Four stages of Enduro cap 1st day of MTB Nationals


Snowshoe, W.Va. (July 20, 2017) – The 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships completed a full day of competition on Wednesday with the first four of eight stages for Enduro events in 14 categories. Non-championship races were held in 21 categories for cross-country events, and seven categories for dual slalom events, which were postponed by rain from Tuesday.
The first three stages for Enduro took place in the Basin Area of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, which sits on the second highest peak in West Virginia at 4,848 feet, while stage 4 ventured into the Western Territory. Racers started with the 6,000 steps of backcountry trail before tackling the signature Dreamweaver and other trails. It was all downhill for stage four at the Western Territory section of the mountain, which challenged racers with the Pro DownHill course.
After four stages, Seamus Powell (Round Top, N.Y.) leads the Pro/Open Male category, with two-time defending champion Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah) in second place. In the Pro/Open Female category, Joanna Petterson (Jericho, Vt.) maintains a lead ahead of Rachel Strait (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Terri Watts (Athens, Ga.).
“The Enduro course here at Snowshoe is pretty cool, it's pretty diverse,” said Adam Snyder (Fort Collins, Colo.) via the USA Cycling Instagram report, who sits in eighth place going into the final four stages on Thursday. ”It has runs like stage four that we just did, it's pretty much on the Pro Downhill course which is a pretty decisive stage. And also other stages like five and six that (has) a little more pedaling involved. I think it will crown a true national champ.”
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, also hosted a series of qualification races for championship dual slalom categories - Female 11+, Male Junior 11-14, Male Master 30-39/ Cat. 1, Male Master 40+/ Cat 1, and Male Senior 19-29/ Cat 1.
The first Stars-and-Stripes jerseys will be awarded to champions on Thursday evening in seven cross-country Masters categories, two short track cross-country categories, five dual slalom categories, and 14 Enduro categories.
“This is an event that we’ve all had circled on the calendar for a long time now. To be able to host Nationals is a tremendous opportunity for us to show the mountain biking world just how great the riding is here,” said Shawn Cassell, public relations specialist for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. “We have hundreds of mountain bikers here this week who are not only visiting Snowshoe for the first time, but also West Virginia for the first time. Our ultimate goal is to bring a World Cup stop to West Virginia, so to host USAC Nationals in 2017 and 2018 feels like a step in that direction.”
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