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Whiskey Off-Road to send winners to world championships in South Africa

The Daily Courier, file photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Competitors in the 2011 Men's Whisky Pro Off-Road race take off from the starting line May 14 in Prescott.

The Daily Courier, file photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Competitors in the 2011 Men's Whisky Pro Off-Road race take off from the starting line May 14 in Prescott.

This year's Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike event will offer free trips to South Africa for two top-10 finishers in the event's single speed category.

The 2012 Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain bike event will take place in Prescott April 27-29.

A news release from event organizer Epic Rides reports that the top-10 finishers in the male and female single speed categories will be entered in a raffle to determine the winners of the two free trips.

While last year's Whiskey Off-Road sent the two male and female winners of the single speed category to the Single Speed World Championships in Ireland, Epic Rides President Todd Sadow said the race would "mix it up a bit" for the 2012 event.

"Enriching the single speed category, and requesting deeper crowd participation, each top 10 male and female single speed finisher will be entered into a raffle that will take place following the pro cross country award ceremony on Sunday, April 29," states the release. "All they have to do is finish in the top 10 to be entered."

The two winners will win round-trip tickets to the 2012 Single Speed World Championship in Spioenkop/Winterton Kwa-Zulu province, South Africa.

"One of the best parts of mountain biking is experiencing the sheer beauty of the world's finest outdoor destinations," Sadow said. "For this reason, Epic Rides has enjoyed creating a tradition of sending two of America's best single speeders for a unique opportunity to experience mountain biking in other parts of the world."

In addition to the two free trips, the Whiskey Off-Road offers a $30,000 cash purse for pro riders, with male and female riders receiving equal payout.

Amateur registration for the event opened Jan. 1, and is limited to the first 1,750 registrants.

"With three days of event-related bike racing, fun rides, a well attended industry expo and live music based on the 'event hub' of Prescott's commerce district, Epic Rides expects the amateur category to sell out," the release states.

Online and mail registration forms are available at

Amateur athletes will have their choice of distance options, including a 15-, 25-, and 50-mile courses, or a kids' course of two miles. All events will start and finish in the center of downtown Prescott on Whiskey Row.

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