Registration for the 6th Annual US Open of Mountain Biking at Diablo Freeride Park opens March 7th at 9 a.m. Preliminary details are available below.
According to organizers, the U.S. Open field is predominately pre-registered and all interested participants are urged to register in advance to secure their qualifying position. The 2008 Open is scheduled for May 23 – 25.
In 2007, nearly 450 downhill-specific racers from seven different countries and 37 different states, convened at Diablo Freeride Park, located only 47 miles from downtown New York City, to compete for America’s most prestigious gravity title.
In 2008, top finishers in the men’s and women’s categories receive a US$5,000 cash payout for the win. In addition, the U.S. Open provides up-and-coming racers with the rare opportunity to mix with and compete against some of the top gravity athletes in the world.
“We feel very strongly about the U.S. Open format and allowing aspiring downhill racers this unique opportunity to compete at the highest level without redundant licensing and class restrictions” said Shawn Orecchio, Diablo General Manager. “At the Open, there’s no hiding behind excess classes… Simply put, the fastest racer wins.”
For the first time in U.S. Open history, the 2008 event will feature a Dual Slalom discipline. With the assistance of the Diablo Gravity Team, Diablo course designers will construct a unique Dual Slalom, mixing traditional slalom traits with a blend of elements and features.
“We are very excited to be offering a Dual Slalom discipline to the U.S. Open”, said Orecchio. “Popularity and demand for Dual has increased in recent years and it is our goal to provide a course that will truly rejuvenate the discipline in our area.”
2008 U.S. Open general information
May 23-25, 2008
Diablo Freeride Park / Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon NJ 07462
Athlete Registration: www.diablofreeridepark.com
Nearest Airport: Newark International, Newark NJ
Disciplines: Downhill and Dual Slalom
Format: Open Pro/Am Format
Pro Purse: $25,000+
Amateur Prizes: $25,000 in product
For more information, visit www.diablofreeridepark.com/usopen.html.