Posted by Editoress on 10/13/11
USA Cycling has announced its 2012 National Racing Calendar (NRC) and 2012 National Criterium Calendar (NCC). The NRC heads into its 16th year with nine of the nation's top pro-am road and stage races while the NCC will debut with 19 single-day criteriums and criterium omniums.
As was previously announced, 2012 is the first year that criterium-only events will not be included on USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar, but instead showcased in their very own calendar.
"Criterium racing is a discipline dominated by riders whose skill sets differ from those who dominate longer-format road races," explains USA Cycling's Managing Director of Events, Micah Rice. "We're excited to give this uniquely American discipline, as well as its top competitors, a chance to shine on its own."
National Racing Calendar (NRC)
The NRC has represented the nation's top races for 15 seasons now. The calendar's 16th edition will mark its first year as a road and stage race-only calendar, featuring nine events in nine states between March and September.
Those nine events are sure to be action-packed as Francisco Mancebo (ESP/Realcyclist.com) and Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Colavita-Forno d'Asolo) will race to defend their overall individual NRC wins from 2011. The teams that will be looking for a second straight overall win in 2012 are Bissell Pro Cycling on the men's side and Holcomb's Colavita-Forno d'Asolo on the women's.
The NRC schedule for 2012 (Note: the rankings for each event (eg, 2.2, 1.HC) are NOT UCI rankings, since most events are not UCI events and carry no points):
March 22-25: Redlands Bicycle Classic (2.2), Redlands, Calif. - men and women
April 26-29: Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley (2.3), Fayetteville, Ark. - men and women
May 2-6: SRAM Tour of the Gila (2.2), Silver City, NM - men and women
June 3: Liberty Classic (1.HC) - Philadelphia, Pa. - women
June 13-17: Nature Valley Grand Prix (2.1), Minnesota - men and women
July 17-22: Cascade Classic Stage Race (2.2), Bend, Ore. - men and women
Aug. 3-5: Tour of Elk Grove (2.3), Illinois - women only
Aug. 21-23: Aspen/Snowmass Pro Women's Race (2.5.2), Aspen, Colo. - women only
Sept. 15: Univest Grand Prix (1.HC), Souderton, Pa. - men only
For more information on the NRC, visit www.usacycling.org.
National Criterium Calendar (NCC)
In its debut year, the NCC will visit 17 states for 19 events between March and September, giving the all-American criterium discipline an opportunity to take center stage. (Note: the rankings (eg, 1.2, 1.4) are NOT UCI rankings, since the events are not UCI events and carry no points)
March 31: Cigar City Brewing Criterium (1.4), Tampa, Fla. - men only
April 14: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium (1.1), Charlotte, N.C. - men and women
April 21: Sunny King Criterium (1.3), Anniston, Ala. - men and women
May 4-6: USA CRITS Speedweek (2.5.2), SC and Ga. - men and women
May 6: Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling (1.2), Dana Point, Calif. - men only
May 12: Tour de Grove (1.2), St. Louis, Mo. - men and women
May 19: Wilmington Grand Prix (1.3), Wilmington, Del. - men and women
May 28: Tour of Somerville (1.2), Somerville, N.J. - men only
May 31: Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless (1.3), Basking Ridge, N.J.- men only
June 2: Glencoe Grand Prix (1.3), Glencoe, Ill. - men and women
June 8-10: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough (2.5.1), Tulsa, Okla. - men and women
June 9-10: Air Force Cycling Classic (2.5.1), Arlington, Va. - men and women
June 17: Harlem Skyscraper Criterium (1.4), Manhattan, N.Y. - men only
June 28-July 1: Tour of America's Dairyland (2.5.2), Wisconsin - men and women
July 8: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (1.2), Manhattan Beach, Calif. - men only
July 14: Exergy Twilight Criterium (1.2), Boise, Idaho - men and women
July 28: Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic (1.2), Grand Rapids, Mich. - women only
Aug. 25-26: Chris Thater Memorial (1.2), Binghampton, N.Y. - men and women
Sept. 23: TD Bank Mayors Cup (1.4), Boston, Mass. - men and women
For more information on the NCC, visit www.usacycling.org.
USA Cycling has strived to alleviate date conflicts between the NRC and NCC. In an effort to continue offering optimum road race opportunities in the U.S., race directors from both calendars will be meeting at the USA Cycling Race Directors Summit in Salt Lake City, Nov. 10-12, along will UCI registered road team representatives.
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