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Collegiate MTB Nationals Move to Angel Fire Resort

National Race Will Bring Thousands to New Mexico

ANGEL FIRE, NM (June 13, 2011) USA Cycling is pleased to announce a two-year agreement with New Mexico's Angel Fire Resort to host the 2011 and 2012 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.

After unanticipated difficulties forced the original venue to step down as the event's host this spring, Angel Fire agreed to step in and offer up its world-class bike park for the three days of national championship racing.

Both the 2011 and 2012 events will be held on their originally scheduled weekends of October 28-30, 2011 and October 26-28, 2012. The University of New Mexico (UNM) Cycling & Mountain Bike Team will be the official host college team for the event for the next two years.

Nestled in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just 25 miles from Taos, the Angel Fire Resort is known as a hot spot for mountain biking. The resort's bike park has played host to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2005 and the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in 2006. It also annually puts on the popular Chile Challenge Mountain States Cup event.

Now, the venue is fresh off of a major expansion that added 29 miles of new and enhanced trails this past spring. It will offer a wide variety of technical terrain for coeds to compete on for national titles in the cross country, short track cross country, downhill, and dual slalom events.

"Angel Fire is the perfect backdrop for the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships," explains Hogan Koesis, director of the mountain bike park at Angel Fire Resort. "Our extensive trail network and rugged terrain will offer the riders the best location and conditions. Bringing this caliber of a race to New Mexico is great for our state and we are thrilled to be working closely again with USA Cycling."

About Angel Fire Bike Park
Located in Angel Fire, New Mexico, Angel Fire Bike Park is a premiere mountain bike destination in the southern Rocky Mountains. Angel Fire Bike Park offers chairlift-accessed terrain for downhill, cross-country and all-mountain styles of mountain bike riding, including beginner, intermediate and advanced/ expert trails. Collective features of the bike park include riding clinics, bike rentals and repairs, guided tours, skills parks, freestyle features, special events and bike-friendly, slopeside lodging. Angel Fire Bike Park is privately owned and operated by Angel Fire Resort, and is open from May to October, providing one of the longest bike park seasons in the United States. For additional information on Angel Fire Bike Park or Angel Fire Resort, please call 800-633-7463 or visit www.angelfirebikepark.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