2011 Tara Llanes Classic Details

Mar 11, 2011 at 16:00
Mar 11, 2011
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New Events Join Already Successful Mega DH Race - XC and Industry Cup events added to the 2011 Tara Llanes Classic.

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 September 24-25, 2011 Tara Llanes Classic lineup. 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.

Mark Weir looking pretty happy after crossing the finish line of the 2010 Mega DH !
Mark Weir looking pretty happy after crossing the finish line of the 2010 Mega DH !

Since the first event in 2007, the Tara Llanes Classic has attracted a huge, ever increasing field of spectators. For 2011, the organizers 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: www.tarallanesclassic.org

The Bicycle Trip from Santa Cruz proudly presenting their booth.
The Bicycle Trip from Santa Cruz proudly presenting their booth.

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 this link, 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:


For more information please contact:
Brian Bolin – Race Information 831-295-1056 brian@racefortara.com
Mike Stewart – Vendor Inquiries 925-784-9745 mikestewart@giantbicycle.com
Patrick VanHorn – Press Info 805-267-4661 patrickvanhorn@giantbicycle.com
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  • + 4
 hey Tara - how about a 'Old Farts' classic [ an event at yours that would be a DH run only for 60 yrs and older ] i turn 68 in july and still rip [ that's RIP, NOT R.I.P. ! :-) ] either way, i will be there with my wrinkled old bum getting new inspiration for and old bod...
  • + 1
 Who were the photographers there? I would love to get a hold of some podium shots, fox kit win, or video from the race. -Ashton Smith 1st place sport class age 21, overall fastest time for sport (all age groups), plate 101. Thanks!
  • + 1
 Woot woot. Yeah Bike Trip; only hands that touch my bike other than mine, and a way better use of funds than the Amgen Spandex Parade of CA.
  • + 1
 mark wier always rides with that computer on his handlebar. what is it? is it gps or heart monitor. its not a question for the win. just a need to know.
  • + 1
 westcostdownhiller - We moved the event up to September 24th-25th so I think we've got a good shot at that. The year before was super warm and awesome! Smile
  • + 1
 Way to go tara ~ looks like a great event.
  • + 1
 Tara is warrior and deserves so much friends.
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  • + 1
 This is a great event to support a fallen comrade/ rider.
and, it's a great way to have fun, too!
see you there.
  • + 1
 She's not fallen! she's just sitting now, and actually ripping at that! can't wait to go!
  • - 2
 yeeee buddy...
  • + 3
 i hope it doesn't rain again...that would be nice Smile
  • + 2
 that and lopes not forgetting to take his Midol would be good too!
  • + 1
 or lopes forgetting to turn up at all....
  • + 0
 The Tara Llanes Classic is an outstanding event for a great cause, look forward to being there!

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