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2009 USA National Calendar announced
By Bart Hazen
Date: 10/14/2008
2009 USA National Calendar announced
2009 USA National Calendar announced

Featuring 34 events and more than $1.3 million in overall prize payouts, the 2009 National Racing Calendar (NRC) was announced today by USA Cycling. The NRC enters its 13th season as the nation’s premier Pro-Am men’s and women’s road cycling circuit and will visit 21 states from February through September as it highlights the United States’ best domestic teams and athletes.

Up one race from a year ago, the 34-event calendar will feature 27 women’s races and 29 men’s races.

The calendar kicks off with the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race, Feb. 14-16. Expanded from a single-day criterium in 2008, the three-day event provides women with a major opportunity to showcase their talents as the race is held in conjunction with the men’s Tour of California – a major nine-day international stage race on the UCI calendar that will mark Lance Armstrong’s return to racing on U.S. soil.

After the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race, the NRC takes a six-week hiatus until late March when the traditional season opener – the Redlands Bicycle Classic (Mar. 26-29) – returns to Southern California as a four-day stage race for men and women.

The season will come to an end with the US 100K Classic – Atlanta, Ga (for men) and the Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic p/b Saint Joseph Mercy Medical System – Michigan (for women) on resp. September 7 and September 13.

At the conclusion of the 2008 NRC, Tina Pic (Buford, Ga./Colavita-Sutter Home-Cooking Light) claimed her fifth-career overall title, while Australian Rory Suterland of the Health Net presented by Maxxis squad won the men’s championship. Team titles went to the Health Net presented by Maxxis team on the men’s side and the Cheerwine Professional Cycling Team on the women’s.

2009 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar:
Feb 14-16: Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race – California (women only)
Mar. 26-29: Redlands Bicycle Classic – California
Apr. 26: Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling – California
Apr. 29-May 3: Tour of the Gila – New Mexico
May 2: Sunny King Criterium – Anniston, Ala.
May 3: Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium – Georgia
May 7-10: Joe Martin Stage Race – Arkansas
May 11-17: Oregon Pro Cycling Classic –Oregon
May 16: Bank of America Wilmington Grand Prix – North Carolina
May 17: Kelly Cup – Baltimore, Md. (men only)
May 24: Tour of Leelanau – Michigan (women only)
May 25: Tour of Somerville – New Jersey
May 30: CSC Invitational – Arlington, Va.
May 29-31: Tulsa Tough – Oklahoma
June 7: Liberty Classic – Philadelphia, Pa. (women only)
June 10-14: Nature Valley Grand Prix – Minnesota
June 21: Tour de Winghaven – O’Fallon, Mo. (men only)
June 28: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix – California
July 2-5: Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic – Massachusetts
July 13-19: The International Tour de ‘Toona – Pennsylvania
July 18: Boise Twilight Criterium – Idaho (men only)
July 22-26: Cascade Cycling Classic – Oregon
July 26: Chicago Criterium – Illinois (men only)
July 31-Aug. 3: Tour of Elk Grove – Illinois (men only)
Aug. 8: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational – Charlotte, N.C.
Aug. 9: Hanes Park Classic – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Aug. 18-23: Tour of Utah – Utah (men only)
Aug. 22: Marion Classic Riverwalk Criterium – Indiana
Aug. 23: ING Direct Capital Criterium powered by CycleLife – Washington, D.C. (men only)
Aug. 30: Chris Thater Memorial – New York
Sept. 5: San Francisco Twilight Criterium – California
Sept. 7: US 100K Classic – Atlanta, Ga.
Sept. 12: Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic p/b Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, Mich. (women only)
Sept. 13: Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic p/b Saint Joseph Mercy Medical System – Michigan (women only)
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