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After four years of split calendars, USAC will go back to one single calendar for professional road races, but it will be criterium-heavy.
USA Cycling announced its 2014 road calendars on Thursday
The men's series wraps up at the Thompson Bucks County Classic in Doylestown, Pa. over the weekend
Austrian Tibco rider takes command in National Racing Calendar; Colorado race to host ride, running race
The U.S. domestic calendars lose five events, implement new points systems
Series-leading Spaniard opens second round of the NRC with a stage win
USA Cycling announced two of the three national road calendars this week and they are full of changes. The new National Criterium Calendar spins off from the National Racing Calendar and includes more than a month of southeast crits in the spring.
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The West Coast and Midwest are criterium central this weekend in the U.S., but the women’s elite national championship in Georgia take top billing.
When Tour of the Battenkill promoter Dieter Drake and USA Cycling staff traded barbs over rider invites in January, Mike Poe and the Sunny King Criterium were caught in the crossfire.
Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) and Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) sit atop the season’s first National Racing Calendar standings after their overall wins at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Realcyclist.com and HTC also lead the team classifications for men and women, respectively.
USA Cycling will announce Monday a new team designation, “Domestic Elite,” which national events director Micah Rice hoped would bring improved organization to elite teams in the men’s and women’s pelotons. The new category is effective immediately and will affect National Racing Calendar points standings and criteriums on the circuit.
UPDATED: Big changes are in store for the National Racing Calendar next year. Philly's Liberty Classic gets added to the list.
Next year's U.S. pro crit championships will be open only to Americans and will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But what about the rough roads?
- 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis Sutter Home/colavita, with 1139 points
- 2. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia, with 855 points
- 3. Rory Sutherland, Unitedhealthcare P/b Maxxis, with 805 points
- 4. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefits Strategies, with 743 points
- 5. Ben Jacques-maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, with 632 points
- 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita, at 1139 points
- 2. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis, with 805 points
- 3. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit Strategies, with 743 points
- 4. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia, with 735 points
- 5. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, with 632 points
Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) had enough lead to coast across the finish line of the 2010 National Racing Calendar individual standings.
V Australia's Jonathan Cantwell notches another crit win, this time at the NRC-closing Chris Thater in New York. His win helped V Australia lock up the 2010 NRC team rankings win.
USA Crits series action continues Sunday with the men's event.
The Chris Thater Memorial closes out the National Racing Calendar, while the Hotter 'n Hell and the Winters Road Race keep Texas and California racers busy.
USA Cycling plans to change the calendar to reduce travel, tweak the points system and figure out how UCI Pro Continental teams can participate in national-level races.
With just two events left for men and women, Fly V Australia and Jamis-Sutter Home are in a tight battle on the men's side, and Colavita-Baci and Tibco-To the Top are neck-and-neck at the top of the women's rankings.
- 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis-Sutter Home, 1139 points
- 2. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare P/b Maxxis, 805 points
- 3. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit Strategies, 743 points
- 4. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia, 735 points
- 5. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, 632 points
- 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita , 1073 points
- 2. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare P/b Maxxis , 805 points
- 3. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit Strategies , 743 points
- 4. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling , 632 points
- 5. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia , 615 points
The NRC continues as the Tour of Elk Grove takes place Friday through Sunday northwest of Chicago.
- 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita, 996 points
- 2. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare P/b Maxxis, 805 points
- 3. Scott Zwizanski, Kelly Benefits Strategies, 579 points
- 4. Ben Day, Fly V Australia, 573 points
- 5. Ben Jacques-maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, 566 points
Cath Cheatley and Luis Amaran continue to lead the NRC individual standings.
Bissell's Patrick Bevin takes his first NRC win as Tibco's Jo Kiesanowski outguns series leader Cath Cheatley.
The New England classic NRC race has a new stage order that is sure to shake up the GC.
- 1. Luis Amaran Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita 923 points
- 2. Rory Sutherland Unitedhealthcare P/b Maxxis 565 points
- 3. Scott Zwizanski Kelly Benefits Strategies 515 points
- 4. Ben Jacques-Maynes Bissell Pro Cycling 490 points
- 5. Ben Day Fly V Australia 428 points
- 1. Luis Amaran Jamis Sutter Home/colavita 597 points
- 2. Ben Day Fly V Australia 428 points
- 3. Ben Jacques-Maynes Bissell Pro Cycling 365 points
- 4. Levi Leipheimer Team Mellow Johnny's 265 points
- 5. Alejandro Borrajo Jamis Sutter Home/colavita 251 points
Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci) stamped their names on one of America’s oldest cycling races Monday, taking wins at the Tour of Somerville in New Jersey. The National Racing Calendar criteriums closed out a full weekend of cycling events in Somerville and were the final tune-up ahead of next weekend’s UCI races in Philadelphia.
Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) and Alison Powers (Vera Bradley Foundation) have taken over the top of the National Racing Calendar standings following strong performance by both at the SRAM Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race.
- 1. Benjamin Day (AUS/Fly Australia) - 298 points
- 2. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Watsonville, Calif./Bissell Pro Cycling) - 185 points
- 3. Will Routley (CAN/Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)- 162 points
- 4. Kiel Reijnen (Boulder, Colo./Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) - 136 points
- 5. Luis Amaran (CUB/Jamis-Sutter Home p/b Colavita) 131 points
The 2010 National Racing Calendar is pared down a bit from what was announced for the 2009 season — but, since several 2009 events were canceled — the 2010 NRC has about as many events as this year's. Next year the NRC will include 27 events in 22 states, comprising 15 criteriums, eight multi-day stage races, two one-day road races, one circuit race and one omnium. While there is no series prize list, the combined prize lists from the individual events totals $981,000. Events must offer a certain level of prize list and meet other requirements to be part of the calendar.
- 1. Tom Zirbel Bissell Pro Cycling Team 1127 points
- 2. Sebastion Haedo Colavita Olive Oil/sutter Home Pro 1120 points
- 3. Rory Sutherland Ouch P/b Maxxis 952 points
- 4. Karl Menzies Ouch P/b Maxxis 660 points
- 5. Alejandro Borrajo Colavita Olive Oil/sutter Home Pro 565 points