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The Boston Rebellion cross-country mountain bike race is only one year old, but it’s already making waves as it will bump up to UCI HC classification — second only to World Cup-class events — and will be the final stop on the US Cup series in 2016.
The first-year race, held in Walpole, Massachusetts, was a UCI C2 event in 2015, and it attracted more than 4,000 people, according to organizers. For 2016, the race will move later in July, to the 30th and 31st, one week before the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup in Canada.
“Our dream of having a world-class mountain biking event here among such a huge population of people really helps bring value to the pro athletes and their sponsors,” said race director Martin Allen. “This region is cycling mad, from cyclocross to road to mountain biking, we have it all here at our doorstep. The most logical thing to do in this sports-crazed town is to have the best mountain bikers in the world race on our home trails. Of course this would not be possible if it were not for Scott Tedro and the Ridebiker Alliance. Again, the face of professional mountain bike racing in the country steps up and blows up his support here on the East Coast”
Todd Wells and Crystal Anthony won their respective elite categories in the 2015 Boston Rebellion.