Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MOUNTAIN BIKE NATIONALS at SUN VALLEY

Bikers stoked for Baldy XC course at July’s amateur nationals


     Local mountain bikers are psyched about the recent announcement of a new amateur single-loop course for the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships July 5-7 at the Sun Valley Resort.

     The Zions Bank National Championship course is guaranteed to give bikers a true mountain biking experience, said a May 30 press release from Visit Sun Valley and Sun Valley Marketing Alliance.

     Amateurs will circumnavigate Bald Mountain via Cold Springs, Warm Springs and the River Run trails. There is 3,000 feet of climbing over the 20-mile course that features ample passing and great descents.

     Starting and finishing like last year’s amateur cross-country race in the River Run Lodge area, the 2012 single-track course will travel clockwise around Sun Valley’s principal ski mountain.

     It will race down the Big Wood River then climb up Cold Springs and wrap around to the Warm Springs side of Baldy. From there racers will climb up Maiden Lane to the Sunset Strip before swooping down the River Run descent to the finish.

     Practice runs take place Wednesday, July 4. All age groups of the Category 2 and 3 amateur divisions have their race on the afternoon of Thursday, July 5. The Singlespeed, Cat. 1, Masters and Women racers compete Saturday, July 7, also in the afternoon.

     Visit usacycling.org or ridesunvalley.com.

     Previously, the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival announced that Scott Sports will present the Shimano Baldy Super Duper Downhill race Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m. down Warm Springs. Practice occurs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

     It is the first event of the 2012 USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Cross-Country Championships on Baldy.




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