Sho-Air Cycling Group announced on Friday a new, world-class cross country mountain bike series in partnership with USA Cycling. The four-race series, which will be known as the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group, is the result of a $500,000+ multi-year agreement.
n 2014, the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series will include three established races and one new race, including the Mellow Johnny's Classic in Texas; Bonelli Park in California; Fontana in California; and a final round to be created in Colorado Springs, Colorado. All four events will be sanctioned by the UCI as Category HC or Category 1 events.
The finale in Colorado Springs is set for Saturday, June 14. Organizers are not settled on a location, but USA Cycling has a history of choosing Palmer Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park for their blend of flowing and technical singletrack. New locations in the Colorado Sprigs area are also being considered.
Area cyclists should plan to make a weekend of it, as Andy Bohlmann of the long-running Sand Creek Series has applied to host the Colorado State Championships on Sunday, June 15, at the same location. Bohlmann will also play a key roll in helping organize and produce the Pro Cup Series Race.
The jointly owned USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series intends to run its four events in the same locations and on the same dates each year for the next three to five years. USA Cycling and the Sho-Air Cycling Group will both contribute cash and management to produce the series, including a generous prize purse for the overall winners. Series participation is open to riders from around the globe, and the series will crown overall male and female winners.
2014 USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group
March 1-2: Round 1 - Mellow Johnny's Class, Dripping Springs, Texas (C1)
March 15-16: Round 2 - Bonelli Park, San Dimas, California (HC)
March 23-24: Round 3 - Fontana, California (C1)
June 14: Round 4 - Colorado Springs, Colorado (C1)
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