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Three additions bolster USA CRITS series

The 2010 USA CRITS Championship series has new final races for both men and women. The women’s series will conclude at the Chris Thater Memorial race, after four races. The men’s competition will conclude at the TX Tough Grand Prix, after eight events. The series is now nine events strong, visiting as many states.

In a change from tradition, the 2010 USA CRITS  series has separate final races for both men and women. The women’s series will conclude at the Chris Thater Memorial race, after four races. The men’s competition will conclude at the TX Tough Grand Prix, after eight events. The series is now nine events strong, visiting as many states.

2010 events
April 24: Athens Twilight
June 19: Giro d’ Grafton *
June 26: Hyde Park Blast
July 10: Iron Hill Twilight
July 11: Capital Crit
July 17: Boise Twilight
Aug. 7:Presbyterian Hospital
Aug. 28-29: Chris Thater Memorial (women’s finale)
Sept. 16: TX Tough GP III (men’s finale)
Race of Champions Invitational

* New races for this season

Three new races and one back-from-the-dead race will bolster the 2010 calendar.

The Giro d’ Grafton is the third day of the Tour of America’s Dairy Land, which consists of 11 days of racing in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Hyde Park Blast is a men’s only event that is also the meat of a three-day racing sandwich in Cincinnati, Ohio; Friday’s Madeira Centennial Crit and Sunday’s Tour de Grandview serve as the bread.

The Capital Crit, in Washington, D.C., got axed last year when title sponsor ING Direct’s sporting sponsorship budget was slashed. While this is not technically a new event, it is on the calendar as the fifth stop of the season.

The Boise Twilight crit was part of the 2008 USA CRIT series and is back for 2010. This year will be the 23rd year for the Boise Crit, and it’s got a total payout of $20,000.

All the major races of the series’ four year history are back; Athens Twilight, Iron Hill Twilight, Presbyterian Hospital, Chris Thater Memorial and the TX Tough GP III.