The world’s best professional mountain bikers will converge on Windham Mountain this August as the resort town plays host to the prestigious international Windham Mountain Bike World Cup finals
Windham, NY (PRWEB) June 7, 2010
The world’s best professional mountain bikers will converge on Windham Mountain this August as the resort town plays host to the prestigious international Windham Mountain Bike World Cup finals, presented by Shimano, marking the event’s return to the United States after a five-year absence.
Local organizers who were successful in luring the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned event have also planned a large number of diverse community events to coincide with the competition to create a four-day festival in Windham, Aug. 26-29.
“The Windham World Cup and Festival will be – arguably – the most important international sporting event to come to Upstate New York since the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid,” said Race Director Nick Bove, owner of a local bike shop and a member of the Windham World Cup Group, the all-volunteer committee planning the races. “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase the best mountain bikers on the planet, while also promoting Windham and Greene County, and we plan to make the most of it.”
“Everyone knows what a fantastic place Windham is for fun in the snow. Now they’ll find the hidden jewel which is the Windham summer,” said Tracy McNally, executive director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. “We couldn’t be more excited to showcase our unique hometown flavor to an international audience.”
After competing against several other sites across the world, Windham was selected by UCI (the international association of the National Cycling Federations) for the World Cup following two seasons on the national circuit, during which Windham’s courses garnered rave reviews from top-rated mountain bikers. As the last in a worldwide series of nine races, the Windham race will ultimately decide the World Cup Series champions, so biking enthusiasts and fans from across the globe will be paying attention. The U.S. last hosted a mountain bike World Cup in 2005 at the Angel Fire resort in New Mexico; the finals have never before been held in the U.S.
The World Cup circuit is a series of races in three different racing disciplines – cross-country (narrow, rocky paths through forests and streams), downhill (riders race the clock on treacherous descents) and “four-cross (4X)” (four riders at a time race a fast downhill course with jumps and banked corners).
The cross-country course features the “Alpe d’Huez” climb, the downhill chute and countless tunnels and bridges, including the Troll Bridge, the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and the “108” (108 feet or 32.9 meters long). The fast, steep downhill course is an electrifying blend of rocks, roots and occasional dirt that will challenge racers and thrill spectators. Finally, with some finishing touches by Phil Saxena, an internationally renowned course designer, the 4X course at Windham will rival some of the world’s best.
The Windham World Cup courses epitomize the legendary aspects of “East Coast riding” in the U.S.
Windham is the last stop on a tour which also visits North Yorkshire, Great Britain; Houffalize, Belgium; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, UK; Schladming, Austria; Champéry, Switzerland; and Val di Sole, Italy.
Some of the planned festival activities include: “Race the World” citizen races for non-UCI pros and amateurs; both indoor and outdoor expos showcasing bikes and accessories, local crafts and retail products and a variety of food and beverages; a “Big Wheel” race down Windham back roads; a block party in front of the local brew pub; great music and beer specials; and a big open-air concert on Saturday night.
The Windham Chapter of the Catskill Mountain Foundation http://www.catskillmtn.org/initiatives/windham-chapter is the primary sponsor of the Windham World Cup. Additionally, Windham Mountain http://www.windhammountain.com is donating its resort facility to host the event, and Greene County http://www.greenetourism.com; http://www.greenegovernment.com is providing administrative assistance to the organizing committee, as well as financial support.
For more information or to volunteer, visit http://www.racewindham.com or contact Bove at wmocbs(at)gmail(dot)com
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