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Windham, N.Y. — For the first time since 2005, a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is being held in the United States. It gets underway this weekend with the top off-road athletes from around the world gathering in Windham, NY for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup finale. Among the top riders will be American standout Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Trek), who is currently the third ranked female i... Read Full Storyn the World Cup standings. She’ll be joined by other top American riders like Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna), Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek), and Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Giant).
Citizen bicyclists are invited to join in on the action during the Race the World events taking place at the Windham 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup Festival this week in Windham, N.Y.
The Race the World citizens’ downhill event sponsored by Kenda Tires will take place on a uniquely designed course. Professional and Category 1 – 3* cyclists are welcome to participate in the downhill event, which has a 3:15 p.m. start time. Entry fees range from $55 to $70.
Participants in Race the World citizens’ cross country races sponsored by Stan’s No Tube will compete on the same course as World Cup athletes. Professionals, Category 1-3* cyclists and first timers are welcome to participate in the cross country events. Races start at 8 a.m. for Cat. 1 riders, continue with a 10:15 a.m. start for Cat. 2 and Cat 3. riders, and conclude with a 4:15 p.m. start for Men and Women Pro riders. Entry fees range from $25 to $60.
Kids will also have a chance to Race the World on a 1/8 to 1/4 mile loop at the Windham Mountain base, near the lodge. The Kids’ Fun Race is appropriate for children up to age 10. Participants are asked to bring their own bikes. Heats will be broken down by age. There is no entry fee.
Cash and prizes will be awarded for the Race the World events. The $6,000 purse will be split between the Cat. 1 and Pro fields in both the cross country and downhill races and will be determined by the number of actual paid riders in each category and age group.
Riders are encouraged to register for the cross country, downhill and Kids’ Fun Race.
Practice times have been clearly outlined and will be strictly followed in accordance with UCI requirements.
*The Race the World event is part of the New York State MTB series. Categories and points will be based on the New York State format (check out www.NYSMTBseries.com for details.)
Cog Wild offers weekend tours with accommodations, meals, beer and great riding all included. Just choose the tour and we”ll take care of the rest! Check out your options:
Bike & Brew Weekend – Three days of awesome singletrack here in Bend! Evening activities include a private tour at Deschutes Brewery, beer tasting of 5 other local breweries and staying in a hotel downtown! Join them... Read Full Story on September 10-13 or 24-26 or October 8-10.
Cascade Mountains Singletrack. Three days of scenic singletrack past lakes and over creeks. Enjoy zooming downhills, good climbs and miles and miles of trail through the mountains. Camping will take place at a secluded lake under the stars with fabulous meals and Deschutes Brewery beer! This tour is available two weekends in September, the 4-6th or 24-26th.
Umpqua River Adventure – Yeah, the talk is for real, you must ride this trail! The Umpqua is our most popular weekend tour, that is why we offer it two more times this Fall: September 17 to 19 and October 1-3.
Womens Weekend – Ladies – Spend the weekend of September 10-12th with Cog Wild! Our camping weekend includes yoga, massage, great food, great women and of course, great mountain biking! This unforgettable tour has wonderful female guides, goes over bike skills and enjoys some of the best trails in the Cascade Mountains.
Explore your Options at Cog Wild’s Vacation Tour Page
Awesome Single Day Options Too!
Join Cog Wild for a day tour or as an extension to a weekend tour. We will maximize your time on the trail plus make sure you ride Bend’’s best trails! We change our routes daily but each tour ends with Deschutes Brewery beers back at our office!
Bachelor To Bend – Shuttle up past Mt. Bachelor and ride singletrack back to town. This is our most popular day tour, for good reason – the trails include fast descents, beautiful scenery and great riding.
Singletrack Sampler – Only have half a day, but want to get the goods? This is the tour for you. Spend the morning with us riding fabulous singletrack right outside of Bend.
Cascades Lake Loop – Climb through moss dripping trees past two lakes before getting to our lunch spot. After a swim in a beautiful alpine lake, the downhill begins! This is a great ride that is only available a few months a year!!
Ochoco Mountains – Haven”t heard of the Ochocos? These are the mountains to which locals in the know escape to for technical and remote singletrack. For advanced riders only!
WICHITA FALLS, Texas----August 28 marks an important day for cyclists, as well as the City of Wichita Falls, when the 29th Annual Hotter N’ Hell (HH100) begins for more than 15,000 cyclists and teams from across the country. The ride, which is available at 10K, 25-mile, 50-mile, 100K or 100-mile distance, along the plains of Wichita Falls is the largest one-day endurance ride anywhere in the U.S.... Read Full Story
“The entire city rallies behind the event with more than 4,000 volunteers helping make it the best cycling experience possible for the sport and the city.”
“This is one of the most prestigious and challenging rides in America, and I’m proud that it has been here in Wichita Falls for almost three decades,” said Executive Director of the HH100 Chip Filer. “The entire city rallies behind the event with more than 4,000 volunteers helping make it the best cycling experience possible for the sport and the city.”
The ride has brought in a significant array of national sponsors including Academy Sports + Outdoors, Clif Bar and Company, Michelob Ultra, PowerAde, Pfizer, State Farm Insurance, Sonic and United Supermarkets. Sponsors from Dallas/Fort Worth and Wichita Falls include KFDX-TV, KNIN 92.9 FM, Patterson Auto Center, Richardson Bike Mart, Sheppard Air Force Base and Times Record News.
The main ride will commence on Saturday, August 28 at 7 a.m. with a U.S. Air Force flyover for Wichita Falls’ Sheppard Air Force Base and celebrates with an outdoor concert featuring The Killdares at 2nd and Lamar in downtown Wichita Falls.
“Some of the best and most skilled cyclists in the U.S. come to Wichita Falls every year to battle the distance and the heat,” said Roby Christie, the event’s founder. “The Hotter N’ Hell 100 is a testament to the cycling, the athletes who take part in this great event and the city of Wichita Falls that makes this a must-attend event for cyclists across the country.”
The festivities begin Thursday, August 26 with the Consumer Show opening in the Exhibit Hall from Wichita Falls’ Multi-Purpose Events Center (MPEC) and culminate on Sunday, August 29 with the Wee-Chi-Tah Off Road Trail run (5K / 10K / Half-marathon) and Michelob Ultra Criterium for USA Cycling racers.
Attending cyclists for this year’s race include notable names such as: USA Cycling Collegiate National Criterium Champion Jen Purcell; Midwestern State University’s anchor for the winning U.S. National Championship team and professional racer who will be racing for the MSU Cycling Team Alexi Martinez; USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship Criterium and last year’s winner of the Road Race and overall champion of the “Hotter N’ Hell Omnium” Josh Carter; and the “ageless wonder” and Mountain Bike Hall-of-Famer Steve Tilford.
Previous riders of cycling fame have included Tour de France seven-time winner and founder of “LiveStrong” Lance Armstrong, 2001 World Mountain Bike Cross Country Champion Alison Dunlap, one of the most famous criterium sprinters in U.S. history Roberto Gaggioli, 22-time U.S. National Champion Michael Creed, and the first cyclist to ever be featured on a Wheaties box, Doug Smith.
For media interviews and reporting, Hotter N’ Hell 100 has created the official media tent on Lamar Street, just south of 2nd Street.
To speak with someone from the race or noted Ride Chairman Roby Christie, contact Ashley Hoptay at (972) 499-6650 or Ashley.Hoptay@hck2.com. For more information about HH100, visit www.HH100.org.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Five riders from the National Interscholastic Cycling Association program have been selected to represent the USA on the junior national team at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, September 1-5 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
Four of these riders compete in the Northern California High School Cycling League, and one comes from the Southern California High School... Read Full Story Cycling League.
NorCal riders who qualified for the cross country national team are: Sofia Hamilton, of Sir Francis Drake High; Will Curtis, of San Rafael High; and Tony Smith, of Marin Catholic. Zach Valdez, of Hemet High, rides in the SoCal League and will compete on the cross country team as well. Varsity rider Kelsey Anderson, of Novato High (NorCal League), earned selection to the downhill national team.
Matt Fritzinger, Executive Director of NICA, said, “This is an incredible achievement for these athletes, it’s fantastic to see this kind of talent rising out of the NorCal and SoCal high school cycling leagues, I’m proud of them and wish them the best of luck in Quebec.”
NICA riders comprise half the junior national cross country team, and Kelsey Anderson is the sole US representative in the junior women’s downhill. Only a couple of high school league riders in the past decade are known to have made the national team.
Kelsey Anderson said, “This was a dream of mine for about a year and a half. It’s my second year of racing; I just got into it and love it so much I committed to it. It didn’t seem real when I found out I’d made the national team!”
Zach Valdez is under no illusions about the challenge ahead, but is looking to make the most of it. “The competition is going to be insane. A lot of those kids have been racing the whole World Cup circuit, so I can’t expect too much from myself. I’m just hoping to race to my full potential.”
Tony Smith, the youngest of the trio, still has another year of high school to go, and this year finished third in the national championship. “Before getting involved in the league in my freshman year I was not a very confident racer. I felt pressured and nervous and never really allowed myself to do well and have fun. The league is fun for kids of all levels, and without this I don’t think I would have been able to continue racing.”
Four of the high school cyclists race for the Whole Athlete cycling team in addition to their high school league schedule. This team is run by Dario Frederick, who says, “With the NICA leagues we’re on the right track in providing the fundamentals and foundation to experience the sport of cycling and allow teams the opportunity to explore athletics, regardless of ability. With such a strong foundation, progress to the higher levels of the sport is smooth, and the transition these four riders have made between the NICA leagues and the Whole Athlete UCI World Cup Team is a clear example.”
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