2009 MTB National Calendar and AMBC bid process now open

 Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 28, 2008)—Attention all mountain bike promoters: Bid applications for the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendars are now available for download from the USA Cycling website at: http://www.usacycling.org/forms/mbnc/09_MTB_Calendar_App.pdf. The American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) bid documents are also available here: http://www.usacycling.org/forms/ambc/ambc_bid.pdf.
Any promoter who wishes to be a part of the 2009 Mountain Bike National Calendar or the AMBC can submit bids through September 15.
USA Cycling hosts three distinct Mountain Bike National Calendars; cross country, gravity and ultra-endurance. The purpose of these calendars is to recognize and support top-level regional, national and international events and riders, to provide professional riders and teams the ability to earn UCI points at domestic events, to offer racing opportunities across the country for riders at various levels, prize purses, and a series ranking within each discipline calendar and to provide event organizers the opportunity to elevate their events to a higher level and be an active part in a ‘pipeline’ of events. Typically occurring from March through September, the 2008 Mountain Bike National Calendars featured more than 40 events with the calendar’s winners recognized by the cycling community as the best mountain bike athletes on American soil.
Focusing more on a local level, the goal of the AMBC is to recognize regional events which will promote grassroots racing (including all ages and abilities of competitors) to actively grow the sport of mountain bike racing and participation in the United States.
Race promoters who wish to be considered for a spot on the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendars or the AMBC should download a bid application and submit it to USA Cycling Mountain Bike Program Director, Kelli Lusk at klusk@usacycling.org.  The final 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendars will be announced at Interbike in late September.
For complete bid information on all of USA Cycling’s calendars, click here.
About USA Cycling   
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. As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization. USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women’s National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling. USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.   

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