2010 USA Cycling
National Racing Calendar announced
27 events and nearly one million dollars in overall prize payouts, the 2010
National Racing Calendar (NRC) was announced today by USA Cycling.
Featuring 27 events and nearly one million dollars in overall prize payouts, the
2010 National Racing Calendar (NRC) was announced today by USA Cycling. The NRC
enters its 14th season as the nationís premier Pro-Am menís and womenís road
cycling circuit and will visit 22 states from March through September,
highlighting the United Statesí best domestic teams and athletes.
Down seven races from last yearís initial calendar, the 2010 NRC will feature
eight menís-only and two womenís-only events. The remaining 17 races will
include both menís and womenís divisions.
Redlands - the Women's peloton responds to an attack.
Photo © 2009 Kurt Jambretz
The calendar kicks off with the long-running Redlands Bicycle Classic, March
25-28. This yearís Redlands Bicycle Classic features $45,000 in total prize
money and is poised to once again mark the unofficial start of the bike racing
season in North America.
2008 Redlands Classic: Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast)
looking strong as he corners with Ivan Dominguez in second wheel.
Photo © Kurt Jambretz 2008 Action
After Redlands the calendar will head down the Pacific coast to scenic Dana
Point, California for the menís-only Dana Point Grand Prix on April 11. The
calendarís first stand-alone criterium, Dana Point is also the first of 14
consecutive weeks of NRC racing.
The calendar will head south and east on April 17 as many of the nationís
sprint specialists contest the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Ala. April 28 Ė
May 2, one of the pelotonís favorite stage races, the Tour of the Gila in Silver
City, N.M., will return. Another popular stage race, the Joe Martin Stage Race
in Arkansas, will follow on May 6-10.
NRC will head to the northeast for the next couple of weeks; first to the
Wilmington Grand Prix and the Kelly Cup, May 22nd and 23rd, then on to the new
Basking Ridge Twilight Grand Prix (May 26) in New Jersey before moving over to
Somerville for the nationís oldest bicycle race, the Tour of Somerville on May
31. One of 15 criteriums on the calendar, the Richmond Twilight Grand Prix will
take place just to the south in Virginia on June 3.
With the second-biggest prize list on offer at nearly $115,000, the three-day
omnium of criteriums, Tulsa Tough will take place June 4-6 in Oklahoma.
Next up will be the richest one-day womenís race on the calendar and arguably
the most prestigious single-day event for women in the U.S., the Liberty Classic
will take over the streets of Philadelphia on June 6. The Clarendon Cup, a road
race, will go off June 12 in Arlington, Va., just ahead of the Tour de Winghaven,
now both a menís and womenís NRC event, in St. Louis on June 13.
The peloton will next move to the Midwest for the Nature Valley Grand Prix in
Minnesota, June 16-20. After a brief break from racing another fan-favorite, the
Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will return in California on June 27.
Running over its traditional spot during the Fourth of July weekend, the
Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic in Massachusetts is scheduled for July 2-5. The Two
Bridges Criterium, formerly known as the Marion Classic, will also take place
over the holiday weekend followed by the Meijer Grand Cycling Classic on July
10, both in the mid-west.
2009 Nature Valley Grand Prix: The men's peloton rides through the farmlands of
southern Minnesota. Photo 2009
After a little rest, the peloton will head west for the infamous Boise
Twilight Criterium on July 17 and the Cascade Cycling Classic, a six-day stage
race in Bend, Ore. July 20-25.
Attention will then shift to Illinois for the menís-only Chicago Criterium on
July 25 and the three-day Tour of Elk Grove, July 30-August 1. Slightly up from
last yearís $150,000 mark, the Tour of Elk Groveís $155,000 purse is the
Racing next heads to North Carolina for the Presbyterian Hospital
Invitational on Aug. 7 in downtown Charlotte.
After an open weekend, the menís-only stage race, the Tour of Utah will take
place Aug. 17-22. The following weekend the peloton heads to Upstate New York
for the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghamton, Aug. 28-29.
The calendar then concludes with the womenís portion only of the U.S. 10K
Classic in Atlanta on Sept. 6.
At the conclusion of the 2009 NRC, Tom Zirbel (Boulder, Colo./Bissell) and
Alison Powers (Boulder, Colo./Team Type I) earned their first NRC crowns. Team
titles went to the Colavita-Sutter Home presented by Cooking-Light Pro Cycling
Team on the menís side and Team TIBCO on the womenís.
In conjunction with the 2010 NRC, every race promoter whose bid was accepted
will be invited to the second-annual NRC Promoters Summit in Colorado Springs.
The summit will be held in conjunction with a mountain bike promoters summit on
November 13-15, 2009.
Additional 2010 NRC Notes & Observations:
Of the 27 events on the 2010 NRC, 15 are criteriums and eight are multi-day
stage rages. The calendar also features two road races, one circuit race and one
The calendar features three newly added events compared to the eight new
races on last yearís initial 2009 NRC. The Basking Ridge Twilight Grand Prix,
the Richmond Twilight Grand Prix and the Meijer Grand Cycling Classic are all
first time NRC events for 2010.
The 2010 NRC features 17 events that will offer both menís and womenís
racing. The calendar also features two womenís-only events (the Liberty Classic
and the U.S. 10K Classic) and eight menís-only events (the Dana Point Grand
Prix, the Kelly Cup, the Basking Ridge Twilight Grand Prix, the Manhattan Beach
Grand Prix, the Boise Twilight Criterium, the Chicago Criterium, the Tour of Elk
Grove and the Tour of Utah).
Tour of Utah: The peloton is reduced to 45 riders after the first climbs.
Photo © 2008 Ben
The overall prize list for the 2010 NRC is $981,310.00, down nearly $400,000
from last yearís initial NRC which included seven more events. The 2009 NRC
however lost seven events and a total of nearly $250,000 of that prize money. Of
the 2010 total, $719,000.00 is up for grabs to the men, while the overall
womenís purse is $262,310.00.
With $155,000 in prize money on the line, the menís-only Tour of Elk Grove is
not only the richest menís race on the 2010 NRC, but also the richest race
With $39,000 up for grabs, Tulsa Tough offers the largest womenís prize
One womenís race on the 2010 NRC is also on the UCI international calendar -
the Liberty Classic. Its male counterpart, the Philadelphia International
Championship, is also on the UCI international calendar and is slated to be a
part of the 2010 USA Cycling Professional Tour to be announced shortly.
The NRC includes four Category-1 events Ė Tulsa Tough, the Liberty Classic,
the Tour de Leelanau, the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the Presbyterian Hospital
Invitational. For more information on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
2010 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
25-28: Redlands Bicycle Classic - Redlands, CA
11: Dana Point Grand Prix - Dana Point, CA
17: Sunny King Criterium - Anniston, AL
28-May 5: SRAM Tour of the Gila - Silver City, NM
6-10: Joe Martin Stage Race - Fayetteville, AR
22: Wilmington Grand Prix - Wilmington, DE
23: Kelly Cup - Baltimore, MD www.bikejam.org
26: Basking Ridge Twilight Grand Prix - Basking Ridge, NJ
May 31: Tour of Somerville - Somerville, NJ
3: Richmond Twilight Grand Prix - Richmond, VA
4-6: Tulsa Tough - Tulsa, OK
6: Liberty Classic - Philadelphia, PA
12: Clarendon Cup - Arlington, VA
13: Tour de Winghaven - St. Louis, MO
16-20: Nature Valley Grand Prix - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
27: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix - Manhattan Beach, CA
2-5: Fitchburg Longsjo Classic - Fitchburg, MA
3: Two Bridges Criterium (Marion Classic) - Marion, IN
10: Meijer Grand Cycling Classic - Grand Rapids, MI
17: Boise Twilight Criterium - Boise, ID www.boisetwilightcriterium.com
20-25: Cascade Classic - Bend, OR
25: Chicago Criterium - Chicago, IL
30-Aug. 1: Tour of Elk Grove - Elk Grove, IL
7: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium - Charlotte, NC
18-22: Tour of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT
28-29: 1.2 Chris Thater Memorial - Binghamton, NY
6: US 10K - Atlanta, GA www.us10k.org
About the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar -
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union
Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all
disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track,
mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. Entering its 14th season, the National
Racing Calendar (NRC) is the premier season-long road cycling series sanctioned
and owned by USA Cycling. With an overall ranking system that determines the
best individual male and female cyclists, as well as the best teams, in the
U.S., the NRC features the nationís top Pro-Am events and boasts a total prize
purse of nearly one million dollars. The 27-race calendar is open to both
professional and amateur cyclists and consists of all forms of competitive road
cycling: multi-day stage races, criteriums, time trials, omniums, and single-day
road and circuit races. For more information on the NRC, visit
USA Cycling - Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee
and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing
body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including
road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based
organization, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ licensees including 1,500 coaches,
4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 1,800 clubs and teams, 350 professional
cyclists, 200 certified mechanics, and 34 local associations. The national
governing body sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive events throughout
the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and
support of American cyclists through various initiatives and programs.
Additionally, USA Cycling conducts national championship events for all
categories of amateur and professional cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling,
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