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    Snowshoe Mountain and Full Throttle Race Series Concludes Sept 8-9

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 29, 2007

    SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN AND FULL THROTTLE
    PREPARE TO AWARD $25,000 PRIZE
    The East Coast's Largest Mountain Bike Series Wraps-Up With Final Weekend of Racing

    Snowshoe, W.Va. -The Full Throttle Mountain Bike Race Series returns to Snowshoe Mountain for its third and final round September 8-9. More than 200 racers are expected to battle Snowshoe's challenging terrain for a piece of the $25,000 purse-the east coast's largest mountain bike payout.

    Snowshoe's Park Crew has been busy preparing the event and race courses to provide yet another fun and exciting weekend for spectators and athletes alike. The course will be a culmination of 2 miles and 1,500 vertical feet of downhill mountain bike action, containing challenges for the riders such as drops, jumps, rock gardens, roots, mud, and plenty of speed.

    "There will be many opportunities for excitement for both fans and competitors," said Trevyn Newpher, Snowshoe's Mountain Bike Programs Manager. "The entire series has just been phenomenal, and this final weekend will be no different. We expect great competition, with some of the sport's best riders displaying their skills here at Snowshoe."

    Snowshoe's world-class terrain, as well as some of the most well-known faces in mountain biking have motivated racers of all ages, genders and abilities to make trips of more than 14 hours in some cases to test their skills. A few notable athletes leaving their mark on the Full Throttle event include Missy Giove, a former female World Champion, as well as US National Team athletes Chris Herndon and Tim Price. Herndon is the current national Dual Slalom Champion and National Team Member, while Price has made his name known as a current Junior (18 and under) National Team Member.

    With two races completed, Herndon leads the series with a 1st and 2nd place finish. Giove is leading her respective category with two 1st place finishes.

    Following the same format of the previous two races, riders will compete in dual slalom competition Saturday, September 8th, with downhill races held on Sunday. New classes have been added this year with racers now competing in intro (first year racers), weekend warrior (average, experienced racer with limited training), amateur (men only, at least one year of racing experience, higher-level competition) and elite classes (competitive, experienced racer). In non-elite classes competitors will run in U-17, 18-29, 30-39 and 40+ age groups.

    The top 10 male elite finishers will walk away with a cash prize, as will the top three female elite racers. Amateur, weekend warrior and intro top three finishers will be awarded bike component prizes. Each weekend has concluded with its own awards ceremony, including cash prizes worth hundred of dollars for the top elite finishers. This final weekend will feature a similar Sunday evening ceremony, during which racers who have accumulated the most points over the series will receive an additional prize.

    For more information on all of Snowshoe mountain biking adventures check out <http://ride.snowshoemtn.com>. To access a complete schedule of all of Snowshoe's summer events and activities visit us at www.snowshoemtn.com <http://www.snowshoemtn.com>.


    source: Laura Parquette
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