Don't book your plane tickets yet for the National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) finals, originally scheduled for Tamarack Resort in Tamarack, Idaho, on August 30-31. Organizers announced that the finals will be moved, but they have not yet revealed a location.
"As I understand it, there are funding issues that are preventing the some development [at the resort] which would be necessary for them to hold the finals. They will continue operation of the resort, but can't pay for the finals. Some expected funding has not come through. I'm not sure exactly what pieces aren't in place," said Paul Skilbeck, NMBS Media Representative, to Cyclingnews.
"We are aiming to host the finals on the same weekend although because we are in contingency and things are fluid, the date may change. The venue will definitely change," said Skilbeck. "I know it's frustrating because people want to have solid information."
"We are awaiting confirmation from a past NMBS venue that everything is in place for the series finals to be held there, and then we can make the announcement," said series director Jeff Frost of Bluewolf Events.
In its fourth year of operation, Tamarack Resort is in the midst of ongoing development although some riding is already open. "To ensure that we can host the best Finals possible, we are deferring being the event site until another year," said Ken Rider, Tamarack Resort Director of Marketing & Sales.
"We are still excited about going to Tamarack and we will remain in communication with the resort," said Frost.
Last year's finals were held in Snowmass, Colorado, in early August.