Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series Set to Go!
Under the innovative drive of title-sponsor Crank Brothers and the collaborative vision of both the organizers and the promoters, the 2004 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series is poised for take-off. With cooperation from USA Cycling and the UCI, the landmark USGP of Cyclocross seeks to bolster the thriving regional U.S. cyclocross scene by incorporating six races into a national series with USA Cycling automatic world championship selection going to series overall winners.
"Our hope," according to Series Marketing Director Bruce Fina, "is to bring out the best of USA cyclocross-the top riders competing at the top races. By tapping U.S. UCI promoters with a proven track record, we plan to build the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross over the next five years to a point where sponsors, promoters, and racers all benefit from this burgeoning sport."
Along with title sponsor Crank Brothers and presenting sponsor Velo News, additional U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross sponsors include Selle Italia, Mavic, Clif Bar, Adidas, Ridley Bikes and BikeReg.com
The Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series schedule for 2004 is as follows:
Race 1: October 9 – Cannondale Stumptown Cyclocross Classic, Portland, OR.
Race 2: October 10 – Clif Bar Grand Prix, Ft. Steilacoom Park, Tacoma, WA.
Race 3: October 30- Gloucester ECV Cyclocross #1, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA.
Race 4: October 31- Gloucester ECV Cyclocross #2, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA.
Race 5: November 20- Beacon CX, Bridgeton, NJ.
Race 6: November 21- Highland Park Cyclocross, Donaldson Park, Highland Park, NJ.
All six races will be held under UCI category and competition regulations. U..S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series leaders will be recognized at the conclusion of each event. Overall winners in the Elite Men, Elite Women, U-23, and Junior Men categories will receive automatic selection to the World Cyclocross Championships in St. Wendel, Germany in February, 2005. Master 35+ Men will also be ranked.
For complete U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross details, go to www.usgpcyclocross.com.
U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross P.O. Box 507 Rockland, MA 02370