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An American Classic – Part of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Fitchburg, MA (January 18, 2008) – As one of the oldest and largest
pro/am cycling competitions in North America, the Fitchburg Longsjo
Classic expects nearly 900 riders for its 49th annual event to be held
this year over the fourth of July weekend. The race, which is on the
USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, attracts top racers from around
the world, including many national champions and Olympic competitors.
The four-day competition is accompanied by a variety of community events
and celebrations, beginning with opening day festivities on July 2nd and
continuing through four days of racing from July 3rd through July 6th.
The races will feature riders in eight different categories, including
Women´s Pro/1/2 and Men´s Pro/1. Other categories include Men´s
Category 2, Category 3, Category 4, Masters and Juniors and Women´s
Category 3/4. The top Masters 45+ and Women Cat 4 riders, who will be
racing with the Masters 35+ and Women 3 fields, respectively, will also
be recognized at the final podium presentations. The event is part of
the Lance Armstrong Junior race series (LAJORS) and New England´s
This year $51,000 in prize money will be awarded, with the Men´s Pro/1
prize pool at $25,000 and the Women´s Pro/1/2 at $12,500. Racers in all
categories are encouraged to register early to secure a spot – many
categories are expected to fill early this year. Registration is
on-line only at www.bikereg.com.
Special housing options, including discount rates at the Best Western
Royal Plaza (race headquarters) and dorm accommodations at Fitchburg
State College, are also available on www.bikereg.com.
As the second oldest pro/am cycling race in North America, the Fitchburg
Longsjo Classic honors the memory of Arthur Longsjo, a Fitchburg native
and the first US athlete to compete in the Winter and Summer Olympics in
the same year (1956). Art´s accomplishments have been recognized by his
posthumous induction into the Cycling Hall of Fame and Speed Skating
Hall of Fame. The oldest U.S. cycling race still in existence is the
Tour of Somerville, which Art Longsjo won in 1958.
Riders can register online at www.bikereg.com or visit www.longsjo.com
for more information.