ve watched the park transform. Some things have changed for the better and some for the worse. Through it all the dedicated users have maintained the trails and recently the State has begun really paying attention to it. Big improvements are coming. Bathrooms are being repaired, roads are being fixed, things are moving. NEMBA just finished building an amazing bridge!
With these changes brings something exciting; DCR will once again allow an MTB event to occur and we’re in charge of it. It will have elements of the old course but entirely new sections that you’ve never ridden before (unless you ride with us). It’s a Root 66 Series race, self-insured, with TriMom running our chip timing. Two Sisters Portuguese Food Truck will be there along with everything else that you’ve come to expect from one of our events. This one is going to help pay for things that will improve the park even more!
The Freetown 50k (okay it’s 35 miles) course is one of the most technical in New England. While this type of course attracts the most elite runners, we built it for everyone to challenge themselves as well as their fellow racers. Team work is encouraged. We designed the 17.5 mile loop to offer technical singletrack as well as fire roads. We have three well stocked feed zones per lap and at least one self-serve water point.
We want you to see Freetown in all of its gnarly awesomeness and we want to challenge you. When you eventually collect yourself and head home you’ll know that you accomplished something.
Early Spring is the perfect time for an MTB Time Trial. They are a true test of how much you’ve maintained your fitness this winter and great way to shake off the cob webs if you haven’t. Our almost 7 mile course will cover some very cool and challenging trails that the Freetown 50 does not cover. It also covers a few F50 trails, but in reverse! Consider yourself warned, this is some of the most technical singletrack that you will ever ride. This course is an absolute beating. But please roadies, come out and take a shot at it.
This is not your average 10k. In fact, it’s a little longer and insanely technical….er….fun. It’s wicked fun actually. This race is a great preview of the trails used in the Freetown 50k. It’s rocky, rooty, and twisty singletrack fun just like you’d expect in New England
We know that many of you take the winter off from racing to train and ready yourself for Spring. But dammit the winter is cold and boring and you can only take so much of the trainer or the treadmill. This is a great way to start Super Bowl Sunday and if nothing else is a great reason to munch on nachos later. Wicked Nor’Eastah is fun with or without snow, because Borderland is fun with or without snow. That means that we don’t have to cancel if we don’t get any!
It’s something to do on a Wednesday….if you plan on taking Thursday off. Crosstobeerfest is a celebration of cyclocross with The Pourmen playing live on stage, food trucks to eat from, and the Local Craft Beer Garden on course to spectate from. It gets bigger every year and categories sell out quick. We must be doing something right!
The venue is the really cool one that Crosstobeerfest is at except most of the course is on the other side, where it’s too dark for a night race. There are trails, ups, downs, berms, run-ups, run-downs, logs, man-eating squirrels, etc.
We also have music, craft beer, and a food truck so there will be no reason to leave after your race. Unless you race in the last race, you’ll then have to go home after you race.
On this same day every year Spark has held their annual Turkey Chase, an event designed to collect toys for the CCHS National Honor Society Toy Drive. The thought is that we can collect way more toys with this CX race so please prove us right and bring one. All toys must be new. Please don’t wrap them.
Toys For Tots doesn’t distribute toys in this area so we choose to support a different program. How it works is Coycle & Cassidy High School’s National Honor Society has a database of area families in need. Parents “shop” for the toys while their children attend a Christmas party. The toys are then wrapped by CCHS NHS students so that they can come from Santa.