Downhill Mountain Bike Racing Returns to Beech Mountain Resort with reintroduction of Triple Crown Series!
Beech Mountain Resort has teamed up with local mountain bike aficionado and professional downhill racer Ryan Taylor to offer three gravity-fed mountain bike racing events in 2009. Together, the team will reintroduce the Beech Mountain Triple Crown Series to attract professional and amateur riders across the Southeast.
Three race dates are set for the 2009 Triple Crown: June 27-28; August 8-9; September 5-6, so mark your calendar now! Competitors will earn points at each event, culminating in series champions in September. Amateur and professional categories will be offered. All racers will compete on a single course descending the full elevation of Beech Mountain. Race entry fees will be $55 for all classes.
According to Taylor , during the 1990’s Beech Mountain was the premier downhill mountain bike racing venue in the Southeast. “Beech was always a classic downhill race venue because of its elevation, turbulent weather and rough terrain. I do not think I can remember a race where weather was not a factor, or where my palms were not sweating at registration.” Now, nearly a decade later, downhill racing returns!
Helmets are mandatory for all competitors. Recommended safety equipment for competitors includes, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt, leg armour, arm armour and solid running or bike specific shoes.