MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic
The former McLane Spring Classic attracts international competitors to two days
of world class racing in Merced California.
Historic Merced County Courthouse is the back drop for the opening Criterium.
from around the world will once again hit the streets of downtown Merced in the
MERCO CREDIT UNION Cycling Classic Presented by McLane Pacific. The event will
take place March 3-4, 2007.
This year’s main event Saturday, March 3rd is the Downtown Grand Prix. From
all over the globe, professional cyclists will race on a wide, fast .8 mile
track that circles the historic Merced County Courthouse in full view of the
The Foothills Road race run on Sunday March 4th is a closed course 24 mile
rolling loop through the central valley orchards and vineyards featuring 5 laps
for the elite pros.
The Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic is sanctioned by the USA
Cycling, the official organization recognized by the United States Olympic
Committee responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to
represent the United States in international competition. Part of the National
Racing Calendar for USA Cycling, MCUCC is one in a series of the 45 most
prestigious cycling races on American soil.
Juan Jose Jaedo adds the Classic to his palmares in 2005
T-Mobile Women's Squad
MCUCC organizers are pleased to see such a variety of international
cycling teams competing this year. The T-Mobile Women’s Cycling Team finds the
MCUCC an important race and is sending three cyclists to Merced, while other
cyclists are attending another race in Australia.
Event organizer, Doug Fluetsch, is excited about the T-Mobile cyclists coming to
Merced, “We are thrilled that the T-Mobile team places such value in the MERCO
Cycling Classic. The race has been growing consistently since its start in 1993
and T-Mobile’s participation emphasizes its importance in the cycling
Suzanne de Goede - 2006
Photo c. Bart Hazen
One of the cyclists, Suzanne de Goede, a former Dutch Road and Time Trial
Champion and former Junior World Champion, is one of the T-Mobile team members
racing in Merced in March. "The race in California will be nice to get some
early racing and in the warmer weather. For me it will be even more fun as it
will be my first time I race in America."
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