Colorados SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch got the best endorsement imaginable when it was chosen to host this summers USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, featuring both the elite of international mountain biking, hundreds of them, and an equally rampant onslaught of amateurs in cross country, downhill, single speed, super d, 4X and short track races. Holy gear shift, Batman: Thats a lot of bikers. Theyll be roaring through the park, located off Highway 40, fifteen miles north of Winter Park, today through Sunday.
The terrain, of course, is what its all about: Showcase trails constructed just for the championship include the new Stranger, a well-crafted and incomparably challenging pro downhill course and the Upper Deck, a equally difficult 4-Cross track which drops steeply into a series of technically demanding jumps and berms. Chief trail designer Matt Thompson says the latter trail will ensure an exciting race for competitors and spectators alike, during the 4-Cross finals on Saturday evening, but thats only a piece of the nonstop action that will rush the hills at SolVista all weekend long.
Another draw for onlookers will be live music on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.; spectating is free, as is the QuickDraw lift, which will transport observers to wherever the races go. Get details at www.solvistanationals.com or visit www.solvista.com.
July 16-19, 2009