NRS, of course, stands for Giant's No Resonance [suspension] System.
Co-sponsors include: Dirt Magazine, Fox, Gill, Bikehut, Hope, Impsport, MBUK and Scott USA.
The 2001 series was badly affected by foot-and-mouth disease, causing British Cycling to suffer heavy losses.
The dates and venues for the 2002 series are:
7th April XC1 Thetford Forest, Suffolk
21st April DH1 Combe Sydenham, Somerset
12th May XC2 TBC
26th May DH2 Innerliethen, Scottish Borders
9th June XC3 Aston Hill, Aylesbury
20th / 21st July National Championships DH and XC HoptonWoods, Ludlow
11th August XC4 Trentham Gardens
18th August DH3 Garford, Nr Monmouth
15th September DH4 TBC (Scotland)
The series is registered on the UCI calendar as an E2 event with UCI
ranking points awarded down to tenth place in Elite XC and to the top 10
fastest riders in DH. In 2002 for the first time ever the British
National Championships will be registered for the UCI calendar and again
UCI ranking points will be available.