On January 4, 2023

Fox U.S. Open of Mountain Biking to return to Killington in 2023

The Fox U.S. Open of Mountain Biking race festival is returning to Killington Resort again this year. The 2023 race will take place Sept. 21-24, following the event’s successful return to the east coast in 2022.

Professional and amateur athletes from around the world are anticipated to compete in the open class downhill for one of the largest cash purses in racing, and as always, the open also offers amateur racing classes in downhill, enduro and dual slalom

“We’re looking forward to hosting the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Open at Killington in 2023. The venue proved once again to be a great home for the USO and we are excited to continue to build on the momentum generated this year” stated Clay Harper, the co-founder and event director. “Maintaining our goal to cultivate a strong youth DH racing experience and keep it fun for pro athletes is at the core of everything we do.”

The Fox U.S. Open of Mountain Biking has long created opportunities for young athletes and accolades to strive toward, with a history of racers like Richie Rude and Neko Mulally, who competed as kids in the Downhill back in the mid 2000s.In 2022, the Fox U.S. Open collaborated with USA Cycling to introduce new Cat 1 age categories for athletes under 15 years old. The biggest moves, however, came from young athletes Asa Vermette, 15, and Aletha Ostgaard, 14, both earning top five finishes in the open class downhill.

“The atmosphere in the U.S. Open is great. The dual slalom and the best whip were sick,” said,”Vermette. “The DH track was insane, from chunky with roots to manicured jumps – every lap I did was so fun!  Getting on the podium was crazy with all the fast guys there. I was stoked to get third and I am hyped to go back for 2023.”

The U.S. Open downhill race will remain true to its heritage as an open class event that gives up-and-coming racers the chance to compete against the pros and will again be included in the U.S. Downhill National Series. Racers age 14 and under will also have their shot in the Next Gen Youth Downhill event, which offers categories for intermediate and expert racers.

Back by popular demand will be the USO best whip, taking place on a massive set of jumps carved into the base area of the bike park for a premier viewing experience. This invitational competition is a crowd favorite and must see.

Beyond the competition, the Fox U.S. Open attracts race fans, freeriders and families with Killington Bike Park remaining open to the public throughout the entire event week. Warm days and cool nights make September a great time to visit Vermont and ride your bike.

More event information and athlete registration details coming soon.

 

 

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