Blitz to the Barrel:
Shenandoah Mountain 100:
Here’s why – USAC is trying to use our fellow professional brothers and sisters in a ploy to wedge themselves back into the mountain bike racing scene; a growing, thriving scene that has completely left USAC behind.
USAC thinks that without professional racers showing up to an event, there is no event. But what USAC fails to realize – or maybe just chooses to ignore in classic USAC form – is that we are USAC; every single individual member, most of whom are not professional. This action taken by USAC affects all of us involved in mountain bike racing, from amateurs and professionals to race promoters and entire communities that rely on mountain bike events for tax revenue. So what can we do?
For 2013, I’ve decided not to renew my license and only participate in mountain bike races that are non-USAC sanctioned, and I encourage others to do the same. It isn’t hard to find them; thanks to the USAC, there are more independent events now than ever before. Below you will find a compiled list of mountain bike races on the East and West coast that are independently sanctioned. If you are in the process of planning your summer race schedule, build your calendar around these races.
By supporting independent race promoters and refusing to renew your USAC license, you’ll be sending a very clear and important message to the folks in Colorado Springs – mountain bikers don’t need USAC anymore.
Six Hours of Warrior Creek:
Enforcement of UCI rules limits racing for top mountain bikers in USA on Cyclingnews.com
Got a good independent race you recommend? List it in the comments below!
West Coast Races – these events do sell out, so don’t procrastinate.
March 2-July 6 – Oregon XC Series – All over Oregon
June 15-Sept 29 – Big Mountain Enduro Series – All over the West Coast
April 7 – 25 – Annual Mudslinger – Blodgett, OR
April 26-28 – Whiskey Off-Road – Prescott, AZ – Almost sold out.
May 25-26 – Gunnison Growler – Gunnison, CO – The “Half Growler” is sold out
May 26 – Iron Horse Classic – Durango, CO
June 6-9 – Teva Mountain Games – Vail, CO
June 11 – Tuesday – Blitz to the Barrel – Bend, OR – Watch the Video!
June 29 – Humbug Hurry-up – Yreka, CA
July 13 – Crusher in the Tushar – Beaver, UT
July 20 – High Cascades 100 – Bend, OR
July 25-28 – Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park, CO
August 1-4 – Downieville Classic – Downieville, CA
August 9-18 – Crankworx Whistler – British Colombia, Canada
August 11-16 – Breckenridge Epic – Breckenridge, CO
August 18 – Mt. Ogden 100K – Huntsville, UT
August 31 – Park City Point to Point – SOLD OUT – A must do in 2014
August 31 – Sept 1 – Grand Junction Off-Road – Grand Junction, CO
September 29 – Whiskeytown Classic – Whiskeytown Lake, CA
October 5 – Tour of the White Mountains – Show Low, AZ
East Coast Races
April 14-Sept 21 – WVMBA – Legendary races all over West Virginia
April 6 – Six Hours of Warrior Creek – Wilkesboro, NC
April 13-14 – Michaux Off-Road Weekend – Biglerville, PA
April 27 – Big Frog 65 – Ocoee White Water Center, TN
May 4 – Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race – SOLD OUT – A must do in 2014
May 11 – Wildcat 100 – Rosendale, NY
May 18 – Pisgah 111K – Pisgah Forest, NC
May 19 – Pisgah 55.5K – Pisgah Forest, NC – For those not ready for the 111K!
May 26-June 1 – Trans-Sylvania Epic –Central PA – 7 day stage race
June 8 – Rothrock Trailmix – State College, PA
June 16 – Stoopid 50 – State College, PA
July 21 – Off-road Assault on Mount Mitchell – Mt. Mitchell, NC – SOLD OUT
July 27 – Wilderness 101 – Coburn, PA
September 1 – Shenandoah Mountain 100 – Stokesville, VA
September 14 – Monster Cross Challenge – Pisgah Forest, NC
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