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Registration is open for the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic and will close July 7.
The Colorado Springs, Colorado race will be held July 9-11, with the feature event being the final Pro XCT race of the season. The winners of the men’s and women’s Pro XCT series will get an automatic spot in the USA’s 2010 World Championship team, which will be announced at the CTS International Classic.
As a UCI-sanctioned stage race — time trial, cross-country and short-track — the CTS International Classic will offer a $10,000 cash prize list race along with 655 UCI points, nearly half the points available in the country for 2010.
“The Pro XCT not only creates opportunity and increases exposure for our athletes here at home but it also helps ensure the U.S. the maximum opportunity for success on the sport’s highest stage,” said Marc Gullickson, USA Cycling national mountain bike and cyclo-cross development director. “The UCI points these events offer directly dictate the number of start spots the U.S. will receive in mountain biking events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as well as improve start order at the Mountain Bike World Championships annually.”
The CTS International Classic is also an Alison Dunlap Junior Mountain Bike Series race, the final race in GT Bicycle’s Proving Ground Series and the final 2010 National Championship cross-country qualification race, with Nationals being held July 15-18 in Granby, Colorado.
There will be a stage race for Category 1, 2, 3 and single-speed riders as well over the three days.
The venue is Cheyenne Mountain State Park just south of Colorado Springs. Organizers will be using the same basic start/finish line for all races in the middle of the expo/team Parking area on pavement.