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If you've never raced at Angel Fire, you're in for a treat. From the massive lava rock fields, to high-speed wide-open sections, jumps, and the occasional root or two, the place has a pretty wide variety of terrain. The courses are long and will be a great test to determine the 2013 and 2014 US National Champs are. We'd suggest starting your arm pump training now.

Press release after the jump...

Chris Heath on his way to a win. He's consistent on this track and will be one to watch. - Photo by Devon Balet / Vital Archives
Brian Buell has also had good success at Angel Fire. - Photo by Long Nguyen / Vital Archives
Last year's Mountain States Cup winner, Jason Memmelaar. - Photo by Long Nguyen / Vital Archives

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2012) -- The location for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships in 2013 and 2014 is the Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M., USA Cycling announced. The exact dates of the 2013 and 2014 events will be announced at a later date.

The event, which was held independently from the cross-country national championships for the first time in 2011, features dual slalom and downhill races. The 2013 and 2014 contests will use part of the downhill course ridden during the 2011 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in late October.

“We’re very excited to bring the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships to Angel Fire in 2013 and 2014,” USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk said, “Angel Fire has a long, illustrious history of hosting gravity events, so we’re looking forward to having the gravity national championships there.”

“Angel Fire Bike Park is extremely honored to host the most prestigious gravity event in the United States for 2013 and 2014,” Angel Fire Resort Bike Park Director Hogan Koesis said. “We look forward to showcasing the most exciting and challenging courses in the Rocky Mountains. Let the racing begin!”

The event this year will be held July 20-22 in Beech Mountain, N.C.

Several other 2013 and 2014 national championship events have previously been announced.
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