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Durango Derby aims to bring elite MTB racing back to Durango

September event to feature professional race and ‘serious-ly’ friendly competition
The Durango Derby aims to bring big-time mountain bike racing back to the Four Corners this fall with a unique race format. (Courtesy)

A new mountain bike race is coming to Durango this fall and it aims to bring both elite racing and also good times for all riders.

The Durango Derby will offer a unique race format to deliver a fun new challenge for the modern mountain biker, featuring four stages in one day, that showcases some of Durango’s premium in-town singletrack.

“Durango deserves a spot in big time MTB racing and the format of the Derby will showcase why,” said Dave Hagen, former FLC Cycling Team Director and Durango Derby Co-founder.

Hagen joined FLC Cycling alum and bike industry professional, Dylan Stucki, to create the event. Together, the pair of longtime Durango locals are invested in the Durango Derby’s vision of delivering both professional, and leisurely racing to the mountain bike community.

Professional and hardened racers will compete in the solo division and will take on all four stages in addition to three un-timed transfers for a total of 50 miles on their bikes. Pro racers will compete to not only stake their claim in Durango mountain bike history, but also for a yet to be announced cash purse. With no shortage of local talent, the Durango Derby has already attracted riders like Payson McElveen, Sarah Sturm, Stephan Davoust, Ellen Campbell, Howard Grotts, Todd Wells and many more to compete.

It’s not all about elite racing though, the co-founders said. For those looking for some “serious-ly” friendly competition among riding buddies and families, the Durango Derby will also have two-person and four-person team categories. With a goal to be more inviting and inclusive, the team categories will provide riders the opportunity to divide and conquer for bragging rights and prizes.

Durango Mesa Park will be the main venue for the event. In addition to the start and finish for the race, there will also be vendors, an expo area, live entertainment, a Durango DEVO Jr. fun race and more at the park.

The race will help mark the start of fall riding, taking place on Sept. 23.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. April 3. Spots are limited.

Register and find more information at durangoderby.com

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