September 13, 2007

Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals at Lees-McRae -- Oct. 26-28

Banner Elk, NC--Lees-McRae College will host the USA Cycling 2007 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships October 26-28 on the campus of Lees-McRae College and at the Sugar Mountain Resort.

"What is truly unique about this event is it will be the first time the national event has been physically held on the campus of a college or university," said Meghan Wright, Communications Officer at Lees-McRae. "In the past, colleges or universities have hosted the event but it has traditionally been conducted at a mountain resort."

Events being held on the campus of Lees-McRae include short track, dual slalom and cross country. The downhill will be conducted at Sugar Mountain Resort. The specific time of events will be finalized and posted when determined. With a two year deal in place, the 2008 competition will also be held at Lees-McRae College.

Past history of this championship illustrates that the three-day event should draw approximately 1200 people to the area. It is anticipated that 500 competitors will participate, with an additional 700 individuals in attendance to support these efforts. The events being conducted at the national championship are:
• Cross Country - Friday morning, 10/26/07, Lees-McRae College campus
• Downhill - Saturday morning, 10/27/07, Sugar Mountain Resort
• Short Track - Saturday afternoon, 10/27/07, Lees-McRae College campus
• Dual Slalom - Sunday morning, 10/28/07, Lees-McRae College campus

"Lees-McRae College has been given the honor, and even more so, the responsibility for hosting a National Championship for the most elite collegiate cyclists in the country. Our expectations are that we will offer them a first class event with demanding courses," said Ried Estus, Lees-McRae College Athletic Director. "The College is very appreciative of the cooperation we're receiving from the towns of Sugar Mountain and Banner Elk. We couldn't pull this off without their logistical support and their contributions of resources."

Doug Owen, Lees-McRae College Cycling Coach, is the organizer of the race. For additional information, please contact Meghan Wright, Communications Officer, at (828) 898-8729 or visit www.ncca.lmc.edu.