New events highlight 2014 National Racing Calendar

USA Cycling announced its 2014 road calendars on Thursday

USA Cycling announced the dates for its 2014 road calendars on Thursday, laying out a slate of 25 races across the United States.

The nine-event National Racing Calendar will open Apr. 3 at the four-day Redlands Bicycle Classic and close on Sept. 13 with the Thompson Bucks County Classic. The 16-race National Criterium Calendar kicks off on March 22 with the Delray Beach Twilight Festival and wraps on Sept. 20 at the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup.

New to the NRC are the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina in April and the women’s Tour de Park City, in Utah, in August. Tour of Elk Grove organizers announced earlier this year that the Illinois event had seen its final edition in August.

The 24-stop NCC will see a downsize by eight for 2014, with the removal of a number of races featuring in the USA Crits series. Among the events held off the NCC schedule are the Old Pueblo Gran Prix, the Iron Hill Twilight, and the weeklong Speed Week series. The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational will grow to two days and run in April as the Charlotte-Belmont Omnium.

“A few [promoters] decided that it wasn’t worth being on both calendars and decided to stick with USA Crits,” USA Cycling vice president of national events Micah Rice told VeloNews in an e-mail. “A few decided to stick with both. Honestly, it costs a lot less to be on the NCC than it does on the USA Crits series, but we put up a pretty high bar.”

2014 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
Apr. 3-6: Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, Calif.
Apr. 17: Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Apr. 24-27: Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, Ark.
Apr. 30-May 4: Tour of the Gila, Silver City, N.M.
June 1: Parx Casino Philadelphia Cycling Classic, Philadelphia
June 11-15: North Star Grand Prix (formerly Nature Valley Grand Prix), Minneapolis
July 15-20: Cascade Cycling Classic, Bend, Ore.
Aug. 2: Tour de Park City (women only), Park City, Utah
Sept. 13: Thompson Bucks County Classic (men only), Doylestown, Pa.

2014 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar
March 22: Delray Beach Twilight Festival, Delray Beach, Fla.
April 5: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, Ala.
April 12-13: Charlotte-Belmont Omnium, Charlotte/Belmont, N.C.
April 18: Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
May 4: Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point, Calif. (men only)
May 17: Wilmington Grand Prix, Wilmington, Del.
May 26: Middle Earth Tour of Somerville, Somerville, N.J. (men only)
May 31: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Ill.
June 6-8: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Okl.
June 7-8: Air Force Association Cycling Classic, Arlington, Va.
June 21-22: Tour of America’s Dairyland, Wisc.
July 12: Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
July 27: Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Aug. 23-24: Chris Thater Memorial, Binghamton, N.Y.
Aug. 28-Sept. 1: The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Mo.
Sept. 20: TD Bank Mayor’s Cup, Boston, Mass.