In a press release today USA Cycling announced the 2011 Pro XCT schedule confirming the Subaru Cup as penultimate event of the nation’s top level cross country mountain bike racing series. Hosted by Nordic Mountain ski area in Mt. Morris, Wisconsin, about 30 miles west of Oshkosh the race will be held on Saturday, June 25th with peripheral races and activities planned for both Friday through Sunday.
Here is what the national press and the 2010 champions, Sam Schultz and Georgia Gould had to say about the event.
Georgia Gould, Luna Pro Team
- “Overall, I was very impressed with the event. The course was great, there were tons of spectators and lots of amateur racers and kids. I'd say it was the best national series race we've been to in awhile- hopefully we'll be back next year. Thanks to everyone who came out and cheered- it always helps me dig a little deeper!”
- “The race certainly had a festival atmosphere, and there were more spectators than at any other Pro XCT this season. The WORS organization seemed well oiled and free of the glitches that often plague first-time Pro XCT races.”
“Many of the top professional racers raved about the course, comparing it to World Cup courses in terms of lap length, punchy climbs, and the fact that there was virtually nowhere that you can rest on the course.”
"They did a fantastic job on the course," said Gould. "There is plenty of room to pass and it was spectator friendly. It had technical stuff and power stuff. It was really fun to ride."
The crowds on the course today were large, and as enthusiastic as those you find at World Cup races. Adam Craig said, "This is the biggest crowd we’ve seen in a long time at a national series race. WORS…they love it." Dave McElwaine, cyclingnews.com
“On Saturday all of the elements of a good day of racing came together. Rad course—check; rowdy crowd—check; dialed bike—check; good legs—check; lots of luck—bonus check.” Sam Schultz, Subaru-Trek
A complete list of racer and press comments on the 2010 Subaru Cup can be found here. More photos and videos from the 2010 Subaru Cup are here.
Check out the complete USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) 2011 schedule at www.usacycling.org.