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After a messy merger of the now defunct National Racing Calendar (NRC) and National Criterium Calendar (NCC) into one Pro Road Tour calendar for 2016, USA Cycling looks to have pared down and improved the U.S. domestic pro race schedule for 2017.
Major races are no longer overlapping on the same weekend, as was the case on three occasions in the past year. Also, the calendar is more geographically coherent, with minimal back-and-forth transit across the country.
“We have had input from the Pro Road Committee and various teams, athletes and race directors, including a sit-down meeting in May, and we feel that this lineup of events is an excellent step in the second year of the Pro Road Tour,” said Micah Rice, VP of events at USA Cycling. “We had a great first year of the PRT last year, and we feel that 2017 will allow for some excellent racing.”
Also of note are two new UCI stage races: Tour of Colorado and Tour of the Commonwealth in Virginia. Unfortunately, at this point, it does not appear that they will offer women’s races.
2017 USAC Pro Road Tour calendar
March 30-April 2: Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, AR, UCI 2.2 M/W
April 8-9: Sunny King Omnium, Anniston, AL, M/W
April 19-23: Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM, UCI 2.2 M/W
April 30: Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point, CA, M/W
May 3-7: Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, CA, M/W
May 28: Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, Winston-Salem, NC, M/W
May 29: Winston-Salem Road Race, Winston-Salem, NC, UCI 1.1 M/W
June 4: Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, PA, UCI 1.1 Men
June 9-11: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, OK, M/W
June 14-18: North Star Grand Prix, Minneapolis, MN, M/W
July 14: Chrono Kristin Armstrong Time Trial, Boise, ID, UCI 1.2 M/W
July 15: ASWB Twilight Criterium, Boise, ID, M/W
July 19-23: Cascade Classic, Bend, OR, UCI 2.2 M/W
July 31-Aug. 6: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, UCI 2.HC Men
Aug. 10-13: Tour of Colorado, UCI 2.HC Men
Aug. 19: Rochester Twilight Criterium, Rochester, NY, M/W
Aug. 24-27: Tour of the Commonwealth, VA, UCI 2.1 Men
Sept. 1-4: Gateway Cup, St. Louis, MO, M/W
Sept. 9: Reading 120, Reading, PA, UCI 1.2 Men
Sept. 10: Doylestown Criterium, Doylestown, PA, M/W
Sept. 16: Mayor’s Cup Boston, Boston, MA, M/W