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FOX US OPEN OF MOUNTAIN BIKING ANNOUNCES 2021 RACE FESTIVAL
The action returns to Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, CA – September 23-26, 2021 Slated to host the top champions in Downhill Racing, plus Best Whip, Dual Slalom, Youth Racing and more.
February 3, 2021 – Irvine, CA – The Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking (US OPEN) has announced the 2021 race festival will be held at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, CA on September 23-26. The event moved to California in 2019 with significant fanfare, and despite postponing the 2020 event due to the global pandemic, the US OPEN team looks to reignite the infamous brand of open class racing and good times this Fall.
“We’re picking up where we left off in 2019, continuing with the momentum and gearing up to throw one hell of an MTB party,” said Clay Harper, Co-founder and Event Director of the US OPEN. “We’re intimately aware of the challenges that may still be present with physical events and will remain positioned to make any necessary adjustments for the safety of our fans and athletes. Overall, we’re just really excited to get back to racing and riding at Summit Bike Park!”
The iconic US OPEN Downhill race remains true to its heritage as an open class event that gives up-and-coming racers the chance to step-up and compete against the pros. The Summit Bike Park team will continue to dial in the downhill track that was built for the US OPEN in 2019 and the race will once again be the final stop of the US Downhill National Series. As always, Open / Pro classes will compete for cash prizes and the amateur classes will be chasing prizes and bragging rights.
Now in its fourth year, younger racers will have their shot in the Next Gen Youth Downhill event. USO Next Gen Racing offers age categories for intermediate and expert racers under 15 years old, providing kids with a real racing opportunity on a dedicated track.
“The Fox US Open was such a cool event in 2019. The downhill track at Summit Bike Park was amazing and having a chill weekend in California after such a big race season was perfect. I’m going back for more good times this year!” – Loic Bruni, 2019 Fox US Open Men’s Downhill Champion.
The 2021 US OPEN will again feature Dual Slalom and Enduro racing. Drawing upon the rich Dual Slalom racing history of the early NORBA Nationals in Big Bear Lake, event organizers reintroduced the category to the lineup in 2019 and the response was electric from fans and racers alike.
The 2019 Enduro drew the highest racer participation of the weekend and is an inviting race for all skill levels. Also, back by popular demand will be the Best Whip contest, taking place right in the center of the Summit Bike Park base area – setting the stage for the best show of the weekend.
“The US Open is easily one of the best events of the year! The organizers give the riders what they want; good courses, world-class competition, and one of the biggest prize purses in mountain biking. I have been to the USO several times, east coast and west, and no matter the venue, the vibe is always fun. Talent runs deep for a chance to win such big money in a single race run, so I’d better get back to practicing. See ya there!” – Jill Kintner, ?2019 Fox US Open Women’s Downhill and Dual Slalom Champion
Beyond the competition, the US OPEN has long attracted race fans, freeriders and families. The vibe is relaxed, and Summit Bike Park remains open for non-racers, too. Big Bear Lake is situated approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. As an outdoor adventure destination with plenty of lodging options, it’s a great place to gather the mountain bike community. And a bonus, this mountain town boasts over 300 days of sunshine annually. The US OPEN partnered with Visit Big Bear in 2019 and the agency continues to provide key support in 2021.
More event information and athlete registration details coming soon.
The Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking was established in 2003 with the single goal of creating excitement in the American mountain bike scene. Featuring an Open Pro/Am format, the Fox US Open offers the most challenging competition in the nation, setting the standard as a proving ground for up-and-coming and elite athletes alike. With the additions of enduro and dual slalom racing as well as a best whip contest, the US Open has grown into the best gravity-fed festival in America.