Granby – SolVista hosts Sol Survivor bicycle race this weekend
September 1, 2009
For the second time this summer, Granby Ranch will host a major mountain bike competition.
The Mountain States Cup #7, Sol Survivor, will happen Sept. 4-7 at SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch. This latest race comes on the heels of July’s USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.
Thousands of professional and amateur riders and spectators are expected to turn out for the three-day Sol Survivor. Competitions will take place in cross-country, short track, four-cross, downhill and Super-D. At the request of several top tier riders, the Sol Survivor courses will emulate the World Cup standard and promises to offer exceptional challenges and awesome spectating.
The Base Area offers food, retail outlets, volleyball, horseshoes and a marketing village. Event information and details are available at http://www.racemsc.com/events/solsurvivor/.
“Granby Ranch has created something truly special at the SolVista Bike Park,” said Matt Thompson, SolVista Bike Park director. “Few resorts have displayed such a deep commitment to mountain biking and this promises to be an amazing event.”
To prepare for the race, Thompson has created an end-of-lap parade “mini-loop.” When riders re-enter the base area for the finish, they’ll be directed to the mini-loop, the entirety of which is visible to spectators at the base. According to the event materials, “This will allow for awesome, up-close spectating as closely grouped riders have a long-drawn out arena in which everyone can watch them try to rip each other’s legs off.”
SolVista Bike Park boasts new trails, jumps, and terrain features for all abilities. Transforming the alpine skiing at SolVista Basin into a mountain bike mecca, the Granby Ranch Mountain Bike Park features 10 trails: three black, four blue and three green, along with a Pump Track. All trails in the park that are not being used for the competition will remain open to the public.