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Angel Fire Resort to Host 2005 Mountain Bike UCI World Cup

ANGEL FIRE, New Mexico (October 13, 2004) – Over 300 world-class riders from more than 30 countries will converge on the mountains of Angel Fire, New Mexico in July 2005 to take part in the UCI (International Cycling Union) Mountain Bike World Cup, one of the most prestigious and extreme competitions on the world’s mountain biking calendar. Angel Fire Resort will be the only U.S. location for the 2005 World Cup competition. The international race has not been held in the United States in the last two years. Based on numbers from past World Cup events, as many as 10,000 spectators are expected to attend. With the World Cup coming to Angel Fire, following on the heels of the USASA Snowboard Nationals this past spring, the resort believes it is fast becoming one of the countries top outdoor sport venues.

“This truly shows that Angel Fire Resort is becoming a national hub for world-class sporting events,” explains Jon Mahanna, general manager, Angel Fire Resort. “At nearly 11,000 feet, we have two high-speed chair lifts, the challenging trails and the facilities to make this the ideal racing location. We’ve just hosted the USA Snowboard Association National Championships and now we have one of the biggest mountain biking events in the world coming to Angel Fire. We’ve been one of New Mexico’s best kept secrets and that’s starting to change.”

“We chose Angel Fire Resort for its challenging mountain trails,” says Christopher Burri, UCI events coordinator. “The terrain on the Sangre de Cristo mountain range provides the ultimate challenge for the world’s best mountain bikers, and the resort itself has the perfect accommodations to meet the needs of our organization.”

On July 9th and 10th the picturesque slopes of the region’s Sangre de Cristo mountain range will host three of the most grueling mountain biking events in extreme sports.
• Downhill: extreme, high speed action will lead racers through tight technical drops in the trees, across a malpais (lava rock) field, and down a wide-open, high-speed ski slope before screaming into the ski base area.
• Cross Country: Ultra-fit racers will compete along a single- track 8-mile loop that climbs over 1,500 vertical feet to the mountain’s summit.
• 4-Cross: head-to-head racing with four riders competing on a course with huge jumps and berms, on a state-of-the-art mountain cross course.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is excited that Angel Fire Resort has been selected for the racing competition. Over the past year he has worked to launch the New Mexico Sports Authority to bring more high-profile sporting events to the area. He says that Angel Fire Resort’s efforts and success in bringing large-scale sporting competitions to New Mexico is an example his Sports Authority will follow.

“Angel Fire has worked very hard to get this international event to New Mexico,” says Governor Richardson. “The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is a great vehicle to showcase the spirit of outdoor sports in New Mexico."

At the center of the mountain biking action and related activities will be the World Cup-Angel Fire Village, which will occupy most of the resort’s base area. In addition to hosting the teams’ headquarters, this village will offer spectators a shopping venue for the latest mountain biking gear, as well as refreshments and live entertainment.

For more information on the 2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup or other events at Angel Fire Resort check out the website at www.angelfireresort.com.

To line up an interview with an Angel Fire executive or for more information contact:

Angel Fire Resort PR Contacts:

Krysty O’Quinn Walker
SJ Communications
818-881-3889
Krysty@sjcommunications.com
Christy Germscheid
PR Manager, Angel Fire Resort
505-377-4424
cgermscheid@angelfireresort.com


For more information about UCI, contact:
Christophe Burri
Events Coordinator MTB & Trials
Union Cycliste Internationale
Tél : +41-24.468.58.11
Fax : +41-24.468.58.12
www.uci.ch

About Angel Fire Resort
If you can do it on a mountain, you can do it here. Angel Fire Resort is the Southwest’s premier year-round alpine recreation destination. Tucked high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico, Angel Fire is the rare resort where you can ski, snowboard, tube, snow bike and cross country ski all on the same mountain. It offers a 121-room slope side hotel as well as rental condos and homes, with a wide variety of activities for the summer outdoor enthusiast including golf, mountain biking, fishing and hiking. For more information on Angel Fire Resort, please call 1-800-633-7463 or visit the web site at www.angelfireresort.com.

About UCI
The mission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) is to develop and promote all aspects of cycling without discrimination of any kind, in close cooperation with National Federations and major associates. By all aspects of cycling we mean: Sport with its natural and universal values of competition, effort and character-building, well-being and fair-play; A healthy form of recreation as tourism and leisure; An economical (affordable), ecological and environmentally friendly means of transport that helps to solve the mobility problems of modern society. For more information log onto www.uci.ch

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To line up an interview with an Angel Fire executive or for more information contact:

Krysty Ronchetti
Public Relations Rep
Angel Fire Resort
505-821-9279
krysty@sjcommunications.com