More than 200 riders competed in Thursday's hill climb, the opening event of the NORBA National mountain bike championships.

Following the hill climb - the first of six stages in the popular King of the Hill event - will be the cross country, Olympic bobsled, criterium, downhill and challenge.The grueling climb started at an elevation of 7,000 feet, reaching more than 8,200 feet at the end of the three-mile competition.

Winning the pro men's title was Ryah Radomski of Bend, Ore. He made the climb in 18 minutes, 45.29 seconds. Taking second was John Osguthorpe of Salt Lake City, in 20:10.95.

In the women's pro class, Jennifer Tribe of Salt Lake City won with a time of 21:36.08.

In the men's semi-pro class, Chris Fox of Salt Lake City was second and Thom Cooke of Park City was third.

Stewart Goodwin of Pleasant Grove won the men's expert 15-18, and was followed by Scott Preston of Orem and Greg Gibson of Salt Lake City.

Ian Harvey of Heber won the men's expert 30-34, and Mark Seltenruch of Park City won the sport 35-44 class.

Laura Howat of Salt Lake won the women's expert 35-39 and Lisa Barbour of Moab was second. Darcy Madison of Moab won the women's sport 35-44.

The races run through Sunday, with the pro downhill events Saturday and the pro cross country Sunday.

Race headquarters are in the lower lodge at Deer Valley, with no charge to spectators.