Bike cross event coming to Beaver Creek |

Bike cross event coming to Beaver Creek

Shauna Farnell
Special to the DailyBeaver Creek will host the Professional Mountain Bike World Championships on Labor Day Weekend.

BEAVER CREEK “Biking at Beaver Creek will take on a brand new twist come Labor Day Weekend.

The Jeep King of the Mountain series has recently selected Beaver Creek as the venue for its final Professional Mountain Bike World Championships.

A far cry from cross-country mountain bike races to which the valley is accustomed, the Sept. 3 event at Beaver Creek will consist of a “Y” format mountaincross race.

Something between BMX racing and motocrosss, the race series will feature riders on full suspension, high travel bikes who will start at the top of the course in pairs and launch down the dirt track full of rollers and berms. The course converges into a Y and racers continue fighting for the lead to the finish line.

The first two events in the King of the Mountain series take place in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on July 8, and in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on Aug. 12.

“Every place we go is different,” said King of the Mountain vice president of competition Ted Martin. “San Luis has a great pitch on a fast course. The one in Wisconsin is really flat and is going to be more BMX style. So we’ll add the mountain aspect at Beaver Creek.”

The course will start at Beaver Creek’s Haymeadow and switchback down to a finish in front of Village Hall. Racers are expected to finish in 30 or 40 seconds.

“It’s kind of like a dual slalom,” Martin said. “The course is 300 or 400 yards and we’ll have things like double jumps and banks, tabletop jumps and rollers. Beaver Creek has Oktoberfest that weekend, so this will be a great spectator event.”

The field for the event will be invite-only, bringing in racers from around the world and a couple of locals, selected by their NORBA and World Cup results.

A prize purse of $100,000 will be allotted, and the male and female winner will be given a new Jeep.

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Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 748-2936 or

Vail, Colorado

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