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Cougar Mountain Classic Festival signs major sponsors

By:
Steve Medcroft
Published:
August 24, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:08 BST
Edition:
MTB News & racing round-up for August 24, 2005, part 2

The 2nd annual Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic (formerly known as the California...

The 2nd annual Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic (formerly known as the California Outdoor Sports Championships), announced today their official bicycle, tire and suspension sponsors. The event takes place Sept. 9-11, 2005 and will bring several thousand amateur and professional mountain bikers, gravity racers, road cyclists, trail runners, road runners, vendors, media, and outdoors sports fans to the three-day festival at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.

Gary Fisher, dubbed the "Founding Father of Mountain Bikes" by Smithsonian Magazine, and whose inspiration for the creation of his mountain bikes came from the mountains and terrain surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area, will be an Official Bicycle co-sponsor for the event. Trek, America's largest bicycle manufacturer since 1976, has signed on as an Official Bicycle co-sponsor for the event. Kenda USA, the event's official Tire sponsor, will be providing 360 pairs of tires to all event category winners. X-Fusion Shox, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance mountain bike suspensions, is the event's Official Suspension sponsor.

The three-day Cougar Mountain Classic is a partnership between Sea Otter Classic LLC and Infineon Raceway. The Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic is the end-of-summer festival of road cycling, mountain biking, gravity racing, running, and expo and bookends its sister event, Monterey's world-renowned Sea Otter Classic, April's unofficial cycling season opener.

The event offers one last chance for riders to qualify for the National Off Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) National Championships that take place one week later, Sept. 17-18, in Mammoth Mountain, CA. The event also offers a full program of road and offroad cycle racing and is listed on the National Road Calendar (NRC) and the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) series. In addition to pro, amateur and recreational road and mountain bike cycling events for all age groups and skill levels, the event offers a pro and amateur All American Trail Running Association (AATRA) sanctioned running event called the 15K Road/Off-Road SuperRun.

Event Overview:

    What: 2nd Annual Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic
    When: September 9-11, 2005
    Where: Infineon Raceway
    Road Cycling: Road circuit race, (NRC, NCNCA)
    Mountain Bike: Cross-Country, Short track, Downhill, Mountain-cross (NORBA, AMBC affiliated)
    Running: Road and trail running race (AATRA)
    Expo: Trade team trailers, cycling and running vendors, family activities, wine tasting, vintage bicycles
    Swap Meet: Buy. Sell. Trade. Pro teams and sales rep.'s sell off used gear and excess stock

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