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San Francisco, New York highlight National Racing Calendar

On Thursday the USCF announced the National Racing Calendar schedule for 2001. Among the highlights of the 52-race schedule are eight new events, including the Manhattan Invitational in New York City on August 2 and the previously announced San Francisco Grand Prix, September 9. The other new events are the Housatonic Valley Classic in Danbury, Connecticut, June 24; the San Rafael Cycling Classic in California, September 8; the Irvine Cycling Grand Prix in California, September 24; the U.S. Open Cycling Champioinships in Columbus, Ohio, September 29; the Deland Cycling Grand Prix in Florida,

By VeloNews Interactive

On Thursday the USCF announced the National Racing Calendar schedule for 2001. Among the highlights of the 52-race schedule are eight new events, including the Manhattan Invitational in New York City on August 2 and the previously announced San Francisco Grand Prix, September 9.

The other new events are the Housatonic Valley Classic in Danbury, Connecticut, June 24; the San Rafael Cycling Classic in California, September 8; the Irvine Cycling Grand Prix in California, September 24; the U.S. Open Cycling Champioinships in Columbus, Ohio, September 29; the Deland Cycling Grand Prix in Florida, September 30; and the Mercy Celebrity Classic Criterium in Fort Smith, Arkansas, October 6.

The NRC kicks off March 3-4 in California with the SaveMart Bicycle Classic and runs through the end of October, finishing with the Sunshine Cycling Classic and the Great Coconut Grove Bicycle Race in Miami, Florida, October 19-21.

Last year, Gord Fraser (Mercury) and Tina Mayolo (AutoTrader.com) won the men’s and women’s overall titles, respectively, in the season-long points competition while Mercury and Saturn won the respective men’s and women’s team titles.

2001 NATIONAL RACING CALENDAR

Men and women’s events are indicated by either a ‘m’ and/or a ‘w’ after the race title.

March 3-4: SaveMart Bicycle Classic (m/w). California

March 10-11: Sequoia Cycling Classic (m/w). Sequoia, Calif.

March 13-18: Redlands Bicycle Classic (m/w). Redlands, Calif.

March 22-25: Mercury Sea Otter Classic (m/w). Monterey, Calif.

March 29-April 1: Solana Bicycle Classic (m/w). Solana Beach, Calif.

April 7: BMC Software Lance Armstrong Criterium (m/w). Austin, Texas

April 10-15: Tour of Willamette (m/w). Lane County, Ore.

April 21: BMC Software Tour of San Jose (m/w). San Jose, Calif.

April 22: TDK Nevada City Bicycle Classic (m/w). Nevada City, Calif.

April 27: First Charter Criterium (m). Shelby, N.C.

April 28-29: Xcelerate Twilight (m/w). Athens, Ga.

May 2-6: Wells Fargo Tour of the Gila (m/w). Silver City, N.M.

May 15-19: America’s Cup (m). Massachusetts

May 20: Housatonic Valley Classic (m/w). Danbury, Conn.

May 24: Elite National Time Trial Championships (m/w). Redding, Calif.

May 26: Elite National Road Race Championships (m/w) : Redding, Calif.

May 28: Tour of Somerville (m/w). Somerville, NJ

June 2: Capital Cup (m/w). Washington, DC

June 3: U.S. Postal Service Clarendon Cup (m/w). Arlington, Va.

June 5: First Union Invitational (m). Lancaster, Pa.

June 7: First Union Classic (m). Trenton, N.J.

June 8: First Union Hill Climb (m). Manayunk, Pa.

June 9: NYC Women’s Sports Challenge (w). New York

June 10: First Union USPRO Championships (m). Philadelphia

June 10: First Union Liberty Classic Women’s World Cup (w). Philadelphia

June 13-24: HP LaserJet Women’s Challenge (w). Idaho

June 16-17: Touchstone Energy Bicycle Classic (m/w). St. Paul, Minn.

June 28-July 1: Fitchburg Classic (m/w). Massachussetts

July 8: Four Bridges of Elgin (m/under-23). Elgin, Ill.

July 8: BMC Software Tour of Arlington (m/w). Arlington, Mass.

July 11-15: Cascade Cycling Classic (m/w). Bend, Ore.

July 24-29: Wendy’s International Cycling Classic (m/w). Hillard, Ohio

July 31-Aug. 5: Tour de ‘Toona (m/w). Altoona, Pa.

Aug. 2: Manhattan Invitational (m). Manhattan, N.Y.

Aug. 11-12: Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (m/w). Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Aug. 19: USPRO Criterium Championships (m/w). Downer’s Grove, Ill.

Aug. 19: USCF Criterium Championships (m/w). Downer’s Grove, Ill.

Aug. 24-26: Hotter than Hell Hundred (m/w). Texas

Aug. 26: Chris Thater Memorial Criterium (m/w). Binghamton, N.Y.

Sept. 1-3: Killington Stage Race (m/w). Killington, Vt.

Sept. 2: The Zinger. Colorado

Sept. 8: San Rafael Cycling Classic. San Rafael, Calif.

Sept. 9: San Francisco Grand Prix (m/w). San Francisco

Sept. 15: Univest Grand Prix (m/w). Souderton, Pa.

Sept. 16: BMC Software Tour of Houston (m/w). Houston

Sept. 16: Bear Mountain Road Race. Harriman State Park, NY

Sept. 24: Irvine Cycling Grand Prix (m/w). Irvine, Calif.

Sept. 29: US Open Cycling Championships. Columbus, Ohio

Sept. 30: Deland Cycling Grand Prix (m/w). Deland, Fla.

Oct. 6: Mercy Celebrity Classic Criterium (m/w). Fort Smith, Ark.

Oct. 13-14: Michelin Classic (m/w). Greenville, S.C.

Oct. 19-21: Sunshine Cycling Classic/Great Coconut Grove Bicycle Race(m/w). Miami, Fl.