Oregon promoter selected for 2011-12 MTB nationals
PORTLAND — Oregon’s own Breakaway Promotions, one of the country’s premiere cycling race organizers, has been selected by the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau and USA Cycling to act as the race organizer for the 2011/2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships.
Headed by Chad Sperry of The Dalles, Breakaway Promotions owns, organizes and manages professional and amateur bicycle races across the country. In Oregon, Breakaway promotes or coordinates the Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and The Cascade Cycling Classic among others.
The 2011 and 2012 MTB competitions, to be held in Sun Valley, Idaho, will include the Olympic Cross Country, Short Track Cross Country and Super D events. Breakaway Promotions was selected based on its reputation for managing complex cycling events such as the Tour of Utah and the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Breakaway has long term experience with USA Cycling and is the race coordinator for the Masters Road National Championships, the Junior, U23 & Elite Road National Championships, as well as the Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships.
The races will be held on Dollar Mountain, part of Sun Valley Resort, in July of 2011. The diversity of the terrain and the outstanding facilities for spectators and families makes Sun Valley an ideal location for a national mountain bike competition. The ability to create a demanding course and manage the logistics was key in the selection of Breakaway Promotions as the race organizer. Over 1,400 racers (accurate since we now have new races) are expected to participate.
“This race is one of the top events in U.S. cycling competition, Sperry said. “We believe our proven experience will ensure a memorable race experience, not only for its dramatic courses but for the excellence of execution. Everyone involved is dedicated to providing an outstanding event.”