Angel Fire Resort’s revamped mountain bike park played host to the 2012 Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships last weekend. Mountain Bike Park Director Hogan Koesis said the event was a good opportunity for the mountain resort staff members to showcase their hard work and a good chance to to gain national exposure. More than 50 different colleges were represented in more than 16 different events. This is the second consecutive time the collegiate event has been held at Angel Fire and the resort is in an agreement with USA Cycling to hold the next two collegiate championship races.
A rider from Middle Tennessee State University, the Blue Raiders, disappears into the Angel Fire horizon on a practice run. The jump was one of three large “road gaps” featured on the 2012 downhill race course. Hogan Koesis, Angel Fire Bike Park director, said the course this year was “smooth” compared to Angel Fire’s signature trails to accommodate all riders and bike types but assure that “the fastest rider will still win.”
A mountain biker gets in one of the last practice runs before the Downhill (DH) Championships final race on Saturday afternoon. The DH race showcased newly formed trail features that were built for the collegiate race. The DH course selected for the 2012 race was a tamed version of the 2006 UCI World Cup track and did not feature any of the heavy rock gardens for which Angel Fire has become famous.