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The prizes and contests have been announced for the 2009 U.S. MTB Cup Mountain Bike race series.

They include Podium Kickbacks from Kenda Tires, Round Trip VIP packages to the Vegas Finals and complete component set from Hayes Brakes, Under-18 Comp’d Entry Fees from Specialized Bicycles and an Essay Contest from Sho-Air.

In my opinion, this is what racing should be like…more of a party and offering better value and opportunities for the amateur categories.  Kudos to Sho-Air and these sponsors for putting it out there.  Read “more” for full details from each sponsor…

With its focus on providing amateur racers a better and more rewarding experience, the U.S. Cup has partnered with some of the bicycle industry’s leading companies to provide some unbelievable opportunities for amateur riders competing in the Kenda Cup West and Kenda Cup East series events.

KENDA PODIUM KICKBACK: Open to all racing categories, the Kenda Podium Kickback program will
reimburse the race entry fee for one male and one female class winner at each of the Kenda Cup West/East
series rounds. Kenda staff on site at each race will randomly select one male and one female class category winner at each of the Kenda Cup West and Kenda Cup East series events. If the chosen male and female winning riders have Kenda tires on their race bikes, they each will receive a check from Kenda USA refunding the cost of registration for that race. Checks will be mailed to the winners from Kenda USA.

HAYES LUCKY 12: One racer at every Kenda Cup West, Kenda Cup East series round and one back up
winner will be selected from the event pre registered rider list at random via sports base online computer
system to receive the following:

  • Round trip airfare to Las Vegas
  • Two nights hotel stay
  • $250 spending money
  • Access to Interbike show at Sands Convention Center
  • Participate in Hayes promotion at Interbike tradeshow booth
  • Interview with USA Cycling at Interbike tradeshow booth
  • Free entry into the U.S. Cup unification “Shootout” round in Vegas on Sept. 26th
  • Hayes Ride Kit-Each of the “Hayes Lucky 12” will receive a complete cross-country component
  • package, including a Manitou R7 MRD fork, Hayes Stroker Gram brakes, and a Sun Ringlé
  • Black Flag wheel set.
  • Pit space and Hayes technical support for winners at unification race in Las Vegas
  • Available to riders aged 18 and up only.
  • Must pre-register for event via sports base online to be eligible.
  • Winner must be able to participate, otherwise back up winner to be chosen.
  • Paid for by Hayes Bicycle Group

SPECIALIZED YOUTH MOVEMENT: The first five male and female pre registered riders 18 years and
under to sign up for a Kenda Cup West or Kenda Cup East series event will be refunded the cost of registration up to $25, via a VISA check card.

  • Registration and refund value to be set at $25.
  • Winner will receive VISA Card at the day of the event
  • Must be present on race day to claim award.
  • Rider must be in 18 year or under categories to be eligible
  • Must pre-register for event via sports base online to be eligible.
  • Paid for by Specialized

SHO-AIR U.S. CUP ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE ESSAY: This 250 word or less essay contest must be
submitted through the dedicated contest page on U.S. Cup website. Here riders can share their ultimate race experience at a U.S. Cup series event. One Winner from the Kenda Cup West and Kenda Cup East series will be selected at the end of the respective series dates.

  • Open to all racers competing in a Kenda Cup West or Kenda Cup East Series event
  • Only one entry per rider/per event allowed. Rider can submit one essay for every round they attend.
  • Only entries submitted on U.S. Cup website will be eligible for contest.
  • Winner must show proof of entry to be eligible
  • Winners from each series (Kenda Cup West/Kenda Cup East) will receive the following:
  • Round trip air fair to Huntington Beach, CA
  • Two night hotel stay
  • $250 spending money
  • Ride day with Sho-Air/Specialized Factory team. Includes transportation in team bus to riding spot.
  • Each winner will receive: 1 Team Sho-Air Kit-Shorts, jersey, gloves, helmet, shoes, glasses.
  • Winners will come out in October for contest.
  • Must be 18 years or older or have accompanying legal guardian to be eligible.
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