USA Cycling announces 2019 national mountain bike calendar

USA Cycling announced on Wednesday the national mountain bike calendar for the 2019 season.

The Pro Gravity Tour (GRT) and Pro Cross Country Tour (XCT) will feature 12 events across 10 states.

Spanning March to June, the GRT schedule this year will include eight days of gravity competitions, while the XCT will feature 20 days of racing.

The GRT and XCT are comprised of the top mountain bike events in the U.S. and track the standings for elite riders in their respective fields.

Most events will also carry amateur categories as well. Individual calendar champions are crowned at the conclusion of the calendar.

The GRT calendar focuses on four of the best gravity races across the U.S. with events from coast to coast.

The addition of the Breckenridge Epic as well as the Soldier Hollow Bike Festival and the Missoula XCS to the XCT calendar marks a return to mountain bike stage racing in the pro calendar.

“We’re looking forward to a great season of competition in both gravity and endurance mountain bike racing here in the US. This collection of high-caliber races allows our athletes to prepare on US soil for the upcoming 2019 World Championships taking place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada,” said Tara McCarthy, senior national events manager of USA Cycling.


2019 Pro GRT Calendar:

March 6-10, 2019Windrock Tennessee NationalOak Ridge, Tenn.C1
April 5-7, 2019NW Cup #1Port Angeles, Wash.C2
May 18-19, 2019Mountain Creek Pro GRTVernon, N.J.C3
June 13-15, 2019NW Cup TamarackTamarack, IdahoC2

2019 Pro XCT Calendar:

March 16, 2019US Cup – Bonelli Park XCO + Junior Series XCOSan Dimas, Calif.HC
March 24, 2019US Cup-Vail Lake National + Junior Series XCOTemecula, Calif.C1
April 11, 2019Sea Otter ClassicMonterey, Calif.HC
April 14, 2019Sea Otter ClassicMonterey, Calif.C3
May 2-5, 2019Soldier Hollow Bike Festival  + Junior Series XCOMidway, UtahStage Race 1
June 9, 2019EliminatorColumbus, Ga.XCE WC
June 6-9, 2019Missoula XCS + Junior Series XCOMissoula, Mont.Stage Race 2
August 11-16, 2019The Breck Epic MTB Stage RaceBreckenridge, Colo.Stage Race 1
August 24, 2019Julbo Eastern GrindWilliston, Vt.C1

The 2018 GRT individual champions were Samantha Soriano (Littleton, Colo.; COMMENCAL Junior Cartel) for Elite Women and Kiran MacKinnon (Santa Cruz, Calif.; Santa Cruz Bicycles) for Elite Men.

The 2018 XCT individual champions were Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo.; CZ Racing) for Elite Women and Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Bicycles Factory Racing Team) for Elite Men.