From USA Cycling:
Banner Elk, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2008)--Providing the proving ground for many of our nations rising fat tire stars, Lees-McRae College will once again host the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, October 23-26 in Banner Elk, N.C.
The action begins Friday morning with the battle for supremacy in the cross country event over the five-mile loop through the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains. Both Division I and II men and women will compete for the crown in the Olympic-style race over the varying, 50-percent single track course, which is a permanent fixture on the Lees-McRae campus. Later that afternoon, gravity riders will attempt to qualify for the finals on the technical downhill course at Sugar Mountain Resort that has tested the country’s top pros. Also on Friday professional Decline Team America gravity racer and 2007 USA Cycling Dual Slalom National champion, Chris Herndon, will lead a complimentary course inspection clinic open to all collegiate attendees. The clinic, set for 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, will cover line choice and form on Sugar Mountain's downhill course. A former collegiate racer at nearby Lindsey Wilson College, Herndon gives back to collegiate cycling in the form of coaching gravity and skills with the Brevard College cycling team, course design and production and leading a variety of skills clinics.
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