Jeep King of the Mountain coming back to the Beav’ |

Jeep King of the Mountain coming back to the Beav’

Daily file photo/Preston UtleyKatrina Miller, front and Tara Llanes battle for position to enter the championship round of the World Mountain Biking Championships last year. The Jeep King of the Mountain Series returns to Beaver Creek this year for the finals.

BEAVER CREEK ” For the second year in a row, Beaver Creek will host the finals of the Mountain Biking World Professional Championships.

The Jeep King of the Mountain Series recently announced the three host sites for the 2007 schedule, which, in addition to Beaver Creek, include Park City, Utah, and San Luis Obispo, Calif. After August races in Park City and San Luis Obispo, the Series will culminate in Beaver Creek on Sept. 1.

Eclipse Television and Sports Marketing, which is based in Edwards, produces the King of the Mountain Series.

“It wasn’t too difficult of a decision because both Beaver Creek and Eclipse wanted to make an event again,” said Ted Martin, vice president of competition for Eclipse. “Beaver Creek was happy with the event last year.”

In early September, the King of the Mountain Series came to Beaver Creek for the first time. Then in January, Beaver Creek hosted one of the King of the Mountain’s Snowboarding World Championships events when the original site, Zel am See, Austria, couldn’t host it due to poor snow conditions.

The World Mountain Biking Championships features a Y-shaped course where competitors start on separate routes, then come together for the remainder of the race. Riders face off head-to-head for two runs, switching sides after the first run, and the competitor with the better combined time moves on. Much like last year, competitors will design the racecourses.

Eight male and female riders square off at each of the three events for a series purse of more than $100,000 and a new 2008 Jeep vehicle. For each event, two local racers will be added to the field. Last year, Vail’s Chris DelBosco raced at Beaver Creek.

All three events will be aired in CBS a few weeks after the races.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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