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XC and enduro national championships move to Mammoth in 2015

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Photos courtesy of Peter Morning/MMSA

USA Cycling has announced that the 2015 cross-country and enduro national championships will move from Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, to Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California. It will now coincide with the Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships. All events will take place July 14-19.

According to USA Cycling, the decision to relocate from Bend to Mammoth is “based on a restriction of resources and personnel due to coinciding cycling and other athletic events in the greater Bend area at that time.”

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Originally scheduled for the second weekend in July, the Gravity National Championships now take place a week later to coincide with the week of competition.

The full USA Cycling 2015 National Championships event calendar will be released shortly.


Wells wins third straight Marathon champs, Grant takes women’s title


Photo by Micah Rice

Twenty-two Stars-and-Stripes jerseys were earned on Saturday as the 2014 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships brought an action-packed end to the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival in Idaho.

Riders left the start line in morning and afternoon waves with temperatures being near perfect for the morning races and beautiful, but hot, in the afternoon.


Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) made it three in a row in Sun Valley, finishing six minutes ahead of silver and bronze medalists Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMX Mountain Bike Racing Team) and Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized) in the pro men’s event. The win was the third straight Marathon Mountain Bike national title for Wells.

Rose Grant (Kalispell, Mont./Sportsman & Ski Haus) rode her way into the Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the women’s pro race, finishing 14 minutes faster than silver and bronze medalists Joey Lythgoe (Park City, Utah) and Nina Baum (Albuquerque, NM).

See more results here.

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