Mountain bike racing returns to Breckenridge, CO this weekend with the Fall Classic, the ninth and final race of the 2010 Mountain States Cup (MSC) Championship Series.
The Fall Classic (MSC #9) was born in 1984 when some hardcore Summit County residents held a loosely-organized mountain bike race in Breckenridge. They inadvertently started one of the longest-running and most prestigious mountain biking races in the U.S.
Jamie Garner Brede is competing in the Fall Classic this weekend. She said, “I think the reason it’s so cool it’s a multi-stage mountain bike race in Breckenridge, CO, and for a lot of people here in Summit County we’re just starting to get the most fit, we’ve been racing all summer, and it’s great to have it right here in town.” Brede won the pro-elite category in the 2010 Summit Mountain Challenge (SMC) series, and she is an accomplished XTERRA racer.
The Fall Classic, originally a small local event, morphed into the first ever mountain bike stage race in Colorado. Now numerous mountain bike pros and legends compete in the Fall Classic. Many of them reside right here in Summit County. Scott Yule, who rode in the original Classic in 1984, won the expert men 50+ category in this season’s SMC series.
The Fall Classic includes the following disciplines: circuit race, hill climb, XC, and a stage race. The race is divided into the following three stages:
- Stage 1 – a circuit race (2.2 mile loop) at the Breckenridge Nordic Center located on Ski Hill Road (Sat. 9/11)
- Stage 2 – a hill climb (3.6 mile/1,010′ vertical) individual time trial from Carter Park up to Sallie Barber Mine (Sat. 9/11)
- Stage 3 – a big (32 miles/5,433′ vertical) and small (16 miles/2,819′ vertical) XC (Sun. 9/12)
Circuit Race course map and elevation profile
Big XC course map and elevation profile
Small XC course map and elevation profile
Hill climb course map and elevation profile
The awards ceremony along with beer drinking and a BBQ will wrap-up the race on Sunday afternoon at Carter Park in Breckenridge.
The Mountain States Cup is a regional championship series. All races are USA Cycling events and qualifiers for USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. The MSC series consists of 36 races over nine weekends in Colorado mountain locales including Keystone, Snowmass, Fruita, Breckenridge, Telluride, Angel Fire and Crested Butte making it one of the country’s largest mountain-biking series. MSC series races feature pro-mountain bikers, aspiring pros, novices and juniors in team and solo divisions.