2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships
Hello Masters Cyclists, the 2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships are coming up fast. This year’s event will be held July 5-9 at the Bear Creek Resort in Pennsylvania.
If you haven’t competed in a national championship event, you really should consider it. The cool thing is masters racers don’t need to pre-qualify for the event. All you need to do is sign up in your age category and you’re good to go. And who knows, maybe you’ll become a National Mountain Bike Champion! This post is a breakdown of how to sign up, the venue, how to get there, and how to train for this year’s championship.
Note: I will continue to update this page weekly as more information becomes available.
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships sign up
Once the registration link is up for the event, I will post a link here. For the time being, here is a link to the event site homepage on USA Cycling.
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships age categories
Here is a link to the 2022 US Masters Mountain Bike Championships results. For your planning purposes, I would expect the age categories to be the same for 2023.
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships-The Venue
The 2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships will be held at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie Pennsylvania. Although I’ve never ridden the trails there, I have stayed at the resort many times for business and I can tell you that the resort is really a great destination. One thing that fires me up is that it’s at sea level, so I’ll be able to breathe LOL.
Below is a map of the Bear Creek mountain bike trails. Doesn’t look like anything too gnarly but we’ll see what USA Cycling comes up with.
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships Travel Plans
If you’re not driving, the good thing is that there are 2 airports in the area. You can fly into Philadelphia and drive 45 min or you can fly into Allentown and drive 15 minutes.
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships – Training
Here’s the deal, this is the Masters National championships so the field will be fast, very fast so you’re going to really want to dial in your training before the race. The last time I competed in nationals, I wasn’t in the best shape and got my ass handed to me. For reference, you might want to read a few of my previous posts.
A Comprehensive Review of the Most Popular Masters Cycling Training Programs
Cycling Motivation-How to Stay Motivated as a Masters Cyclist
2023 US Masters XC Mountain Bike Championships – Accommodations
Here is a link to the Bear Creek reservation site. You might want to wait a bit as I may be able to find you a discount code for the event. Stay tuned. Additionally, I will post camping information here as it comes available.
Ok, it’s time for me to ramp up my training. Keep checking this page as I will update it as things develop.