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2008 USA Cycling Pro Tour Schedule
2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour
February 17-24: Amgen Tour of California
April 13: U.S. Cycling Open - Richmond, Virginia*
April 21-27: Tour de Georgia
May 4: U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic - Virginia
May 24: Tour de Leelanau - Traverse City, Mich.
June 3: Commerce Bank Allentown Classic - Pennsylvania
June 5: Commerce Bank Reading Classic - Pennsylvania
June 8: Commerce Bank International Championship - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 24-29: American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania
August 8-10: Rochester Omnium - New York
August 13-17: Tour of Utah - Utah
Aug. 17: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships - Downers Grove, Illinois
August 22-24: The Colorado Stage Race
August 30: USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championships - Greenville, South Carolina
August 31: USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships - Greenville, South Carolina
September 6: Univest Grand Prix - Souderton, Pennsylvania
September 8-14: Tour of Missouri
*Date Tentative, Subject to ChangeRead more... Jan 3/08: Sixteen-race 2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour announced — USA Cycling
Also see, the NRC Calendar (not be be confused with the USA Pro Tour)
2008 USA Contential Teams:
Two Professional Continental teams that are set to compete throughout United States, European and other international markets this season include the BMC Racing Team and Slipstream/Chipotle presented by H30.
The Continental squads that will primarily compete on the NRC circuit and the USA Cycling Professional Tour include 2007 National Racing Calendar champion Team Health Net presented by Maxxis, The Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team, Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light, The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, The Bissell Pro Cycling Team, The Jittery JoeŐs Professional Cycling Team,ĘThe Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Pro Cycling Team, The Time Pro Cycling Team, The Successful Living Pro Cycling Team, Rock Racing, The DLP Professional Cycling Team, The Rite Aid Pro Cycling Team, Team Type 1, and the AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork Professional Cycling Team.
USA Contential Team Rosters as of Jan 7th 2008
Nov 6th: 2007 NRC Calendar (not the same as the USA Cycling Pro Tour)
Nov 28th UCI upgrades two USA Cycling Pro Tour events, Tour of Utah changed
Dec 19th: 21 UCI-sanctioned American teams announced for 2007 season
Jan 20th: Austin International canceled
Feb 8th: 2007 UCI ProTour Calendar
Mar 30th: Tour of Utah canceled
Jun 18th: 2007 UCI World Road Race Championships
Inaugural USA Cycling Pro Tour AnnouncedColorado Springs, Colo. (October 4, 2006)— USA Cycling announced today the creation of the USA Cycling Pro Tour, to recognize the top international-caliber foreign and domestic UCI professional teams and riders over the course of the racing season in the United States.Beginning in 2007, all elite men’s events on the UCI calendar in the U.S., plus three USA Cycling professional national championships, will be a part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour. The goal of the USA Cycling Pro Tour is to acknowledge international competition in the U.S. and to spotlight events that have made the commitment to host world-class UCI-sanctioned races that feature UCI-registered professional teams and athletes.
2007 USA Cycling Professional Tour Races Feb. 18-25: AMGEN Tour of California – California
Apr. 7: U.S. Cycling Open – Richmond, Va.
Apr. 16-22: Tour de Georgia – Georgia
June 3: Commerce Bank Lancaster Classic – Lancaster, Pa.
June 7: Commerce Bank Reading Classic – Reading, Pa.
June 10: Commerce Bank International Championship – Philadelphia, Pa.
June 17: Austin International – Austin, Texas (canceled)
June 23: Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium – Rochester, N.Y.
June 30-July 7: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (canceled) – Utah
Aug. 19: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships – Downer’s Grove, Ill.
Sept. 1: The Cliffs USA Cycling Professional TT Championships – Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 2: The Cliffs USA Cycling Professional Road Championships – Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 8: Univest Grand Prix – Souderton, Pa.
Sept. 11-16: Tour of Missouri – Missouri
Sept. 15: Tour de Leelanau – Traverse, City, Mich.As the number of international UCI calendared events and professional teams continues to increase domestically, the opportunity to implement a season-long series of internationally-sanctioned events became apparent, resulting in the USA Cycling Pro Tour. In 2007, the USA Cycling Pro Tour will include 15 races in 11 states with 40 days of racing.
At season’s end, the USA Cycling Pro Tour will crown an overall champion based on an overall points system to declare the top international-level rider on U.S. soil.“We’re thrilled that with the growth of world-class cycling in the United States, we’re now able to recognize a season-long calendar of major international events,” commented Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling. “We often hear about how Europe is considered the pinnacle of professional bike racing, but the creation of this calendar signifies a major step forward in the evolution of our sport at the highest level within our own borders.”
The 2007 USA Cycling Pro Tour welcomes three brand new events, six UCI-sanctioned incumbents, three first-time UCI-sanctioned races and three USA Cycling professional national championship events that offer UCI points.The 2007 USA Cycling Pro Tour kicks off in February with the second-annual AMGEN Tour of California. The inaugural U.S. Cycling Open in Richmond, Va. and the Tour de Georgia will follow in April. The traditional early-June series of races in and around Philadelphia is next on the calendar with the Commerce Bank Lancaster Classic in Lancaster, Pa., the Commerce Bank Reading Classic in Reading, Pa. and the Commerce Bank International Championship in Philadelphia. The new Austin Men’s International in Texas continues a busy June that concludes with the Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium in Rochester, N.Y. The lone August event will be the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships in Downers Grove, Ill. before a full September features the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial and Road Race Championships in Greenville, S.C., the Univest Grand Prix in Souderton, Pa. and the inaugural Tour of Missouri before the 2007 USA Cycling Pro Tour concludes with the Tour of Leelanau in Traverse City, Mich. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will also be featured on the calendar, however a date has not yet been confirmed.In the past, many of the events on the USA Cycling Pro Tour have been a part of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC), however with growing demand for inclusion on the NRC and the continued increase in the number of internationally-sanctioned events in the U.S., two calendars with two distinct purposes are now a viable reality.The USA Cycling Pro Tour will focus solely on domestic men’s professional racing and will guarantee competition against a field of international talent as a minimum of five foreign teams per race must be invited as a requirement of UCI sanctioning.
Beginning in 2007, all elite men’s events on the UCI calendar in the U.S., plus three USA Cycling professional national championships, will be a part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour. The goal of the USA Cycling Pro Tour is to acknowledge international competition in the U.S. and to spotlight events that have made the commitment to host world-class UCI-sanctioned races that feature UCI-registered professional teams and athletes.The separation of UCI-sanctioned events and the National Racing Calendar is a change welcomed by pro team managers, race promoters and athletes alike.“The new model created by USA Cycling simplifies racing in America and creates a nice synergy between the two calendars,” explained TIAA-CREF Professional Cycling Team manager Jonathan Vaughters. “The USA Cycling Pro Tour creates a simple way to determine the best rider that competes in the United States while the retention of the NRC allows for a team manager like myself to identify up and coming talent.”
Medalist Sports’ Chris Aronhalt, commented on the change from a promoters perspective.“On behalf of the AMGEN Tour of California, the Tour de Georgia and the USA Cycling Professional Championships, it’s an honor to be included on this calendar,” said Aronhalt. “This new series illustrates the strength and potential the sport of cycling has in the U.S. It also provides valuable recognition to bring back to sponsors knowing that they’re supporting the best of the best. The level of competition amongst events will also stimulate other races on the National Racing Calendar to raise their game. The fact that we now have a dedicated calendar of upper echelon cycling races in America shows the growth the sport has experienced in the U.S.”“The USA Cycling Pro Tour provides a tremendous opportunity to recognize the best professional riders in the United States and to continue the development of our sport domestically,” explained Johnson. “To ensure the depth of talent here in the United States continues to grow, our riders need to compete against world-class competitors from around the globe. Continued emphasis on top-level international competition on U.S. soil through the development of the USA Cycling Pro Tour will help to make this a reality.”With the new USA Cycling Pro Tour catering to UCI-sanctioned professional teams, the National Racing Calendar will remain as the barometer that measures the top domestic-based teams and riders throughout the course of the season. The National Racing Calendar will remain open to both professional and club-level teams to feature a “Pro-Am” atmosphere in which the top U.S. professionals and amateurs will compete for overall titles in four categories – men’s individual, men’s team, women’s individual and women’s team.
2007 UCI-Sanctioned American TeamsUCI ProTour Teams:
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
UCI Professional Continental Teams:
Health Net Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle
UCI Continental Teams:
AEG – Toshiba – JetNetwork Pro Cycling Team
BMC Racing Team
Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
The Jittery Joe’s Pro Cycling Team
Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
KodakGallery Pro Cycling Team Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Nerac Pro Cycling
Priority Health Cycling Team Presented by Bissell
Rite Aid Pro Cycling
Successful Living Presented by Parkpre
Toyota/United Pro Cycling Team
UCI Women’s Teams:
Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
Verducci Breakaway RacingAbout USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 58,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information visit www.usacycling.org or contact, USA Cycling Director of Marketing and Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.
Nov 13: USA Cycling Revamps Pro Calendar: The justification and concerns of two pro racing calendars — Cyclingnews
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