Next season's US National Racing Calendar has been announced by the country's national federation, USA Cycling.
The 2008 NRC will consist of 35 races, starting with the Santa Rosa Women's Grand Prix in California on February 19th and ending with the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 6th-7th. Over US$1.1million in prize money is up for grabs, split between the men ($688,000) and women ($523,000).
There are several changes to the NRC from last year, the biggest being the removal of the six elite national championship events (men's and women's road, time trial and criteriums). According to USAC, this was done to reduce the advantage to clubs and teams with a greater number of American riders on their rosters.
To counter this, seven new events have been added: the AT&T Austin Downtown Criterium, Louisville Metro Police Foundation Criterium, Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic (M/W), Santa Rosa Women's Grand Prix, Susan G. Komens Cycle for the Cure, Tulsa Tough Ride and Race (W only) and Cox Charities Cycling Classic (M only). In addition, four past NRC events have been reinstated: the Tour of Utah, Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic, Sunny King Criterium and Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium.
The 2007 NRC saw Australian Rory Sutherland (Health Net presented by Maxxis) and Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) winning the overall individual titles, while Health Net presented by Maxxis and Webcor Builders won the men's and women's team titles.
February 19: Santa Rosa Women's Grand Prix - Santa Rosa Calif. (Circuit Race)*
March 15: Sequoia Cycling Classic Time Trial - Visalia, Calif. (Time Trial)*March 16: Sequoia Cycling Classic Criterium - Visalia, Calif. (Criterium)*
March 29: Susan G. Komens Cycle for the Cure - Macon, Ga. (Criterium)*
April 3-6: Redlands Bicycle Classic - Redlands, Calif. (Stage Race)
April 13: Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix - Ojai, Calif. (Criterium)
April 19: Sea Otter Classic - Monterey, Calif. (Circuit Race)
April 30-May 4: Tour of the Gila - Silver City, N.M. (Stage Race)
May 3: Sunny King Criterium - Anniston, Ala. (Criterium)
May 4: Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium - Roswell, Ga. (Criterium)
May 8-11: Joe Martin Stage Race - Fayetteville, Ark. (Stage Race)
May 13-18: Mt. Hood Cycling Classic - Hood River, Ore. (Stage Race)
May 17: Bank of America Wilmington Grand Prix - Wilmington, Del. (Criterium)
May 24: Kelly Cup - Baltimore, Md. (Criterium)
May 24: Tour de Leelanau - Traverse City, Mich. (Circuit Race)*
May 26: Tour of Somerville - Somerville, N.J. (Criterium)
May 31-June 1: Tulsa Tough Ride and Race - Tulsa, Ok. (Omnium)*
June 1: CSC Classic - Arlington, Va. (Criterium)
June 8: Commerce Bank Liberty Classic - Philadelphia, Pa. (Road Race)*
June 11-15: Nature Valley Grand Prix - Minnesota (Stage Race)
June 18-21: Tour de Nez - Reno, Nev. (Stage Race)**
June 21: AT&T Austin Downtown Criterium - Austin, Texas (Criterium)
June 28: Cox Charities Cycling Classic - Providence, R.I. (Criterium) **
June 29: Manhattan Beach Grand Prix - Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Criterium)
July 3-6: Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic - Fitchburg, Mass. (Stage Race)
July 19: Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium - Boise, Idaho (Criterium) **
July 21-27: The International Tour de 'Toona - Pennsylvania (Stage Race)
July 30-August 3: Cascade Classic - Bend, Ore. (Stage Race)
August 2: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium - Charlotte, N.C. (Criterium)
August 3: Hanes Park Classic - Winston-Salem, N.C. (Circuit Race)
August 13-17: Tour of Utah - Utah (Stage Race)**
August 16: Louisville Metro Police Foundation Criterium - Louisville, Ky. (Criterium)
August 24: Chris Thater Memorial - Binghamton, N.Y. (Criterium)
September 1: US 100K Classic - Atlanta, Ga. (Criterium)
September 6-7: Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic - Grand Rapids, Mich. (Criterium)
For the full calendar, visit the USA Cycling website.
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