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$6,000 purse to be awarded Windham, N.Y. - Citizen bicyclists are invited to be a part of cycling history and race with the best athletes from all over the world during the Race the World events taking place at the Windham 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup Festival in late August in Windham, N.Y. On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Race the World citizens' downhill event sponsored by Kenda Tires will take place on a uniquely designed course.  Professional and Category 1 - 3* cyclists are welcome to participate in the downhill event, which has a 3:15 p.m. start time.  Entry fees range from $55 to $70. On Sunday, Aug. 29, participants in Race the World citizens' cross country races sponsored by Stan's No Tube will compete on the same course as World Cup athletes.  Professionals, Category 1-3* cyclists and first timers are welcome to participate in the cross country events.  Races start at 8 a.m. for Cat. 1 riders, continue with a 10:15 a.m. start for Cat. 2 and Cat. 3 riders, and conclude with a 4:15 p.m. start for Men and Women Pro riders.  Entry fees range from $25 to $60. Kids will also have a chance to Race the World on a 1/8 to 1/4 mile loop at the Windham Mountain base, near the lodge.  The Kids' Fun Race is appropriate for children up to age 10. Participants are asked to bring their own bikes.  Heats will be broken down by age.  There is no entry fee. Cash and prizes will be awarded for the Race the World events. The $6,000 purse will be split between the Cat. 1 and Pro fields in both the cross country and downhill races and will be determined by the number of actual paid riders in each category and age group. Riders are encouraged to register for the cross country, downhill and Kids' Fun Race by visiting http://www.racewindham.com/ (click on non-UCI, and follow instructions at http://www.bikereg.com/). Online registration closes Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m.  On site registration and packet pick up will be available as follows: Thursday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm (downhill registration ends at 2 p.m.) Sunday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 9:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. On site registration for the Kids' Fun Race will be on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Practice times have been clearly outlined and will be strictly followed in accordance with UCI requirements.  (Cross country: Thursday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. and downhill: Friday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.) Visit  http://www.racewindham.com/ for more information, to view course maps and to review the schedule of events. Race the World riders are encouraged to participate in all World Cup festivities from Aug. 26 to 29 at Windham Mountain including a Big Wheel race (bring your own Big Wheel) on Thursday, a Friday night block party, and an outdoor concert by Chris Barron and The Time Bandits on Saturday night. -30- *The Race the World event is part of the New York State MTB series.  Categories and points will be based on the New York State series format (check out http://www.nysmtbseries.com/ for details.) Contact: Jo Ann LeSage Nelson Pierce Communications 518.427.1186 or 518.928.4134 (cell) Windham_Media@albanypr.com