The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Returns to Windham, NY

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Post By: justinsmith
Posted On: August 4, 2015

UCI World Cup

The Festival features elite and amateur races, family fun and more!

Windham, N.Y. – Top cyclists from around the world will return once again to Windham, N.Y. on August 6-9 for the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

This is the fifth year that Windham will serve as the only location in the United States to host a World Cup race, in a series that makes nine stops around the world, including Lourdes, France; Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic; Albstadt, Germany; Fort William, Scotland; Leogang, Austria; Lenzerheide, Switzerland; Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada; and Val di Sole; Italy.

Having hosted the event four of the past five years, the Windham World Cup has attracted tens of thousands of visitors (including nearly 5,000 professional and amateur athletes) from more than 40 countries, 30 states, and six continents. Spectators come to the small resort town in the Northern Catskill Mountains to watch the best cyclists in the world challenge the Windham Mountain courses or to participate in the amateur races themselves. Millions watch the races live online, as they are broadcast and replayed around the world.

“We are honored to again be the only U.S. venue of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series. Last year, more than 20,000 visitors and athletes came from around the world to enjoy the racing and the festival events and to explore the beautiful area we call home” said Chip Seamans, President/GM at Windham Mountain. “We hope that visitors see the many changes and improvements that we’ve invested in since they were last here, including the Mountain Bike Park, the Alpine Spa at Windham Mountain Resort, the Windham Country Club public/private golf course, and recent renovations at Winwood Inn at Windham Mountain Resort.”

This year, Windham is one of only four sites to host both disciplines on the race circuit: Olympic Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI). Cross Country is an endurance race in which athletes ride from the bottom to the top of the mountain on a course consisting of narrow, rocky paths through forests and across streams for a set of laps based on gender and age. In Downhill racing, athletes race their bikes down the mountain against the clock on steep, rocky terrain that features jumps and drops. The Windham World Cup courses epitomize the legendary aspects of “East Coast riding” in the U.S., roots and rocks.

Elite Downhill racing is scheduled for Saturday, August 8 with starts at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, and 2:00pm for the juniors, women, and men elite, respectively. Last year at Windham, Emmeline Ragot (FRA, Lapierre Gravity Republic) took the gold with a time of 2:40.146 for the Elite Women. In the Men’s Elite Downhill’s Aaron Gwin (USA, Specialized Racing) had a fantastic run with fans hoping for a repeat of his 2012 victory but was knocked out of the hot seat by a phenomenal run by winner Steve Peat (GBR, Santa Cruz Syndicate) who was clocked at 70+ mph. Up and coming U.S. downhill rider Luca Shaw (SRAM/TLD Racing) took the silver in the Men’s Juniors downhill and has moved up to Men’s Elite field this season.

Elite Cross Country races will take place on Sunday, August 9 with start times scheduled for Men under 23 (9:00am), Elite Women (11:15am), Elite Men (2:15pm), and Women under 23 (4:30pm). Last year, the Elite Women’s top four finishers were separated by only about 30 seconds. Catharine Pendrel (CAN, Luna Pro) celebrated her third victory at Windham with a winning time of 1:25:47. For the Elite Men, Nino Schurter (SUI, Scott-Odlo) also took his third win of the season, besting second-place finisher Julien Absalon (FRA, BMC Mountainbike Racing) by six seconds.

In addition to the elite UCI XCO and DHI races, there is a full schedule of community events including the Race the World amateur cross-country and downhill races, a Ride the Plank challenge, an indoor/outdoor expo, a block party in downtown Windham, a concert, fireworks, night ride, a kids’ fun race, Team FMX stunt demonstration, and the opportunity to check out the newly opened Windham Mountain Bike Park.

Thursday, August 6

The Windham World Cup Festival activities kick off with the Ride the Plank Challenge at 7 pm, Riders will try to cross a pond by balancing on wooden planks floating on inner tubes.  Prizes will be awarded for various categories including shortest distance, longest distance, best wipe out and more.

Friday, August 7

From 8:00 -11:00 pm, Main Street in Windham will come alive with the Block Party, organized by the Windham Area Chamber of Commerce.  Visitors can enjoy food and drink specials, including beer from event sponsor Oskar Blues.  Family-friendly activities include stunt bike demonstrations, music by WyldBlu, the mechanical bull ride, a magic show with Sean Doolan Magician Extraordinaire, fun with Christine Doolan the Balloon Wizard, a fire stunt performer show with Lyca On Fire, and the latest mountain bike movie on a huge outdoor screen.

Saturday, August 8

Kenda Race the World Cross Country (XC) begins at 7:30am and is open to amateur racers (online registration ends Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 PM ET). There is a $35/45/50 fee depending on category. Race the World is again part of the New York State MTB series (www.NYSMTBseries.com) and is also part of the Root 66 series (www.root66raceseries.com). To register, visithttps://www.bikereg.com/windham-world-cup-race-the-world-nysmtbroot-66-series.

At 8:00 pm, the lift-serviced NightRider Night Ride will take riders up the mountain to experience Windham Mountain by starlight (and safety lights) and watch the fireworks from the best seat on the mountain! Registration is $10; sign-up during the weekend at the Registration area (second floor of the Lodge, mountain-side) and a credit card required as deposit for light to be picked up at NiteRider Expo booth.

Visitor can cap off the evening with a fireworks show and the band, Poppy’s Suitcase, plays on the Windham Mountain Resort Lodge patio.

Sunday, August 9

The Fox Shox Race the World Downhill (DH) will take place on Sunday at 10:30am. It is $85/90 to participate. (Online registration ends Wednesday, August 5 at 8:00 PM ET). Race the World is again part of the Eastern States Cup series (www.easternstatescup.com) To register, visit https://www.bikereg.com/eastern-states-cup-race-the-world-dh-at-the-windham-mountain-bike-world-cup

Nick Bove, race director and founding member of Windham Area Recreation Foundation (WARF), expressed his excitement for this year’s events. “After last year’s World Cup at Windham with record-breaking crowds, we are excited to welcome the racers, officials, sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors and spectators once again.  The success of this event would not be possible without their participation and tremendous support.”

WARF was initially established to organize and run the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup race at Windham and now is dedicated to the enhancement of trail-based recreation opportunities throughout the Windham region as it transforms into a preeminent four-season destination.  The Windham Trail Vision is WARF’s master plan that connects four major components: the Windham Path, the Elm Ridge trail system, the Windham Mountain Bike Park, and the Mount Hayden trail system.

For more information on the Windham World Cup event, visit www.racewindham.com.

This event is organized by Windham Mountain along with the Windham Area Recreation Foundation and a team of hundreds of volunteers who come together to support this world-class event. Special thanks to: Stan’s NoTubes, Scott Sports, Kenda, Fox Shox, GNH Lumber, Coca Cola, Oskar Blues Brewery, Hannaford, Monster Energy, Pink Bike, NiteRider, Industry Nine, Oakley, NBT Bank, KMC Chains, Wicked Wash, Trek, DeFeet, Melissa & Doug, Sealskinz, Mid-Hudson Cable, Windham Area Recreation Foundation, Trec Management, Timely Signs, Price Chopper, Slater’s Pellets, Eklund, Dirt Rag, and NBC Universal.

This project is supported by a Market NY grant awarded to Windham Area Recreation Foundation by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NYDivision of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

 

By: Penny Vavura

Phone: 518.427.1186 or 518.339.6042 (cell)

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