USA Cycling announced today that it will hold the 2009 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championship at the 24-Hours of Moab in Moab, Utah on Oct. 10-11, 2009. The 2010 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championship will then be held in conjunction with the 24-Hours of Big Bear in Hazelton, W.Va., June 12-13, 2010.
Originally slated to be held in Arizona, the USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships were re-set due to schedule and location conflicts. Previously held in conjunction with the 24-Hours of 9 Mile in Wisconsin, the event will now be run through Granny Gear Productions for the next two years, coinciding with the 24-Hours of Moab event in 2009 and 24-Hours of Big Bear, in Hazelton, West Virginia, in 2010.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Moab will be the perfect battle ground for a National Championship race. The course is a classic mix of high-speed double-track, technical sections and power-sucking sand-traps. Likewise, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very excited about Big Bear being the National Championships for 24-hour racing in 2010. Our West Virginia venue represents the roots of 24-hour racing and for the first time the USA Cycling 24-hour National Championships will be held at an East-coast venue. Just as the Moab course represents the quintessential western course, Big Bear represents the ultimate east-coast course with mile after mile of wooded single-track, moss-covered rock gardens, birch and hickory forests and beautiful mountain laurel just be coming into bloom,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Laird Knight, President of Granny Gear Productions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve just recently purchased the 24 Hours of 9-Mile from Kevin Eccles and will be bidding for the Nationals to return to 9-mile in 2011.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The national championship competition in Moab will be open to American riders only. The 24-Hours of Moab event however will offer more than 20 divisions open to various age groups, skill, levels and team sizes.
Prior to the addition of an American-only national championship race, the 24-Hours of Moab has a fourteen year history as one of the most popular mountain bike races in North America. The annual event draws more than 4,000 racers, support members and spectators to a stunningly beautiful biking venue. The event also offers a $20,000 total cash purse and more than $30,000 in prizes.