Windham to host East Coast Nationals bike Event

Fernie Mountain Biking


-- Windham Mountain has announced that it will host the East Coast Nationals, fifth stop on the National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS), from July 10 - 13, 2008.

This spectacular summer racing event, sanctioned by USA Cycling, will draw competitors of all ages and abilities from all over the United States. Levels of competition increase from Beginner, Sport and Professional up to Expert. Separate awards will be presented for each age group, gender and level of ability over the course of the three day competition.

East Coast Nationals will begin on Thursday, July 10, with downhill and dual slalom inspection and training. On Friday, July 11, inspection and training continues for the downhill course, followed by qualifying races in dual slalom. All categories of races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, including cross country, downhill, super downhill, and 4X dual slalom. The professional men's and women's short track races are sure to be a big draw on Sunday afternoon.

"We're excited and love the challenge of hosting such a prestigious off-road cycling event at Windham," Special Events Manager Rick Hodge said. "I'm sure mountain bikers will find our diverse terrain and 1,600 foot vertical drop as challenging as our winter guests do in the skiing and riding season. We hope this is the beginning of a long term partnership."

"The NMBS race will be a huge event for the mountain and the region. With over 1,000 competitors traveling here with their support teams and families, the influx of racers and guests will be a great economic opportunity for Windham businesses," said Tim Woods, president and general manager of Windham Mountain. "It will take a unified effort to make the race the success it can be. We'll need the support of the community, from vendor sponsorships to volunteers. This event will be an anchor as we strive to bolster our position as a four season destination."

This event precedes the national championship a week later in Vermont. For more information regarding the East Coast Nationals mountain bike event, visit