News Roundup - Week of March 27th
Durango Derby Brings Elite MTB Racing Back to Durango in Fun-Forward Format
With the recent decline in mountain bike races across North America, Durango Derby brings both elite level racing and good times for all riders back to the legendary cycling community of Durango, Colorado. The unique race format delivers a fun new challenge for the modern mountain biker, featuring four amazing stages, in one day, that showcase Durango’s premium in-town singletrack.
“Durango deserves a spot in big time MTB racing and the format of the Derby will showcase why,” says Dave Hagen, former FLC Cycling Team Director and Durango Derby Co-founder. Hagen, who is a long time Durango cycling community superhero, is joined by FLC Cycling Alum and bike industry professional, Dylan Stucki. Together, the pair of long-time Durango locals are invested in the Durango Derby vision of delivering both professional, and leisurely racing to the MTB community.
Professional and hardened racers will compete in the solo division and will take on all four stages and 3 untimed transfers totaling 50 miles. Pro racers will be competing to stake their claim in Durango MTB history and a yet to be announced cash purse. With no shortage of local legends and young talent, Durango Derby has already attracted riders like Payson McElveen, Sarah Sturm, Stephan Davoust, Ellen Campbell, Howard Grotts, Todd Wells, and many more.
It’s not all about elite racing though, for those looking for some “serious-ly” friendly competition amongst riding buddies and families, the Durango Derby will also have 2-person and 4-person team categories. With a goal to be more inviting and inclusive, team categories provide riders the opportunity to divide and conquer, competing for bragging rights and awesome prizes.
Just up the hill from town, Durango Mesa Park will be the main venue for the event. Showcasing Durango’s incredible mountain views and hosting the start / finish for the race, vendors, expo area, live entertainment, Durango DEVO Jr. fun race and more.
Marking the start of fall riding season, Durango Derby’s official race day will be Saturday, September 23rd 2023. With limited availability, race registration will open Monday, April 3rd at 9am.
FIND OUT MORE
Visit durangoderby.com for more information, sign up for the email list, and follow along for race updates and more.
Chris King Announces the Return of 6-Bolt Mountain Hubs
Chris King Precision Components is offering 6-bolt, Boost mountain hubs, and complete wheels again. These will be available in 15mm axle variations, and orders will begin shipping on April 2nd. The 6-bolt versions of the industry-leading King hubs have the same internal components as the hubs found on the World Cup downhill circuit and at trailheads worldwide.
King General Manager Kirby Bedsaul said, “Like most manufacturers, we were capacity-limited during the pandemic. We had to make a hard choice about our mountain hubs then, and since there were Center Lock to 6-bolt adapters available, we opted to produce only Center Lock hubs for a time. But there’s no demand quite like popular demand, so we’re really happy to be able to bring 6-bolt back. We know a lot of our riders have been waiting for this.”
All of King’s boost hubs feature their patented RingDriveTM system with 72-points of simultaneous engagement, the most efficient power transfer system on the market today. And as ever, all of the components of King hubs are manufactured domestically, in their Portland, OR factory.
“What’s important to us,” Bedsaul said, “is getting riders who prefer 6-bolt rotors going again. We know there were some shops and riders who were disappointed when we paused production on these, so it’s great to be back with them.”
Chris King’s Boost 6-Bolt Front and Rear hubs will be available in all current King colors and available to be built in all current mountain wheel sets, including King’s proprietary MTN30s.
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