Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Berkshire Cycling Classic Added As lone UWCT Stop In U.S. For 2012

The United States will again host a leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) in 2012. Sparta Cycling announced this month that its first annual Berkshire Cycling Classic, scheduled for May 6 in Lenox, Mass. will be the lone American stop on the UWCT. 
In its second year in 2012, the UWCT (formerly known as the UCI Masters Road World Championships) features 15 stops across the globe, plus the UWCT final in Pietermartizburg, South Africa, Aug. 23-26.
Riders must qualify to compete for world titles at the UWCT final by meeting one of the following conditions:

  • Placing in the top 25% of their age category at one of the 15 UWCT stops
  • Participating in three of the 15 qualifier events during the season, regardless of their placing
  • Holding a road race or time trial world title from the 2011 UWCT final
The only UWCT qualifier event in the U.S. this year, the Berkshire Cycling Classic will be held in a Gran Fondo format. It starts and finishes in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains on Sunday, May 6 and will feature route selections of 62 or 81 miles. Overall times for both distances will be recorded and ranked according to age groups.
“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.”
“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,” said Sparta Cycling principal John Eustice.
Participants in the Berkshire Cycling Classic will receive technical support provided by Mavic USA, well-positioned feed-zones complete with energy food, hydration choices and relaxation areas. 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 celebration.
To register or to find more information on the Berkshire Cycling Classic, please visit its website at www.berkshirecyclingclassic.com.

Article Source: usacycling.org

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