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As we announced previously, the Pinnacle Bike Championship is set to take place at Waterville Valley Resort on September 19-20, 2014, and now the heat starts building - here are the first confirmed athletes for the event, and it's already shaping up to be a big show - Hutchinson US and Madison Saracen and first in the starting blocks!


Press Release:

Waterville Valley, NH, USA (August 6, 2014) – The first teams and athletes for the inaugural event of the Pinnacle Bike Championship have been released with some exciting and maybe even surprising elements coming into play. Right out of the gate there are recent DH world championship medalists coming back from injury and world cup winners, but not whom you would expect.

Hutchinson UR – Mick Hannah, Fabien Cousinie & Guillaume Cauvin

Madison Saracen – Matt Simmonds, Sam Dale & Manon Carpenter

Hear what the riders and team managers respectively had to say:

Mick Hannah - photo by Dave Trumpore.

Mick Hannah – Hutchinson UR – Australia:“'I’m really excited to see my sport growing. Downhill racing in the US has been very strong in the past and it's great to see an event like this happening over here!”

Guillaume Cauvin - photo by Nicolas Duye.

Fabien Cousinie.

Fabien Cousinie – Hutchinson UR – France – Rider / Team Owner:"I like to try and race everything on my mountain bike and this is definitively something I was waiting for"

Sam Dale.

Sam Dale – Madison Saracen – Great Britain: “really excited about riding the gnarly Pinnacle track with big jumps and other riders all around me. I've also heard great things about the Boston area, so looking forward to a great party afterwards!”

Matt Simmonds.

Matt Simmons – Madison Saracen – Great Britain: “looking forward to this new Pinnacle event and format for racing. Thinking about the track and line choices and having to contend with other riders in your face is bound to make things interesting for sure. Heard great things about the track so just getting out there and having fun on it will be awesome.”

Manon Carpenter.

Manon Carpenter – Madison Saracen – Great Britain:“think I might be getting thrown in at the deep end here but hey, I love a challenge! Sixty of the World's fastest guys to try and beat and a full on track is my kind of fun. Guess I'll have to give it a go and see how I get on. I hear the Waterville Valley Resort is a fantastic place, so looking forward to our end of season trip to New Hampshire.”

Will Longden – Madison Saracen Team Manager: “the team are really looking forward to checking out this new format of racing. Pinnacle is sure to be a fun event and a fantastic showcase for the spectators and fans. Head-to-head racing is always exciting and seeing the World's fastest DH racers bar to bar, MX style, is going to be an eye opener to say the least. It's always great when a new venue invests in bringing mountain biking to the area, so I'm really pleased the team has been invited and we can support Waterville Valley Resort in this new venture and share it with the rest of the world.”

Stay tuned as more athletes and teams are announced!

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