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Nationals Qualifying Races Set

Qualifying races for USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships have been announced.

Dates and locations for the 2011 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) include 21 races in 14 states, with cross-country nationals being held in Sun Valley, Idaho July 14-17. AMBC gravity events will qualify riders to compete at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships, Sept. 24-25 in Beech Mountain, North Carolina

In its 15th year, the AMBC features 21 races and will visit 14 states between March and September. The series opens this month with the Southeastern Regional Championships (SERC) race in Gainesville, Florida on March 20 and concludes with the Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival in Rocksprings, Texas, September 2-4. The complete AMBC calendar is as follows:

March 20: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Gainesville, Fla.

March 27: Chickasaw Trace Classic – Columbia, Tenn.

April 3: Southeastern Regional Championships Series (SERC) – Bryson City, NC

April 9: 17th Annual Barking Spider Bash XC – Boise, Idaho

April 17: Stump Jump 2011 – Spartanburg, SC

April 30 – May 1: The Idyllwild Spring Challenge – Idyllwild, Calif.

May 1: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Winder, Ga.

May 15: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Ducktown, Tenn.

May 15: Tymor Park Challenge – Lagrangeville, NY

May 22: Greenbrier Challenge – Hagerstown, Md.

May 29: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – Durango, Colo.

June 4-5: Bump ‘N Grind – Pelham, Ala.

June 12: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Chattanooga, Tenn.

June 18-19: Magic Cycles Mountain Bike Race Weekend – Beech Mountain, NC

June 26: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Clemson, SC

July 10: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Huntsville, Ala.

July 17: 16th Annual Bulldog Rump presented by Cycle Craft – Andover, NJ

August 7: Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) – Fontana, NC

August 14: Bear Creek Challenge – Macungie, Pa.

September 2-4: Camp Eagle Classic MTB Festival – Rocksprings, Texas

The AMBC was created in 1996 to provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Each stop on the series offers cross-country events, and several stops offer short-track cross country, downhill, time trials, or super D competitions as well.

Visit the USA Cycling AMBC page for more information.

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