|September 11, 2009 – September 13, 2009|
|Breckenridge, CO, USA [large map] 39.4982, -106.046|
|mountain states cup, Mountain, msc|
|Cross Country, Short Track, Time Trial|
If you’ve been around Colorado for a while you’ve probably heard of this one and wondered what became of it. The Fall Classic started way back in the day…back before suspension forks, oversized aluminum, and CamelBaks. Back before mountain bike racing was even a sport. 1984 to be exact. A bunch of Summit County badasses lined up on the street and discussed where the race should go. A big 80’s style doobie was passed around. Much discussion ensued.
A course was finally decided upon and as the ceremonial herb sputtered out the race started with Scott Yule talking trash and Elwood “Chip” Barrett snickering. The Fall Classic was born! No one in the group wore a helmet…simply never occurred to them. No rules, no nuthin’! Over the next 15 years it grew from a ragtag bunch of hardcore mountain stoners into a racing spectacle. A hill climb and a circuit race were added along the way and it became the customary final stop on the former Colorado Off Road Points Series (the predecessor to the predecessor of the MSC Series). Stories are still told about the day Tinker Juarez puked at the top of the Humbug Hill Climb (don’t worry, no Hill Climb this year). And then there was the year it snowed a couple inches the night before the XC stage and Rishi Grewal broke trail for the rest of the field on the Little French Flume. After a break of six years or so we brought it back. We ran the race for three years from 2002-2004, got snowed out in 2006, last year was one of the best XC races of the season, and now it’s back again as the Endurance Finals for the Mountain States Cup Series!
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