Highland and Clif Bring Gold Level Slopestyle Back to the USA

Jul 17, 2019
by Highland Mountain Bike Park  
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PRESS RELEASE: Highland Mountain Bike Park

Hopeful athletes and droves of excited spectators will descend on Highland Mountain Bike Park this weekend as competitive slopestyle returns to America with the Clif Slopestyle presented by Fox US Open, July 17-21.

As the only FMBA Gold event in the nation we aim to reignite competitive slopestyle in the U.S, bringing not only opportunity for pro-level athletes as the final chance to earn points leading into Crankworx Joyride, but also opening the doors for the next generation of freeriders to both learn and compete on a world stage.

bigquotesIt really stems from a passion.Mark Hayes, Owner, Highland Mountain Bike Park

From the day Highland opened in 2006 the focus was to create the ideal facility for riders to progress and build their skills. In 2008, we built one of the first slopestyle courses in the United States and the Claymore Challenge was born. For the next five years, athletes like Cam McCaul and Brandon Semenuk battled it out for the honor to hold the Claymore sword high (and get dunked in the pond).

Beyond competitive slopestyle, Highland continues to focus on athlete development, hosting FMBA Spring Training and bringing in pro riders to coach the next generation of athletes during summer camps. But we all knew when the time was right, slopestyle competition would return!

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bigquotesAnyone can come out here, give it their best shot.David Lieb, athlete

With few opportunities to compete in the U.S, it’s been challenging for up-and-coming American athletes to break through. After rider David Lieb first made his mark at the Colorado Freeride Festival in 2017 and took off onto the FMB world stage a year later, he found there were no more freeride slopestyle competitions in the United States.

This weekend, CLIF Slopestyle presented by Fox US Open will focus that attention back home, representing a fresh effort to bring freeride back to American soil.

Bronze-level competition takes place on Thursday, with Gold-level finals finishing up Saturday night.

A Next Gen downhill race will be held on Sunday for intermediate and expert racers under the age of fifteen. The event is free to watch, and the park will remain open for riding throughout the weekend.

If you've been waiting for your opportunity to witness the future of freeride, consider this your sign. And if you can't make it in person, make sure to follow @highland_mtn, @foxusopenmtb and all the athletes for behind the scenes event coverage.

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25 Comments

  • 32 0
 Hell yah. Good on ya Highland for supporting free ride and bringing slope back to North America!
  • 15 0
 I've personally seen the MTB scene in NH grow by leaps and bounds over the past 10-15 years. Highland has been so influential in that growth to me personally, our enduro team, and the community. Stoked for them and can't wait for the action this week!
  • 10 0
 Sweet! Will this be streamed?

Also is Max Fredrikson from the DEU? or the SWE?
  • 4 0
 Highland is the last true place to establish roots that hasn't become a tourist destination, it is where the sport is truly at home.
  • 3 0
 nice to see higher exposure for slopestyle events in the US
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of the old days. I’m stoked to watch what runs these savages are gonna pull!
  • 2 0
 Stoked for Kaden in the Make your own way vid and for Highlands this weekend!
  • 2 0
 so dean friedrich just became swedish and this fredrikson guy just turned german Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I wonder if it'll have a bigger boner? Big White got all up there, loose!
  • 1 1
 oh it has the biggest boner.
  • 2 0
 Pete Z, you finally made it into a Pink bike Vid. You're famous!!
  • 2 0
 Go Kaidan !
  • 1 0
 Can we get a time for finals on Saturday?
  • 3 0
 3:00 for Gold Finals. I believe the schedule is up on Highlands website
  • 2 0
 @Azonic2002: It sure is. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Still pissed about Colorado freeride fest going under
  • 1 0
 Pumped and stoked
  • 1 0
 Whooo!
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