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Pennsylvania to Host MTB Nationals

16 Jul, 2013


2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Event Returns to East Coast This Week

The 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championship is set to roll from July 18-21 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa. The four-day competition is in the Eastern time zone for the first time since 2008. Three riders who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to compete in Pennsylvania.

The trails at Bear Creek Mountain Resort include 150-year-old mining switchback roads up the mountain. The trails also feature rocky, technical sections which demand as much power, skill and technique on the ascents as on the descents.

The amateur cross-country course spans just short of seven miles and includes many of the course features available on the mountain. The pro course includes the mountain's signature feature, a rock drop plus a triple log crossing and a rock jump just before the finish.

Full course maps as well as competitor and event information, including competition schedules, can be found at this site.

It’s not just the national championships making Bear Creek the place to be in mid-July. From Wed., July 17, to Sat., July 20, the Bear Creek Mountain Resort is offering many exciting, fun ancillary events.

On Wednesday, the reggae band, Trouble City All-Stars will be performing in the Rock Garden from 5-8 p.m. The next night, the Trails End Café is offering karaoke along with a bonfire and sing-along. From 8-11 p.m. on Friday, there will be a trivia and dance party in the Rock Garden. The ancillary entertainment concludes on Saturday night with a fireworks extravaganza. Spectators are encouraged to watch the night sky fill with sparks from the Rock Garden beginning at 9:30 p.m. 

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