From USA Cycling: After undergoing significant changes in 2004, the nation’s premier off-road cycling series returns to several familiar venues next season while also tapping into a couple of new markets. For the second consecutive year, management of the series will again fall under the cooperative efforts of Team Big Bear and Blue Wolf Events in a continuation of a partnership created last year.
MARCH 4-6: NORBA NATIONAL #1 Tapatio Springs Resort in Boerne, Texas XC, ST & TT Stage Race; MA
Centrally located in the heart of the hill country in the south-central region of the state, the series again kicks off in Texas. Like this year in Waco, a stage race format will kick of a year’s worth of racing in a big way.
MARCH 18-20: NORBA NATIONAL #2 McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona XC, ST & TT Stage Race; EN, SD
Traditionally known as the Nova Desert Classic, the NORBA National Mountain Bike Series makes its first appearance in suburban Phoenix. It marks the second and final stage race of the series. Another notable inclusion to the traditional NMBS format includes an ultra-endurance 12 or 24 hour event.
MAY 13-15: NORBA NATIONAL #3 Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, California XC, ST, MA, DH, MX, SD
Now in its 17th consecutive running, mountain biking’s ground zero will once again open the downhill series with the four-up Downhill Mania.
JUNE 17-19: NORBA NATIONAL #4 Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah XC, ST, DH, MX, SD
Deer Valley rejoins the national series calendar after last hosting a NORBA National in 2001.
JUNE 18: NORBA NATIONAL MARATHON #3 Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec, Canada MA
In a most unusual twist an event that will be used to decide the NMBS Marathon Champion won’t even be held in America. The stand alone race will be run in conjunction with the third stop of the UCI Marathon World Cup Series.
JULY 15-17: NORBA NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES #5 Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho XC, ST, MA, DH, MX, SD
Schweitzer Mountain plays host to a NORBA National for the third consecutive season. With a UCI World Cup on the calendar in Angel Fire, New Mexico the weekend prior, a strong international field is expected to be on hand.
JULY 22-24: NORBA NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES #6 Snowmass Village in Aspen, Colorado XC, ST, MA, DH, MX, SD
Hosting its second NORBA National, Snowmass will culminate three weekend’s worth of elite international competition in America. Many Europeans will use Aspen to prepare for their continental championships that begin the following weekend in Italy.
AUGUST 19-21: NORBA NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES #7 Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia XC, ST, MA, DH, MX, DS, SD
Snowshoe is the first east coast NMBS date and will also include the first and only dual slalom event. The series’ only conflict with a World Cup date occurs here with a gravity World Cup scheduled for Pila, Italy on August 21.
AUGUST 26-28: NORBA NMBS FINALS Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont XC, ST, DH, MX, SD
Noticeably absent from the 2005 calendar is a stop in Durango, Colorado; home to the last two series’ finals. Next year the finals again return to Mount Snow, which last hosted them in 2002.
EVENT ABBREVIATION KEY XC: Cross Country ST: Short Track Cross Country MA: Marathon EN: Endurance (12 or 24 hours) TT: Time Trial DH: Downhill MX: Mountain Cross DS: Dual Slalom SD: Super Downhill
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