The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking announced today that they will host the CLIF Slopestyle at the legendary Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, NH on July 17th-21st.
As the only FMBA gold level event in the US this year, organizers are looking to reignite slopestyle in America and the timing gives international athletes a string of North American events to accumulate points leading into Crankworx Joyride.
Steeped in MTB history, Highland Mountain Bike Park has played a huge role in the development of the sport. Legends like Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink and Aaron Chase made their mark there and today top riders like Rogatkin, Rheeder, McCaul and others regularly travel to New Hampshire to train and ride.
“I’m beyond hyped to have an FMBA Slopestyle at Highland! It’s the place I started riding mountain bikes, and I truly think it’s one of the sickest places to ride ever. Competing here is something all the riders are looking forward to. It’s gonna be rad.” – Nicholi Rogatkin
The CLIF Slopestyle will feature FMBA gold and bronze level competition and in the same way the Fox US Open race event gives up-and-coming athletes a shot at glory, the top Bronze athletes will advance onto the gold level qualifier the following day. In addition to the main slopestyle competition, Fox US Open organizers will hold a best whip comp on Friday night and a USO Next Gen youth downhill race on Sunday. Highland Mountain Bike Park will remain open for freeriding throughout the event week – so bring your bike.
It takes industry support to bring an event like this to life. CLIF Bar and Fox Racing have committed to seeing a US based slopestyle event. Additional support comes from Five Ten, GT Bicycles, Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Horizon Hobby and MOS Gear.
Event schedule and athlete registration details will be available at www.usopen.bike
Header Photo by © Peter Jamison