Chile Challenge Heats up for Pro GRT and New Cross Country Course


The MSC operations crew arrived in Angel Fire today to find pristine trails and a little rain as they began to prep courses for the weekend. With another spout of rain in the forecast for Wednesday, the courses will be primed and ready for your arrival!

This weekend is the fourth stop on the Pro GRT circuit. With the top pros in the country chasing down points, we expect to see deep field in pro downhill race. Even if you’re racing is done on Saturday, be sure to stick around for some of the most exciting racing of the weekend!

A few things so you get your bearings once you arrive on site! Registration has changed locations. It will be in the Bike Shop Building uphill from the Chile Express.

We are running a new cross country course that is a bit different than in years’ past. Angel Fire’s new uphill-only trail, “Enlightenment”, designed for Collegiate Nationals is fast! It’s an awesome, smooth, flowy, and a bit steep at times climb that leads you into the XC descent “Sierra”. Each lap is 5.5 miles and winning lap time was approximately 30 minutes at Collegiate Nationals. You can download a printable PDF of the cross country course by clicking here.

The downhill couse incorporates a 1000′  descent of fresh track that includes Upper Chillin’ and some revamped Lower World Cup. The new track starts underneath the Chili Chairlift at Tower 18. This track with undoubetly showcase the rider with the best riding skill, pedal power and best flat out speed. Think BMX track with gnar on top. Times are estimated to be in the 2:30 minute range. You can download a printable PDF of the downhill track by clicking here.

The dual slalom track will be the highlight of the weekend- super fun, flowy, fast and well built, this track is a BMX inspiration. There are a total of six turns and six obstacles on the way to the finish line. The track is a bit shorter than the 4X track and will be a much easier walk to the top. You can download a printable PDF of the downhill track by clicking here.

The super d course is a mega-avalanche style with 2,000′ of vertical and roughly a 10-minute Pro winning time. Primarily double track to allow for plenty of passing, this track is approximately 6 miles long and has a couple of very short and very sprintable climbs mid-way through the track. You can download a printable PDF of the super d track by clicking here.

Angel Fire Resort has thrown together some inticing lodging packages to make staying at the base of the mountain easy and afforable!

CAMPING- $25 per night

CAMPING PACKAGE- $49 per person per night which includes a lift ticket, a $10 voucher for Legend’s Grill, a breakfast burrito and coffee at the Coffee House.

HOTEL PACKAGE- $59 per person per night (based on double occupancy) which includes a lift ticket, a $10 voucher for Legend’s Grill, a breakfast burrito and coffee at the Coffee House.

All Angel Fire Resort condominiums are at a 25% discount. To book your room now, call 1-800-633-7363 or go to

And last, but not least, we are looking for volunteers to help load/unload lift chairs. If you volunteer for 2 hours, you will get a free lift ticket! Tickets are transferable to your kids as well. Contact Keith at or 719-221-1251 if you can volunteer.

POC Speen Zone Award… Do you like to ride fast?

Armed with an on-course radar gun at each event, DH racers will be clocked at a designated POC Speed Zone area during each MSC contest. The top two speeds clocked (one amateur male and one amateur female) at each race will be awarded POC prizes, including VPD 2.0 body armor, full face Cortex Flow and enduro Trabec helmets, goggles or apparel. At the conclusion of the season, the rider with the single fastest recorded POC Speed Zone result will take home the grand prize POC package including body armor, gloves, helmet and apparel!

Win a Free MSC T-Shirt!

Start following the Mountain States Cup on Instagram @racemsc and have a chance to win a free Wildflower Rush T-Shirt. Once you have started following MSC, tag or e-maildavid@racemsc a photo of you in your most loved, used or oldest MSC shirt and you will be entered to win!

New Sponsors…

Mountain States Cup has picked up a new bronze level sponsor- Kate’s Real Food. Kate’s is straight out of Jackson Hole, WY and their bars were made for what they call “big mountain play”. Which we all love! Kate’s will fit right in with the MSC and we are happy to have them on board.

Look for Kate’s Real Food in the tech/expo at MSC #3, Wildflower Rush and MSC #5, Full Tilt in Telluride, and samples at MSC #4, Blast the Mass!

Generic Cycles, a new sponsor for 2012 will be giving away a custom singlespeed frame to the female and male Singlespeed State Champion, as well as the female and male MSC Overall Series Champion. Both will be awarded at MSC #5, Full Tilt in Telluride, the series finale and Colorado State Championships.

Generic Cycles is a bicycle frame fabrication house founded in 2005 in Denver, Colo. They strive to build function, innovative, and stylish bicycle frames that inspire people to have fun riding mountain bikes. Check them out!

Chile Challenge T-Shirts available at Registration in the Bike Shop Building

2012 Mountain States Cup Series Schedule

May 18-20 Riverside Rampage Salida, CO Omnium (TT, Circuit Race, XC), XC
Jun 8-10 Chile Challenge Angel Fire, NM XC, DH, DS, SD
Jun 22-24 Wildflower Rush Crested Butte, CO XC, DH, SD1, SD2
Aug 3-5 Blast the Mass Snowmass Village, CO DH, SD1, SD2
Aug 10-12 Full Tilt in Telluride Mountain Village, CO XC, DH, SD1, SD2

* Chile Challenge also part of the Pro GRT series

All Mountain States Cup events will be qualifiers for USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. For detailed information on all events, visit


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