Big changes in the US Cup this year ...
The US Cup announced its 2012 calendar including the Rock N Road Cup West race series, the California state mountain bike championships, a 50-mile race series and a mountain bike gran fondo. In contrast to previous news, the US Cup will be hosting one, not two rounds of the US Pro Cross Country Tour (US Pro XCT) ...
For next year, the US Cup will also offer an "amateur" version of the Triple Crown series in which Cat. 1 19-49 riders can compete against one another in short track, super D, time trial and short track events each weekend. The rounds of the Rock N Road Cup which will be designated as Triple Crowns are Vail Lake, Bonelli and Santa Ynez.
... Finally, the addition of the inaugural Catalina Island MTB Grand Fondo on May 12 will mark the first time the US Cup will be organizing a mass ride event. This will be the first time in the island's history it has hosted a mountain bike ride, and it will grant riders special one-time access to sections of the TCT (Trans Catalina trail) for the event.
2012 Rock N Road Cup West Series presented by Specialized
March 3-4: Vail Lake Triple Crown
March 10-11: Bonelli Triple Crown (also US PRO XCT round 2)
March 25: Fontana (no longer a US Pro XCT round)
April 1: Riverside
April 28-29: Santa Ynez Triple Crown
May 20: Sage Brush
June 3: Big Bear & Series Finals
California State Cross Country Championships June 17 - Big Bear
Catalina Island MTB Gran Fondo May 12th - Inaugural edition
50-Miler Race Series
May 20: Sage Brush (also a US Pro UET round)
June 3: Big Bear (also a US Pro UET round)
TBD: Third race