USA Cycling Announces 2021 National Downhill Series

5 February 2021  |  

USA Cycling announced Friday the 2021 National Downhill Series. Downhill racers will have the chance to compete in these internationally and domestically ranked races spanning coast-to-coast. This schedule is dependent upon the state of the pandemic and events reserve the right to make changes accordingly.

USA Cycling National DH Series

Credit: USA Cycling

This year, the National DH Series is comprised of three competitions beginning March 11 with a return to the Tennessee National in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and concluding in September with the FOX US Open of Mountain Biking in Big Bear Lake, Calif. As the COVID-19 situation improves, additional events may be added to the calendar.

“We are optimistic and excited to return to racing at this year’s National DH Series after the cancellation of many 2020 races. With the challenges COVID-19 has created for event organizers, we are appreciative to currently have three great events back on the calendar and expect to expand in 2022 when things return to normal,” said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling Director of National Events.

The National DH Series is comprised of the top gravity events in the U.S. and tracks the standings for elite riders in the fast-paced downhill discipline. Most events will have GROM and adult amateur races to round out their festival weekends. New in 2021, individual rider results will be tracked for the series in both Elite and Junior 17-18 categories and series champions will be crowned at the conclusion of the calendar.

“The mountain bike community is eager to get back to racing and so are we!,” said US Open Event Organizer, Clay Harper. “At the same time, we are aware of the challenges that may still be present with physical events and will remain positioned to make any necessary adjustments for the safety of our fans and athletes at the Fox US Open in September.”

The 2020 National DH Series champions were Steven Walton (Murrieta, Calif.) for the Pro Men and Frida Roenning (Knoxville, Tenn.) for the Pro Women.

2021 Race Schedule: