Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Well, after all of that...


there won't be any Nationals at Mammoth after all:

2006 USA CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE RELOCATED

Contact: Andy Lee (Tel.) 719.866.4867
(Mobile) 719.231.2041 (E-mail) alee@usacycling.org Website: www.usacycling.org

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2, 2006)—Due to massive snowfall on Mammoth Mountain this winter, USA Cycling will be relocating its 2006 Mountain Bike National Championships scheduled for July 20-23.

After a record 664 inches of snow fell this season, Mammoth Mountain has reported a base depth of nearly 20 feet as of May 1 – a figure that ultimately put the resort’s ability to host a national championship-caliber event in jeopardy.

“Looking at our snowpack today, I can confidently say we are unable to host a mountain bike event to the quality we are all accustomed to,” commented Bill Cockroft, senior vice president of operations at Mammoth Mountain. “It was a difficult decision, but ultimately we believe we owe it to the mountain bike community to make sure the event continues at the level and standards expected by USA Cycling.”

USA Cycling is currently negotiating with several venues to replace Mammoth Mountain and a decision is expected to be announced shortly.

The dates of the 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships will remain unchanged.


Bummer.

But damn, 664 inches? Thats like....um... a lot of feet of snow.

Lots of rumors circulating about where it will be. I keep hearing Angel Fire and Durango. Angel Fire would be nice...


10 Comments:

At 2:10 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger IronDad said...

I won't miss it... of course living at sea level I won't miss any race at 9,000 ft ;-)

 
At 2:46 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

Irondad....Durango and Angelfire aren't much lower.

I'll miss mammoth....i was keen on the super d.

 
At 3:07 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Soigneur_Tim said...

They do realize that it's just three months away, right? And the snow didn't just fall, it has been there a while...

Hmmm, makes me wonder how many drunk interns are running this thing!

 
At 3:35 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

12, i believe.

nice ride at Wente, Tim. Didn't catch your attention as i yelled at you when you were huffin' it up.

you gonna be crossin' it up, too?

 
At 5:42 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Soigneur_Tim said...

Thanks Olaf, sorry I missed your yelled support at Wente. I did hear a bunch of folks egging me on(and the other folks hanging in), so even if I didn't look I did appreciate it. Funny, some of the Mtb team have said something like that to me, that just because they didn't make eye contact didn't mean they didn't hear it.

Crossing it up? As in cyclocross? Don't know, never done that either (I never raced before Wente). Let me get through the road race at Infineon and I'll decide if my ego needs yet more bashing...

 
At 9:53 AM, May 03, 2006, Blogger IronDad said...

Yes Jed... but Sonoma is much more my (altitude) style!

 
At 4:27 PM, May 03, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

they've run this race at mammoth when there was too much snow and it warn't pretty (oh so i have read)

so they are getting a little better with their learning curve

 
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