Ute Valley Pro XCT to continue Pro XCT June 16 in CO Springs


Colorado Endurance Sports will be showcasing the 2012 Ute Valley Pro XCT Presented by ROTOR Bike USA on June 16th and 17th in Colorado Springs. After a three-month break, the Ute Valley Pro XCT will be the third of five races USA Cycling's Pro Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT), the nation's premier mountain bike cross-country calendar.

The Ute Valley venue will include a Pro XCT cross country, amateur cross country, kids, junior, short track, and Pro “Eliminator” race. This spectator friendly venue starts and finishes on a dirt running track that encloses the Ute Valley Cycling Expo which will showcase the latest and greatest in cycling equipment, apparel and accessories. Ute Valley is a mountain bike oasis filled with tight twisty single track, short steep climbs, and fun speedy rocky descents. At 4.5 miles in length the course will include a great mix of open double track suitable for passing, as well as technical riding that will not only be incredibly fun for the racers, but also very spectator friendly. Additionally at 6,100 feet of elevation and with 344 feet of climbing per lap, the terrain and speed will push your limits.

The lineup will include: Colin Cares, Colorado College Graduate that races for the Kenda/Felt Pro MTB Team, is currently leading the Pro Men’s Division. Ryan Trebon multi time National Cyclocross Champion, JHK Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski 10 time National Mountain Bike Champion, Colorado Spring’s own Russell Finsterwald Continental U23 Champion. Last year’s winner, Max Plaxton, currently sits in 2nd place, just 40 points behind Cares. Todd Wells, will also be looking to improve their team standing (currently 5th, 10 points back). Zephanie Blasi, from Tucson, AZ, is the leader on the women’s side. Only 60 points separate the top 5 in both the men’s and women’s races, and with 190 points up for grabs for the winner, a decisive series lead could be established at Ute Valley. The timing of the event should make for even more exciting racing. The Olympic Mountain Bike Team will be announced the day before the races, on Friday, June 15th, in Colorado Springs. This means that there will likely be a couple of Olympic contenders participating in the races at Ute Valley Pro XCT powered by Rotor. In addition to the pro cross country races, there will also be amateur cross country, short track racing, kids racing, and the first-ever Pro XCT Eliminator.

After many years of being involved in local and regional cycling events, and with the overwhelming response to the 2011 “Hotter than Habanero” ROTOR Bike USA has become the presenting sponsor for the Ute Valley Pro XCT. Based in Madrid Spain, ROTOR Bike Components develops cycling products and new technologies meant to improve your cycling experience and performance. Their solution-focused design ethic has brought many cutting edge innovations to the market, such as the Oval Q-Ring, Trinity Drilling System, and the Self Aligning Bottom Bracket to name a few. For more information, please visit www.rotorbikeusa.com.

For more information on this event please contact Jayson at coloradoendurancesports@gmail.com or check the website www.utevalleyproxct.com . Registration is availlable at http://www.prerace.com/races/event/32472/Ute-Valley-Pro-XCT-presented-by-Rotor-Bike-USA-Colorado-Springs-CO. Visit the official USA Cycilng Pro XCT webpage for more info on the schedule, series leaders, etc.

About USA Cycling Pro XCT
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 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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