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Racing into its fifth year, USA Cycling’s Pro GRT will feature ten events from coast to coast, an increase over the six events that made up the 2012 calendar.

The tour kicks off in March with three new additions. Reaper Madness Downhill & Super D leads things off in Boulder City, Nev. Riders will then head west for the Fontana City – California Golden State competition a few weeks later. In April, the popular Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., will host the Pro GRT’s third stop.

Racing resumes in May with two east coast favorites: the Mountain Creek Spring Classic 2013 in Vernon, N.J., followed by the 2013 Plattekill Gravity Open in Roxbury, N.Y. Both events are also part of the POC Eastern States Cup.

Another race familiar to Pro GRT riders, the Chile Challenge, marks the start of the second half of the calendar. The June event takes place in Angel Fire, N.M., less than two months before the venue will host the 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships.

Riders will head to the China Peak Ski Resort for the California Golden State event later that month before crossing the country for the Windham Downhill in Windham, N.Y. on June 30, which is a UCI C2-inscribed race. July’s sole event is the Snowshoe Mountain Pro GRT in West Virginia. The Pro GRT concludes in early September at the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

2012 ProGRT Series Champ, Logan Binggeli - Photo by Matt DeLorme

Series points are given to top finishers at each event and used to determine the individual men’s and women’s standings that rank the best downhillers competing in the U.S. The 2012 men’s top ranked rider was Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Factory Racing), while Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./IXS-510-Smith Optics) finished first in the women’s standings.

2013 Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour Schedule

March 15-17   Reaper Madness Downhill & Super D — Boulder City, NV

March 30-31   Fontana City - California Golden State — Fontana, CA

April 21           Sea Otter Classic — Monterey, CA

May 19           Mountain Creek Spring Classic 2013 — Vernon, NJ

May 26           2013 Plattekill Gravity Open — Roxbury, NY

June 7-9        Chile Challenge — Angel Fire, NM

June 22-23    California Golden State — China Peak Ski Resort, CA

June 30          Windham Downhill — Windham, NY

July 13-14      Snowshoe Mountain Pro GRT — Snowshoe, WV

Sept. 4-8       Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games — Mammoth Lakes, CA

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