National mountain biking competition coming to Winter Park
Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park is getting more national exposure with the announcement that next summer it will host the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships.
The six-day event will be held July 23 through July 28 and includes races in a variety of disciplines, such as downhill, cross-country, short-track cross country, enduro, team relay and the spectator-friendly dual slalom.
“It means a lot, not only is it just, in terms of visitation and the number of people who are going to be here, but the national exposure that we’ll get from a lot of people who maybe have never been to Winter Park before who will get a chance to try us out is really exciting,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations and communications for the resort.
Each event has categories for juniors, amateurs and professionals, so riders ranging in age from six to 70 will have a chance to compete. USA Cycling estimates over 1,200 participants at the event next summer.
For the past two years the event was held in Snowshoe, West Virginia, but Hurlbert said the resort and the town of Winter Park had been working with USA Cycling to bring the event west.
“I think they realize the facilities that we have and, obviously, Trestle Bike Park have a well-earned reputation,” Hurlbert said. “They chose us for a reason and that’s because we do these events really, really well and they know that. We’ll just do our thing, just at a larger scale.”
The resort also plans to offer ancillary events for spectators and enthusiasts, though the details are still being worked out.
Hurlbert said though the event is larger than any they have put on in the past, the bike park is prepared to handle the scale of riders.
This past summer, Trestle added 1.5 miles of trails to its terrain and Hurlbert said the resort is planning to continue expanding offerings to diversify trails.
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