FOX US OPEN OF MOUNTAIN BIKING STARTS THIS THURSDAY IN NEW ENGLAND
Free to attend and watch epic pro MTB competition in Killington, Vermont
September 13, 2022 (KILLINGTON, VT) – The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking has released its event schedule for racing this weekend at Killington Resort, September 15-18. Athletes will kick off the epic competition on Thursday, September 15, with the Bike Park remaining open to the public, while racers begin preparing for the Open Downhill event. Known as a true family-friendly mountain bike festival, this event is free to attend and watch. Visitors will enjoy the excitement of the competition among some of the biggest names in the sport and the incredible experiences Killington Resort has to offer.
Attendees will once again enjoy the Red Bull Best Whip, presented by YT Industries. Photo from the 2018 Event by Andrew Santoro.
The Downhill Track will start off the top of Ramshead and will include sections of the existing trail “Goat Skull” combined with new sections specially built for the 2022 US Open. Open Class racers will take seeding runs on Saturday, September 17 from 2:15 – 4:30 pm. Racers will compete in the finals on Sunday, September 18 at 12:15 pm for the cash purse prize of $15,000.
Those in the crowd at this event truly experience the fun party atmosphere. Photo of the 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking Men’s Downhill Podium by Zach Faulkner.
Next Gen Downhill
US Open NEXT GEN racing is designed for athletes under 15 years old. This program starts on a separate, youth-specific downhill track with categories beginning at 5 years old and advances all the way to the brand-new Cat 1 13-14 years-old classes on the main USO Downhill Track. Next Gen Novice categories will race Sunday morning on the “Rabbit Hole” trail at 10:30 a.m.
Get ready for some loose and rowdy racing with this traditional-style track located right in the main venue, alongside the Best Whip jumps. Anyone can enter the Open class and race for the cash. Designed for athletes competing on their normal trail bikes to slalom specialists, racers will qualify ahead of the Dual Slalom finals on Friday, September 16 at 4:30 pm.
The Enduro race will include 5 stages of racing, consisting of some classic Killington tracks when the race begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 17. A good balance of lift access and climbing transfers is sure to put racers to the test.
Fox US Open of Mountain Biking is once again partnering with Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports to bring the US Open Adaptive Downhill Race to Killington Resort. The 2022 US Open Adaptive Downhill Track will start off the top of Snowshed Peak on the “Rabbit Hole” trail on Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 am.
Red Bull Best Whip, Presented by YT Industries
This crowd favorite will be more spectator friendly than ever, taking place right in the main Ramshead venue on an all-new set of jumps built specifically for the USO. Come party with Red Bull & YT Industries while some of the most stylish athletes in the biz put on a show! Invited athletes will compete on Saturday, September 17 at 5:00 pm.
To view the full schedule, visit Fox US Open of Mountain Biking online: https://www.usopen.
Fox US Open of Mountain Biking is proud to bring back top pro riders to the Killington community and provide up-and-coming racers with a real racing opportunity. Spectators will have amazing views of top athletes competing for the largest prize purse yet of $80,000. This racing event is free and open to the entire Killington community to enjoy the investments both the town and Killington Resort have made for the mountain biking community. One way access up the Ramshead chairlift for spectators will be available for purchase. September is a great time to visit Killington for families and racers of all abilities and skill levels.
A special thanks to all the 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.
A lot goes into building this event, and fans can see behind the scenes through a “Shaping the US Open” series on the @usopenmtb Instagram.
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About Killington Resort:
Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365
About Fox Racing:
For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, ambassadors, and athletes around the world.