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October 19/04 8:50 am - 2005 USCF National Racing Calendar

Posted by Editoress on 10/19/04

2005 USCF National Racing Calendar
Courtesy USA Cycling

With 2004 in the books, USA Cycling is excited to announce the 2005 USCF National Racing Calendar (NRC). Going into its ninth season, the NRC has been condensed into 38 races as opposed to the 56 events in the 2004 edition. The smaller calendar supports USA Cycling's mission to represent a collection of the most prestigious races across the nation.

"The primary purpose of the National Racing Calendar is to provide the top American teams and riders a calendar of high-quality races where they can showcase their talents and distinguish themselves against each other," explains National Events Director Matt Murphy. "The points they earn are tallied and the top individual man and woman, along with the top men's and women's teams are crowned the champions at the conclusion of the season."

"In response to feedback from professional teams, sponsors, and riders, USAC raised the standards for the 2005 Calendar such that only the top races in the country remain. We feel this Calendar will provide races with a quality depth of field week in and week out, producing worthy NRC Champions after the long season of racing nationwide," Murphy went on to say.

Racing will commence on March 5 in Merced, Calif. with the McLane Pacific Downtown Grand Prix. Nineteen states will see NRC action this year before the season concludes in Greenville, S.C. with the Tour de Cliffs. The 2005 NRC features 115 days of racing for men and 93 days for women.

March 5 & 6McLane Pacific Downtown GP & Foothills RR1.5M/WMerced, CATwo races scored seperately as 1.5 each
March 12 & 13Central Valley Classic - Kearney Park & Tower District1.5M/WFresno, CATwo races scored seperately as 1.5 each
March 18-20Pomona Valley Stage Race2.4M/WSan Dimas, CAreduced to 3 stages for 2005
March 31-April 3Redlands Bicycle Classic2.2M/WRedlands, CAUCI 2.2 for Men & Women, shortened to 4 days for 2005
April 10Garrett Lemire Memorial Criterium1.5M/WOjai, CA
April 14-16Sea Otter Classic2.4M/WMonterey, CAUCI 2.2 for Men & Women
April 19-24Tour de Georgia2.1MGeorgiaUCI 2.1
April 30Athens Twilight Criterium1.3M/WAthens, GA
May 1Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium1.4M/WCumming, GA
April 27-May 1National Geographic Tour of the Gila2.3M/WSilver City, NM
May 13-15Joe Martin Stage Race2.3M/WFayetteville, AR
May 20-22Tri-Peaks Challenge2.5M/WRussellville, AR
May 20-22Tour of Connecticut2.4M/WConnecticut3-day timed stage race planned for 2005
May 26Cap Tech Classic1.2M/WRichmond, VA
May 29CSC Invitational1.3M/WArlington, VA
May 30Tour of Somerville1.3M/WSomerville, NJ
May 31Wachovia Invitational1.1MLancaster, PAUCI 1.1
June 2Wachovia Classic1.3MTrenton, NJUCI 1.1
June 2-5Mt Hood Cycling Classic2.5M/WHood River, OR
June 5Wachovia USPRO Championships & Liberty Classic1.1M/WPhiladelphia, PAUCI 1.HC for Men, UCI 1.2 for Women
June 8-12Nature Valley Grand Prix2.3M/WMinnesotanot UCI in 2005
June 16-18Tour de Nez2.6.1MReno, NV3-day points series in 2005
June 21-27Park City Cycling Fest1.2M/WPark City, UTElite RR, TT, Espoir RR, TT each scored on NRC as individual
1.2 both Men & Women
June 30-July 3Fitchburg Longsjo Classic2.3M/WFitchburg, MA
July 7-10Cascade Cycling Classic2.3M/WOregon
July 8-24International Cycling Classic/Superweek2.6.1M/WWisconsin
July 21-31International Tour de Toona2.1M/WAltoona, PA21-7/31 for Women (ranked NRC 2.1), 7/25-7/31 for Men (ranked
July 31NYC Invitational1.3M/WNew York, NY
August 6Bank of America Invitational1.2MCharlotte, NC
August 14Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix1.4M/WManhattan Beach,
August 21USCF & USPRO Criterium Championships1.1M/WDowners Grove, ILUCI 1.1 for USPRO Crit race only, NRC 1.1 for USPRO Crit,
NRC 1.2, Crit Natz & Women's Crit Natz
August 28Chris Thater Memorial1.3M/WBinghamton, NY
September 3-5US 100k Classic Omnium2.6.2M/WAtlanta, GAScored as 3-day omnium in 2005
September 4T-Mobile International1.1M/WSan Francisco, CAUCI 1.HC for Men only, both races scored as 1.1 for NRC
September 8-17United Texas Tour2.2MTexasUCI 2.1
September 17Univest Grand Prix1.3M/WSouderton, PAUCI 1.2
September 23-25Cougar Mountain Classic2.4M/WInfineon, CA
October 6-9Tour de Cliffs2.2MGreenville, SCUCI 2.1


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