Destination Missoula Welcomes USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Missoula, Montana | October 20 - 22, 2017
Collegiate mountain bikers will flock to Missoula’s Marshall Mountain to ride for the right to rep the Stars-and-Stripes next to their school colors during the 2017 season. In addition to downhill, cross-country, short track and dual slalom races, the 2017 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals will feature the rowdy and fun co-ed team relay, a rider and fan favorite. Not biking in the race? You can still support the racers.
Whether you're a mountain biking enthusiast or just curious as to what this event is all about and would like to be involved, there are many ways for local Missoulians to participate in the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships.
This is the first time Missoula has hosted a mountain biking event of this magnitude, and you can show your support by simply showing up to cheer on the competitors! There are five different types of races ranging from 20 seconds to an hour and a half, so plenty of spectator-friendly options to choose from. This is our opportunity to share the bounty of our landscape with mountain bikers from across the country so come out to help give them a huge Missoula welcome.
Mountain bike racing is just like in the Olympics. Racers tackle a course with plenty of climbing and technical challenges so that the rider with the best combination of physical fitness, bike handling skills, and tactical know-how will win in the end. These races should take about an hour and a half and have a few great options for spectating.
Short Track Cross Country (STXC)
These races are short, fast, and spectator friendly. Riders give it their all on a half-mile course for 25 minutes. This is the easiest event to watch, and you can expect to see riders come around the course every couple of minutes.
Team Relay (TR)
Mountain bike racing is a team sport! Each team picks two men and two women to toe the line, and the winner is the group with the lowest combined score. Each rider tackles a lap on a specially designed course, and the team format adds to the excitement. This event is a favorite with the schools, and you can expect to see rowdy fans lining the course.
Dual Slalom (DS)
This high energy race pits two riders against each other head to head on a short course with berms and jumps. Don't blink, because you might miss the whole race, it only takes 20 seconds or so for riders to make it through the course!
DH is always a fan favorite. The rules are simple: make it to the bottom of the challenging course in the least amount of time! This course was specially built for the Collegiate National Championship through a partnership with Five Valleys Land Trust and funding help from Big Sky Brewing Company. This trail is steeper and more difficult than anything else in Missoula, so it's worth checking out how the riders do it.
Below you will find a list of hotels that are willing to partner with USA Cycling and offer group rates to the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship Teams. When booking your reservation(s) you must ask for the “USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike Teams” block or use the provided online booking link. All hotel rooms and group rates are based upon availability. We expect the community to be very busy and strongly encourage attendees to book early to guarantee these great rates.
Comfort Inn University
1021 E Broadway St - 6 miles / 13 minutes to Marshall Mountain
Rate cuteoff: N/A
Rates starting at $119.00
Must call hotel direct to receive group rate: 406-549-7600
Full Breakfast Offered
Trailer Parking Available
Courtyard by Marriott
4559 N Reserve St - 10 miles / 20 minutes to Marshall Mountain