$15k Prize Pot brings Olympians, National Champs to Mountain Games MTB

Cross-country mountain biking races don’t often come with big money potential. But this year at the GoPro Mountain Games competitors in the X-Country Mountain Bike Race will compete for a $15,000 pot.

This is a large percentage of the overall $100,000 in prize money to be awarded next month at the Games.

MTB start line (2012 race); photo by Zach Mahone

The money — as well as a good course and a stout field of competition — will result in an impressive starting roster, including Olympians, National Champs, and upcoming locals from Colorado.

The races start on Saturday, June 8. We’ll be there live to cover the event.

We’ll be watching 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Georgia Gould, Teal Stetson-Lee, and Heather Irmiger on the women’s side. For men, Todd Wells, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Ben Sonntag, and Colin Cares are among the racers to watch.

See you at the start line!

—Follow our full coverage of the 2013 GoPro Games via the ‘Live at the Games’ channel, presented by Gerber. See you in Vail!

Women’s field (left) from 2012 race; Five-time Mountain Games champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (photo by Connor Walberg)

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.