ST. GEORGE – More than 850 high school mountain bike athletes are gathering in St. George for this Saturday’s state championship race for the Utah High School Cycling League.
Taking place in the Green Valley area of St. George, the event features a 4.36-mile-long course that will challenge the student athletes with slickrock technical sections, dry washes and 600 feet of elevation gain.
This is the second year that the organization has selected St. George as the venue for its championship race. When last year’s race ended, organizers say the athletes and their families gave overwhelmingly positive feedback about the course and the nearby amenities.
“The trail is phenomenal,” said Ron Jensen, head coach of the high school team from Washington County. “After the success of last year, we are excited to again host teams from all over the state to enjoy St. George’s warm weather and unique terrain.”
The Washington County mountain biking team, called the Flying Monkeys, consists of 75 athletes from five high schools: Desert Hills, Dixie, Hurricane, Pine View and Snow Canyon. Jensen said he anticipates that nearly every member of the team will compete in Saturday’s race.
St. George now boasts more than 350 miles of single-track and double-track mountain biking trails. The trails — known for their high degree of technicality — have combined with the area’s celebrated landscape and legendary hospitality to make St. George a mountain biking hot spot.
“Our mountain biking trails are popular because they offer variety and year-round convenience,” said Kevin Lewis, director of sports marketing for the St. George Area Tourism Office. “Riders enjoy the thrill of soaring to the top of red rock mesas and taking in the incredible scenery.”
- What: Utah High School Mountain Bike 2015 Championships
- When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Awards banquet at 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Green Valley mountain biking area, located at the end of Canyon View Drive in St. George
- Admission: Public is invited to attend
- Details: www.utahmtb.org