Mountain Biking's big-money, made-for-T.V. event, the $100,000-plus Jeep King of the Mountain series, is heading for its second stop July 23 at Grand Rapids, Michigan's Pando Ski Area. Brian Lopes and Jill Kintner, both Americans, won the first round in San Louis Obispo, Calif.
The three-year-old Jeep King of the Mountain series features the world's top male and female mountain bike racers competing head-to-head to capture the King of the Mountain title for their country, as well as a cash payout that tops $100,000 and the keys to a 2006 Jeep Commander. Racers compete on a Y-shaped course where racers begin on separate prongs of the Super-D-style Y then come together for the final section down to the finish.
Each event in the Jeep King of the Mountain Series events will be broadcast to a national television audience. Two one-hour specials will be nationally syndicated during the June, July and August time period. The finals will air on CBS Sports on October 9, 2005.
The season will conclude with the grand finale at Jack Frost Mountain in The Pocono Mountains, Pa., on August 14.