January 20, 2005 “” For the third consecutive year, Spokane, Wash. will be the site of USA Cycling’s 24-hour National Mountain Bike Championships the sport’s governing body announced today.
Slated for May 28-29, the Memorial Day weekend event dubbed “24 Hours “˜Round the Clock” will take place at Riverside State Park where national championships will be on the line in six different categories — open men’s solo, open women’s solo, open men’s four-person, open women’s four-person, master four-person 30+, and junior four-person 18 and under.
Produced by the Spokane-based Round and Round Productions, 24 Hours “˜Round the Clock hosted over 500 riders in 2004 and expects an increase this year given the popularity of ultra-endurance mountain bike racing.
“We’re excited to be returning to the Spokane area for our national championships”, commented USA Cycling chief executive officer Gerard Bisceglia. “The event in 2004 was a great success and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better competition this year.”
The noon-to-noon 24 Hours “˜Round the Clock will also host several other categories, that despite not holding national championship designations, will provide riders with a fun and competitive environment nonetheless. Two-person, five-person co-ed, solo single speed, corporate teams, police-fire-military, and several five-person open categories are also on the program.