The 2011 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships begin Friday and continue until Sunday at Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M.
The most competitive cycling schools in the country will compete for stars-and-stripes jerseys in several events including the individual and team omnium.
Competition begins Friday on the 5.5-mile cross-country course, with a total of 1,400 feet of elevation gain and loss for each circuit. Racing begins at 9 a.m. when the Division I females will be followed five minutes later by the Division II women. The Division I men follow at noon with the Division II men five minutes later. Seeding for the entire downhill competition begins at 4 p.m.
Racing continues Saturday at 9 a.m. on the short-track cross-country course. The downhill finals are slated to begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Riders will descend 2.8 miles, losing 1,700 feet of elevation.
Sunday marks the return of the dual slalom competition, as riders will contest the course, which descends 100 feet in a quarter-mile span.