Olympic and world-class athletes from around the world hit the trail this weekend in Central Texas to make mountain biking history. Cyclists had a shot at winning the richest cross-country pro mountain bike series in the world, and the first series of its kind in North America, the USA Cycling U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Race Series.
With an $81,000 purse and valuable UCI World Cup points at stake, top mountain bikers converged on the Flat Creek Ranch just outside of Dripping Springs for the first race of the four- race series. “Racing against the best racers in the world will also help the Olympic hopefuls elevate their skills, fitness and strategy ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero,” said Scott Tedro, owner of the Sho-Air Cycling Group, which is organizing the series.
Three-time Olympian Katerina Nash of Luna Pro Team took the top title in the women’s event on Saturday, while Olympian Max Plaxton of Cannondale Factory Team won the men’s division. You can see all the winners here.
The new series was hosted as part of the Mellow Johnny’s Classic, sponsored by the bike shop in downtown Austin.
The next race will be on March 15-16 at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California. The third round is in Fontana, California, March 23-24 during the Fontana City National.
The series concludes with Round 4 on Colorado Springs on June 28.