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US Cup adds fun rides

By:
Katherine O'Shea
Published:
March 20, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:03 BST
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MTB news & racing round-up for March 20, 2009

The western portion of the US Cup is introducing Just for Fun (JFF) Rides as a way to bring more...

The western portion of the US Cup is introducing Just for Fun (JFF) Rides as a way to bring more mountain bikers into the fold of racing. Mountain bike legend Ned Overend, 1990 cross country World Champion, will lead the first ride at Fontana on March 29.

The no pressure, non-scored event is for the first time rider/racer looking to get their feet wet, while riding some of the less technical sections of the course that the pro cross country riders will race later that day. JFF rides are open to all ages and skill levels, but organizers request that riders have some experience on a bicycle, be free of health problems and be able to ride for 15-30 minutes.

"The whole concept of the JFF is to give people some exposure to the sport of mountain biking at a low pressure and much less technical level than that of our more hardcore race enthusiasts," said US Cup Marketing Director. "We are hoping that friends, family and kids of racers will bring out their bikes and join us for an abbreviated lap out at Fontana."

"I think the concept is great, and I hope it really starts to gain momentum," said Overend, "because I think it's what the sport needs to bring in more riders at the entry level."

Participation will cost US$25. For more information, visit www.mtb-uscup.com.

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