Okay — here are a few more key mountain biking events in and around Utah for the Spring/Summer 2008 season. I assume you’ll be spectating at the NORBA event at Deer Valley on June 26-29, but after that it gets HOT in Utah. No worries — these rides will have you sucking wind, but at least you’ll be doing it on a high alpine trail with (hopefully) a mountain breeze to cool you.
Get your SPEED going on at the White Pine Downhill Race on July 5-6. It is a DH/Super-D event held at White Pine Resort in Palmdale, Wyoming and you can get more details by calling 801-375-3231.
For the more svelt riders out there who like the climb as much as the downhill ride, hit the XC mountain biking race held in Monticello, UT on July 12 called the Blue Mountain Bike Chase. Details at 435-587-2029. If you are located closer to Park City you could opt instead to hit the Park City Perfect 10 Endurance MTB Race on the same day (July 12). And when they say endurance, they mean it. Race is from 7am to 5pm and is a team event at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Solo, Duo, and 3-person teams are welcome. Call 435-659-118 for more info.
Don’t forget the Snowbird Mountain Bout on July 19, in its 21st year. WOW! Can you believe it has been that long since 1987?? I’ll bet they were rocking modified road bikes back then! I remember seeing some of the original mountain bike racers rocking rams horn handlebars. NUTS! Call Ed Chauner at 801-942-3498 for all the details, and to see if he’ll let you ride your Cervelo up there.
Another speed event (cuz we know you love ‘em): the Bald Mountain Challenge Downhill at Deer Valley Resort on July 19-20. It will feature DH and Super-D and more info is available about the event at go-ride.com.
Ready for another endurance event? I’m sure your legs are still burning from the 12 hours of the E100, but you can’t stop now! On July 26 is The Endurance 100/Mind Over Mountains event in Park City. 100 mile team relay and 50 mile solo (info: thee100.com). But get ready for indecision: That same day is the Taming the Tetons Intermountain Cup event (#11) up in Jackson Hole (info: intermountaincup.com). Pick your poison.
That wraps up July for us, but stay tuned….. There are several good DH events in August/September and we’ll be bringing those to you as well. And we all set our sights on the perennial favorite wrapup to the season, 24 Hours of Moab, in October. More details on those events to come…