Event Serves to Foster The Next Level of Pro Riders
BOULDER, COLO. (Feb. 2, 2012) – The 2012 Superior Morgul Classic, the largest amateur race
in Colorado, has teamed up with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, one of the largest professional cycling races in the United States to help build stronger support of amateur racing with hopes of fostering the next level of professional riders.
Held May 18-20, the second-annual event will follow an omnium format, featuring three events
– time trial, criterium and road race. Staged along part of the route from the historic Coors Classic, the race provides amateur riders with the opportunity to get a taste of the cycling action that will hit Colorado when the pros descend for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Aug. 20-26.
“When it comes to the Colorado endurance scene there’s no mistaking that cycling is on the
rise,” said Lance Panigutti from Superior Morgul Classic. “Everywhere you turn, new high- profile events are popping up for amateurs and non-competitive cyclists. These events combined with the USA Pro Challenge are helping us to re-establish Colorado as the cycling capitol of the U.S.”
The marquee stage of the 2012 three-day event, Sunday’s Morgul Bismarck, features a finish on “the wall,” a climb known for the suffering it inflicts. As part of the partnership between the event and the USA Pro Challenge, the entire climb will be known as the “USA Pro Challenge King of the Mountain,” with the overall Pro/1/2 male and female winners being awarded an
honorary USA Pro Challenge jersey. Additionally, the winners will be invited to the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Denver for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride the very same time trial as the world’s elite.
“It has always been the goal of the USA Pro Challenge to help build a following for cycling within the U.S,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “Through the Superior Morgul we are able to support the legacy of stage racing in Colorado and foster the growth of the next generation of pro riders.”
The partnership between the USA Pro Challenge and the 2012 Superior Morgul Classic also will allow competitive cyclists to roll out of the official USA Pro Challenge start house on the first day of the event (Friday), giving amateur riders the chance to feel what it’s like to be a world class pro.
In addition to the new partnership, the Superior Morgul Classic has several other exciting new developments for 2012. The three key changes include a date switch from Memorial Day weekend to May 18-20; an all-new time trial on Friday; and an exciting new citizen’s wave on the Morgul Bismarck course on Sunday.
About the Superior Morgul Classic
The Superior Morgul Classic is three days of bike racing culminating with the historic Morgul- Bismarck road race. The Morgul-Bismarck is a well known 13-mile loop that was originally featured as part of the Red Zinger and then the Coors Classic in the seventies and eighties. This well loved and respected course is a favorite of local riders and will be featured in the Omnium for regional, national and international riders to experience
Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or simply just love to ride, there’s something for everyone this year at the Superior Morgul. For more information please visit: www.BoulderRacing.com
About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday,” and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker.