Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2012 UCI World Cycling Tour in USA

Part I, 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour

Since we have covered the UCI WCT in the past we thought we should mention for USA readers that the only qualifying event in the USA was just announced, the Berkshire Cycling Classic in Lenox, Massachusetts on May 6, 2012. Below is the press release:

Sparta Cycling is pleased to announce that the first annual Berkshire Cycling Classic in Lenox, Massachusetts on May 6, 2012 has been named the American stop on the fifteen event UCI WORLD CYCLING TOUR for 2012 through 2014. The rides are held as Gran Fondo (Cyclosportif) event formats.

“The UCI (International Cycling Union) status adds a new dimension to the Berkshire Cycling Classic,” explained Sparta Cycling principal John Eustice. “Enthusiast cyclists can choose to experience a true UCI racecourse at their own pace, or really test themselves against the best national age group riders. The format is also ideal for licensed racers looking for a new challenge, and allows them the exciting chance to qualify for a World Championship.”

“Our Berkshire Cycling Classic offers a unique experience for cyclists, whether they want to have a ride with friends and family in Lenox and the Berkshire Mountains, or qualify for the UCI WORLD CYCLING TOUR final”, said Eustice.

The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned Gran Fondo/Cyclosportif events that are held all over the globe. The top 25% in each age group of the qualifier events will automatically have the right to compete in the UWCT Final and race for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey. The Berkshire Cycling Classic will be the only UWCT event in the United States this year.

“The Berkshire Cycling Classic allows any & all participants to a ride on a top-quality international road race course. The two routes are long and hilly and provide the perfect setting for those who wish to test their legs in a friendly and competitive atmosphere,” explained Eustice, a former US Pro Cycling champion. “It is very challenging, a fantastic course, reminiscent of a Tour de France.“

Starting and finishing in Lenox, Massachusetts on Sunday May 6, 2012, the Berkshire
Cycling Classic features route selections of 62 and 81 miles (100k and 130k). Overall times for both distances will be recorded and ranked according to age groups.

Lenox, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains provides the perfect host venue for this challenging Gran Fondo/Cyclosportif.

“Becoming the sole U.S. race on the UCI World Cycling Tour takes the Berkshire Cycling Classic to a level we never could have anticipated,” stated Kimberly Flynn, Chairperson of the Lenox Marketing & Events committee. “We look forward to hosting cyclists from all over the world in May and for years to come as they enjoy the beauty and culture of Lenox and the Berkshires.””

Registered riders in the UCI WORLD CYCLING TOUR sanctioned Berkshire Cycling Classic will receive technical support provided by Mavic USA, well-positioned “feed zones”, or rest stops, complete with energy food, choices for hydration, and areas to relax as they tackle the course. Pre-registered riders will receive a commemorative t-shirt and vendors will be on-hand to sell a limited edition jersey. Following the main event, riders and their families will be invited to a post-ride celebrations hosted by our many local partners (locations to be announced later this month).

For more information, please visit www.berkshirecyclingclassic.com

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