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Save the Dates: MTB Worlds Schedule for Mont Ste Anne

With the final stop of the 2010 World Cup mountain bike season at Windham Mountain in Upstate New York on Aug. 28 and 29, hitting the UCI MTB World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne just a few days later is a no-brainer.

To help plan your late summer mountain bike vacation, the organizers of the Mont-Sainte-Anne worlds, set to run Aug. 30 to Sept. 5,  have released the preliminary event program.

Tuesday, Aug. 31
Team relay
7 p.m. Opening ceremony

Wednesday, Sept. 1
XC – Junior women
Trials – Junior men 26-inch semi-finals
DH qualifiers

Thursday, Sept. 2
XC Junior men
Trials women 20-inch/26-inch
XC-U23 Women
7:30 p.m. Urban Delirium (downtown Québec City)

Friday, Sept. 3
Trials – Junior men 20-inch finals
XC – U23 men
Trials – Junior men 26-inch finals
4-Cross qualifiers

Saturday, Sept. 4
11 a.m. XC – Elite women
2 p.m. XC – Elite men
Trials – Elite men 20-inch finals
Trials – Elite men 26-inch finals
4-Cross finals
9:30 pm Bleu Nuit Party

Sunday, Sept. 5
DH Juniro men and women
DH – Elite women
DH – Elite men
4:45 p.m. Closing ceremony
9 p.m. Official party: 20 years of mountain biking at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Meanwhile, there are a number of races and events in the weeks leading up to the World Championships. The Velirium Mountain Bike Festival is made up of:

Downhill Quebec Cup – Aug. 14-15
Cross-country Quebec Cup, Freeride Cup and kids race – Aug. 21-22
Raid Vélo Mag – Aug. 28-29

The Raid Vélo Mag includes a two-day format. A second race day will
be added to the traditional endurance from Québec City to Mont-Sainte-Anne
(about 35 and 75 km), with two backcountry race courses of about 30 and 50km. In those new sections, long-distance enthusiasts will get their fill of singletrack, forest trails, and moose wintering yards. A maximum of 1,500 people will be able to take part in the event.

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