USA Cycling announces 2011 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC)

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Colorado Springs, Colo.  – USA Cycling is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2011 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC).

AMBC cross country events will serve as qualifiers for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships, July 14-17 in Sun Valley, Idaho while AMBC gravity events will qualify riders to compete at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships, September 24-25 in Beech Mountain, N.C.

In its 15th year, the AMBC features 21 races and will visit 14 states between March and September. The series opens this month with the Southeastern Regional Championships (SERC) race in Gainesville, Fla. on March 20 and it concludes with the Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival in Rocksprings, Texas, September 2-4. The complete AMBC calendar is as follows:

March 20: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Gainesville, Fla.

March 27: Chickasaw Trace Classic – Columbia, Tenn.

April 3: Southeastern Regional Championships Series (SERC) – Bryson City, NC

April 9: 17th Annual Barking Spider Bash XC – Boise, Idaho

April 17: Stump Jump 2011 – Spartanburg, SC

April 30 – May 1: The Idyllwild Spring Challenge – Idyllwild, Calif.

May 1: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Winder, Ga.

May 15: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Ducktown, Tenn.

May 15: Tymor Park Challenge – Lagrangeville, NY

May 22: Greenbrier Challenge – Hagerstown, Md.

May 29: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – Durango, Colo.

June 4-5: Bump ‘N Grind – Pelham, Ala.

June 12: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Chattanooga, Tenn.

June 18-19: Magic Cycles Mountain Bike Race Weekend – Beech Mountain, NC

June 26: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Clemson, SC

July 10: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Huntsville, Ala.

July 17: 16th Annual Bulldog Rump presented by Cycle Craft – Andover, NJ

August 7: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Fontana, NC

August 14: Bear Creek Challenge – Macungie, Pa.

September 2-4: Camp Eagle Classic MTB Festival – Rocksprings, Texas

The AMBC was created in 1996 to provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Each stop on the series offers cross country events, and several stops offer short-track cross country, downhill, time trials, or super D competitions as well.

Visit the USA Cycling AMBC page for more information.

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About USA Cycling
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. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

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