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Organizers announce 2005 Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of CyclocrossSeries
BOSTON – Coming off a highly successful inaugural season, organizersof the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross have unveiled a sequel campaign in2005 that promises even more excitement for riders and fans alike. Withsix C1 events in the Pacific Northwest, New England and Northern California,the series will bring North America’s best cyclocross stars to the sport’sfeverish hotbeds.
“With nationals coming to New England next year, we wanted to createa balanced schedule for racers and fans,” said co-organizer Paul Salvucci,explaining the addition of two races in the San Francisco area. “This willresult in two-must travel events to both coasts.”
Once again, winners of the elite men, elite women, U23 and junior categorieswill get automatic berths to the U.S. World’s Cyclocross team. That, combinedwith the high level of racing, challenging courses and nail-biting excitementwitnessed in the 2004 series, is certain to attract the sport’s top athletesto compete head-to-head.
The 2005 term kicks off, as it did last year, with a weekend in thePacific Northwest. The first race, on Saturday, Oct 8th, will be in Portland,Oregon. The following day (Oct. 9th), racers travel to nearby Seattle anda brand new course. Salvucci says the new venue will be a “much higherprofile location” than last year’s race in Tacoma. Given the fanaticalfollowing cyclocross enjoys in Oregon and Washington, the series is certainto get off to another tremendous start.
Three weeks later, on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocrossreturns to New England for a two-day engagement at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester,Mass. Just minutes from Boston, the Gran Prix of Gloucester races havebecome the most popular cyclocross events on the East Coast due to theirhuge fan turnout, tough competition, scenic venue and European-like atmosphere.
The biggest change in the 2005 schedule is the addition of two racesin cross-crazy NorCal. On Nov. 19, the U.S. Gran Prix makes its debut atthe Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville — just south of San Jose. That event will be promoted by Sabine Dukes and the Velo Bella team. The next day, riders charge up to beautiful Golden Gate Park, near the Presidio, in San Francisco, for an event promoted by Tom Simpson of Pilarcitos Cyclesports.
Once again, all six races will be held under UCI category and competitionregulations. U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series leaders will be recognizedat the conclusion of each event. Overall winners in the Elite Men, EliteWomen, U-23, and Junior Men categories will receive automatic selectionto he U.S. team competing at the World Cyclocross Championships in Zeddam,Netherlands in January 2006. Master 35+ Men will also be ranked.
2004 full standings for each category can be found at: http://usgpcyclocross.com/results/2004/overall/EliteMen.asp
Along with title sponsor Crank Brothers and presenting sponsor VeloNews,
additional U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series sponsors include Selle
Italia, Mavic, Clif Bar, adidas, and BikeReg.com
The full Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series schedulefor
2005 is as follows:
October 8, Portland, Oregon
October 9, Seattle, WashingtonOctober 29, Gloucester, Massachusetts
October 30, Gloucester, MassachusettsNovember 19, Watsonville, California
November 20, San Francisco, California
For complete U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross details, go to
U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross P.O. Box 507 Rockland, MA02370