AMBC calendar announced

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 15, 2005) – USA Cycling announced the 2006 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) calendar today.

The series kicks off March 12 in Reddick, Fla. with the South Eastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) and concludes with the Piney Hills Classic XIII Oct. 22 in Ruston, La. The seven months in between provide opportunities to racers of all abilities to contest top-level regional competition from across the country. AMBC races will also serve as qualifiers for the 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.

The 2006 calendar features 33 events with four new events added to the calendar.

May 13
Idyllwild Spring Challenge
Idyllwild, Calif.
XC, Team Relay

May 21
4th Annual Coyote Classic
Boise, Idaho

June 25
11th Annual Bulldog Rump
Andover, N.J.

July 23
Dawg Days MTB Classic
North Little Rock, Ark.

Created in 1996, the AMBC series offers cross-country racing, with some events also including downhill, dual slalom, mountain cross, short-track cross-country, and/or observed trials competitions at all events. The AMBC has also expanded in the past few seasons with a competitive 50-miler and two stage races.

In addition to the senior, master, and professional races, some AMBC events also host the Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series (ADJO-MTB) and the Shimano Youth Series classes. The AJDO-MTB offers riders age 10-18, the chance to test their skills against competitors of the same age. The Shimano Youth Series provides a first-time racing experience for kids who are 12 years old and younger.

For a complete 2006 AMBC Series Calendar, click here.

NORBA is the mountain bike member association of USA Cycling. Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 80,000 members and 2,000 annual events.

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