USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Continues in Ohio
30 Sep, 2013
The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) continues now through January 5, all the while spotlighting the top ‘cross races in the United States. New for this season, a $40,000 prize purse will be split between the top 20 riders in each of the men’s and women’s standings at the conclusion of the season. With 45 dates on the domestic calendar, there are ample opportunities for the best cyclo-cross racers to score points and climb the standings to earn a share of a $40,000 purse.
Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-Focus), Helen Wyman (GBR/Kona Factory Racing) and Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Team Redline) topped the men's, women's and juniors men's standings after the 2012-13 Pro CX calendar concluded.
The calendar, which has at least one event in 19 different states around the country, began on Sept. 7 with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pa. It continued with Starcrossed in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 14. Also on that date, the first of two Catamount Grand Prix races will be in Williston, Vt. The second race in Vermont was the next day. On Sept. 18, riders competed under the stars in Las Vegas, Nev., in Clif® Bar CrossVegas. The Trek Cyclo-cross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wis., and Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 21 and 22. The action remained in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders were in the NEPCX Grand Prix of Gloucester 1 and 2 in Gloucester, Mass., on Sept. 28 and 29 before the focus shifts to Providence, R.I. on Oct. 5 and 6 when riders will compete in Providence Cyclo-cross Festival.
The spotlight moved to Colorado as riders vied for points in the Colorado Cross Classic and Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 12-13. The following weekend, Rochester, N.Y., was the site of Full Moon Vista Cyclocross at Ellison Park on Oct. 19-20. The Pro CX circuit continues to go west as riders competed at Spooky Cross Weekend Days 1 and 2 in Pomona, Calif., and Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 26-27. The HPCX in Jamesburg, N.J. took place on Oct. 27.
There are five races the following weekend as riders can compete in Massachusetts in the NEPCX-The Cycle-Smart International 1 and 2 on Nov. 2-3 or they can travel to the greater Cincinnati area to compete in three races. On Nov. 1, the focus will be in Covington, Ky., where riders will compete in Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark on Nov. 2. The action that weekend concludes in Cincinnati, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 Harbin Park on Nov. 3. The following weekend, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Louisville, Ky., to contest the Sophisticated Living Derby City Cup on Nov. 9-10. In the middle of November, the Pro CX action will be in Iowa City, Iowa, as the Jingle Cross Rock-Rock 1, 2 and 3 are slated for Nov. 15-17.
Soon after gobbling down their Thanksgiving turkey, riders will travel to East Meadow, N.Y., to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2 on Nov. 23 and 24. The week after Thanksgiving will feature bi-coastal action as the Baystate Cyclo-cross will be in Sterling, Mass., while the CXLA Weekend: Days 1 and 2-Cross after Dark in Los Angeles are slated to be on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. There is action on both coasts on the weekend of Dec. 7-8, as riders will score points in Warwick, R.I., in the NEPCX-NBX Gran Prix of Cross-Days 1 and 2 and Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Ore., on Dec. 7. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, N.C., on Dec. 14-15, the North Carolina Grand Prix – Races 1 and 2 - before concluding at the Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 5.
The Pro CX tracks standings winners among elite men, elite women and juniors men. Riders in those categories accumulate standings points by placing within the top 15 of the races on the Pro CX. There are six races ranked by the UCI as C1 on the Pro CX where the standings points available to riders are tripled.
Those races are listed below:
Nov. 2: Cincy3 Lionhearts International-CAD, Mason, Ohio
Nov. 9: Sophisticated Living Derby City Cup, Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 17: Jingle Cross Rock-Rock 3, Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 7: Deschutes Brewery Cup, Bend, Ore.
Also of note, 12 events will hold separate races for juniors men. Those races are the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival in Providence, R.I., on Oct. 5-6, Spooky Cross Weekend (Days 1 and 2) in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 26-27, Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark in Mason, Ohio, on Nov. 2, Cincy3 Harbin Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Nov. 3, both days of the Sophisticated Living Derby City Cup in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 9-10, CXLA Weekend (Days 1 and 2) in Los Angeles on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Ore., on Dec. 7 and the calendar finale, Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 5, 2014.
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