This is what USAC needs to do to get people excited about XC. Ã‚Â The Urban Rage MTB Assault Race is a sick little event that puts mountain bikers across every sort of city obstacle you can think of. Ã‚Â Here’s how their website puts it:
“On Sunday, December 7th, the HP Urban Rage presented by Jeep Apparel kicks off for the first time at DurbanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Ushaka Marine World and will be mountain biking to the city of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Athletes will be expected to cross beaches, race through skanky garages, zoom through allies and abandoned buildings, cross draw bridges, floating walkways and slip down pipes and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just some of the fun and games waiting for them.”
Seriously…can you imagine an XC race, even a short track event, through a major metro? Ã‚Â In fact, if someone puts on something like this in 2009, Bikerumor will throw $100 into the purse…but it’s gotta be nasty. Ã‚Â Check out this course map (left, click to enlarge) and read the list of obstacles here. Ã‚Â There’s a beachside afterparty and stuff for the kids. Ã‚Â What more do you need?