Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals set for this weekend

Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 7, 2009) – Collegiate riders from around the nation are getting ready to converge on the Northstar at Tahoe resort near Truckee, Calif. to race for national titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, the second national championship event of the 2009/2010 collegiate cycling season.

The event, slated for October 16-18, is being hosted by the University of Nevada at Reno and will award a total of twenty-two national titles, including the overall team omniums in Divisions I and II. Fort Lewis College and Appalachian State University will look to defend the coveted team crowns they earned a year ago in Banner Elk, N.C.

Racing begins on Friday with the Division I and II men’s and women’s cross country contests. The men will complete three laps of the 7.5 mile loop while the women will race for two laps. With 800 feet of climbing per lap, the course features a combination of double track, single track, and fire roads. On Saturday, a spectator-friendly course will set the stage for the short track cross country battles in which riders will wind through the resort’s village and surrounding single track. Another eight titles will be up for grabs to gravity racers with four-cross competitions taking place on Saturday and the downhill contests being run on Sunday. Following Sunday’s downhill time tests, three days of competition will come to a close with the overall team and individual omniums being awarded in Divisions I and II.

In addition to all the racing on tap, the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship Banquet will take place on Saturday night at the Mid-Mountain Lodge. The banquet will feature guest speaker Katerina Nash, a graduate of the University of Nevada at Reno, and will also provide a great opportunity for riders to meet USA Cycling’s new High School and Collegiate Program Manager, Jeffrey Hansen.

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