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March 15/11 17:59 pm - Tara Llanes Classic Adds XC Events

Posted by Editoress on 03/15/11

In a move sure to attract even more competitors and spectators, organizers of the Tara Llanes Classic have added Cross-Country and Industry Cup races to the 2011 Tara Llanes Classic lineup, to be held September 24-25.  The two new races join the established Mega DH event that has drawn hundreds of pros and amateurs to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort over early fall weekends the last two years.  The beautiful, world-class skiing and mountain bike racing venue near Lake Tahoe, CA, will be hosting the 2011 Tara Llanes Classic for the third straight year.

Organizers also announced that the extremely popular and challenging Mega DH returns in 2011 with some fresh and exciting changes.  In 2010, World Cup DH pro Brian Lopes won the Pro Men's Mega DH race, and French World Cup DH pro Sabrina Jonnier claimed the Pro Women's title. More than 160 pros and amateurs competed.

Since the first event in 2007, the Tara Llanes Classic has attracted a huge, ever increasing field of spectators.  For 2011, the organizer's decision to include a Cross-Country event means making a course that combines great terrain with lots of fan-friendly access.  "We really want to give the spectators an awesome Cross-Country event to watch with lots of different places where they can cheer on their favorite riders," Tara Llanes said, "Whether that be Cat. II Men 15-18 or the Pro Women's class."

The Industry Cup also makes its debut in 2011. This one-of-a-kind event will be for sponsors only of the Tara Llanes Classic and promises to be a very prestigious Cup to win. The rules for this event will soon be posted on the Tara Llanes Classic website; please click here to find out more: .

The Tara Llanes Classic provides world-class competition for both amateurs and pros. Proceeds from entry fees, sponsorships, and donations to benefit the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Foundation, the Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC), and new for 2011 is C.O.R.E - the Center for Restorative Exercise.  Each of these organizations is instrumental in the treatment and therapy of spinal cord injuries. Click on the links at the bottom to learn more.

The Tara Llanes Classic was started by Brian and Thayne Bolin to help raise funds for Downhill pro Tara Llanes and her ever-growing medical costs after the champion mountain biker suffered a horrific crash that resulted in below the waist paralysis. Since then Tara has made phenomenal progress and is now able to both help organize the Tara Llanes Classic and participate as a rider in a 4-wheel DH bike.

Please click on to find out how to be part of the 2011 Tara Llanes Classic.  And also be sure to bookmark the following sites to learn more about spinal cord injury and research and how you can help:


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