Mountain bikers roll into Copper this weekend during the Copper Cup

Copper Mountain, CO…August 27, 2009…Copper Mountain is Colorado’s mountain bike and cycling hub. Riders with a competitive streak will enjoy the addition of the Copper Cup, Aug. 28 – 30, to the biking events line-up this season. This inaugural event at Copper consists of Super D (Downhill), XC (Cross Country) and the State Championship Short Track race. To help round out the weekend, Copper is right in the middle of great cycling routes, hiking, Summit County’s only go-kart track and an 18 hole championship golf course.

The Copper Cup is a part of the Mountain States Cup Championship Series, which is a NORBA (National Off-Road Bicycle Association) and USAC (USA Cycling) sanctioned series. The Mountain States Cup is the largest full-discipline race series in the United States and is rider owned and operated, so the courses and venues are world-class and well organized.

Schedule of Events*:
Friday, Aug. 28
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.            Fridays at Copper (FAC) – Free activities with every $30 shopping or dining purchase at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, go-karts and mini-golf.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Registration and packet pick-up in Jacques Peak Room in the Mountain Plaza Building, above Endo’s Adrenaline Café
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.            Open Super D and XC practice ($15 lift ticket required)
6 p.m.                           Friday Night Street Party with free live music by Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck in the Village at Copper
Dusk                            Free screening of Martian Child (PG) in Burning Stones Plaza

Saturday, Aug. 29
8 a.m.                           Open Super D Practice
11 a.m.                         Super D Race
5 p.m.                           Colorado State Championship Short Track Race

Sunday, Aug. 20
8 a.m.                           Jr. (14-and-under) and CAT 3 XC Race
10:15 a.m.                     CAT 2 XC Race
12:30 p.m.                     CAT 3/Pro XC Race

*All events are subject to change and are weather dependent.

Copper Mountain is all about access…stay overnight and wake up just steps away from the Copper Cup starting line. From elaborate condominiums to studio rooms, Copper offers a variety of lodging choices and offers discounts for race participants. Please contact Copper Mountain Reservations by calling 866.534.7444 and reference the Group Code “3GG1RO” and/or the Group Name “Mountain States Cup” to book discounted lodging.

COPPER CUP MOUNTAIN BIKING CLOSURE: Due to the Copper Cup the American Eagle chair lift equipment haul access will be closed to the public on both Sat., Aug. 29 and Sun., Aug. 30. During this time, Copper will be hosting a Super D and a Cross Country mountain bike race and to ensure both racer and public safety, cyclists and Digglers will not be permitted on the trails. The American Eagle lift will still be open for foot passengers, but all public should be aware that there is a race in progress and to be careful of cyclists on the course. Copper will re-open equipment haul access to the public on Mon., Aug. 31 for normal operations.

On-site registration is open for those looking to still race in the Copper Cup, but pre-registration is closed. On-site registration is available at Copper Fri. – Sun. in Jacques Peak Room in the Mountain Plaza Building, above Endo’s Adrenaline Café. Registration and check-in for each category will close one hour prior to its designated start time and this includes pre-registered riders…sorry, no exceptions.

The Colorado Short Track State Championship is the spectator event of the weekend. This event is one of the only short track races in Summit County, with racers going all-out in an off-road criterium-style race.  The short track race begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 and only lasts half an hour, so make sure to get a spot early and catch the action of the entire course directly from the Village at Copper.

The Super D race on Saturday will send racers careening straight down the mountain on Red Tail single-track starting at 11 a.m. from the top of the American Eagle lift with a Le Mans style start. This race is perfect for cross country racers who love to descend and for gravity racers who have a little more push behind their pedal than their usual competitors.

Sunday’s Cross Country (XC) race showcases the best single-track at Copper. Pro and CAT 1 (expert) racers will climb to the top of the mountain to descend down the high alpine single-track of Fat Marmot down to the smooth, buttery course through the trees. The races will last 1 ∏ to 2 hours, with racers coming through the Village at Copper for their second lap. Spectators can also catch the action on the course from the American Eagle lift because this summer Copper offers all guests free round-trip rides.

For more detailed race info, visit www.racemsc.com or email info@racemsc.com.

www.coppercolorado.com

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