UTAH WILL HOST PAN-AMERICAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2024
Soldier Hollow will host the event as a lead-up to the 2024 Olympics
News Release, August 17, 2023
Photo by Jack Tennyson
Midway, Utah – Soldier Hollow Nordic Center will host the Pan-American Mountain Bike Championships May 8 – 12, 2024 —an international competition returning to the United States for the first time in over 20 years, featuring the best athletes in multiple disciplines vying for continental titles and crucial qualifying points for the Paris 2024 Olympic Summer Games.
Athletes from more than 40 countries in North and South America compete in the Pan-American Championships for coveted Pan-Am champion jerseys. Events include Short Track, Relay, Eliminator and Cross-Country in Junior, U23, Elite, and Masters age groups. The event will blend aspects of the annual Soldier Hollow Bike Festival with the Pan-Am Championship races, including USA Cycling-sanctioned amateur races for youth and adults to provide an opportunity for all levels of competitors to take part in the action.
The opportunity to host the Pan-American Mountain Bike Championships furthers Soldier Hollow’s goals to host world-class trail events in the Heber Valley year-round—from cross-country skiing to biathlon to mountain biking.
The venue has invested in local cycling growth including Team Soldier Hollow’s mountain bike development team, youth cycling camps, and public bike lessons and rentals. Soldier Hollow also hosts approximately 15 mountain bike competitions per year including Union Cycliste Internationale, National Interscholastic Cycling Association, regional and local events.
“As a Winter Olympic and Paralympic legacy venue, Soldier Hollow has applied its expertise in world-class Nordic skiing, biathlon and mountain biking to create year-round opportunities for our local community, to support national governing bodies such as U.S. Ski and Snowboard, U.S. Biathlon and now USA Cycling, and to welcome the international cycling community to the Heber Valley,” Soldier Hollow General Manager Luke Bodensteiner said.
Kyle Knott, USA Cycling Director of National Events, added: “USA Cycling is thrilled to partner with Soldier Hollow for the 2024 Pan-American Mountain Bike Championships. This is an exciting opportunity for the U.S. to host an international cycling event of this caliber. To host the Pan-American Championships on home soil is not only an honor, but also a chance for our USA Cycling athletes to gain critical qualifying points for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Soldier Hollow has been pivotal in their support of cycling in Utah and it is exciting to see their hard work launching them onto the international stage with this event.”
Soldier Hollow has welcomed dozens of world-class international events since the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – including the 2019 IBU Biathlon World Cup, 2022 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships, 2023 FIS Para Nordic World Cup, and is scheduled to host the 2024 IBU Biathlon World Cup.
The Pan-American Mountain Bike Championships is among the first international events planned for hosting at the renovated and expanded Soldier Hollow Training Center. The $13.5 million project – slated for completion in early summer 2024 – will add 11,445 square feet to the current facility to supplement an overhaul of 7,670 existing square feet to further Soldier Hollow’s reputation as a world-class trail sports host.
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About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF.org)
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. The Foundation supports national sport organizations and community recreational winter sport programs, as well as subsidizes the operation of three Olympic legacy venues – Utah Olympic Oval, Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center.
About USA Cycling (usacycling.org)
USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. USA Cycling’s mission is to grow participation and engagement with the sport of bicycle racing and achieve sustained international success across all cycling disciplines. USA Cycling supports cyclists of all levels and abilities, from those just beginning in the sport to international caliber athletes. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of youth and interscholastic programs, amateur and grassroots bike racing events, athlete development programs, and operational support for cycling clubs, racing teams, and event organizers. USA Cycling has a membership of 80,000, sanctions over 2,500 events annually, and is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).