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Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park Hosts USA Cycling Sanctioned Southern Super D Series Race April 26

Kristian Jackson rides the PG&J trail at Rocky Knob last summer. Photo by Timothy James
Kristian Jackson rides the PG&J trail at Rocky Knob last summer. Photo by Timothy James

By Jesse Wood

April 18, 2014. Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park opens the 2014 Southern Super D Series, a six-race series taking place across North Carolina in the coming months, on Saturday, April 26. 

While other community events, International Mountain Biking Association activities and collegiate races have been held at the park just outside of Boone, this is the first race sanctioned by USA Cycling to be held at Rocky Knob and the first race to really be opened up for the public to view. 

The course is 1.5 miles, and racers will leave in one-minute increments. The best of two runs will be the format, but if weather is to the point that multiple runs would erode the track, then a single run will seal the deal.

“The Super D is a mountain bike race that is designed for cross-country riders, but it is primarily a downhill race, so point-to-point on a trail, where your starting point is higher than the ending point,” said Kristian Jackson, local rider and spokesman for Rocky Knob. “But yet it’s not truly a downhill race [because you are using mountain bikes].”

To register for the Souther Super D Series, click here. Eight different categories exist for men and women aged from 10 to 40 plus. See image of category listings below or click the prior link. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the racing begins at noon.

The Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park is a 185-acre park with six to eight miles of trails. It is located on U.S. 421 – just east of Boone city limits and 7/10 of a mile past Bamboo Road heading towards Wilkesboro. For more information about Rocky Knob, click here

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