By VeloNews Interactive
The 2001 Pro Cycling Tour will begin in March on the West Coast and conclude eight months later on the other side of the country in October. The 14-race series will include some of the highest-profile road races in the United States.
On Thursday, Threshold Sports unveiled the schedule for the season-long series, which begins March 22 at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Among the events returning to the Pro Cycling Tour line-up are the BMC Software series, the First Union Cycling series, the U.S. Postal Service Clarendon Cup and the Chris Thater Memorial.
New additions include Sea Otter, the Capital Cup and the Sunshine Sports Classic/Great Coconut Grove Criterium, which will serve as the series finale in October.
Rounding out the schedule are three races that are still awaiting final confirmation: the New York City Cycling Championship in Manhattan, the San Rafael Women’s Criterium and the San Francisco Grand Prix.
The latter two events could become part of the BMC Software series, although that has not yet been confirmed. The BMC series originally included a Bay Area stop in April, the BMC Software Tour of San Jose, but that event has been canceled. Organizers say there will be a BMC race in the Bay Area in September.
2001 Pro Cycling Tour
March 22-25: Mercury Sea Otter Classic powered by SRAM. Monterey, California
April 7: BMC Software Downtown Criterium. Austin, Texas
June 2: U.S. Postal Service Clarendon Cup. Arlington, Virginia.
June 3: 2001 Capital Cup. Washington, D.C.
June 5: First Union Invitational. Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
June 7: First Union Classic. Trenton, New Jersey.
June 10: First Union USPRO Championship/Liberty Classic. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 8: BMC Software Tour of Arlington. Arlington, Massachusetts.
August 2: New York City Cycling Championship. New York, New York.
August 26: Chris Thater Memorial. Binghamton, New York.
September 8: San Rafael Women’s Criterium presented by BMC Software. San Rafael, California.
September 9: San Francisco Grand Prix. San Francisco, California.
September 16: BMC Software Tour of Houston. Houston, Texas.
October 21: Sunshine Sports Classic/Great Coconut Grove Criterium. Miami, Florida.