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The US Open of Mountain Biking Announces 2023 Event Details

Dec 23, 2022
by USOpenMTB  
Dakotah Norton coming into the finish corral to win the 2022 Fox US OPEN downhill at Killington Resort
Dakotah Norton racing to the top step of the podium at the 2022 Fox US OPEN in Killington, VT // Photo: C. Vanderyajt

Press Release: US Open of Mountain Biking

The Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking 2023 race festival will take place September 21st – 24th at Killington Resort, following the event’s electrifying return to the East Coast in 2022. Professional and amateur athletes from around the world are anticipated to compete in the Open Class Downhill for one of the largest cash purses in racing, and as always, the Fox US OPEN also offers amateur racing classes in Downhill, Enduro and Dual Slalom.

bigquotesWe’re looking forward to hosting the 20th anniversary of the US OPEN at Killington in 2023. The venue proved once again to be a great home for the USO and we are excited to continue to build on the momentum generated this year. Maintaining our goal to cultivate a strong youth DH racing experience and keep it fun for pro athletes is at the core of everything we do.Clay Harper, Co-founder and Event Director of the Fox US OPEN

Nina Hoffmann on her way to winning the 2022 Fox US OPEN Downhill in Killington VT
Nina Hoffmann on her way to winning the 2022 Fox US OPEN at Killington Resort // Photo: C. Vanderyajt

“2022 was my first time attending the US OPEN and it was a super cool event! I really liked Killington and it was fun being there with the Syndicate crew and everyone from Fox. It was just a good atmosphere and of course to get the win - for me was a great way to finish off the season. Happy to hear it is coming back in 2023 and I’m looking forward to defending my win!” – Nina Hoffmann, Santa Cruz Syndicate

Our event has long created opportunities for young athletes and accolades to strive toward, with a history of racers like Richie Rude and Neko Mulally, who competed as kids in the Downhill back in the mid 2000’s. In 2022, the Fox US OPEN collaborated with USA Cycling to introduce new Cat 1 age categories for athletes under 15 years old. The biggest moves, however, came from young athletes Asa Vermette (15) and Aletha Ostgaard (14) – both earning top five finishes in the Open Class Downhill.

2022 Fox US OPEN women s open class downhill podium. Left-to-right Kailey Skelton Jill Kintner Nina Hoffmann Aletha Ostgaard Mazie Hayden
Women’s Podium (left-to-right) Kailey Skelton, Jill Kintner, Nina Hoffmann, Aletha Ostgaard, Mazie Hayden // P: J. Rice

2022 Fox US OPEN men s open class downhill podium. Left-to-right Neko Mulally Luca Shaw Dakotah Norton Asa Vermette Dylan Maples
Left-to-right; Neko Mulally, Luca Shaw, Dakotah Norton, Asa Vermette, Dylan Maples // J. Rice

“The atmosphere at US OPEN is great! The dual slalom and the best whip were sick! The DH track was insane, from chunky with roots to manicured jumps - every lap I did was so fun! Getting on the podium was crazy with all the fast guys there. I was stoked to get 3rd and I am hyped to go back for 2023!” – Asa Vermette

The US OPEN Downhill race will remain true to its heritage as an open class event that gives up-and-coming racers the chance to compete against the pros and will again be included in the US Downhill National Series. Racers age 14 & under will also have their shot in the Next Gen Youth Downhill event, which offers categories for intermediate and expert racers.

Back by popular demand will be the USO Best Whip, taking place on a massive set of jumps carved into the base area of the bike park for a premier viewing experience. This invitational competition is a crowd favorite and must see.

Jackson Goldstone at the Fox US OPEN Best Whip in Killington VT 2022
Jackson Goldstone competing in the Red Bull Best Whip during the 2022 US OPEN at Killington Resort // P: J. Astleford

Beyond the competition, the festival attracts race fans, freeriders and families with Killington Bike Park remaining open to the public throughout the entire event week. Warm days and cool nights make September a great time to visit Vermont and ride your bike.

US OPEN Downhill fans know what to do
Good times at the 2022 Fox US OPEN // P: C. Vanderyajt

More event information and athlete registration details coming soon.

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About Killington Resort:
Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365

About Fox Racing:
For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, ambassadors and athletes around the world.

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  • 30 2
 My first U.S. Open was in 2004, 19 years ago (?!!) at what was then known as "Diablo Freeride Park". It was my 2nd year on a mountain bike and my first DH race.

As a guy new to the sport, I was super nervous and looking to find knowledge anywhere I could to improve my race craft and skills. It was pissing rain that weekend and during Open Practice I remember waiting in the lift line behind none other than Marla Streb from team Luna Chix. She was on a brand new (at the time) monocoque v10 and a prototype FOX 40. I got into a gondola with her, introduced myself, and started asking all kinds of questions. She was super down to earth and took the time to help me out. The one piece of advice that she gave me which I still remember to this day was: "While cornering, a rolling tire has more traction than a braking one..." We got off the lift and I asked if I could follow her - she said "Yeah!" but after the first 10 meters, she did a Nose-Press off the first drop and then left me in a different zip code... Hahahaha

The 3 main things to take away from this are:
1. You get to race alongside the top pros in the world, interact with them and if you're smart - LEARN from them.
2. Development - you never know who is going to show up with some cool new prototype gear. Chances are the people who designed it are also at the race - if you're smart - you can learn from them too.
3. After-Parties. = ) -haha-

I broke a toe and sprained my ankle during practice in the mud and stacked it 3 times during my race run, but I got to watch Sam Hill, Marla Streb, and others rip the course. Memories from that race with stay with me for the rest of my life.

Clay Harper is the Fu@king Man for helping to organize this race and make it happen. Shout out to Clay - and if you ever run into him - give him a hug and buy him a beer. He likes that.

= )
  • 4 0
 I raced that one and did very poor lol. I ate $hit right before the lower berm section and was actually feeling pretty good up to that point. Then I saw Sam hit the same berms and realized that I was NOT fast. lol
  • 1 0
 I think that lower berm section because part of Utah maybe?
  • 1 0
 @Lousicle: If you are referring to the old lower berm section toward the bottom in the trees next to the open grassy ski slope - that was originally built just for the Open. If I'm not mistaken Utah merged with another trail - it was never a top to bottom run. Currently, the Indy Cross course now resides where parts of the old US Open berm section used to be.

Yeah - watching world cup Elites race for the first time was an eye-opener. Sammy was just on another level back then.
  • 28 0
 More money there for the winners than for the 2023 UCI World Championship.
  • 21 9
 Saw the headline, skimmed the article, and absolutely shocked and dismayed that the US Open of MTB is NOT being held in Bentonville, Arkansas “MTB Capital of the Universe”. We need the Walton brothers to fix this injustice post haste!
  • 7 2
 dude this is a DH event can't beat killington
  • 6 3
 @JobsonR6GiD2: Bentonville is the MTB Capitol of the Galaxy though, there’s DH trails :laughing:
  • 10 0
 More races like this. Less UCI events
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  • 5 0
 The 2022 event was epic at Killington, won’t be missing this years thats for sure.
  • 2 0
 I hope they have some actual coverage to view, if not live at least something other than a couple of privateers POV’s. Dak is a mind blowing rider, hitting lines others don’t see at crazy fast speeds. And 15 yo Asa is the future of USA DH, consistently in the top 5 Pro times in any DH race he entered last year. He definitely deserves more coverage than what he gets, and no, I’m not related, just a fan!
  • 5 0
 Putting this one on our calendar. People raved about this event in 2022.
  • 2 0
 Can confirm. Last year was awesome.
  • 5 0
 Should be a good start list. The weekend before snowshoe WC and MSA
  • 4 0
 Let's gooooooo!!!! More racing for north eastern Americans to spectate!
  • 3 0
 Remember when the whip off was actually an open as well?
  • 3 0
 Hope they still have DS
  • 1 0
 Will the whip off be open?
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