By VeloNews Interactive
The 2004 Trek Bikes Collegiate Road National Championships kick off Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, with the TIAA-CREF Downtown Criterium.
The crit, a mostly flat circuit, starts and finishes on State Street, with racing starting at 1 p.m. An open category, new for 2004, will allow all licensed male collegiate cyclists to compete.
Saturday’s road race starts and finishes in the town of Black Earth. The 15-mile loop winds through well-paved, hilly country roads just 20 minutes west of Madison.
The weekend’s competition wraps up on Sunday with the team time trial, on a fast, flat 32km out-and-back course that begins and ends at the Trek Bikes factory in Waterloo.
The USA Cycling Development Foundation will present Collegiate Performance Awards to the winning teams in each division ($1000 for first, $600 for second and $400 for third). Last year’s champions were UC-Berkeley (Division I) and Dartmouth College (Division II).
The foundation also will invite 10-12 talented women to attend the USA Cycling Women’s Collegiate and Talent Identification Camp in July at the Olympic Training Center.