The Mountain States Cup will kick off in just under a month. The 2011 calendar has been set with nine weekends of racing in a variety of disciplines including time trial, short track, cross country, downhill, dual slalom and four cross.
"It is going to be a great season with the addition of two new venues and the return to Sol Vista at Granby Ranch," said the Mountain States Cup Race Director. "We are working with all of our ski area partners in trying to either build new courses or make changes to existing one to add a little variety to the racing in our series."
The first race at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs on April 8-10 will offer an early season tune-up for racers. Rabbit Valley follows in Fruita, Colorado, on April 29-May 1, and it will be the exact same as 2010 in terms of courses, featuring plenty of singletrack. Salida will host a new event for the series with round three on May 20-22.
The gravity part of the series will get going in Angel Fire, New Mexico on June 3-5, and the venue is also hosting a short track, cross country and super d. There, the downhill will possibly be run on a new course if it is done being constructed in time.
At the Crested Butte round in Colorado on Jun 24-26, pro and category 1 cross country racers will get to do a 40-mile loop while the pro downhillers can participate in the Wildflower Rush race as part of the US Pro GRT.
The round in Telluride, Colorado, on July 8-10 will use last year's courses and will double as the Colorado State Championships for all disciplines.
Keystone's racing, to be held in Colorado on July 22-24, will likely get a dual slalom added to the calendar and a shorter downhill course so the finish time is closer to five minutes.
The penultimate event, the Blast the Mass, will feature a new Mega Super D, with over 3,000 feet of drop from start to finish in Snowmass, Colorado.
The series will wrap up at Sol Vista in Granby Ranch, Colorado - the same venue that hosted the mountain bike national championships for the past two years.
All Mountain States Cup events in cross country, downhill and four cross are qualifiers for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. The Mountain States Cup is a "Regional Championship Series", so it qualifies riders 15-deep.
For more information on the series, visit www.racemsc.com.
Mountain States Cup 2011
April 8-10: Cheyenne Mt Stage Race, Colorado Springs, Colorado (TT, STXC, XCO, SR)
April 29-May 1: Rabbit Valley Rally, Fruita, Colorado (TT, XCO)
May 20-22: Salida Mt Stage Race, Salida, Colorado (TT, STXC, XCO, SR)
June 3-5: Chile Challenge, Angel Fire, New Mexico (XCO, STXC, 4X, DH, SD)
June 24-26: Wildflower Rush, Crested Butte, Colorado (XCO, DH, DS, SD)
July 8-10: Full Tilt in Telluride, Telluride, Colorado (XCO, STXC, DH, 4X, SD)
July 22-24: Keystone Classic, Keystone, Colorado (XCO, STXC, DH, SD, DS)
August 5-7: Blast the Mass, Snowmass Village, Colorado (XCO, STXC, DH, DH, SD)
September 3-6: Sol Survivor, Granby, Colorado (XCO, STXC, DH, 4X, SD)