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U.S. Cup returns to Fayetteville for UCI racing in April

Ruby Ryan races through the 2021 U.S. Pro Cup at Centennial Park in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The U.S. Cup will return to Fayetteville for a next calendar year of professional and novice cross-nation mountain bicycle racing at Centennial Park.

Organizers have partnered with Moosejaw and OZ Trails for the 4-working day function, which is set for April 20-24, 2022.

As portion of the U.S. Cup Collection, the races are the highest degree of skilled cross-nation mountain bicycle competition in the state. Centennial Park 1st hosted the function in 2021, which incorporated athletes from 40 states, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Ontario and Quebec.

U.S. Cup function director Ty Kady said he’s thrilled to be back for one more calendar year.

“After very last year’s party, we worked with the OZ Trails crew to make some training course modifications that I believe will open the study course a little bit and carry some of the a lot more common, uncooked mountain bike sections we ended up lacking,” Kady reported. “This year’s training course will be a accurate hybrid that will reward the racers with a comprehensive ability set.”

Racing commences on Wednesday with UCI C1-stage classes for elites and juniors. Thursday’s routine incorporates a group and seller expo. Friday will see small keep track of racing for elites and juniors, as nicely as an all-new CAT 1 males and gals open up class on Friday night.

Saturday will involve the to start with of two amateur cross-state races in the early morning, adopted by a UCI junior XCO sequence party where by junior riders can contend for some of the most UCI details out there in North The united states.

Novice racers will return Sunday early morning for a second race, and then in the afternoon, the UCI elite women and gentlemen will contend.

“We are enthusiastic to as soon as again host this terrific function in our metropolis,” mentioned Molly Rawn, CEO of Practical experience Fayetteville. “Coming off the heels of the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross Environment Championships in January, Centennial Park in Fayetteville is immediately turning out to be acknowledged as a environment-class off-road racing location.”

For a lot more info, such as a program of situations, go to uscupmtb.com.