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Fox Us Open of Mountain Biking – 20th Anniversary
September 21 - September 24
December 22, 2022 (KILLINGTON, VT) – The Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking has announced the 2023 race festival will take place September 21st – 24th at Killington Resort, following the event’s electrifying return to the East Coast in 2022. Professional and amateur athletes from around the world are anticipated to compete in the Open Class Downhill for one of the largest cash purses in racing, and as always, the Fox US OPEN also offers amateur racing classes in Downhill, Enduro and Dual Slalom.
“We’re looking forward to hosting the 20th anniversary of the US OPEN at Killington in 2023. The venue proved once again to be a great home for the USO and we are excited to continue to build on the momentum generated this year” stated Clay Harper, Co-founder and Event Director of the Fox US OPEN. “Maintaining our goal to cultivate a strong youth DH racing experience and keep it fun for pro athletes is at the core of everything we do.”
“2022 was my first time attending the US OPEN and it was a super cool event! I really liked Killington and it was fun being there with the Syndicate crew and everyone from Fox. It was just a good atmosphere and of course to get the win – for me was a great way to finish off the season. Happy to hear it is coming back in 2023 and I’m looking forward to defending my win!” – Nina Hoffmann, Santa Cruz Syndicate
The Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking has long created opportunities for young athletes and accolades to strive toward, with a history of racers like Richie Rude and Neko Mulally, who competed as kids in the Downhill back in the mid 2000’s. In 2022, the Fox US OPEN collaborated with USA Cycling to introduce new Cat 1 age categories for athletes under 15 years old. The biggest moves, however, came from young athletes Asa Vermette (15) and Aletha Ostgaard (14) – both earning top five finishes in the Open Class Downhill.
“The atmosphere at US OPEN is great! The dual slalom and the best whip were sick! The DH track was insane, from chunky with roots to manicured jumps – every lap I did was so fun! Getting on the podium was crazy with all the fast guys there. I was stoked to get 3rd and I am hyped to go back for 2023!” – Asa Vermette
The US OPEN Downhill race will remain true to its heritage as an open class event that gives up-and-coming racers the chance to compete against the pros and will again be included in the US Downhill National Series. Racers age 14 & under will also have their shot in the Next Gen Youth Downhill event, which offers categories for intermediate and expert racers.
Back by popular demand will be the USO Best Whip, taking place on a massive set of jumps carved into the base area of the bike park for a premier viewing experience. This invitational competition is a crowd favorite and must see.
Beyond the competition, the Fox US OPEN attracts race fans, freeriders and families with Killington Bike Park remaining open to the public throughout the entire event week. Warm days and cool nights make September a great time to visit Vermont and ride your bike.
More event information and athlete registration details coming soon.
About Killington Resort:
Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365
About Fox Racing:
For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, ambassadors and athletes around the world.