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Angel Fire Resort Welcomes Top U.S. Mountain Bikers

Over 1,000 Gravity & Endurance Riders On-hill May 22-25, 2009


ANGEL FIRE, NM (May 12, 2009)—The 21st Annual Chile Challenge Mountain Bike Festival hits the dirt at Angel Fire Resort starting Friday, May 22, 2009. The Chile Challenge lasts through Memorial Day weekend. Event organizers expect over a thousand mountain bikers in five competitive mountain bike disciplines: Downhill, Super-D, Cross-country (XC), Short-track Cross-country (STXC) and Four-Cross (4X). The Chile Challenge has experienced significant growth in recent years, particularly following the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup held at Angel Fire, New Mexico in July 2005.

New this year, the Chile Challenge has been selected as one of three U.S. qualifying events for USA Cycling’s new professional gravity mountain bike series, ProGRT. ProGRT was established to pit this country’s top gravity riders against one another on the top downhill trails and 4-cross courses. In addition to this new USA Cycling designation, the Chile Challenge is a series stop for Mountain States Cup, UCI qualifying and National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) championship events.

“Angel Fire Resort has been proud host to this event for over two decades,” said Dave Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. “Because of the passion of its riders and organizers, the Chile Challenge has now grown to become one of the largest mountain bike events in the country. It’s great to see riders from both coasts and every mountain in between, slugging it out in northern New Mexico for this event.”

Off the dusty trails, spectator-friendly festivities will include a Red Bull Mountain Bike Polo competition (open to anyone), hot air balloon rides, live music, an expanded Tech Expo and Vendor area, the first-ever “Short Skirts and Moustache” party, micro-brew sampling, horseshoe tournaments and more. A complete event schedule is available at www.angelfireresort.com.

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PRESS INQUIRIES:
Christy Germscheid
PR Manager, Angel Fire Resort
505-377-4424
cgermscheid@angelfireresort.com

About Angel Fire Resort
Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New Mexico. Situated at over 8,600’ elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests and visitors--including skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, tennis, fishing, hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire, please call 800-633-7463 or visit the resort’s website at www.angelfireresort.com.



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