Plattekill Mountain to host major gravity event Sunday

Roxbury — Plattekill Mountain will host one of the largest mountain bike downhill race events it has ever held this Sunday, May 23 beginning at 11 a.m. Hundreds of racers are expected to compete, including several of the nation’s and the world’s top riders.
The event is a combination of several stops on national race series circuits as well as a qualifying event for the U.S. Junior World Team. The race is also a UCI points event which will qualify racers for certain points that will be needed to attend the World Cup Mountain Bike Race scheduled to take place at Windham Mountain in August.
Plattekill Bike Park has been hosting downhill mountain bike races for well over a decade and is the longest continuously operating lift-served mountain biking center in the country. Plattekill will be open this coming Thursday through Monday for practice training, racing and recreational riding as well as chairlift rides for spectators interested in viewing all the mountain bike action.
Plattekill will be giving away $1,575 in cash prizes to pro race winners. Their title sponsor, KHS Bicycles, will be giving away four 2010 mountain bikes with a combined estimated value of $15,000 to the fastest racer in each men’s category and to the fastest amateur woman. Races are open to all ages and all abilities including beginner, junior and senior categories.
Plattekill is located just off Route 30 in Roxbury. Info: 607 326-3500.