The Carmichael Training Systems International Classic mountain bike race is now an UCI-sanctioned stage race.
On tap for the event, to be held July 9 to 11 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be a MTB time trial, cross-country race and short track XC. The Carmichael Training Systems International Classic was originally planned as a single-day C2 race, but on Jan. 21, the UCI approved the change to a stage race.
With a $10,000 cash prize list and 655 UCI points available for pro men and women, the race now will offer nearly half of all UCI points in the U.S. for 2010, according to Race Director Andy Bohlmann.
The Carmichael Training Systems International Classic is the final race in USA Cycling’s five-race Pro XCT series. The pro male and female series winners, crowned at the race, will be an automatic qualifier for the 2010 USA Cycling World Championship Team. In addition, the race is a 2012 Olympic Qualification Race as well as the final National Championship Qualification race for the National Championships held July 15-18 in Granby, Colorado.
Stage one on July 9 will feature the Encantadas Time Trial and may use the highly technical Medicine Wheel trail, said Bohlmann. Stage two, on July 10, will see a return to the 2009 cross county-country course followed by the July 11 short track cross-country, but modified to UCI MTB criterium rules.
All stages are at Cheyenne Mountain State Park and use the same basic start and finish on the paved parking lot with the expo and team parking on both sides. Additional races will be held for most USA Cycling classes/categories.
The Carmichael Training Systems International Classic is just one the races in the 2010 Carmichael Training Systems Summer of Cycling Presented by Kenda USA and Ascent Cycling. The races are produced by Sand Creek Sports, Inc. For more information including sponsorship and July 9-11 Expo space, visit www.sandcreeksports.com.