Monday, September 28, 2009

Eatough To Retire After Moab, US Cup 2010 Adds New Venues

Eatough Set To Retire After National Championships

24-Hour racing legend Chris Eatough (Trek Racing Co-Op) has announced his plans to retire from racing after this year's 24 hour national championship in Moab, Utah on October 10th-11th. Eatough voiced his intentions to USA Today writer Sal Ruibal who posted the remarks in his blog.

Eatough intends to spend more time with his family and plans to stay involved with mountain biking through product testing with Trek and his personal coaching business.

Throughout his 10 years as a professional racer, Eatough has won six 24-Hour Solo World Championships and five U.S. National Championships. In 2007, Eatough took top honors at 24-Hours of Moab conquering what is arguably one of the toughest 24-hour courses in the world. He failed to finish last season's event after succumbing to hypothermia. In his final race Eatough will have plenty of tough competition including last year's winner Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) and Granny Gear series leader Brandon Draugelis (Cannondale).

US Cup To Add New Venues For 2010

photo by John Senekirk

While the 2010 US Cup schedule has yet to be released MTBracenews has learned that two new venues will be added to next year's series. Included in the 2010 US Cup races will be Mt. Morris, Wisconsin and Bonelli Park, California.

Mt. Morris hosts the Subaru Cup and is part of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS). WORS is the largest mountain bike racing series in the United States. Just last week, WORS director Don Edberg told MTBracenews, "WORS has had another great year in 2009, for the first time since 2002 we are set to increase our numbers. Right now we are averaging about 680 racers per event."

It seems the US Cup is looking to capitalize on that success and hoping to include established successful races in what is now the national race series.

Minnesota racer Jenna Rinehart and local boy Brian Matter won this year's Subaru Cup race in Mt. Morris. Stay tuned to for a full schedule of US Cup events when it becomes available.

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