By VeloNews Interactive
One of the staples of the summer racing season is no more. The Killington Stage Race, which was first run in 1987, has been cancelled due to financial problems.
“It was just costing to much to do the race,” said Tom Vinson, USA Cycling’s North Atlantic regional coordinator, who added that he was informed of the news by race organizers on Thursday. “I didn’t know it was coming, but it wasn’t a surprise either. It’s been a financial battle every year.”
The race, which was held over Labor Day weekend, made its debut 14 years ago as a two-day event. In its heyday it ballooned to a four-day, five-stage event, before being pared back to three days in 1999.
Past winners include Davis Phinney, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Trent Klasna, Linda Jackson and Suzy Pryde. Last year Jeannie Longo and Chris Wherry took the overall titles.