Pro Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour Set for 2012

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dec, 23, 2011) — USA Cycling announced Friday the dates and locations for the 2012 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET).

The Pro UET recognizes the best competitors in 6-hour, 24-hour, marathon and ultra-marathon mountain bike competitions across the country.

The calendar begins on March 10 with the Spa City 6-Hour Mountain Bike Race in Hot Springs, Ark., before making two consecutive stops in California. The first stop in California is in Lake Morena for the Sagebrush Safari 50 on May 20 before continuing with the Big Bear 50 in Big Bear Lake on June 3. The calendar’s penultimate date is June 30 for the Galena Grinder Whit Henry Memorial in Galena Lodge, Idaho, which will serve as a kickoff to the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships in Ketchum, Idaho, from July 5-8. The Pro UET concludes on July 21 with 12 Hours of Snowmass in Snowmass, Colo.

In 2011, Manuel Prado (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) topped the men’s standings while Pua Mata (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) won three of four events to top the women’s standings.

March 10 – Spa City 6-Hour Mountain Bike Race – Hot Springs, Ark.
May 20 – Sagebrush Safari 50 – Lake Morena, Calif.
June 3 – Big Bear 50 – Big Bear Lake, Calif.
June 30 – Galena Grinder Whit Henry Memorial – Galena Lodge, Idaho
July 21 – 12 Hours of Snowmass – Snowmass, Colo.

USA Cycling previously announced the dates and venues for the 2012 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT). Visitwww.USACycling.org/prouet for more.

About the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Ultra Endurance Tour (Pro UET)

Created in 2011 to consistently provide world-class athletes with a competitive arena on American soil, the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Ultra Endurance Tour (Pro UET) recognizes the best professional athletes competing a U.S. soil by employing a season-long rankings system to identify overall men’s and women’s series leaders for Pro/Solo categories in 6-hour, 24-hour, marathon, and ultra-marathon mountain bike events around the country. For more information on the Pro UET, click here. 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.

Source: Andrea Smith, USA Cycling

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