The opening round of the USA Cycling National Downhill Series began at Windrock Park this week. It started Wednesday with the Tennessee National event. There are downhill and enduro races scheduled for this weekend.
“Some of the best riders in the world will tackle one of the toughest courses in the United States in the first competition of the year for the series,” a press release said. “Huge jumps and high speed descents are expected as pros ‘ride the rock” this week.”
The press release said a Red Bull Freestyle Jam on Friday was expected to be a highlight for riders and spectators, including a big air competition with prizes for best trick and best whip.
Keynote competitive events this week include a pro downhill final at noon Saturday and a pro enduro race on Sunday.
Amateur and youth riders are having events throughout the week.
Spectators are welcome for the week’s events, and the Finish Area and Expo Area are free to the public, the press release said. Mountain access passes are $10 per day during the week, $15 on Saturday, or $30 for the full week.
“The Tennessee National Mountain Bike event is yet another way that Oak Ridge and East Tennessee continue to grow as a destination for mountain biking enthusiasts,” said Brad Spears, president of the Clinch Valley Trail Alliance. “Some of the best downhill mountain bikers in the country will be here competing in the event, and I encourage everyone to go check it out. Our region is already known as having some of the best mountain biking trails on the east coast, and having the ability to host national level events allows us to show them off.”