The U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross will continue in 2012 after organizers secured funding to overcome a last-minute sponsorship shortfall this week. Trek Bicycles has stepped in as the series’ new title sponsor, with brands like WD-40 Bike, Clif Bar and SRAM stepping up to fill the void left when the series’ scheduled title sponsor missed its payment deadline last month.
Has the USA Pro Cycling Challenge got you excited to get into racing or back into it for some? There is no better way to get into cycling than under the discipline cyclocross! No packs/peletons to stay pace with, little evil concrete to fall on and for those with families, much of the course can be seen from 1 vantage point. Downsides though are some races can happen on bitterly cold days, some believe it takes a ton of equipment to be competitive(not true), and ummm, well that's all I know.
Changes are coming to this years Cross Cup. If you chase points then this is a story you don't want to miss out on. Read the details in the new 2012 Colorado Cross Cup Policy and hear it from the man himself, Chris Mcgee below
We are pleased to offer 2 scholarships for one female and one male athlete between 14 and 22 years old. To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing how a scholarship to the camp would help you reach your cyclocross goals. Include your name and contact information, age, racing category and racing history. For riders under 18, please include your parent's contact info. Please apply as soon as possible, final deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 8.
Yesterday in Park City Utah the Cyclocross community got a glimpse into how the first months of racing might shake out and how their training has paid off this year. But the race for some top racers had a twist to it.
With this race acting as more of a training race for the top guns, the story we were all following was the Race For A Contract. Raleigh/ Clement offered up two team sports for the first Male and Female finisher "without contract."
Again, according to CyclingDirt.org our local star, Nicole Duke took the victory on the women's side of the race yet it is unclear if she won or was simply just the highest place no-contract racer... more to come later from cyclingdirt.org.
*On the men's side apparently things aren't so clear, from CyclingDirt.org
On the other hand, the Men's contract winner is not so clear. It seems there are different interpretations of just who qualifies for the available team spot. Allen Krughoff finished 5th and many believe he is the deserving recipient of the "best without contract" prize. However, 3rd place finisher, and former World Championship Silver medalist, Jonathan Page, looks to also be in the running.
Part 2 of our interview with the lovely and talented, Nicole Duke is up and this one Nicole talks motorbiking at 7, soccer star in college to her start in mountain biking and downhill racing and finishing up with her cyclocross years. Thanks so much Nicole for giving us an opportunity to tell your story!