Missoula XC presented by Zillastate preparing to hold Junior World Cup Event

  
  


The Missoula XC presented by Zillastate is a week away for what is to be another great Montana Summer weekend (June 20th - June 22nd) of mountain bike racing. Race Director, Ben Horan said, “The course has been riding great during our Wednesday Night Beer League races. We’ve had just the right amount of rain this week, and it’s really setting up to be a fast day.” 
 
World Cup Junior XCO
 
New this year is a Junior World Cup XCO race which offers the maximum amount of World Cup points for Junior Racers.
 
“We were asked by USA Cycling to hold one of two Junior World Cup cross country events in North America for 2014 and we jumped at the opportunity. We’re lucky enough to have a European World Cup style course, and USA Cycling thought of our venue when the UCI changed the Elite World Cup XC format for 2014.” , said Horan. Horan went on, “The response to the Junior XCO Series has been off the charts. We’re expecting a very deep field for this event, I’ve been blown away by the amount of interest and support for an event like this. It says a lot about the future of Elite mountain biking for our part of the country and the world!”
 
Pro XCT
 
The Missoula XC presented by Zillastate is a week away for what is to be another great Montana Summer weekend (June 20th - June 22nd) of mountain bike racing. Race Director, Ben Horan said, “The course has been riding great during our Wednesday Night Beer League races. We’ve had just the right amount of rain this week, and it’s really setting up to be a fast day.”
 
 
World Cup Junior XCO
 
New this year is a Junior World Cup XCO race which offers the maximum amount of World Cup points for Junior Racers.
 
“We were asked by USA Cycling to hold one of two Junior World Cup cross country events in North America for 2014 and we jumped at the opportunity. We’re lucky enough to have a European World Cup style course, and USA Cycling thought of our venue when the UCI changed the Elite World Cup XC format for 2014.” , said Horan. Horan went on, “The response to the Junior XCO Series has been off the charts. We’re expecting a very deep field for this event, I’ve been blown away by the amount of interest and support for an event like this. It says a lot about the future of Elite mountain biking for our part of the country and the world!”
 
Pro XCT
 
The XC course is located at Marshall Mountain just outside of Missoula, Montana which is in its fourth year for hosting a Pro XCT event. “Saturday, June 21st from noon on, folks will be able to come out and see some of the fastest mountain bikers both Junior and Elite Men and Women.” Horan stated.
 
Technical Director Jay Rutherford describes the current course conditions, “We have had a good spring of trail maintenance and getting the course buffed out.” Rutherford continued, “We had a little rain this week and expect some more over the next few days which will make the course roll at its optimum potential and be super fun for the racers.”
 
Race Director Horan said, “It looks like the defending Missoula XC champ Howard Grotts and Todd Wells both of Specialized Factory Racing, current Pro XCT points leader Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra (Canadian National Champ) and Cameron Jette (Canada Cup series leader) of Scott- 3 Rox also Max Plaxton and Alex Grant  from Sho Air – Cannondale North American Factory Team will be toeing the line in the men’s field. “
 
Horan continued, “Lea Davison fo Specialized Factory Racing will be making her 2014 Pro XCT debut in Missoula. Also Evelyn Dong and Chloe Woodruff of Backcountry.com will be toeing the line with local favorites Heidi Rentz (The Cycling House) and Rose Grant (Sportman’s Ski Haus).”
 
 
Streaming Coverage
 
Streaming race coverage for both the women’s and men’s elite races will once again be hosted on the Velo News website.
 
Shaun Radley race announcer of the Missoula XC said, “We are really excited to see the best racers in our part of the world toe the line in Montana this summer. We are once again looking at strong and deep women’s and men’s elite fields for the 2014 edition of the Missoula XC p/b Zillastate.” Radley continued, We will have 8 cameras on course, one of which will be on the A-line jump and an aerial shot from a Cinestar helicopter like we did in 2013 which was really cool.” Radley went on, “Tune in as Anne Tyler and myself begin coverage at 3:55pm with elite women and 6:55pm with elite men, those times are MDT. Look for us on www.velonews.com or on www.missoulaxc.org” 
 
 
2013 Summer Solstice Short Track p/b Big Sky Brewing
 
The Summer Solstice Short Track will be back on Friday night, with a new sponsor, Big Sky
Brewing. “We are starting to hear calls for short track on the World Cup circuit and we are happy to oblige them with our short track race on Friday night,” said Horan. He went on, “The new sponsorship there, with Big Sky Brewing, is something that we’re particularly excited about. They’ve been involved with a handful of local races around here, and always to a great job throwing a party. You can count on the Short Track being a great time with Big Sky Brewing on board.”
 
The Short Track and Cross Country will be held at the same venue at Marshall Mountain. “The
Short Track will be a shorter modified loop on the existing Pro XCT Course. We will include
the ‘Local Glory’ and ‘Buffalo Jump’ sections for the short track as those sections have been popular in the past with participants,” said Horan.

Hair of the Dog Enduro p/b Shimano
 
Another new event for 2014 is the Hair of the Dog Enduro which will take place on Sunday June
22nd. “We have seen Enduro grow in Montana and the northwest and we waited a year until we
could get a quality course dialed in for folks to compete on” said Horan. He continued, “We think
our Enduro will be a good fit for riders and racers who want to experience Montana mountain biking and see who is the best among their peers. The entire Enduro course will be at the Blue Mountain Recreation Area.” Horan added, “Blue Mountain Recreation Area is part of the Lolo National Forest and we are really stoked to be working with the folks over at the Missoula Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest for this event. It is going to be sweet!”

“Racing like its 1994”
 
To keep the racing like its 1994 vibe Horan is inviting all folks to come to Missoula early to race.
Festivities kick off with the MT Alpha Pro Women’s Ride-A-Long on Tuesday, June 17th. On
Wednesday night the final Wednesday Beer League event on June 18th at the Missoula XC venue.
“We have had some of the pros come out and do a hot lap or two and then get their free Missoula micro-brew and hang out on a nice summer night.” said Horan. “We are also showcasing the race in downtown Missoula with food vendors and live music for the racers in Caras Park which is next to the Clark Fork River on Thursday night, June 19th to get the Missoula XC party started!” Horan elaborated.
 
The Missoula XC has also added a new title sponsor for the main event for the next 3 years,
Zillastate which is a local Real Estate Brokerage in Missoula. “The owner of Zillastate is on our
board and has been involved with promoting mountain biking since he moved to Missoula in 1997. He is on our board and is really stoked to be part of the Missoula XC for the years to come” Horan stated. He also added, “We also have added a sponsor for the short track this year, Big Sky Brewing which is also located in Missoula. Big Sky Brewing is very excited to be involved and we are happy to have them on board.” “Shimano also stepped up and has been very helpful for our new Enduro event.’ Added Horan.


The Missoula XC presented by Zillastate at Marshall Mountain will be held on June 21st, 2014 at
Marshall Mountain in Missoula, Montana.
 
Website Information:
 
USA Cycling ProXCT:
www.usacycling.org/proxct
 
Zillastate:
www.zillastate.com 
 
Missoula XC presented by Zillastate at Marshall Mountain:
www.missoulaxc.org
 
Big Sky Brewing:
www.bigskybrew.com
 
Shimano:
www.bike.shimano.com
 
About the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT)
Created in 2009 to consistently provide world-class athletes with a competitive arena on American soil, the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) recognizes the best professional cross country teams and athletes competing on U.S. soil by employing a season-long rankings system to identify overall men’s and women’s series leaders. For more
information on the USA Cycling Pro XCT, visit www.usacycling.org/proxct. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.
 


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