US Open site offers spectators incredible views of runners competing for $80,000 prize
Vermont Business Magazine The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking awaits many of the sport’s biggest names at Killington Resort September 15-18 for fans to watch compete for the event’s top prize of $80,000. Known as a family event and a true festival of mountain biking, the event located at Killington’s Ramshead Peak will provide great viewing of downhill, dual slalom, enduro and fan-favorite top whip contests! The top prize for the men’s and women’s downhill events is $15,000 each – it’s a race anyone can enter and anyone can win! Greg Minnaar, Wyn Masters, Jackson Goldstone, Dakotah Norton, Nina Hoffmann, Rachel Strait and Neko Mulally are among the many notable riders signed up to compete in the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking.
“It’s cool to have a racer-focused event in the US working to create a great experience for both the atmosphere and the racing. The Fox US Open of MTB is going to be a great time and I don’t couldn’t think of a better way to end the season!” – Dakotah Norton, current US National Champion and Intense Factory Racing team driver
Wyn Masters at the 2018 US Open of Mountain Biking in Killington Photo: Paul Hanson
Race course details
“The USO22 downhill track will be fast and fun to ride,” said Clay Harper, Fox US Open of Mountain Biking co-founder and event director. “This track contains multiple line pick options at almost every point, top to bottom. We have worked with Killington to update an existing race track called ‘Goat Skull’ which was built for the 2016/17 Pro GRT National Downhill events. The track has undergone a complete overhaul with multiple updates and new features added – including two distinct jump sections in the lower half of the track. Athlete feedback throughout the course has been excellent and we are expecting times in the 3 minute range across the course.
The all-new Killington Dual Slalom course is designed to be accessible to intermediate slalom racers with a mix of berms, rollers and a few flat grass turns, while staying true to its shape for professional head-to-head racing.
The Enduro will feature 4-5 stages of racing across four of Killington’s peaks. Riders can expect classic northeast terrain with lots of rocks and roots.
Big air competition and historic crowd favorite, Red Bull Best Whip, presented by YT Industries, is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever with an all new massive set of jumps built by Powder Horn Trail Company. A stone’s throw from the Fat Tire Bar, the extra-high springboard will offer a 360-degree view of athletes exploding above the horizon on Saturday night.
Isak Leivsson, winner of the 2018 US Open of Mountain Biking best whip competition Photo: Andrew Santoro
“The Best Whip jump is the biggest item our team has ever built for the bike park and has generated a ton of excitement in the community as it comes to life. The whole process was a collaborative effort between Killington and Powder Horn Trail Company. We are excited for everyone to see the finished product which will showcase the talent and experience of the crew, while giving top local racers a chance to pitch in. and make a name for yourself alongside some of the best in the sport.” – Taylor Zink, Killington Terrain Manager
Fox US Open of Mountain Biking continues to partner with High Fives and Vermont Adaptive to make athletic and recreational opportunities accessible to everyone with Adaptive Downhill Racing.
Special thanks to all Fox US Open of Mountain Biking Partners including Title Partner Fox Racing, Red Bull, YT Industries, adidas Five Ten, Fat Tire, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Shimano, Oakley, GT Bicycles , INTENSE, Specialized Bicycle Components, SRAM, SPANK Industries, COMMENCAL USA and Killington Resort.
Fox US Open of Mountain Biking is proud to bring top professional racers back to the Killington community and provide up-and-coming racers with a real racing opportunity. This racing event is free and open to the entire Killington community to benefit from the investments the town and Killington Resort have made in the mountain biking community. September is the perfect time to visit Killington for families and runners of all levels and abilities.
Athlete registration is open for the 2022 Running Festival at Killington Resort September 15-18e. Athletes can register for open and amateur class downhill, dual slalom and enduro here today: https://www.usopen.bike
A lot is needed to build this event, and fans can see behind the scenes through a “Shaping the US Open” Instagram series @usopenmtb.
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About Killington Resort:
Killington Resort is a four season destination located on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains of central Vermont. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington has 92 miles of varied winter sports terrain spread across six peaks, including Pico Mountain, served by the most extensive ski lift network and snowmaking system in the world. eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington offers an 18-hole championship golf course, the Snowshed Family Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain bike trails with an ongoing expansion with Gravity Logic, as well as 15 miles of trails for Trek. The seemingly endless afternoon, dining and accommodation options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and boarders for over 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more info and be social with #beast365
About Fox Racing:
For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the world leader in motocross and ATV gear and apparel. Fox equips the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original racing spirit. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices, retail stores, ambassadors and athletes around the world.
September 1, 2022 (KILLINGTON, Vermont) – Killington Resort