Fox US Open of Mountain Biking ends back in Killington and celebrates winners

Dakotah Norton and Nina Hoffmann celebrate Fox US Open’s biggest payout yet with their Open Class Downhill victories, each taking home the $15,000 cash prize. Photo: Jack Rice

Vermont Business Magazine Sunday marked the end of the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking 2022 event at Killington Resort. Returning to Killington for the first time since 2018, nearly 600 athletes joined the family mountain bike festival September 15-18. Sunday ended with the Open Class Downhill race where Dakotah Norton (USA) and Nina Hoffmann (DEU) took the top step of the podium, each taking home the $15,000 cash prize. The fan-favorite Red Bull Best Whip, presented by YT Industries, took place on a perfect late-summer evening in Vermont as the massive crowd watched Eddie Reynolds and Brooke Anderson take first place in the men’s categories and women among the invited athletes. With Fox US Open’s biggest ever cash prize of $80,000 on the line, the athletes came out to win and put on an epic show for Killington’s 7,000 spectators during the event.

Open descent

Dakotah Norton and Nina Hoffmann took home the top prize of $15,000 competing in the open class men’s and women’s downhill, respectively. The Open Class Downhill continues to provide a unique opportunity for up-and-coming athletes to test their skills against some of the fastest professional racers in the world. The top prize in the women’s open class was won in force by inaugural Fox US Open champion and German athlete Nina Hoffmann, defending champion and three-time USO winner Jill Kintner. The predicted heavy rain lasted until the final moments of the race, when Dakotah Norton abandoned the start gate of a mission, setting the fastest time of the day on the Goat Skull race course to win $15,000 and his first US Fox. Open Downhill title. History was also made by 14-year-old Aletha Ostgaard and 15-year-old Asa Vermette, who both took 3rd place and became the youngest athletes to step onto the US Open Downhill podium.

Men
1 – Dakotah Norton
2 – Luca Shaw
3 – Asa Vermette

Women
1 – Nina Hoffman
2 – Jill Kintner
3 – Aletha Ostgaard

New generation descent

The young athletes tested their skills in the Next Gen race on a separate, youth-specific track with categories ranging from 5-6 year olds to 13-14 year olds. The all-new Cat 1 categories for the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups offered young expert athletes a chance to race the goat skull course for an increased level of difficulty.

CAT 1 11-12 Boys
1 – Ryo Boisvert
2 – Eli Bundy
3 – Theo Bedard

CAT 1 13-14 Boys
1 – Silver Shaleen
2 – Cohen Bundy
3 – Kai Burleson

Dual Slalom

On Friday night, all eyes were on the Dual Slalom where athletes competed in bracket-style races on a short but thrilling course. Joey Foresta and Jill Kintner won the cash prize in the open classes.

Men
1 – Joey Foresta
2 – Eddie Reynolds
3 – Parker Nishkian

Women
1 – Jill Kintner
2 – Jordy Scott
3 – Mazie Hayden

Enduro

The Enduro race included 5 stages of classic Killington tracks on three different peaks. Athletes were tested for skill and endurance, with Killington’s Marco Osbourne and Ashley Stearns taking the top spots in the open classes.

Men
1 – Marco Osborne
2 – Nathan Sterckx
3 – Will Goody

Women
1 – Ashley Stearns
2 – Rachel Pageau
3 – Hannah Harrington

Adaptive descent

Fox US Open of Mountain Biking has once again partnered with Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports to bring the US Open Adaptive Downhill Race to Killington Resort. The adaptive race was held on the “Rabbit Hole” trail on Sunday and the Hand-Cycle class was won by Kevin Bramble aboard a custom bike he built himself.

Handcycling lessons:
1 – Kevin Bramble
2 – Greg Durso
3 – Ryan Saint-Laurent

2-wheel class:
1 – Denis Brady
2 – Spencer Wood
3 – Kenneth Butler

Red Bull Best Whip, presented by YT Industries

The party mood continued to build and the crowd turned up the volume for the Red Bull Best Whip contest, presented by YT industries, on Saturday night. Athletes took to the skies to wow the crowd on a set of custom jumps built by the Powder Horn Trail Company. The hill was packed with fans and the atmosphere was electric as Eddie Reynolds and Brooke Anderson claimed bragging rights and $1,000 each. Walker Cottingham and Matilda Melton won the U16 Best Whip categories and won component packs from Spank Industries.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and wildfires, the Fox US OPEN of Mountain Biking has proudly returned with heart and soul to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Riders and spectators from around the world came together for a weekend of good times and great racing. Special thanks to all Fox US Open of Mountain Biking Partners including Title Partner Fox Racing, Red Bull, YT Industries, adidas Five Ten, Fat Tire, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Shimano, Oakley, GT Bicycles , INTENSE, Specialized Bicycle Components, SRAM, SPANK Industries, COMMENCAL USA and Killington Resort.

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About Killington Resort:

Killington Resort is a four season destination located on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains of central Vermont. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington has 92 miles of diverse winter sports terrain spread across six peaks, including Pico Mountain, served by the most extensive ski lift network and snowmaking system in the world. eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington offers an 18-hole championship golf course, the Snowshed Family Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain bike trails with an ongoing expansion with Gravity Logic, as well as 15 miles of trails for Trek. The seemingly endless afternoon, dining and accommodation options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and athletes for over 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more info and be social with #beast365

About Fox Racing:

For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the world leader in motocross and ATV gear and apparel. Fox equips the world’s best athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original racing spirit. The company is based in Irvine, Calif., with offices, retail stores, ambassadors and athletes around the world.

KILLINGTON, Vermont–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 20, 2022

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