August 21, 2010

Kenda Cup - Bear Creek / Windham UCI World Cup

Kenda Cup at Bear Creek
August 1, 2010

This was the finale of USA Cycling's Mid Atlantic Regional Championship Series that consisted of the:

1) 7th Annual Greenbrier Challenge AMBC/ MD State Championships/ Junior Olympics (April 25) – Hagerstown, MD

2) 22nd Annual Massanutten HOO HA!/ U.S. Cup/ Triple Crown All Mountain Pro (Jun 20) – Harrisonburg, VA

3) 15th Annual Bulldog Rump AMBC/ NJ State Championships (July 11) – Andover, NJ

4) 1st Annual Bear Creek Challenge AMBC/ PA State Championships/ U.S. Cup/ MARC Finals (August 1) – Allentown, PA

Aaron, John and Ross went to the finals this year. Aaron won Bear Creek, and in the process, also won the PA State Championship and the MARC Series.

Ross picked up 2nd at Bear Creek.

John was in one of the top places in the Cat 1 category MARC Series through the season, and held onto 2nd place overall in the series after suffering two flats at the Bear Creek Challenge (this just after some hard crashes in the prior few weeks).

Up next for us is the Windham UCI World Cup Finals on from August 25-29, which is the first US World Cup race in the United States in 5 years.

The Scott Swisspower Team, with Nino Schurter (current World Champion/Swiss National Champion), Florian Vogel and a team of top elite, U23 and junior riders (managed by Thomas Frischknecht - one of my mountain bike heroes when I was growing up), will be racing.

The Scott11 Downhill Team, currently one of the top teams in the world in in the downhill World Cup team competition, is also flying over to the US to race the event.

Also, our superstar junior, Nathaniel Williams, was granted a starting place with the US National Team for Windham, based upon his stellar results this past season. So, look for him flying the Stars and Stripes on his jersey at Windham.

Windham has a slew of events on its schedule for amateurs and also includes lots of things for the family, like a block party, a free concert, fireworks, a "Big Wheel" race and an indoor/outdoor mountain bike expo. I'm especially looking forward to watching the Scott guys rip through some New York singletrack (check out the video of some of the courses used last year).

Look for the big Scott tent to check out the feather light NEW 2011 Scott Scale 899, the lightest 29er frame out there, the 2011 Scale 949, and a slew of other 2011 models.

This weekend should be a ton of fun for everyone - hope to see you there!

- Jeff

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