Mountain bikers have been racing in Manchester State Forest for ten years. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the current loop was built and is maintained by the Sumter Chain Gang Cycling Club. The club, along with Buddy’s Schwinn Cycling and Fitness, sponsors a series of races—the Killer Three—during the first three months of every year. The hilly terrain of the Killer Three Loop, seemingly out of place for this part of the state, creates a gentle, rolling ride. While Manchester is not quite a climber’s trail, the semi-tight singletrack is fairly technical with some sharp diagonal turns that will challenge the novice rider. Several straight-aways deliver a string of whoop-dee-do’s, produced by motorcyclists that used to ride through the trail as part of the Sumter County Enduro Race. Tread: Singletrack with 0.2 mile on pavement and 0.5 mile on gravel road.
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