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USA Cycling announced its complete 2012 National Championship calendar including five mountain bike events. The most notable change in the line-up is the shift of US Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals from September to late July.
For the second year in a row, gravity and cross country nationals will be split, happening at different venues and on different dates.
As previously announced, the cross country nationals will return to Sun Valley, Idaho, for their second running there. Cross country, short track and super D titles will be up for grabs on July 5-8, 2012. The timing is a few weeks earlier than in 2011 and marks a departure from the UCI's designated weekend for cross country national championship racing.
In contrast, the gravity nationals are moving to July 20-22, the designated UCI weekend for nationals. They will happen for the second consecutive year at Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
"Not only is that the UCI mandated date for Gravity nationals, but [USAC National Events Director] Kelli Lusk really felt it would offer more opportunity for students to be able to attend before heading back to school. We also hope the weather will be even more ideal that time of year," Andrea Smith, Director of Communication of USA Cycling told Cyclingnews.
As in 2011, marathon nationals will again be held in Bend, Oregon, at the same time of year, on September 15.
Also like in 2011, the 24-hour nationals will be again be hosted in Southern Colorado, on September 29-30.
Collegiate racing will happen up on October 19-21 at Angel Fire, New Mexico. The 2011 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals have not happened yet - they are slated for October 28-30, also at Angel Fire. Student-athletes will fight for overall omniums, as well as national titles in cross country, short track, dual slalom, and downhill competitions.
2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship Calendar
July 5-8: Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships - Sun Valley, Idaho
July 20-22: Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships - Beech Mountain, North Carolina
September 15: Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships - Bend, Oregon
September 29-30: Mountain Bike 24-Hour National Championships - Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 19-21: Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships - Angel Fire, New Mexico