The Jeep King of the Mountain Series selected three western host sites in Utah, California, and Colorado to host its 2007 series. Started in 1993, the series features 16 of the world's top riders competing head-to-head for a share of the richest cash payout in the sport, topping US$100,000, and the keys to a new 2008 Jeep.
The winners are determined by cumulative points from each event staged again on an innovative Y-Cross race course, which combines the two popular forms of gravity racing into one unique discipline. Competitors begin the race on separate sides of the course (the prongs of the Y) before converging midway into a single course (the crux of the Y). In the bottom section, racers must navigate a series of banked turns, tabletops, step-down jumps and rollers before the track climaxes with an all-out sprint to the finish.
The daredevil courses have been described as the ultimate format for gravity racing, as the overall winners must have a diverse set of skills to win. Select athletes participating in the series will be asked for input in the design of the racecourses. The "athlete inspired" racecourse design concept proved successful last year with racers like Mike King and Brian Lopes helping create them. CBS sports will televise each round.
2007 Jeep KOM Schedule
August 4 - Canyons Resort (Park City, Utah)
August 18 - Madonna Inn (San Luis Obispo, California)
September 1 - Beaver Creek Resort (Beaver Creek, Colorado)
In addition to an elite field of pre-qualified national and international pro racers, each event will add two local racers as well as two wildcard participants based on UCI and NORBA standings. Information regarding local and wild-card entry will be available at www.jeepsports.com prior to each race.