Mountain biking enthusiasts gather for Briar Badlands Battle 6

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Rubber tires hit the dirt as 92 off-road bicycle racers competed at the Briar Badlands Battle 6 on Sunday morning. Nine racers who are members of the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club reached the podium.

Racers from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama traveled to the bike trail which is about half a mile off Highway 15 in Saucier. The top finishers included Louisiana native Miles Juneau in category one. Juneau crossed the finish line after biking more than 31 miles.

This is a sport that is always welcoming in people who have any interest, and the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club is a good place to start.

"I have friends in New Orleans now, friends in North Mississippi, in Oxford where the tornado just recently went through, and they actually lost their trail," said cyclist Kathryn Boylan. "We have friends from all over, and it's a great way to network and meet people. Not only are you meeting people but they're great, laid back, easy going people. I think mountain biking brings out some really great people."

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