Pro-Am Race the World XC and Gravity East DH Announced for Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Event

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Windham, N.Y. – Professional and amateur cyclists are invited to be a part of cycling history and race with the best athletes from all over the world during the Race the World cross country (XC) and Gravity East Series downhill (DH) events taking place at the 2011 Windham Mountain Bike World Cup on July 9 and 10 in Windham, N.Y.

On Saturday, July 9, Professional and Category 1-3 cyclists are welcome to participate in the downhill event which has a 3:15 p.m. start time. Entry fees range from $75 to $80. The DH event is part of the GravityEast East Coast MTB Downhill Race Series. Details on categories and points can be found at http://gravityeastseries.com/points.html.

On Sunday, July 10, cross country racers will compete on the same course as World Cup athletes, in an event sponsored by Kenda Tires. Professionals, Category 1-3 cyclists and First Timers are invited to participate. Races start at 8 a.m. for Pro and Cat 1 riders; Cat 2, Cat 3 and First Timers have a 10:15 a.m. start time. Entry fees range from $25 to $50. Race the World XC is part of the New York State MTB series and the Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. Details on categories and points can be found at http://www.nysmtbseries.com/index.htm and http://www.root66raceseries.com/.

Kids will also have a chance to Race the World on a 1/8 to 1/4 mile loop at the Windham Mountain base, near the lodge. The Kids’ Fun Race is appropriate for children up to age 12. Participants are asked to bring their own bikes. Heats will be broken down by age. The race starts at 12:45 pm on Sunday; there is no entry fee.

Riders are encouraged to register for the cross country, downhill and Kids’ Fun Race by visiting www.racewindham.com (click on non-UCI, and follow instructions at www.bikereg.com). Online registration closes Friday, Jul. 8, at 9 p.m.

Registration entitles racers to participate in all World Cup festivities at Windham Mountain including a Friday night Block Party on Main Street in Windham; live music on Saturday night (bands TBA); and a “Big Wheel” race down a steep, paved course (BYOBW). Unlike most international World Cup venues, there will be no fees charged to enter the venue or the consumer and tech expos. To help defray the tremendous organizing costs and to keep the World Cup in the U.S., a minimal fee for parking – $10 for an entire carload for one day, or $25 for three days – will be charged.

Windham is the seventh stop on the 2011 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano; additional stops include Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Dalby Forest, Great Britain; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, Great Britain; Leogang, Austria; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; La Bress, France; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; and Val di Sole, Italy.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.racewindham.com.

Source: Penelope Vavura

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