Photo: Colin Meagher
Photo: Colin Meagher

Windham Mountain has played host to mountain bike races before, and it is a stop on the Gravity East tour. But the relatively unknown mountain (at least outside the Northeast) will host its biggest race ever next August, when the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup makes its first stop on American soil in more than five years.

Windham will host the sixth and final round of next year's World Cup, an event that will include downhill, XC and 4X races. The race, scheduled for August 28-29, 2010, will precede the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, by one week.

"The athletes really put us on the map because they've had such a remarkable time here, and the courses were so well-received," explained Windham Mountain Resort's special events manager Rick Hodge in a press release. "Based on their input, we feel very capable of hosting an event of this caliber.”

In addition to the Gravity East series and other regional races, Windham also hosted a round of the National Mountain Bike Series in 2008. The mountain is about an hour south of Albany, New York, and three hours north of New York City.

The U.S. last hosted a UCI category 1 World Cup race in 2005, when the series stopped at Angel Fire, New Mexico.

"We are very excited to have a UCI World Cup in the U.S. again," USA Cycling's mountain bike events and program director Kelli Lusk said in a release. "Rick and his crew at Windham have shown great enthusiasm and support of mountain biking in the United States with their successful bid."

The 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will include six rounds each for the cross-country, downhill and four-cross disciplines. These rounds will take place at nine venues in eight countries.

The complete 2010 UCI World Cup schedule is listed below:

2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar
April 24-25: World Cup XCO #1, Dalby Forest, Great Britain
May 1-2: World Cup XCO #2 & 4X #1, Houffalize, Belgium
May 15-16: World Cup DHI #1 & 4X #2, Maribor, Slovenia
May 22-23: World Cup XCO #3, Offenburg, Germany
June 5-6: World Cup DHI #2 & 4X #3, Fort William, Great Britain
June 19-20: World Cup DHI #3 & 4X #4, Schladming, Austria
June 7-10: European Continental Championships, Haifa, Israel
July 17-18: National Championships Weekend
July 24-25: World Cup XCO #4 and DHI #4, Champéry, Switzerland
July 31 – August 1: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #5 and 4X #5, Val di Sole, Italy
August 8: World Marathon Championships, St. Wendel, Germany
August 28-29: World Cup XCO #5, DHI #6, and 4X #6, Windham, New York
August 31-September 5: World XCO, DHI, & 4X Championships, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec