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First there were six, then three and then USA Cycling’s Pro Cross-Country tour was back to six races.
But as of last week, the Pro XCT was back to five races in 2010 after organizers of the Bump ‘N Grind in Birmingham, Alabama announced they would not host the USAC event.
“Due to the extra costs associated with hosting … a UCI-sanctioned event, coupled with the loss of series organizer sponsorship… Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers made the difficult choice to present the race as a non-UCI categorized event,” according to a statement on the BUMP Web site.
BUMP will hold the Bump ‘N Grind event on June 5, but its aim will be geared to regional racers “to improve their prize awards and overall event experience.”
In 2009, Sid Taberlay (Sho Air-Specialized) out-kicked Coloradan Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) to win the men’s field. Luna teammates Georgia Gould and Catherine Pendrel went toe-to-toe in the women’s event, with Pendrel coming out on top.
Race organizers said they have not ruled out again making the Bump & Grind a source of UCI points in the future.
USAC has been retooling the Pro XCT calendar after the management company, US Cup, that ran the series in 2009 split to start its own series for 2010 — the US Cup Triple Crown All Mountain Series. Other than the US Cup Fontana race, US Cup events will not be UCI sanctioned. Instead, the president of the US Cup, Scott Tedro, is offering larger and deeper pro purses over the course of the season.
Meanwhile, the Pro XCT includes the season opener at Fontana on March 27, Sea Otter in April 18, both in California; Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Texas on May 29; the Subaru Cup in Wisconsin on June 26; and the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic in Colorado Springs on July 10.