cycling utah July 1999

Nation's best ready to rock and roll at NCS

PARK CITY, UTAH - More than 2,000 mountain biking enthusiasts - from this country's top professional riders to local first time novices - will race, ride, jump, show-off and simply enjoy their mountain bikes at Deer Valley's Chevy Trucks NORBA National Championship Series, July 22 - 25, 1999.

This nationwide series of mountain bike events features top pro racers chasing national titles in cross-country, downhill, dual slalom, and making its debut this year, short-track cross-country racing.

Competitors compile points from six national races throughout the season to obtain national medals. This year's six events take place in Snow Summit, CA; Welch Village Resort, MN; Seven Springs, PA; Mammoth Mountain, CA; Mount Snow, VT and Deer Valley, UT.

Racers are pre-qualified by level of ability, and grouped into categories such as junior, junior expert, beginner, sport, expert, semi-pro and professional. In addition to the professionals vying for titles, amateur riders of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the series.

Familiar pros expected to compete in this year's event at Deer Valley include Eric Carter, Mercedes Gonzalez, Brian Lopes, Tinker Juarez, Ruthie Matthes, Tara Llanes, Kirt Voreis, Shaun Palmer and John Tomac.

Spectator favorites include the women's Pro Cross Country-Friday at 10 am, the men's Pro CC- Friday at 1 p.m., the women's and men's Pro Short-Track CC- Saturday at 4 and 4:45 p.m. respectively, the Pro Dual Slalom finals- Saturday at 5:30, and the Pro Downhill-Sunday 1-3 p.m.

For more information on the NORBA Race, see the schedule on the back cover of Cycling Utah or contact event producer Team Big Bear at 909-866-4565, Deer Valley Communications Manager Christa Thompson at 800-424-DEER (3337) or 435-645-6522, or check out or

Volunteers Needed

Ron Lindley is looking for volunteers for the N.C.S. race at Deer Valley. People can e-mail to [email protected] or call 801-375-3231.

Event schedule:

Thursday, July 22

5 p.m.: Sport/Expert/Jr. Expert/Non-Pro Women/Wheelchairs; Dual Slalom Final

Friday, July 23

10 a.m.: Chevy Trucks Pro Women Cross-Country

1 p.m.: Chevy Trucks Pro Men Cross-Country

4 p.m.: Semi Pro/Expert Cross-country Race; King of the Hill

5:45 p.m.: Beg/Vet/Master/Jr. (non-exp.) Slalom Final; Beg/Vet/Master/Jr. (non-exp.) Slalom Awards immediately following final

Saturday, July 24

7:30 a.m.: Beg/Sport/Jr. Olympic Cross-country Race

King of the Hill - Stage 2

8 a.m.: Jr. Olympic Cross-country Race

9:30 a.m.: Silver Lake Challenge King of the Hill - Stage 3

10 a.m.: Expert Downhill Race Categories: Exp. Men 19-29/Exp Men 50+/Exp Women 19-29/Exp Women 40+/Sport/Beg/Jr. (non-exp.)

1 p.m.: Semi Pro/Expert/Sport King of the Hill Downhill

2:30: Shimano's Kids Race

4 p.m.: Chevy Trucks Pro Women Short-Track Cross-Country

4:45 p.m.: Chevy Trucks Pro Men Short-Track Cross-Country

5:30 p.m.: Visa Pro Dual Slalom Final

7:25 a.m.: King of the Hill Short Track Cross-country; Semi Pro/Expert King of the Hill - Stage 5

Sport King of the Hill - Stage 3

1 - 3 p.m.: Chevy Trucks Pro Downhill Final, presented by Visa Course A

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