Date change for Triple DHip race clusters bike events in Granby
May 13, 2011
The Triple DHip Downhill stage race scheduled for Granby’s SolVista Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend has changed dates.
With this change, Granby may see an influx of about 5,000-plus bike racers and spectators during a single weekend of mid-June.
The Triple DHip bike race is now scheduled for June 16-19, book-ended by two other bicycle races, the Ride the Rockies stop in Granby on June 16 and the Bicycle Tour of Colorado on June 20.
“It will be a massive injection of cycling excitement to the town, and hopefully we can keep that going,” said SolVista Bike Park Director Matt Thompson.
The date change was due to lingering snowpack and a recent storm that has delayed work at the bike park in preparation for the event.
“We haven’t been able to get any trail-construction equipment on the hill to build the tracks yet,” Thompson said. Riders of the Triple DHip are intended to race in stages on three separate tracks at the mountain. The Town of Granby donated a $25,000 purse to the event to help boost participation of world-class racers.
When a pro gravity race scheduled for that June weekend in Lake Tahoe rescheduled for August, the June weekend became available, Thompson said – one that will better correspond with Mother Nature and ensure a “really quality event.”
From emails and online chatter among the bike-racing community, Thompson is optimistic that the new date may bring more racers from as far as the east and west coasts. “I’m thinking it’s a big blessing in disguise,” he said. “There should be a similar, if not better, economic impact on the town.”
But because the town’s donated $25,000 purse will no longer draw racers to the community during Memorial Day Weekend, the purse could be in jeopardy, said Granby Town Manager Wally Baird. Town of Granby Trustees are scheduled to review the release of the purse at the May 24 town board meeting.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19603.