The riding and racing at Silver Mountain might not be what you expect. The image of large, bulky downhill bikes with riders covered head-to-toe in body armor may still come to mind. As bikes, trails and riders have progressed over the years, the Silver Mountain experience has as well. With the heavily ramped-up trail crew building many new trails over the last two seasons, the trail system now offers great riding for all abilities, from beginners to expert and is open seven days a week until September 7.

Along with recreational riding, Silver hosts one of the most affordable and approachable racing series in the area. Unlike many races, the courses are rideable on a wider range of bikes, not just downhill specific bikes. Many people race on the same trail bike they ride on their local singletrack trails (but you can still rent one of Silver’s new Konas from the rental fleet if you want to step up your game a bit). The series is structured so that riders race against people of similar experience and age, with the exception of pro racers who are in a whole separate category.

After the race, all riders have an equal chance of winning prizes from a huge pile of swag, including gear and other cool stuff from the likes of Smith Optics, Dakine, Kali Protectives, Wildcat Pizza, Vittoria Tires, Osprey Packs, The Bike Hub, and Lezyne.

Entry is only $35 a person per race. Register early to save money and make sure you don’t miss out. After the deadline, there is no late registration. If you are looking to add a little challenge, fun and friendly competition to your riding, definitely sign up for a race at Silver this summer. See you out there! More info: Silvermt.com.

Photo: Doug Ford. Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort

Photo: Doug Ford. Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Races

Silver Mountain Resort isn’t just home to North America’s longest gondola and some of the best lift-served downhill mountain bike trails (over 35), it’s also the place to experience downhill mountain bike racing in a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere.

July 19: Silver Race Series #3

August 9: Silver Race Series #4

August 21-23: NW Cup #6 (the biggest downhill mountain bike race series in the Northwest comes to Silver)

September 6: Silver Race Series #5

Oct 2-4: Silveroxx (three days of races, games and parties). //