(Northfield, NH) Riders have flown in from around the world and are getting ready to tackle the infamous Claymore Course at the 5th Annual Highland Claymore Challenge; the first North American “Gold Level” event in the FMBA World Tour.

R Dog is stoked to be back at America’s Bike Park

A couple of riders enjoying the Highland Cafe

With fresh paint still drying and dirt still being packed, anxious riders are starting to hit the course to explore the enhancements Dave Smutok and the Highland Trail Crew have made to this years Claymore Challenge course.  New features like the Geax Step Up and timeless favorites like the Red Bull Freebird Final Jump are seeing love from riders as they start to sort out the course and prepare for Thursday’s qualifier.  Greg Watts put it best, “It’s always good to show up at Highland because we already know the course is going to be dialed to perfection.”

All hands on deck, as Ryan put’s the last coat on the new Geax Step-Up. What used to be a difficult to trick hip in now guaranteed to be a showcase jump.

Come Friday, the riders will throw down on Freebird for a cool $1,000 in the Teva Best Trick contest. All day Saturday spectators can take part in the action too, with plenty of free viewing decks, a course-side beer garden, vendor village, and of course some of the best trails in the world at America’s Bike Park for your riding pleasure.  Feel like getting in on some of the competition? Hash tag all of your Instagram photos from the event with #ClaymoreChallenge and automatically enter to win great prizes from Teva in our Claymore Challenge photo contest.

You don’t have to be at Highland this year to catch all the action.  Red Bull Media House will be live streaming the 2012 Claymore Challenge around the world at www.redbull.com/bike at 2pm est Saturday the 21st.

Stay up to date throughout the week by checking www.claymorechallenge.com or “like” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/claymorechallenge.

Expect to see lots of video coverage coming soon, but until then check out Dave Smutok and Clint McMahon in this Claymore Challenge course preview.

2012 Claymore Course Walk from Highland Mountain Bike Park on Vimeo.

About Highland Mountain Bike Park: Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world’s only lift access mountain entirely dedicated to biking. The park is located just 90 minutes north of Boston in beautiful Northfield, New Hampshire. Boasting an extensive downhill and cross country trail network, skill building areas, a 9,100 square foot indoor training facility and NEW for 2012, another step in progression, a 50’ x 50’ “Ayr Bag”.  Highland offers lessons and camps for all abilities and is home to the Ayr Academy, a week long, overnight camp taught by the best celebrity pros in the business.  Highland Mountain Bike Park is America’s Bike Park…100%.