2008 U.S. Olympians to Compete at East Coast Nationals at Windham Mountain

By AlpineZone News |
Jul 08 2008 - 11:03 AM

WINDHAM, New York — Windham Mountain announced today that U. S. Olympic Mountain Bike Team members Adam Craig and Todd Wells will compete in the NMBS East Coast Nationals at Windham Mountain on July 10 – 13, 2008.

Adam Craig and Todd Wells, named last week to the 2008 U. S. Olympic Mountain Bike Team, are heading east to compete in the East Coast Nationals before the NMBS finals at Mount Snow in Vermont the following weekend. Rankings show Wells at number eleven and Craig at number sixteen in the world.

Recent test runs by local and international-level competitors elicited unanimously positive reactions to the brand new courses built specifically for this event. The finished product has been called nothing short of fantastic. Designed and built by passionate riders, the courses have been cleared of downed trees, branches, large rocks and debris, and weed-whacked with top-level racers in mind. Sturdy bridges and other structures have been perfectly positioned on and over trails. Highly skilled and knowledgeable course designers and builders, both paid and volunteer, came together to create the best mountain bike race courses the East has ever seen.

The East Coast Nationals begin on Thursday, July 10, with downhill and dual slalom inspection and training. On Friday, July 11, inspection and training continues for the downhill course, followed by qualifying races in dual slalom. All categories of races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, including cross country, downhill, super downhill, and 4X dual slalom. The pro short track races make a big finish on Sunday afternoon. Competitors of all ages and abilities will be vying for prizes in each category at this event, sanctioned by USA Cycling.

Registration for this event will close at midnight on Monday, July 7, 2008. To register, log on to www.windhammountainbike.com, click on Athletes, then Athlete FAQs. For information about Windham Mountain, lodging and restaurants, go to www.windhammountain.com.