On Tuesday, USA Cycling announced the complete National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and National Road Calendar (NRC) for the 2015 season.
NRC down to seven races
With the loss of the Cascade Cycling Classic, the NRC race schedule will be limited to only seven races in 2015, however, there have been three UCI dates added to both the men’s and women’s calendar for 2015.
Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, California will kick the season off in April, while Thompson Bucks County Classic will wrap up the calendar in Pennsylvania on September 12.
The 2014 NRC individual series winners were Travis McCabe (Team SmartStop) and Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO-To the Top). Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies topped the NRC men’s team standings, while Team TIBCO-To the Top won dominated the NRC women’s team standings.
2015 National Racing Calendar (NRC)
Apr. 8-12: Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, California
Apr. 23-26: Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley (UCI 2.2), Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apr. 29-May 3: Tour of the Gila (UCI 2.2), Silver City, New Mexico
May 31: Winston-Salem Cycling Classic (UCI 1.2), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
June 7: Philly Cycling Classic (UCI 1.2), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 18-21: North Star Grand Prix, Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 12: Thompson Bucks County Classic (UCI 1.2, men only), Doylestown, Pennsylvania
NCC adds three dates in 2015
With the addition of three races to the NCC in 2015, the season will begin in Tampa, Florida on March 21 and conclude on September 20 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The 2014 season saw Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare) clinch the men’s title in the 2014 NCC men’s standings while Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) topped the NCC women’s standings for the second straight year. UnitedHealthcare rode away with the NCC men’s team standings while Colavita-Fine Cooking won the NCC women’s team standings.
2015 National Criterium Calendar (NCC)
March 21: Gasparilla Criterium and Action Sports Festival, Tampa, Florida
March 28: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, Alabama
April 11: Novant Health Invitational Criterium, Charlotte, North Carolina
May 3: Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point, California
May 16: Wilmington Grand Prix, Wilmington, Delaware
May 25: Tour of Somerville, Somerville, New Jersey
May 30: Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
May 30: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Illinois
Jun 7: Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Jun 12-14: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jun 13-14: Air Force Association Cycling Classic, Arlington, Virginia
Jul 11: Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
Jul 18: Littleton Criterium, Littleton, Colorado
Jul 25: Intelligentsia Cup, Lake Bluff, Illinois
Aug 15: Rochester Twilight Criterium, Rochester, New York
Aug 22: Chris Thater Memorial, Binghamton, New York
Sep 4-7: TSG Realty Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Missouri
Sep 19: TD Bank Mayor’s Cup, Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 20: Connecticut Cycling Festival, Hartford, Connecticut