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    2014 XC Racing: Your Racing Series and Local Races

    Over the years I've discovered that finding bike races isn't as simple as a Google search. Many races don't do online pre-reg, or affiliate with BikeReg or USACycling. Some don't have a website at all.

    So, I want to help people get the ball rolling this year by coming up with a comprehensive list of racing series across the US. Or, if you live in an area without a defined series, a list of races that you'll be competing in.

    But, please give us your approximate location. Saying "California" is a big more ambiguous than "Rhode Island", if you catch my drift. Also, commentary on the racing series, particularly any highlights or the type of racing it seems to offer. For example, "XCO-style courses", "single-loop epics", etc.

    I'll start off with a few that I've raced in:

    OBRA - Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
    OBRA: Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
    They offer a wide range of races, from dusty high desert burners to muddy, rainforest slogfests. OBRA is the best state racing organization I've come across, bar none. STXC, XCO, multi and single lap, marathon.

    WORS - Wisconsin Off Road Series
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    Multi-lap, heavily forested XC courses. Very well attended (best in US). Not super technical, but fun and fast.
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    2014 XC Racing: Your Racing Series and Local Races

    Here in Texas there are these two series that I run and promote.

    Lone Star XC Series.
    Http://lonestarxc.com
    A 7 race series across the best trails in Dallas and challenging riders with the most technical sections available.

    DFW Summer Series
    Website coming soon...
    A weeknight summer racing series with two locations across Dallas. Courses are challenging but beginner friendly and the event is very chill and laid back, a perfect introduction for beginner riders.


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    Eastern PA, DE, NJ, MD - Mid-Atlantic Super Series

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    If you're in the Southeast sadlebred.com has some good information.

    Central/eastern NC specifically has the Coastal Carolina Offroad Series (starting this weekend) which is fun and a little more laid back.

    There's also the Southeastern Regional Championship Series (2014 serc series) and the Southern Classic Series (Southern Classic Mountain bike race series) that stay pretty close to NC/SC/GA.

    I also hear TORC (Triangle Offroad Cyclists) is planning to try a summer series this year in the Raleigh area.

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    H2Hrace.com is a killer series with varying courses from a lot of climbing to even more climbing and very technical to even more very technical! seriously, they are well attended in all categories and are run very well. terrain is mostly tight twisty singletrack but can vary from course to course since it covers northern NJ to southern NY.

    Also, local MTBNJ.com club has a killer short track series in March (every saturday if I'm not mistaken) and a 6 hour race (Stewart Super Six Pack) in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7daysaweek View Post
    If you're in the Southeast sadlebred.com has some good information.

    Central/eastern NC specifically has the Coastal Carolina Offroad Series (starting this weekend) which is fun and a little more laid back.

    There's also the Southeastern Regional Championship Series (2014 serc series) and the Southern Classic Series (Southern Classic Mountain bike race series) that stay pretty close to NC/SC/GA.

    I also hear TORC (Triangle Offroad Cyclists) is planning to try a summer series this year in the Raleigh area.
    Same with us here in Greensboro, NC (middle of the state), plus we have a Triad MTB Training Series - Wednesday night XC racing at various locations in the Piedmont Triad area. Home

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    Sounds like a good idea LeDuke!! The outlier being the terminology and descriptions are not as universal

    Minnesota Mountain Biking Series is here: Minnesota Mountain Bike Series
    Traditional XC Multi-lap races on a variety of heavily forested courses in Minnesota ranging from ski resorts, to tight twisty and technical courses. USAC sanctioned. In addition to the USAC categories, they offer a Fat Bike Division, a Clydesdale Division, and a Comp Division (CAT 2 that is between CAT 2 and CAT 1 Distance and ability). Usually one lap more than CAT 2 and one less than CAT 1. Races are spreadout throughout the entire state.

    Nebraska Psycowapth Series is here: Psycowpath - the premier mountain bike racing series in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.
    Traditional XC Multi-lap races on a variety of courses ranging from heavily forested to wide open cow-path in the prairie and dusty riding. USAC sanctioned. They also offer a 4 hour multi-lap marathon race option at most events. Races are usually in the eastern 1/2 of the state.

    Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series
    is here: IORCA/IMBCS Home
    Traditional XC Multi-lap races on a wide variety of courses from ski resort, to river bluff, to heavily forested, to tight and twisty to a couple of non-technical courses. In addition to the USAC categories, they offer a Comp Division (CAT 2 that is between CAT 2 and CAT 1 Distance and ability). Usually one lap more than CAT 2 and one less than CAT 1. Races are spread out throughout the state. Some are USAC sanctioned, some in the series are not.
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    Michigan Race Series

    Michigan has a few race series. Mostly covering the lower half.

    MMBA- More grass roots
    Championship Point Series « Michigan Mountain Biking Association

    Tailwinds- More USAC oriented
    http://tailwind-racing.com/Default.html

    A catch all for the rest of the races. Including Snowbike, epics and endurance
    Mountain Bike Races - Cross Country Cycle Holland, Michigan

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    NYSMTB series in New York's Hudson valley.

    New York State Mountain Bike Series
    campmor.com

    new york/new jersey xc race series:
    http://www.campmor.com/html/h2h.shtml

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    Southeastern Wyoming
    Laramie Mountain Bike Series
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    6 race series, cross country oriented. Non-sanctioned.

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    New Mexico Off Road Series
    http://nmors.wordpress.com
    You name, we've got it: high altitude, high desert, multi-loop, ski resort based, rolling hills to killer climbs. Its all here. Rules are based on USA Cycling and licensing. 2014 has 12 scheduled events.

    Plus there are other races in NM as well.

    New Mexico Endurance Series
    New Mexico Endurance Series | This is grassroots endurance cycling.
    BIG LOOP racing!

    Zia Rides/Zia Series
    Register - Zia Rides - 12 & 24 Hour Mountain Bike Races | Zia Rides - 12 & 24 Hour Mountain Bike Races
    12 & 24 Hour events

    In Angle Fire, Los Alamos, and Sandia Peak (Albuquerque) I am sure there are some specific DH events too. I am also quite sure I am forgetting something!

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    Texas has TMBRA, which handles both the XC State Champs and the Marathon series: TMBRA - Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association

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    If you are in Ontario, near by, wandering through, or looking for a challenge,

    Our overall race schedule

    All Race Schedules | Ontario Cycling Association

    We have our XC series, labelled as the Ontario Cups.

    Ontario Cup Series | Super Fly Racing

    Two of the series races, a Canada Cup and the National Championship are hosted by

    Pulse Racing Mountain Bike Events

    OCUPS will see world cup level racers depending on scheduling.

    With the Canada Cup being the weekend before nationals, we get two weeks of the top racers Canada has (Pendrel, Batty, Kabush, Plaxton, Zandstra, Disera).

    The 30+ and 40+ expert categories are highly competitive as well.

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    Florida:
    Gone Riding usac sanctioned races. Holds the Florida State Championship series through the winters all over the state, and looks like the George State Championship series in the summers. They also hold a "Coconut Cup" series towards the end of the Florida State Championship series which stays in the South Florida area. Florida has one type of riding.. XC
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    Washington State

    Budu westside series: short, early season multi-lap races mostly around the greater Seattle area. BuDu Racing, LLC | Mountain Bike and Road Cycling Events in the Pacific Northwest | Running, Duathlons and Triathlons
    Fat Tire Revolution series: longer courses, throughout the state, running late spring through summer Vicious Cycle | cycling and event promotion
    NW MTB Series: new for '14, looks like traditional XC. https://www.facebook.com/NWMTB
    NW epic series: each race has a long and short course option. 30/60, 30/60 and 50/100. Good courses and varied locations, Port Gamble, Chelan and Capitol Forest. Home

    High School and middle school racing: Evergreen Washington Student League

    One off's that I know of: FOCF classic, 2 day Super D and XC combo in capitol forest. Racing |

    Thankfully, none are USAC affiliated.

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    OBRA - Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
    They offer a wide range of races, from dusty high desert burners to muddy, rainforest slogfests. OBRA is the best state racing organization I've come across, bar none.
    Couldn't agree more with this Fortunately for me OR isn't too far of a drive, and I'm down there a few times a year anyway. There'd be a lot less USAC races if everyone could attend a few OBRA races.

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    Utah has a good number of XC race series:
    Utah Bike Racing | Utah Bike Racing
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    2014 Events | Utah State Championship Series

    These are some of the best attended ones. I participate in the I Cup (first link) as much as I can and dabble in the others for specific venues. Nice spread of types of terrain. Desert, valley, ski resort, rough back country..awesome!

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    Here's our race schedule in West Virginia.

    West Virginia Mountain Bike Assocation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    OBRA - Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
    OBRA: Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
    They offer a wide range of races, from dusty high desert burners to muddy, rainforest slogfests. OBRA is the best state racing organization I've come across, bar none. STXC, XCO, multi and single lap, marathon.
    I raced mountain bikes for years in Utah, than moved to Oregon. OBRA makes Utah look like a joke! Heck, USA cycling wishes they where OBRA!
    You forgot to mention OBRA's Cross Crusade - with some of the highest attendance numbers in the world, it is something to experience! There has to be around 10,000 people just spectating! Made my experience at Sea Otter look like a local race.

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    Ok...what do they actually do that is better? I would be curious to know. One series has a new director who is looking to make it a high quality race. So I would love some suggestions...

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    It's a combination of things IMO. The promoters and management of OBRA are very enthusiastic about doing things right and growing the sport. There's a lot of focus on growing the grassroots of the sport and making cycling very inclusive (especially cross). OBRA itself owns a lot of race equipment that it rents to promoters for events. Costs are kept down by bypassing USAC, for example, a one day license is $5, and full year is $25, for road, cross, mtb, track, etc. Reminds me of a credit union vs. B of A. The end result is more bike racing per capita than anywhere in the US last I heard, and the largest amateur cross series. XC MTB was huge in the 90s, died down some, and now seem to be doing well again. Rules and classes are tweaked annually, and the OBRA mountain bike guy asks for feedback on how various races were run.

    OBRA-like sanctioning is available nationwide at NABRA: North American Bicycle Racing Association

    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    Ok...what do they actually do that is better? I would be curious to know. One series has a new director who is looking to make it a high quality race. So I would love some suggestions...

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    To add onto ACree's comments:
    OBRA also has professionally trained officials at every race. The people working the event know what they are doing and are extremely helpful and nice. They also have just about every type of racing available with an extremely full calendar of events.

    As far as mountain bike racing, they have every type of race under the sun - Short Track, traditional XC, endurance races, 24 hour races, Enduro, and Downhill. With a bunch of events being the entire weekend, and the event not only crowns the winner of each type of racing, but than an overall weekend winner. Pretty fun to try to do an Enduro event on Saturday and than a XC race on Sunday with the same bike. And when you race the event you always feel like you got more than your money's worth.

    In Utah (I-Cup) I always felt like I never got my moneys worth out of the event. From the high cost of every event, to people working the event not really knowing what was going on, pour marking of the trails, pour time keeping, taking forever to post results on the website,...
    And joining OBRA for $25 you also get 2 official numbers that are made of nylon to use in at most races (Cross Crusade has a different number system since they use the numbers to stage you at the start).

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    We've got our yearly "Top Gun" event on this weekend.
    DH on Sat, XC on Sun, SuperD on Mon.

    Combine DH/SuperD or XC/SuperD points for the overall Top Gun prize.

    The XC is also the national series round 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACree View Post
    OBRA-like sanctioning is available nationwide at NABRA: North American Bicycle Racing Association
    Are you sure it is nation wide this year? I know last year it was focused on the western half of the US only covering Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California.

    Are there NABRA Officials available in every state this year to go nation wide? Seems like a huge cost to haul in officials from NABRA unless they are within easy driving distance of events.

    I just looked at some of the NABRA forms, processsing fees, fee structure, insurance, etc... and am left wondering what benefits to riders make the NABRA one stop shopping place for insurance, online registration, rules any better - or that much better than USAC or going non-sanctioned 3rd Party private?

    I didn't run the actual total numbers from a promoters standpoint as to what the processing fees, officials fees, insurance costs, online registration costs, etc.... as to what an event would cost to put on with NABRA compared to an event with USAC or a non-sanctioned event, but a cursory look at the fees don't look like that big of a savings. Nothing against competition between cycling bodies, or the reaction to USAC that created NABRA in the first place, but I don't think it looks like they are really a nation wide organized structure yet. Seems more region and local specific to a few states out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    Are you sure it is nation wide this year?
    From what I had read, I was under the impression the insurance, processing, etc. was available nationwide. Appears to only be utilized in the West/NW at the moment. Officials tend to be local, I can't imagine that having quick expansion.

    If you're considering total costs, make sure you account for $25/$5 full year/one day memberships vs. USAC fees. For that matter, I know the WA cross races that were listed on the NABRA calendar didn't charge or require membership fees of any kind.

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    Re: 2014 XC Racing: Your Racing Series and Local Races

    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    We've got our yearly "Top Gun" event on this weekend.
    DH on Sat, XC on Sun, SuperD on Mon.

    Combine DH/SuperD or XC/SuperD points for the overall Top Gun prize.

    The XC is also the national series round 2.
    That sounds like a fun event! Where are you located?

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    Oklahoma MTB Championship Series
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    Re: 2014 XC Racing: Your Racing Series and Local Races

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    That sounds like a fun event! Where are you located?
    Nelson, New Zealand.

    Top Gun this weekend, next is a big Enduro, next week an epic trail ride, next week a 100km alpine back country ride...

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    I usually just wait to hear about events from other people through word of mouth. Yeah I'm lazy.

    Then there are a couple of pages I "like" on Facebook that keep me somewhat informed of stuff. Pisgah Productions and Blue Ridge something or other. Then our local race dude has a website I look at once in awhile...and he also posts updates on Facebook. So long story short, I am haphazard and lazy in my approach.

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    I plan on/want to race 20+ times this year. If I want to pull that off, I can't afford to sit back and wait for information to come to me.

    And, I won't have that word of mouth network. I won't know anyone at the races I want to do, at least at first.
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    Re: 2014 XC Racing: Your Racing Series and Local Races

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    Nelson, New Zealand.

    Top Gun this weekend, next is a big Enduro, next week an epic trail ride, next week a 100km alpine back country ride...
    Nice! I always thought it'd be cool to have a "bike triathlon" kind of event like that to see who's the best overall MTBer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    I plan on/want to race 20+ times this year. If I want to pull that off, I can't afford to sit back and wait for information to come to me.

    And, I won't have that word of mouth network. I won't know anyone at the races I want to do, at least at first.
    Ok so you inspired me to be a little less lazy and I looked up some of the websites I go to…..Not sure what area of the country you are in so this may be totally useless information to you. On a side note one of the things I love about racing is all the people you meet. You might not know anyone at the first few you go to but you will get to know lots of people quickly and will start seeing the same people over and over at various events.

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    Nice! I always thought it'd be cool to have a "bike triathlon" kind of event like that to see who's the best overall MTBer
    I'd like to finish it off with a cyclocross race in the evening to really sort out the top positions. Would be great for all the other riders to spectate/heckle/get drunk...

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    Our local series kicks off early June. Pretty late but considering we get over 350" of snow a season and mud season takes forever here.
    But http://http://www.mavsports.com/?pag...tain-challenge

    Also back on the main page are some other larger races we have.

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    IL State Championship race series
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooddude View Post
    I raced mountain bikes for years in Utah, than moved to Oregon. OBRA makes Utah look like a joke! ..... There has to be around 10,000 people just spectating!
    I think they organize pretty good races in Utah, but Utah suffers from significant cultural differences that puts bike racing on the back burner. We had Nationals next door at Sun Valley and Boulder (CX) and Utah could produce only one U23 rider participant? Colorado had a ton.

    We have a shit load of Masters and tons of kids in the HS scene, but a huge dead spot in between. I don't ever see them putting in a Tequila Shortcut any time soon in UTCX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poncharelli View Post
    I think they organize pretty good races in Utah, but Utah suffers from significant cultural differences that puts bike racing on the back burner. We had Nationals next door at Sun Valley and Boulder (CX) and Utah could produce only one U23 rider participant? Colorado had a ton.

    We have a shit load of Masters and tons of kids in the HS scene, but a huge dead spot in between. I don't ever see them putting in a Tequila Shortcut any time soon in UTCX.
    I think there are several factors involved in Utah and the U23's @ Nationals:
    1) Utah doesn't have a national qualifier anymore. There was one up until this last season, but it was usually the least attended race. You can blame any numbers of factors, but promoters saw it at the races and in the forums; Utah's mostly don't care about it.
    -Many of Utah's really good rider's also aren't that worried about racing. The common response to the question is: "Why would I want to pay money to ride trails I can ride later that same day for free?" Maybe that means the promoters need to work out a better way to entice riders to race; or maybe there is something about the people out here that makes them not care about competition...I dunno.
    2) Utah didn't have a High School league until after the Nationals left Idaho. In two years that league has exploded and now teens are flooding the trails. The varsity/JV ranks are packed with really solid racers now. I expect that when Nationals come back to the West next year, Utah will have a better showing.

    ...I know I have set a goal to qualify next season for Bend and a large part of my team is also gunning for it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    I think there are several factors involved in Utah and the U23's @ Nationals:
    1) Utah doesn't have a national qualifier anymore. There was one up until this last season, but it was usually the least attended race. You can blame any numbers of factors, but promoters saw it at the races and in the forums; Utah's mostly don't care about it. ...
    The year of Sun Valley they had qualifiers at Deer Valley and at Nampa, ID. So that year they had plentiful qualifiers but only one participant in U23s. There was a good amount of pariticpants in Masters, me being one of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    Many of Utah's really good rider's also aren't that worried about racing. The common response to the question is: "Why would I want to pay money to ride trails I can ride later that same day for free?" Maybe that means the promoters need to work out a better way to entice riders to race; or maybe there is something about the people out here that makes them not care about competition...I dunno.
    Utah cares so little about racing that they had the largest HS races (~400) in NICA history for a first year league. This last season it was 600+ per race. And these HS races are expensive ($50 Annual reg fee + $40 per race). that tells me people want to race.


    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    2) Utah didn't have a High School league until after the Nationals left Idaho. In two years that league has exploded and now teens are flooding the trails. The varsity/JV ranks are packed with really solid racers now. I expect that when Nationals come back to the West next year, Utah will have a better showing....
    Probably so, but many of those riders will be off on Missions and then getting married, hence the small U23 participation. Bike racing at a high level (U23 is a very high level) is a time consuming pursuit, and with so many obligations, it's very difficult to make it happen. It really does take years (many consecutive years) to get fast on a bike.
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    We have two race series here in Ohio the XC focused OMBC series info @ ombc.net and the Ohio power racing series by 331 racing which offers more disciplines of mountain biking info found @ Ohio Mountain Bike Racing - you hid'n or rid'n: 331 Racing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poncharelli View Post
    I think they organize pretty good races in Utah,.
    Just attend one Cross Crusade and still tell me that. Bend is close enough to you that you could actually do it.

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    the Coastal Carolina Off Road Series website is: Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series

    Lots of improvement in that series over the last few years. Participation is up to new levels

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    Question for you guys

    I am a Canadian racer and have a UCI elite license, it is called senior elite here in Canada and this allows me to line up in Canada Cup and US Pro XCT pro category. With that license, am I allowed to take the start in a USA cat1 race, such as the windam one? I currently have no UCI points FWIW.

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    The NYSMTB race will have it's own pro-open category that you can jump into. It will be full of local and regional semipros and a couple of guys like you.
    campmor.com

    new york/new jersey xc race series:
    http://www.campmor.com/html/h2h.shtml

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    all so cal:

    edit: nevermind dmkp621^^ nailed it already. thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guava View Post
    The NYSMTB race will have it's own pro-open category that you can jump into. It will be full of local and regional semipros and a couple of guys like you.
    thank you

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    Is there really no XC race scene in Colorado? I might be getting transferred to Colorado Springs so I've been looking around but after searching the forum for a while I only found one series with four races on Wednesdays at only two trails, then what I think is a one day State Championship race (which I can't figure out if it's connected to points at the first four).

    I would have thought Colorado would be a hot bed for MTB racing. Here in Texas we have a state series with (13) races this year between the spring and fall, two or three local DFW series now, two different endurance series (state and local), and in the summer you can find a crit race three days a week! Same with Cross.

    Are we just spoiled on the bike scene here and making up for the heat with lots of organized events? Is it because Colorado just has more epic riding and less organized racing? Or do my search skill just suck?

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    If your ever on holiday in London between late May and early July ,your welcome to do this small friendly midweek series on the outskirts of the city! Just turn up, pay cash and race!! With some proper landscaping the series should return to its central London roots via the Olympic Park in years to come. Heres a video of what currently goes down.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizzt View Post
    Is there really no XC race scene in Colorado? I might be getting transferred to Colorado Springs so I've been looking around but after searching the forum for a while I only found one series with four races on Wednesdays at only two trails, then what I think is a one day State Championship race (which I can't figure out if it's connected to points at the first four).

    I would have thought Colorado would be a hot bed for MTB racing. Here in Texas we have a state series with (13) races this year between the spring and fall, two or three local DFW series now, two different endurance series (state and local), and in the summer you can find a crit race three days a week! Same with Cross.

    Are we just spoiled on the bike scene here and making up for the heat with lots of organized events? Is it because Colorado just has more epic riding and less organized racing? Or do my search skill just suck?

    David
    there's plenty Winter Park and RME off the top of my head.

    most stuff here is NOT under USAC and we're generally pretty happy about that.

    Andy's stuff is under USAC, I think the early season stuff in Fruita is (and the GJ offroad in August). Anyhow, most of the local races are not sanctioned to keep the costs down.

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