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Angel Fire Chosen for 2007 National Mountain Bike Series

New Mexico Resort to Host the First "Gravity" Events
On the Prestigious Shimano National Mountain Bike Series

ANGEL FIRE, New Mexico (May 11, 2007) - Angel Fire Resort today announced that the gravity disciplines of its annual "Chile Challenge" mountain bike event, the downhill and 4-cross, have been elevated to national stature as part of the Shimano National Mountain Bike Series. Slated for Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2007, this mountain bike festival is expected to bring over 1,500 riders and twice as many more biking fans to Angel Fire Resort for extreme downhill and 4-cross racing, plus world-class cross-country, short track and super-downhill competitions. The 2007 Chile Challenge features a cash purse of $8,000 plus a prize purse in excess of $20,000.

"Angel Fire's mountain and biking terrain have been recognized as world-class by bike event organizers and media since long before we hosted the UCI World Cup in 2005," says Dave Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. "We are thrilled to be a part of the Shimano National Mountain Bike Series, and we look forward to working with Bigfoot Productions as we put together a world-class event for both riders and spectators."

Traditionally the kick-off to the Mountain States Cup Series, the Chile Challenge is entering its 19th year as a Rocky Mountain cyclist's favorite. The combination of UCI World Cup courses and media exposure from that event has helped grow the event significantly over the past two seasons. As the first gravity events of the season in the Shimano National Mountain Bike Series (formerly known as NORBA Mountain Bike Series), many of the best riders from around the country will point their fat tires to Angel Fire Resort for three days of intense competition.

Additional race information, including registration and lodging details, will be posted as made available at the Mountain States Cup Series website ( or the Angel Fire Resort website (

Christy Germscheid
PR Manager, Angel Fire Resort

About Bigfoot Productions
Owned by high-end mountain bike manufacturer Yeti Cycles, Bigfoot Production's focus is on creating experiences, not simply events. Approaching each event from the perspective of both athlete and fan, the earmarks of a typical BFP endeavour are amazing courses, world-class venues and top-notch organization. "Our goals are pretty simple," says Mike McCormack, BFP's director, "at the end of the day we're all just bike nerds at heart. We want to see our athletes given the right competitive landscape to empower them to one day stand on top of international podiums. Using great events as a medium, we also want to push cycling's agenda as both a healthy lifestyle choice and a positive economic impact. We embrace and celebrate riders, not just racers, and that's a philosophy that serves both cycling and our resort partners well." For more information please contact Mike McCormack at (970)333-1159 or visit the Mountain States Cup website at

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

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

Krysty Ronchetti
Public Relations Rep
Angel Fire Resort