SECOND OF FOUR LEGS OF SNOWSHOE’S POWERADE $25,000 RACE SERIES SET FOR JULY 25-26

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Snowshoe Mountain Hosts 2nd Powerade Mountain Bike Race

SECOND OF FOUR LEGS OF SNOWSHOE’S

POWERADE $25,000 RACE SERIES SET FOR JULY 25-26

Competitors look to gain points in overall standings and a piece of the $25,000 purse

Snowshoe, W.Va. –After an action-packed first weekend of mountain bike racing in June, Snowshoe Mountain is ready for the second of four legs of the 2009 Powerade Race Series, July 25-26. Specialized team member Chris Herndon leads the overall standing after race one, having won both the dual stunt and men’s pro downhill competition.  During the second race weekend, riders will once again compete in a Saturday evening dual stunt competition in Snowshoe’s mountaintop Village, followed by Sunday’s downhill race. The dual stunt competition is a new facet of this year’s series, having replaced the dual slalom competition. Each of the four legs of the downhill series will be run on a unique course, with the fourth and final race moving from Snowshoe’s Western Territory to the more technical Basin Side.

After a week of rain, last month’s race was a slick one, with competitors tackling roots, rocks, berms and mud. Herndon took the men’s pro downhill crown with a time of 4:21, accumulating 250 points towards the series’ overall title. Less than a second behind him was Morewood Bikes rider Geritt Beytagh, who earned 225 points. Hillary Elgert, riding for Racers Edge, took the women’s pro crown with a time of 5:46. In the dual stunt competition, Herndon was once again at the top of the pack, with Snowshoe local Trevyn Newpher taking second place in the men’s elite competition. Tamera Peloquin was the only female rider to take part in the dual stunt competition.

Riders are looking forward to another weekend of stiff competition, with 250 racers expected for the event. Saturday’s dual stunt competition will feature men’s elite, amateur and junior classes, with women’s classes being determined by participation. In the dual stunt event racers compete in a head-to-head battle with several wooden features testing their skills in the times event. The event is extremely spectator friendly, taking place in the heart of Snowshoe’s Village. On Sunday, racers will tackle the downhill course in Snowshoe’s Western Territory. Spectators are welcome to line the race course, or purchase lift tickets for great viewing from the Western Express lift. Finish line viewing is available from Arbuckle’s Cabin, where an awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race action. Riders will once again vie for the weekend’s crown, while also accumulating points for the series’ overall championship. The Powerade purse, at $25,000, is the largest in East Coast mountain bike racing.

Complete race series information can be found at ride.snowshoemtn.com. Final results will be posted following the weekend’s event. Snowshoe’s Basin area will be open for riding during the event, with lift access from the Ballhooter lift. Legs three and four of the race series will be held August 28-30 and October 2-4, respectively.

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Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains.  This 11,000-acre playground offers 1,500 feet of vertical drop for its expansive skiing and mountain biking terrain.  With a mountain top village nearly one mile high in the sky, Snowshoe offers unique variety of lodging, dining and shopping options.  A host of special events and activities make the West Virginia resort a destination for the entire family.  For more information visit http://www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/index.htm

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