US Open makes changes

The US Open has made a few changes for its 2009 event, to be held at the Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, New Jersey, form May 22 to 24. Organizers have improved last year's downhill course and added a giant slalom race, featuring huge banked turns, jumps and rhythm sections. US$27,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs for the pros, and this juniors will also get their own categories in both the downhill and giant slalom disciplines.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.