Olympian Adam Craig to compete in Vail’s Teva Games
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Mountain bikers of all ages and abilities will be able to measure themselves on an Olympic scale June 6 as 2008 Beijing Olympian Adam Craig has committed to compete in the X-Country bike competition at the Teva Mountain games.
A 12-time national champion in various disciplines of competitive cycling, the 27-year-old Craig is one of the more recognizable names on the off-road cycling circuit. A Maine native, he has steadily progressed through the cross country ranks, winning three consecutive U-23 ) national titles before climbing to the top of the elite nationals podiums in 2007 and 2008.
“We are obviously thrilled to have Adam in the field,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Given the depth and talent of the field in previous year, however, he may have his work cut out for him and it should be an exciting competition.”
In addition to the cross country discipline, the Giant rider also competes in super-downhill and singlespeed categories of mountain biking, as well as cyclo-cross. While not a UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) sanctioned event, Craig captured the 2007 Singlespeed Mountain Bike World Championships in Aviemore, Scotland, earning a commemorative tattoo as his prize.
Off the bike, Craig spends his free time participating in various extreme outdoor activities, including whitewater kayaking, backcountry and Nordic skiing and rally car racing, serving as the co-driver of a two-man team. In that role, he is responsible for deciphering instructions that explain what is around each blind corner and relaying them to the driver.
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Competitors in the X-Country race will start at the base of Vail’s Golden Peak racing up the mountain on a new course that will test the riders’ preseason endurance.
The Teva Mountain Games June 4-7 include events in kayaking, rafting, road cycling, World Cup and amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running, DockDogs competitions and multi-sport racing.
The 2009 Teva Mountain Games is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Mountain Games, visit http://www.tevamountaingames.com.