Successful downhill, dual slalom series set for 10 rounds in 2010
The Gravity East Series ran for 11 events throughout 2009. The series, which catered to downhill and dual slalom racers, featured venues spread across two-thirds of the Eastern United States.
"Overall 2009 was a complete success and 2010 will get better," said Daniel McDonald, Director of Gravity East Series looking back on the season.
"It's a series by riders for riders," said McDonald. "We want a professional series and we want to continue to grow... We want to help riders go to the World Cup, and we also want to help junior riders."
The series attracted an average of 150 pro riders per round and was ultimately won by Neko Mullaly and Dawn Bourque.
The 2010 series will feature 10 races, dropping one round.
To find out more about the Gravity East series and to see race footage, check out this video.
The 12-hour Dirt, Sweat & Gears mountain bike race will return for its fourth edition on May 15, 2010 in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
"This year promises to be quite interesting for two reasons," said organizers. The course will be ridden in reverse, to improve the flow, and new singletrack has been added thanks to the efforts of the SORBA Mid-Tennessee chapter.
The 2009 edition of the race was run in epic, muddy conditions after the area received seven inches of rain in the week prior. To encourage racers to give it another go, hopefully under more equipment-friendly conditions, organizers are offering a special "rain check" discount for next year's race for up to registrations received through December 15.
The most recent edition of the race was won by Jeremiah Bishop (MonaVie Cannondale) and Rebecca Rusch (Specialized Factory Racing). Bishop described his experience as having happened in "the worst conditions I have ever raced in".
The American national cross country series, known in its current incarnation as the US ProXCT presented by US Cup, finalized its dates and venues for 2010. The series will visit six venues starting in March in California and ending in July in Colorado. Along the way, racers will also stop in Alabama and Wisconsin.
Returning venues include Bonelli Park and Fontana, California; Birmingham, Alambama's Bump N Grind, and the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic in Colorado, Springs, Colorado. The latter serves as the series finals, a week in advance of the US National Championships which will be a location still to be determined by USA Cycling in Colorado.
Bonelli Park will see major course changes while in Fontana, racers will compete on an updated course.
Big Bear, California, will be part of the ProXCT for the first time though it has hosted past national and international events. Next year's race will start downtown like the 1999 World Cup and will feature a unique, old-school style course rather than the more common many-lap races on shorter courses that comprise the other races.
The 2010 series gives a nod to the successful Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) in the mid-West by including the Subaru Cup in Mt. Morris, Wisconsin.
The series will include a mix of UCI category 1, 2 and 3 races.
Three venues are not returning to the series. They include the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, the Snow Shootout in Mount Snow, Vermont, and the Windham Cup in Windham, New York, which is hosting the 2010 World Cup final.
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru Gary Fisher) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna) won the inaugural 2009 US ProXCT men's and women's series.
2010 USA Cycling's ProXCT presented by the US Cup
March 13-14: Bonelli Park, California (UCI 2 XCO) March 27-28: Fontana, California (UCI 1 XCO) May 16: Big Bear, California (UCI XCO 3) June...
Portugal is gaining another mountain bike stage race for 2010. THe Xquest will run in its first edition from October 4-10. The event is being promoted by João Lagos Sports. The country already hosts the TransPortugal in the spring.
The race is oriented to professionals and amateurs. Over seven days of competition, the participants will face the challenges of 700km and 17,000m of climbing.
The race will pass through countless Portuguese historical and cultural attractions, such as Roman bridges and stone-ways, castles, ancient villages, protected areas for wildlife and parks and areas of amazing beauty and interest.
Racers may compete in teams of two in the following categories: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters (80+ combined). Prize money of 38,000 euros will be up for grabs.
Tereza Hurikova will join the Spanish mountain bike team Trek-Lorca Taller del Tiempo for 2010. The 22-year-old Czech rider has signed a three-year contract that runs through the end of 2012.
"Tereza is a rider who will give us a great international touch. With her, we intend to be in the top 10 of World Cup. Apart from top-level athlete, she is a great person," said Team Manager Juan Antonio Vilar.
Hurikova has spent her entire career thus far with the Czech Ceskä Sporitelna team. This year, despite a broken collarbone, she logged a few top 10 finishes in the Under 23 cross country World Cup as well as several podiums and victories in national series races in Switzerland, Germany and Cyprus. In 2008, she finished fourth in the World Cup in Canberra, Australia, and in 2007, she was fourth in the Under 23 race of the World Championships in Fort William, Scotland.
She was World Champion as a junior in 2004 (road time trial) and in 2005.
In 2010, the young rider will focus on the World Cup, the World Championships in Canada, the European Championships in Israel and the Bundesliga (German National Series) or Racer Bikes Cup (Swiss National Series). She will also contest the World Championship time trial on the road.
Hurikova will join Sergio Mantecón at Trek-Lorca Taller del Tiempo.