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2002 AMBC schedule released

Ten new races highlight the 2002 AMBC schedule, which was released by USA Cycling on Monday. All told the series will consist of 25 stops, starting in Gainesville, Florida in February, and finishing up at the Piney Hills Fall Classic in Ruston, Louisiana in late October. New events on the calendar include the High Point Ranch Roundup in Ada, Oklahoma, The Stump Jump 2002 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and Blast the Mass in Snowmass, Colorado. AMBC events are good places for those riders who are just entering the racing scene. The races allow

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Ten new races highlight the 2002 AMBC schedule, which was released by USA Cycling on Monday. All told the series will consist of 25 stops, starting in Gainesville, Florida in February, and finishing up at the Piney Hills Fall Classic in Ruston, Louisiana in late October.

New events on the calendar include the High Point Ranch Roundup in Ada, Oklahoma, The Stump Jump 2002 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and Blast the Mass in Snowmass, Colorado.

AMBC events are good places for those riders who are just entering the racing scene. The races allow riders to test their abilities in a low-key atmosphere, without a lot of pressure. The pro and expert races give more experienced riders a taste of real competition, as they face some of the most challenging courses and talented riders in the country.

While the AMBC offers great grassroots racing, some of the sport’s top stars are also known to show. In 2001, Tinker Juarez won the Outdoors Tour de Wolf. International racers, like Russia’s Pavel Cherkasov and Argentina’s Jimena Florit, also showed up at AMBC races last season.

In addition to the citizen races, AMBC events also host the Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series and the Shimano Youth Series. The Junior Olympic series offers riders age 10-18 the chance to test their skills against competitors of the same age. The Shimano Youth Series provides kids 12 and under an entry into mountain bike racing.

Select AMBC races are part of the UCI’s international event calendar. These races, noted by asterisks below, carry valuable points that can increase a competitor’s international ranking or help him or her qualify for World Cup events. AMBC races also hold a high place in NORBA’s national ranking system, just one level under the national championships.

February 24 — Spring Series, Gainesville, Florida
April 19-21 — NOC Knobscorcher, Bryson City, North Carolina
April 26-28 — The Twilight, Athens, Georgia
April 28 — High Point Ranch Roundup, Ada, Oklahoma
May 5 — Stump Jump 2002, Spartanburg, South Carolina
May 19 — SE Regional Series, Helen, Georgia
*May 25-27 — Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, Colorado
*June 1-2— Bump & Grind at Oak Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama
June 15-16 — Chile Challenge, Angel Fire, New Mexico
*June 16 — SE Regional Series, Fontana, North Carolina
July 4 — Firecracker 50, Breckenridge, Colorado
July 7 — SE Regional Championship Series, Columbia, South Carolina
July 19-21 — Blast the Mass, Snowmass, Colorado>br>July 27-28 — Beauty & the Beast, Killington, Vermont
August 4 — SE Regional Championship Series, Aniston, Alabama
August 24-25 — Showdown at Sugar, Banner Elk, North Carolina
August 31 – September 2 — Mamacita’s Kelly Creek Classic, Kerrville, Texas
September 2 — SE Regional Championship Series, Ocoee, Tennessee
September 7-8 — DINO’s AMBC Challenge, Nashville, Indiana
September 14-15 — The Fall Classic, Breckenridge, Colorado
October 5 — Road Apple Rally, Farmington, New Mexico
October 5-6 — Ski Plattekill Screamin’ Extreme, Roxbury, New York
*October 13 — Outdoors, Inc. Tour de Wolf, Memphis, Tennessee
*October 26-27 — Piney Hills Fall Classic IX, Ruston, Louisiana