Sol Survivor to be Held at Granby Ranch Labor Day Weekend

GRANBY, Colo. – August 27, 2009 – For the second time this summer, Granby Ranch will host a major mountain bike competition.  The Mountain States Cup #7, Sol Survivor, is happening September 4 – 7, 2009, at SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch. This latest race comes on the heels of July’s prestigious USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships and helps solidify Granby Ranch’s reputation as one of the nation’s premiere mountain biking hot spots in a 5000-acre residential community.

Thousands of professional and amateur riders and spectators are expected to turn out for the three-day Sol Survivor.  Competitions will be held in cross-country, short track, four-cross, downhill and Super-D.  At the request of several top tier riders, the Sol Survivor courses will emulate the World Cup standard and promises to offer exceptional challenges and awesome spectating.  The Base Area offers terrific food, amazing retail, volleyball, horseshoes and a vibrant marketing village.  Event information and details are available at http://www.racemsc.com/events/solsurvivor/

“Granby Ranch has created something truly special at the SolVista Bike Park,” said Matt Thompson, Sol Vista Bike Park Director.  “Few resorts have displayed such a deep commitment to mountain biking and this promises to be an amazing event.”

To prepare for the race, Thompson has created an outstanding end-of-lap parade ‘mini-loop.’ When riders re-enter the base area for the finish, they’ll be directed to the mini-loop, the entirety of which is visible to spectators at the base. According to the event materials, “This will allow for awesome, up-close spectating as closely grouped riders have a long-drawn out arena in which everyone can watch them try to rip each other’s legs off.”

But you needn’t be an intense competitor to enjoy Granby Ranch.  SolVista Bike Park boasts new trails, jumps, and terrain features for all abilities. Transforming the alpine skiing at SolVista Basin into a mountain bike mecca, the Granby Ranch Mountain Bike Park features ten trails:  three black, four blue and three green, along with a Pump Track.  All trails in the park that are not being used for the competition will remain open to the public.

Recently featured in the New York Times Great Homes and Destinations section, Granby Ranch offers guests an opportunity to explore Colorado’s natural beauty in every season, specializing in the outdoor activities for which Colorado is known: skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing, and hiking.  According to Ski Magazine, SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch is perfect for families interested in learning to ski together. “Moderate, short slopes all drop to the base area, and this compact scale makes it easy to keep track of little ones,” Ski Magazine, December 2007.

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