Okay, so I'm here as an exchange student from Sweden for a year, been half-time riding since i was ten (eight years ago), always FS and usually hillsprint/DH - now I've sold my frame and will be getting a new HT bike together this weekend. I'm thinking it will work out pretty nice with the new bike - try to start riding a little urban for a change. Now - I'm in a small town in South East missouri. No-one I've met so far has ever heard about the word mountainbike, most people don't own bicycles at all. Adding that to the fact that I think it's gonna take me a while to get used to the new rig (haven't owned a hardtail since I got my first FS when I was ten)- I'm feeling like I'm gonna be pretty lost whenever I get to start riding the bike. So, what I'm wondering about is - where do I look for races and assemblies around here? Is there any other riders in this area that would like to meet up sometime?