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The 2010 edition of the seven-stage TransRockies is now a UCI points race offering more than $30,000 in prize money.
This year will see the race return to the Alberta Rockies as well as the addition of UCI sanctioning, making the TransRockies only the second North American stage race granted such status. The other race is the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic mountain bike race July 9 to 11 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That race is the final stop of USA Cyclng’s Pro Cross-Country Tour.
Also, the 2010 TransRockies will offer more prize money to elite teams in the seven-day, two-person team TransRockies and the three-day solo TR3.
“2010 is a very important year for TransRockies,” said Aaron McConnell, event direct. “We are returning to our roots in Alberta with an awesome new course that’s more fun, rideable and challenging than ever before. And, given that our team has organized numerous World Cups, applying for UCI sanctioning seemed like a natural next step in the race’s evolution.”
With the points chase for the 2012 Olympic spots about to kick off in earnest, the opportunity to earn some of the over 2,500 UCI points on offer should attract some of the top riders in North America to the start line in Fernie, British Columbia, McConnell said.
TransRockies IX opens Aug. 8 with a time trial around Fernie before heading north and east to Elkford, the highest incorporated community in Canada. Stage 3 takes riders up and over the Continental Divide and across the border into Alberta. On Stage 5 and 6, riders hit the spine of the Rockies. The final stage sees riders tackling singletrack along the TransCanada Trail to Canmore Nordic centre, site of the 1988 Olympics and multiple World Cup mountain bike races, before finishing on main street in Canmore.
“While we’re looking forward to a deep and competitive elite field, we’re still completely focussed on making sure that we offer all of our riders the adventure of their lives,” said McConnell. “We’re hoping that the presence of more pro riders just adds to the excitement for our recreational riders.”
The 2010 TransRockies starts Aug. 8 in Fernie and finishes seven days later in Canmore, Alberta on the edge of Banff National Park. The TR3 runs concurrently with the first three stages of the TransRockies finishing Aug. 10. For more information on the 2010 TR and TR3, visit www.transrockies.com.
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