USA 2007 National Racing Calendar
USA Cycling Announces NRC Calendar. $1.5 Million in Prize Money, 41-Race Series;
Seven New Events Added.
A total of $1.5 million is up for grabs to elite-level cyclists next year as
USA Cycling announced plans for its 2007 National Racing Calendar. Entering its
11th season, next year’s USA Cycling National Racing Calendar includes 41 events
across 19 states and will crown the top domestic-based individuals and teams in
the United States.
Beginning Feb. 24 with the women’s-only Santa Clarita Grand Prix in
California, the 2007 National Racing Calendar stretches seven months and ends on
Labor Day with the U.S. 100K Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The season-long series
represents the top Pro-Am races in the nation open to both professional and
club-level teams alike and features all disciplines of road racing including
stage races, criteriums, time trials and single-day road races.
“The 2007 National Racing Calendar is one of the best in the history of
American cycling,” commented USA Cycling chief executive officer Steve Johnson.
“The response to the bid process was overwhelming this year and reflects the
continued growth and interest in top-level bike racing in this country. Our goal
with the National Racing Calendar is to continue to raise the bar and the
expectations for this level of racing. In spite of the fact that there were
several candidates that we ultimately had to turn down despite strong
applications, we still increased the number of national-level events to 56 when
you factor in the USA Cycling Professional Tour. Collectively, it’s one of the
largest national calendars we have ever developed.”
New to the 2007 National Racing Calendar are seven events – the Santa Clarita
Grand Prix, the Tour of Virginia (formerly known as the Tour of Shenandoah), the
Crystal City Classic in Arlington, Va., the Infineon Technologies Cougar
Mountain Classic Criterium and Circuit Race in Sonoma, Calif., the Hanes Park
Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C. and the USA Crits SE Series. A new concept in
2007, the USA Crits SE Series is a seven-race series of criteriums in Georgia
and South Carolina that is comprised of two National Racing Calendar incumbents
– the Athens Twilight Criterium and the Nalley Roswell Criterium – as well as
races in Walterboro, Ga. and South Carolina stops in Greenwood, Spartanburg,
Anniston and Decatur. The seven events will be part of an omnium format that
crowns an overall winner similar to the International Cycling Classic in
Three USA Cycling Elite National Championships are also included on the
calendar. Returning to Seven Springs Resort in Champion, Pa. as part of the USA
Cycling National Festival, the men’s and women’s road and time trial
championships are scheduled for July 11-15. The criterium championships return
to Downers Grove, Ill. August 19.
Nearly $1 million is on the line for the men who will be competing for a
total of $964,000, while the women will compete for a $586,000 prize purse.
The most heavily-weighted events on the 2007 calendar include the three
1.1-ranked USA Cycling National Championships as well as the 2.1-ranked Nature
Valley Grand Prix and International Tour de ‘Toona stage races.
The 2007 National Racing Calendar includes two stand-alone time trials, three
omniums, seven one-day road races, 11 stage races, and 18 criteriums.
USA Pro Cycling Tour Events:
The most notable change to the 2007 calendar is the absence of several top-level
international events such as the AMGEN Tour of California, the Tour de Georgia
and the Commerce Bank International in Philadelphia. Those events, along with
many others, are part of the previously announced USA Cycling Professional Tour,
a 15-race series of internationally-sanctioned world-class events.
The 2006 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar concluded with Floyd Landis (Murietta,
Calif./Phonak) and Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton) taking the
individual honors while the Health Net/Maxxis was named the top men’s team and
TEAm Lipton captured the women’s team crown.
2007 USA Cycling National Racing
Date - Event - Meb/Women -Location
Multi Stage Races
2/24 Santa Clarita Grand Prix W Santa Clarita, Calif.
Merco Credit Union presented by McLane Pacific
3/3 Grand Prix - Criterium M/W Merced, California
3/4 Spring Classic Road Race M/W Merced, California
3/9-11 Central Valley Classic M/W Fresno,
3/17 Quad Knopf Sequoia Cycling Classic - Time
Trial M/W Visalia, Calif.
3/18 Quad Knopf Sequoia Cycling Classic - Criterium M/W Visalia, Calif.
3/22-25 Redlands Bicycle Classic M/W Redlands,
4/1 Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix M/W Ojai,
4/14 Sea Otter Classic M/W Monterey, Calif.
4/14 Jacksonville Cycling Classic M/W Jacksonville, Fla.
5/23-29 Tour of Virginia M Virginia
4/28-5/6 USA Crits SE Series M/W Georgia
5/2-7 Tour of the Gila M/W Silver City, New Mexico
5/11-13 Joe Martin Stage Race M/W Fayetteville, Arkansas
5/17-20 Tri-Peaks Challenge M/W Russellville, Arkansas
5/19-20 Tour of Connecticut M Connecticut
5/25 Raleigh Criterium M/W Raleigh, N.C.
5/26 Kelly Cup M/W Baltimore, Md.
5/27 Crystal City Classic M/W Arlington, Va.
5/28 Tour of Somerville M/W Somerville, N.J.
5/29-6/3 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic M/W Hood River,
6/2 CSC Invitational M/W Arlington, Va.
6/10 Liberty Classic W Philadelphia, Pa.
6/13-16 Tour de Nez M Reno, Nev.
6/20-24 Nature Valley Grand Prix M/W Minnesota
6/23 Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium W Rochester, N.Y.
7/1 Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix M/W
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic Sonoma, Calif.
7/7 Criterium M/W Sonoma, Calif.
7/8 Classic Circuit Race M/W
USA Cycling Cycling Championships - Champion,
Pennsylvania UCI 1.1
7/11 Elite Individual Time Trial Championships M/W
7/15 Elite Road Race Championships M/W
7/11-15 Cascade Cycling Classic M/W Cascade, Ore.
7/16-24 International Cycling Classic M/W Wisconsin UCI 2.1
7/23-29 International Tour de 'Toona' M/W Pennsylvania UCI 2.1
7/28 Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium M/W Boise,
8/4 Presbyterian Healthcare Invitational Criterium
M/W Charlotte, N.C.
8/5 Hanes Park Classic M/W Winston-Salem, N.C.
8/12 Tour of Elk Grove M/W Elk Grove, Ill.
8/19 USA Cycling Elite Criterium Championships M/W
Downers Grove, Ill.
8/26 Chris Thater Memorial M/W Binghamton, N.Y.
9/3 U.S. 100K Classic M/W Atlanta, Ga.
About the National Racing Calendar
Entering its 11th season in 2007, the National Racing Calendar (NRC) is an
all-inclusive road cycling series sanctioned by USA Cycling. It is designed to
provide a ranking system for all elite-level cyclists, both amateur and
professional, through participation in the nation’s premier cycling events. For
more information on the NRC, visit http://www.usacycling.org/nrc/ or contact
Justin Rogers at (719) 866-3266 or
About USA Cycling
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annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX),
National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation
(road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S.
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