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USA Cycling announced today that the 2014-15 edition of their Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) will begin on September 6 and run through January 4, and will again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s final standings.
The 2014-15 Pro CX calendar will feature 44 dates on the domestic schedule, including the addition of two C1 events, bringing the total of top-tier UCI races to eight.
Two new initiatives are in place for the 2014-15 campaign, including permanent race numbers for top pros for the entire year, and a new qualification process for national championships.
All riders who finished in the top 20 in last year’s Pro CX have been given the option to have a permanent number. Numbers range from 2 through 99, with the number 1 bib being reserved for race directors to assign as they wish.
Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) has chosen #29; Elle Anderson (KDL Cycling Team) has chosen #22; along with Austin Vincent, they topped the men’s, women’s, and junior men’s standings on the 2013-14 Pro CX calendar.
Riders will be able to keep their numbers as long as they remain in the top 20 of the Pro CX following each season.
There will also be new qualifications to enter the elite categories at the national cyclocross championships. Invites for the elite divisions will only be offered to any rider ranked in the top 90 in the Pro CX standings following the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon, on December 6-7; or any rider with UCI points.
Another noteworthy addition to the rulebook will see riders having to pick their poison. Racers will no longer be able to compete in both elite and masters categories at the national championships. They can only race in one of those two divisions, but may also enter a singlespeed and/or a non-championship division.
This year’s calendar features at least one event in 18 states across the U.S., beginning on September 6 with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pennsylvania. It continues under the stars in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 10 with Clif Bar CrossVegas, the first of the calendar’s C1 races.
The series quickly moves to Colorado as riders vie for points in the U.S. Open of Cyclocross (formerly the Colorado Cross Classic) and Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colorado, on September 13-14.
The Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Maryland, will each be held September 20-21. The action remains in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders will compete in the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, powered by Great Brewers, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 27-28 — the first leg of the Verge NECXS series — before the focus shifts to Providence, Rhode Island, October 4-5, when riders will compete in the Providence Cyclocross Festival.
The following weekend, Rochester, New York, will be the site of the Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival on October 11-12. The Pro CX circuit continues in the east with the HPCX in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Oct. 18-19, before heading west to St. Louis, Missouri, for the Oct. 25-26 Gateway Cross Cup.
On October 31, the focus will be in Fairfield, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Harbin Park before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest the Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark on November 1. The action that weekend concludes in Covington, Kentucky, where riders will compete in the Cincy3 @ Devou Park on November 2.
Covington will also be the site of the Pan Am Continental Cyclocross Championships that day, a non-Pro CX event that features races for elite women, U23 men, and juniors men. Also on that weekend, riders can compete on the east coast at the Cycle-Smart International, the second leg of the Verge NECXS series, on November 1-2 in Northampton, Massachusetts.
From there, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Louisville, Kentucky, to contest the Derby City Cup on November 8-9.
In the middle of November, Pro CX action will take place in Iowa City, Iowa, as the 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross is slated for November 14-16. Riders will then travel to Stony Point, New York, to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2, on November 22-23. The following weekend, riders can burn off those Thanksgiving calories on either coast with the CXLA weekend in Los Angeles or the Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, Massachusetts. Both races are scheduled for November 29-30.
The week after Thanksgiving, December 6-7, will feature more bi-coastal action as riders can score points in Warwick, Rhode Island, at the NBX Gran Prix of Cross or Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on December 13-14, the North Carolina Grand Prix, before concluding in the New Year with the Kingsport Cyclocross Cup in Kingsport, Tennessee, on January 3, and the Resolution Cross Cup on January 3-4 in Dallas (Garland), Texas.
Both of those races will serve as final tune-ups for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, Texas, January 7-11. The national championships are a non-Pro CX event.
In 2014-15, there are eight Pro CX races ranked as C1 by the UCI; in those races, Pro CX points are tripled. Those eight races are listed below:
September 10, Clif Bar CrossVegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
September 14, Boulder Cup, Boulder, Colorado
September 20, Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, Wisconsin
October 4, Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, Rhode Island
October 11, Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival, Rochester, New York
November 1, Cincy3 Lionhearts International, Mason, Ohio
November 8, Derby City Cup, Louisville, Kentucky
November 15, 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross-2, Iowa City, Iowa