2010 Pro XCT will no longer be directed by the US Cup Mountain Bike Management company
Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 9, 2009) — USA Cycling was surprised to learn earlier in the week that despite a signed letter of agreement, the US Cup Mountain Bike Management company will not direct the Pro XCT for 2010. Despite this set-back for both the series and promoters late in the season, USA Cycling is committed to managing the USA Cycling Pro XCT upon the philosophy the series was built.
The 2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT will move forward with the nation’s three remaining UCI inscripted events: the Bump ‘N Grind in Birmingham, Ala. on June 5, The Subaru Cup, slated for June 26 in Wautoma, Wis. And the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic, in Colorado Springs, Colo. on July 10. These events have a proven track record and look to be a solid foundation for the nation’s premier race series. In addition, USA Cycling will continue to explore the possibilities of adding quality events to the Pro XCT.
“We are committed to building a solid international mountain bike calendar in the United States,” said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “Ensuring the Pro XCT adds incremental value to both the riders and the promoters in terms of providing a platform of qualification opportunities for the riders and help toward meeting the international requirements for the U.S.”
Pro XCT events will continue to be the only U.S. events factored into World Championship selection, help riders garner points to improve start spots at world championships and offer the nation ranking points crucial in determining our country’s number of Olympic start spots. UCI-level events also institute a minimum prize for elite men and women helping ensure a standard cash payout for top riders.
The Pro XCT was born in 2009 on consensual feedback from mountain promoters, teams, riders and sponsors. The philosophy has remained consistent throughout; to put forward a manageable series that works logistically within the international mountain bike calendar allowing top teams and riders to attend both top domestic racing events along with World Cup races, to offer a consistent stage on which to qualify, train and help athletes garner points to qualify start spots for international competition, and to offer a consistent top-level racing platform therefore increasing overall exposure for mountain biking domestically.
USA Cycling looks forward to continuing to cultivate the Pro XCT in 2010 and the years ahead.
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ licensees including 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 1,800 clubs and teams, 350 professional cyclists, 200 certified mechanics, and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists through various initiatives and programs. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts national championship events for all categories of amateur and professional cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
source: Keri S. Kahn