America's best downhillers return to Angel Fire for 2014 Gravity MTB Nationals


Angel Fire, N.M. (June 18, 2014) —Angel Fire Resort, located in northern New Mexico, will play host to hundreds of riders looking to claim a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in downhill and dual slalom at this weekend's 2014 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships.

Racing begins on Friday with the category 2 and 3 downhill competitions. Dual slalom qualifying will conclude that day’s schedule. Saturday morning is marked by downhill qualification runs followed by dual slalom championship races beginning at 2 p.m. The final day of competition kicks off with downhill finals for juniors in the 9-10 age category at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. The afternoon session concludes the event with the men's and women's pro, and men’s 17-18 downhill finals. Each pro race features an equal prize purse of $1,000 that pays five deep. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

The Venue
The Angel Fire Bike Park, an increasingly popular destination among Rocky Mountain riders, has earned its chance to test the mettle of the top gravity mountain bikers in the nation after successfully hosting the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike and Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals the past few years.

The downhill races will start at 10,500 feet above sea level, and competitors will descend 1,700 feet as they cover 2.8 miles to the finish line. See a video preview of the downhill course courtesy of Chris Boice of MTB Racing Solution. The dual slalom course is a quarter-mile long and includes 100 feet of elevation loss. It is located near the mountain’s base area adjacent to the Chile Express Chairlift.

Vendors and teams can find more information about reserving space at the tech expo on the Angel Fire Bike Park website.

Jill Kintner earned her second victory of this event
Jill Kintner is back to defend her downhill and dual slalom titles at Angel Fire Bike Park. (photo by Eddie Clark)
Riders to Watch
Two riders who notched top-ten finishes at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Leogang, Austria, this past weekend are expected to be in action at Angel Fire: Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-TLD Racing), who placed third in the juniors men’s downhill, and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International), who finished sixth in the elite women’s race. Also expected to compete is defending men's downhill champ, and current leader of the USA Cycling Pro GRT standings, Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing), as well as Elinor Wesner (Cresskill, N.J./Giant-Shimano-Tenafly) who currently sits in fifth place in the women's Pro GRT standings.

To find an updated list of competitors and a race predictor for each event, click here.

All members of the media seeking press credentials and photos vests should contact Bill Kellick, USA Cycling’s director of communications, at Photographers and videographers are urged to request photo bibs for priority course access. Photo vests are limited and are to be returned at the conclusion of the event. A driver’s license, credit card or $20 cash can be used as collateral to obtain a vest. This can be done on a daily basis or for the duration of the event. A media room will be available to all credentialed media and will be located in the Village Haus at the Angel Fire Resort.

More Information
For additional event information, daily wrap-ups, photos, results and more, visit the USA Cycling event page at

You can also follow along on Twitter via the USA Cycling account, as well as the hashtag #MTBNats. Like USA Cycling and the Angel Fire Mountain Bike Park on Facebook for additional updates.

This Article Updated June 18, 2014 @ 07:17 PM For more information contact: