Beech Mountain Needs Volunteers to Prepare Racetrack for Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships

Published Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

May 18, 2012. Beech Mountain Resort needs your help! The 2012 Monster Energy Downhill and Dual Slalom Race Series and USA Cycling’s MTB Gravity National Championships are quickly approaching, and Beech Mountain Resort is looking for volunteers to help prepare the racetracks.

Sunday May 20th, 2012 will be the first scheduled volunteer trail workday.

Volunteers will get an inside peek at the racecourses and see new developments from the past year. Beech Mountain Resort would like to show our thanks to those that help by providing post work food and drink.

For more information, call Talia Freeman at (828) 387-2011, ext 204, or at tfreeman@skibeech.com.

About the Championship and the Track

Beech Mountain Resort has been named host for the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships, July 18-22. The popular North Carolina High Country resort has also been awarded the 2012 championship, and is the first resort in the South to host the event.

“Beech Mountain Resort realizes the increased popularity in cycling, and the demand for a facility with lift access,” says Ryan Costin, general manager of Beech Mountain Resort, “We are pleased to host Gravity Nationals, while also producing a facility for all Mountain Bike Enthusiast.”

 The championships will bring mountain bikers from around the country to the area.

“This will be the first time that the National Championships have ever been held in the South, and it’s a big step forward in the progression of downhill racing here,” said Michael Thomas, Boone resident and 2008 and 2009 collegiate downhill champion. “We have great mountains to ride in, but actual downhill specific trails to ride on have been very limited until now.”

Brevard native Christopher Herndon, 2007 Dual Slalom National Champion and a Southeast leader in course design, will oversee construction.

“We feel confident that Christopher Herndon will design a unique facility ensuring that Beech Mountain Resort will produce an innovative product,” says Costin.

Beech Mountain Resort will offer a world-class venue for competitors in a spectator-friendly atmosphere, filled with plenty of family-friendly activities. The resort is excited to share this event with the Western North Carolina community and will soon provide local cyclists with a mountain bike destination in their backyard.

“There is a lot of untapped terrain on Beech Mountain, ultimately providing a unique facility for Gravity Nationals,” Shaw Brown, Boone Bike and Touring. “We are thrilled Beech is producing a legitimate Mountain Bike facility in the southeast.”

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