MTB Championship Calendar Released
5 MTB national championship events set for 2011.
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USA Cycling will offer up five national mountain bike titles in 2011.
2011 will mark the first year that the cross-country and gravity mountain bike events are split into two separate national championships.
April 16: BMX National Championships – Chula Vista, Calif.
July 14-17: USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships – Sun Valley, Idaho
Sept. 17: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships – Bend, Ore.
Sept. 24-25: USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships – Beech Mountain, N.C.
Oct. 1-2: USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 28-30: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships – Davis, W. Va.
*All dates and locations subject to change
The cross-country portion will head to the Idaho Rockies. Scheduled for July 14-17 in Sun Valley, Idaho, the USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships will award Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in cross-country, short track, and Super D events.
In its first year as a separate event, the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships will head to the Great Smoky Mountains. Scheduled for Sept. 24-25 on North Carolina’s Beech Mountain, the event will feature downhill and four-cross racing for gravity enthusiasts of all ages.
Having been held in conjunction with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colorado for the past four years, the marathon MTB national championships will make a move for 2011. The annual event, which crowns 24 national champions in ultra-endurance mountain biking, will be held in Bend, Oregon on Sept. 17.
After being part of the 24 Hours of Moab for the past two years, the USA Cycling’s 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships will move to Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 1-2.
Following two years near California’s Lake Tahoe, USAC’s Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships will head to the eastern half of the country for 2011. The event will be held at the Timberline Resort in Davis, West Virgina., October 28-30.
The first national titles of the year will be bestowed upon BMX racers. For the first time in its five-year history, the USA Cycling BMX National Championships will take place on the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The April 16th event will feature elite and junior racing on the Beijing-replica Supercross track, while all other categories will compete on the adjacent, traditional BMX track.