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USA Cycling announces 2007 MTB calendar process
Top level regional, national & international events recognised
National calendar process to be similar to that used in road
USA Cycling media release
Beginning with the 2007 competitive cycling season, USA Cycling is introducing a new mountain bike calendar designed to recognize and support top-level regional, national and international events through a season-long calendar similar to the National Racing Calendar model that is currently utilized in road cycling. The new USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar is specifically designed to provide a more open access opportunity for those top-level events that have, for one reason or another, not participated in the traditional “NORBA National Series” model. The new calendar will be compatible with a variety of event models, while still providing professional and elite-level riders across all disciplines of off-road cycling regular and consistent racing opportunities in the United States.
In recognition of the diversity and growth of the different disciplines of mountain bike racing, the new USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar will feature three distinct categories – endurance, gravity and ultra-endurance. USA Cycling believes the new calendar will allow USA Cycling to embrace the full spectrum of American mountain bike racing and better serve the respective mountain bike racing communities.
Endurance will consist of cross country, short track cross country, time trials and stage races. Gravity is defined as downhill, dual slalom, 4-cross and super downhill. Ultra-endurance will consist of marathon, ultra-marathon and 12- and 24-hour races. The goal of this calendar is to provide professional and elite-level riders and teams a season-long series in which to compete and earn prize money, as well as to recognize the best off-road athletes in the country through a collective points and ranking system.
All events added to the calendar must meet pro prize purse requirements specific to each calendar tier set by either the UCI or USA Cycling. The endurance calendar will be broken down into four separate tiers based on the amount of prize money and/or UCI points available at each event. Gravity events will fall into one of two tiers, while Ultra-endurance events will all be classified the same.
Please note that the “National Mountain Bike Series” (NMBS), which has not been a property of USA Cycling for three years, will continue to operate under the independent ownership and organization of Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf Productions and fit within the framework of the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Calendar.
USA Cycling will release the bid document to all USA Cycling mountain bike promoters Thursday, November 2. This document will explain in greater detail the requirements and process for solidifying a spot on the calendar, prize money requirements, event guidelines, rights and responsibilities, and application procedures.
“The new USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar represents a profound change from the past mountain bike race calendars,” explained Steve Johnson, USA Cycling chief executive officer. “It is an exciting opportunity for all of us to work together to build a true national event ladder that will ultimately support and sustain the continued development of American mountain bike racing in all of its forms.”
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