USA Cycling, along with a core group of cycling stakeholders that include criterium race directors and cycling teams, has expanded the formation of a new professional criterium series.
The new domestic series is aimed at highlighting the American road discipline of criterium racing and allow for the storytelling of athletes and events. The new series will offer $100,000 in overall prize money, equally split between the men and women in addition to individual event prize purses.
Four additional events were added to the full calendar of 10 events after announcing the founding events in December. The new events in the series are the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama; the MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium in Rochester, New York; The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in Harlem, New York; and part of Intelligentsia Cup in Lake Bluff, Illinois.
“We’re excited to be back to racing and to be included in the inaugural year for this series,” said Richard Cox, race director for the Harlem Skyscraper Classic. “Our event has been around since 1973, the second oldest bike race in the U.S., and to be recognized as one of the top criteriums in America is a great honor. We’re looking forward to welcoming teams, racers, and spectators from across the country to Harlem in June.”
All events in the series are committed to awarding equal prize money for the pro men’s and women’s fields in their prospective races. The additional information, including the official series name, is being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.
2002 USA Cycling Criterium Series
April 9: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, Alabama
May 21: MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium, Rochester, New York
June 10: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 19: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, Harlem, New York
July 9: Bailey & Glasser LLP Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
July 16: Salt Lake City Criterium, Salt Lake City, Utah
July 30: Intelligentsia Cup, Lake Bluff, Illinois
August 6: Littleton Criterium, Littleton, Colorado
August 27: Momentum Indy, Indianapolis
September 5: Bommarito Audi Gateway Cup, St. Louis