With less than two days to go until the 2010 US Open of Mountain Biking, event organizers are welcoming some of the world's top gravity racers to the Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, New Jersey. The stage is set for over 500 professional and amateur athletes to participate over the US Memorial Day holiday weekend in the eighth annual event .
With a total purse exceeding US$55,000 in cash and prizes, racers including Andrew Neethling and Tracy Moseley, fresh off their wins at the US Pro GRT #2 in Plattekill, New York, this past weekend, will make the trek from New York to the US Open in New Jersey.
Other expected top competitors include Sam Hill, Brendan Fairclough, Kyle Strait, Justin Leov, Jill Kintner, Bryn Atkinson, Mick Hannah, Marc Beaumont, Gee Atherton, Steve Smith and Brian Lopes.
The action begins on May 25, with practice open all day for both the amateur and open classes in the downhill and giant slalom events. Following more practice and qualifying over the coming days, the giant slalom finals will be run Saturday, May 29, and the downhill finals will happen Sunday, May 30.
The race is free to specators, who are encouraged to hike the course and watch the high-speed action live in person as racers conquer challenging course sections including the famed US Open rock garden and the massive 40-foot finishline jump. Diablo Freeride Park will be open throughout the event with most of the trail network remaining open for freeriding.
In 2009, Brendan Fairclough won the the slalom while Sam Hill defeated Gee Atherton in the downhill. Jill Kintner and Miranda Miller won the slalom and downhill women's events, respectively.