Posted by Editoress on 12/16/10
Organizers of the 2011 Tour of the Battenkill announce the opening of registration for the 2011 Pro/Am event to be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Cambridge, NY. Registration for the Pro/Am opens online on Tuesday, December 21 at 7 PM EST. Registration information can be found on the event website at www.tourofthebattenkill.com.
Total registration exceeded 2,000 people for the 2010 event making it the largest sanctioned road cycling race in North America. More than 3,000 participants are expected to ride and compete over two weekends in Upstate New York’s Washington County in April.
The scope of the race grows again in 2011 with an expanded schedule of events. The Pro/Am weekend begins on Saturday, April 9 with a non-competitive Bike Marathon to benefit wounded & disabled Veterans. The 64 mile Tour of the Battenkill Pro/Am follows the next day on Sunday, April 10. Several mid-week events are planned ahead of the following weekend’s professional races. Two new events – the Cambridge Professional Criterium race to benefit regional Public Safety, and a Ride with the Pros event – are tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, respectively. In addition, professional racers from around the world will again be participating in regional outreach events at local schools and hospitals.
The marquee event – the Tour of the Battenkill Professional Invitational for both men and women – will be held on Saturday, April 16 and is co-organized by Cycle for Health – a new charitable organization formed to combat childhood diabetes (www.cycleforhealth.org). The USA’s Caleb Fairly of Texas won the 124 mile men’s professional race in 2010 following a 2-man break with fellow American Floyd Landis of California. The women’s professional race is a new addition for 2011 and expects to draw an international field. More than 40 States and 20 countries were represented at the event in 2010.
More information about the event, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, can be found at www.tourofthebattenkill.com
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