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2004 AMBC schedule announced

Coming on the heels of the unveiling of the 2004 NORBA National Series schedule, USA Cycling revealed next year’s American Mountain Bike Challenge slate on Thursday. The 33-stop, 2004 AMBC series kicks off in North Miami, Florida on January 18, with the Oleta Fat Tire Festival, and then runs throughout the year, culminating with the Florida State Championship Series on November 21, also in North Miami. During the ten months in between, the AMBC series will be contested in 18 states, and welcomes 12 new events to the calendar. In addition to the senior, master, and professional races, some

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Coming on the heels of the unveiling of the 2004 NORBA National Series schedule, USA Cycling revealed next year’s American Mountain Bike Challenge slate on Thursday.

The 33-stop, 2004 AMBC series kicks off in North Miami, Florida on January 18, with the Oleta Fat Tire Festival, and then runs throughout the year, culminating with the Florida State Championship Series on November 21, also in North Miami.

During the ten months in between, the AMBC series will be contested in 18 states, and welcomes 12 new events to the calendar.

In addition to the senior, master, and professional races, some AMBC events also host Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series and the Shimano Youth Series classes. The Dunlap camps offer riders ages 10-18 the chance to test their skills against competitors of the same age. The Shimano Youth Series provides a first-time racing experience for kids 12 and younger.

All AMBC events offer cross-country racing, with some events also including downhill, dual slalom, mountain cross, short-track cross-country, and/or observed trials.

Here’s the complete schedule:
Jan. 18: Oleta Fat Tire Festival, Oleta, FL
Jan. 25: Built Ford Tough MTB Series No. 1, Sunrise, FL
March 19-21: Nova Desert Classic, McDowell Park, AZ
March 20-21: Cowtown Carnage, Kansas City, MO
March 28: Chickasaw Trace Classic, Columbia, TN
April 18: Tiger Rag, Clemson, SC
April 24-25: 5th Annual Firestone Walker MTB Race, Santa Barbara, CA
April 24-25: Athens Twilight, Athens, GA
April 24-25: Tour of Canyonlands, Moab, UT
May 2: SE Regional Championship Series, Ducktown, TN
May 29-31: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, CO
May 30: SE Regional Championship Series, Reddick, FL
June 5-6: Chile Challenge, Angel Fire, NM
June 6: Bump and Grind at Oak Mountain, Birmingham, AL
June 26-27: WORS Cup Stage Race, Merrimac, WI
June 27: SE Regional Championship Series, Fontana, NC
July 2-3: DINO AMBC Challenge, North Vernon, IN
July 4: The Firecracker 50 MTB Epic, Breckenridge, CO
July 11: SE Regional Championship Series, Clemson, SC
July 16-18: Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, Eureka Springs, AR
July 17-18: Blast the Mass, Snowmass, CO
July 25: SE Regional Championship Series, Anniston, AL
Aug. 6-8: Showdown at Sugar, Banner Elk, NC
Aug. 14-15: Los Alamos Fat Tire Festival, Los Alamos, NM
Sept. 4-5: Mamacita’s Kelly Creek Classic MTB Festival, Kerrville, TX
Sept. 5: SE Regional Championship Series, Jackson, GA
Sept. 11-12: Spirit of St Louis, Glencoe, MO
Sept. 11-12: The Fall Classic AMBC MTB Stage Race, Breckenridge, CO
Sept. 25-26: Extreme Northface NORBA AMBC, Roxbury, NY
Oct. 2: Road Apple Rally, Farmington, NM
Oct. 10: Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge, Sheboygan, WI
Nov. 7: Piney Hills Classic, Ruston, LA
Nov. 21: Florida State Championship Series, North Miami, FL