USA Cycling Unveils Ambitious Mountain Bike Series


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      The sport of mountain biking was born and raised in the United States, which makes it all the more frustrating to American riders that they’ve been lapped by their European counterparts.

      USA Cycling is hoping to change that with a new domestic series that will offer the richest cross-country purse in the world and should attract most of the top riders.

      The U.S. Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group came together late last year, but the details were announced this week. The four-race series begins next month and includes an $81,000 purse that will be split evenly between the men’s and women’s fields.

      By next year, all of the events will carry the highest UCI rating outside of World Cup events. That means more world-class racing and better competition, something that’s been lacking in domestic mountain biking since the boom days of the 1980s and early ’90s.

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      That sounds great! We can use a new series here in the US. I hope it expands for 2015. I noticed that the article says the series will be 4 races, 2 in California and 2 in Colorado. According to the USA Cycling site, the schedule is:

      2014 USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group
      Round 1: March 1-2 – Mellow Johnny’s Classic, Dripping Springs, Texas (UCI Category C1)
      Round 2: March 15-16 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas, Calif. (UCI Category HC)
      Round 3: March 23-24 – Fontana, Calif. (UCI Category C1)
      Round 4: June 28-29 – Colorado Springs, Colo. (UCI Category C1)

      Another interesting item, Mellow Johnny’s bike shop is the sponsor for the Texas race. Last I knew, that is Lance Armstrong’s bike shop.

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