AMA Kenda Big Sky XC Gets Underway In Montana

Shan Moore | August 24, 2013
Big Sky XC Photo

(Big Sky, Montana; August 24, 2013) – The 2013 AMA KENDA Big Sky Off Road National Championship presented by KLIM got underway this morning at the Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana, with amateur and mini-bike classes on the agenda.

In its first year with national championship status, the Big Sky Cross-country is a unique event held in a unique and beautiful location: the Big Sky Ski Resort. And like most extreme races, it is challenging and exciting, with the racecourse winding its way from the 8,000-foot pit area next to the lodge, to over 10,000 feet at the highest point, running up and down the many ski runs on the property.

Altogether, there are five racecourses, however, the event has become famous for of it’s Black Diamond Loop, which is reserved for A and Pro athletes. It’s important to note, however, that there is something for every ability level.

Another interesting aspect of the event is that, much like the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Championship does with amateur motocross racing, the Big Sky XC crowns amateur national off-road racing champions from around the country racing in a wide range of classes.

The Pro riders will hit the slopes tomorrow, in addition to Senior, Women and other A classes, and among this year’s entries will be AMA National Enduro series points leader Charlie Mullins, former WORCS champ Taylor Robert, KTM’s Grant Baylor, Obermeyer Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, and Am Pro Yamaha teammates Jordan Ashburn and Ryan Belue.

Be sure to check back tomorrow evening for another report.


Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.