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China's NE City to Hold First Ever Birkebeinerrittet Mountain Biking Race
    2008-10-10 15:54:47     Xinhua
The 2008 China Birkebeinerrittet Mountain Biking (MTB) Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province, Northeast China, an official said Friday.

It is the first time that the well known competition comes to China.

Gong Wenbin, chairman of Changchun Jingyuetan Traveling Development Group, said that Norwegian Birkebeinerrittet which is loved by mountain biking fans all over the world, is the world's biggest MTB competition.

Over 100 Athletes from the USA, France, Norway and China will participate in Birkebeinerrittet China which is to be held in Jingyuetan National Forest Park.

According to Morten Nygard Nergard, director of Birkebeinerrittet Organizing Committee, the 92-mile Birkebeinerrittet Mountain Biking Race was started in 1993 to commemorate the warriors of Norway.
 
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