U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships to Take Place at Granby Ranch, July 16-19

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 20, 2009 7:15 am


For the first time, Colorado will be the home of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, from July 16-19. The event will take place at Granby Ranch, and thousands of racers are expected to vie for titles in cross country, downhill, single speed, super downhill, mountain cross and short track disciplines.

“We chose Granby Ranch for the National Championships because the terrain matches the difficulty of the world circuit,” said Kelli Lusk, USA Cycling mountain biking events and program director. “The trail system and base area are perfect for hosting a variety of events and accommodating both the pros and amateurs.”

Transforming the alpine skiing at SolVista Basin into a mountain bike mecca, the Granby Ranch Mountain Bike Park features ten trails: three black, four blue and three green, along with a pump track. “We’ve been working on the mountain bike trail system for three years,” said Charlie Mayfield, vice president of operations and marketing for Granby Ranch. “The terrain of the mountain and our lift system make for a great variety of biking. We have rough and rugged trails for those who really want a challenge. We have more gentle trails for families and bikers who want something more mellow. And we have the pump track for riders of all abilities to hone their skills.”

photo: SolVista