Zion Bank presents USAC MTB Cross Country National Championships


Zion Bank presents the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships
The last time Sun Valley hosted the National Championships it was 1988 when a rider named John Tomac was beginning his meteoric rise and establishing mountain biking as the next era of cycling.  The sport returns to Idaho in 2011.
Paying homage to the days of real racing, this is a classic mountain bike course. Beginning at the base of Bald Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho, riders will begin through the twisty, technical river bottom before ascending along the Big Wood River and then begin climbing the flanks of “Baldy”, the world famous ski hill hosting this year’s event.  Once the grueling singletrack climb has been assailed, riders will point it downhill and descend at mach speed down a service road into the famously loopy and flowy River Run Trail. Never really allowing for rest, but rewarding the smooth and efficient, this descent will leave many whooping and hollering with its dynamic profile.  Then riders head back into the lower circuit finishing up their lap.  The nearly 8-kilometer course incorporates all elements of classic mountain biking: rugged singletrack climbs, technical rock sections, high speed service roads, and loopy, rewarding descents.  Racers will finish on the River Run Base Area’s front lawn which will offer superb spectator viewing and a great party atmosphere. 
Course designers took every page of the UCI rulebook out and capitalized on its nuances, designing a diverse and challenging course representative of the local riding. It’s fast. It’s technical. It’s grueling. And it flows. A classic service road climb interrupted by technical features dumps riders off at the lower River Run Trail.  Here a fast, flowing descent forces riders to conserve energy but still maintain pumptrack-like momentum in order to keep their edge. This 6KM circuit serves up a classic national championship experience rewarding the strong, the smooth and the technically savvy.
For course maps and a detailed schedule of events go to www.ridesunvalley.com.

This Article Published June 23, 2011 For more information contact: