MTB National Championships in Granby this week |

MTB National Championships in Granby this week

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This week, SolVista Bike Park will host the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Granby.

Colorado has always been viewed as one of the premier states for mountain biking, said Joy Meadows, who works with the communications department for the race. And now, it will host one of the sport’s premier events.

“It’ll be the first time the national championships have taken place in Colorado,” Meadows added.

While practice begins on Thursday, the actual championships begin Friday, when racers will begin to compete in Super-D, Downhill, Dual Slalom, Singlespeed, Short Track and Cross Country. Within the six different disciplines, 121 riders will be named national champions in their respective catergories by week’s end.

Riders from the junior level all the way to the top pros will be riding in this week’s competition. In order to be eligible for the national championships, a rider must have qualified through designated races earlier in the season.

All of the country’s top pros will be competing, including Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, who won the Breckenrdige Firecracker 50 on July 4. Also, Jeremiah Bishop will be competing. Bishop just finished off an impressive win in the inaugural Breck Epic stage mountain bike race on Friday.

Even though it’s the first time the championships have been staged in this state, the decision to bring the competition to Granby wasn’t overly difficult.

“We chose Granby Ranch for the national championships because the terrain matches the difficulty of the world circuit,” said Kelli Lusk, USA Cycling mountain biking events and program director, via press release. “The trail system and base area are perfect for hosting a variety of events and accommodating both the pros and amateurs.”

And Granby will be more than ready for it.

“We’ve been working on the mountain bike trail system for three years,” said Charlie Mayfield, vice president of operations and marketing for Granby Ranch. “The terrain of the mountain and our lift system make for a great variety of biking. We have rough and rugged trails for those who really want a challenge. We have more gentle trails for families and bikers who want something more mellow. And we have the pump track for riders of all abilities to hone their skills.”

Bryce Evans can be reached at (97) 668-4634 or at

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