Farmall Hill Mountain Bike Challenge / by Rugile Kaladyte

For four consecutive Tuesdays in May, the Farmall Hill Mountain Bike Challenge is takes place on a two mile loop course featuring tight corners, steep climbs, and fast descents. I tagged along with the RIT Cycling Club on May 13, 2014.

After a rear brake malfunction during the warm-up lap, Ian Gielar decided not to race and instead watched the race as a spectator.

After a rear brake malfunction during the warm-up lap, Ian Gielar decided not to race and instead watched the race as a spectator.

Connor Reardon kicks up dirt as he approaches a steep climb after a descent.

Connor Reardon kicks up dirt as he approaches a steep climb after a descent.

Gielar moves about the course waiting for his teammates to pass. I overheard a young spectator ask his family if Gielar had lost his bike.

Gielar moves about the course waiting for his teammates to pass. I overheard a young spectator ask his family if Gielar had lost his bike.

Gielar (right) gives James Curtis (left) a push during his race. "Thanks Ian, now I'm definitely going to win," said Curtis sarcastically.

Gielar (right) gives James Curtis (left) a push during his race. "Thanks Ian, now I'm definitely going to win," said Curtis sarcastically.

Reardon pauses to catch his breath after his race. Reardon was the only finisher from RIT as the rest dropped out from mechanical difficulties or exhaustion.

Reardon pauses to catch his breath after his race. Reardon was the only finisher from RIT as the rest dropped out from mechanical difficulties or exhaustion.

Andrew Lints (left) does a one-hand track stand in the parking area of the race. Lints dropped out early of the race after feeling ill.

Andrew Lints (left) does a one-hand track stand in the parking area of the race. Lints dropped out early of the race after feeling ill.