USA Criterium Championship Series finishes in a Vail 2012

From Cycling News
2012 USA CRITS Championship Series

March 10: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, FL
March 17: Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix, Tucson, AZ
April 14: Presbyterian Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, NC
April 28: Terrapin Twilight Criterium, Athens, GA
May 12: Tour de Grove, St. Louis, MO
June 1: Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium, Lake Bluff, IL
June 19: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, New York, NY
June 30: Hyde Park Blast, Cincinnati, OH
July 7: Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. West Chester, PA
July 14: Exergy Twilight Criterium, Boise, ID
September 30: Tour of Vail, Vail, CO

The racing then shifts to the western part of the country with the return of the Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, before wrapping up with the USA CRITS Finals held in Vail, Colorado.

"We're excited to be a part of the USA CRITS Series this year," said Tour of Vail race director Dieter Drake, who also organizes the Tour of the Battenkill. "We've been working for over a year to bring back the magic of the old Coors Classic to Vail. It's an excellent venue for such a prestigious series final and we hope our weekend-long professional and amateur event will be an attractive destination for racers and spectators."

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Has Drake ever been to Vail

Has Drake ever been to Vail in September? Have any of the potential sponsors? I think all of us would love to see this happen, but what a crazy risk. On September 30 Vail is either going to be covered in breathtaking gold aspen leaves or a foot of snow. It's a tossup, and you're not going to know until a few days before. Hoping for the best.

You sound like these racers get a choice

Most of the racers doing the series are pretty much required to race the series, per their sponsor contracts. It's their job. For the local cat 1 thru 5 they mostly likely have checked out and are either moving to cross or drinking beer... or both so they should be a perfect set of spectators than. IMO this race is about bringing spectators to the beautiful Vail Vally... not about getting ACA racers up there to throw down.

Tour of Vail

Hi Folks,

Yes, I have been to Vail several times. We have looked at historical weather and we should be fine. The streets of Vail are heated anyway...

Look for other major announcements soon about the weekend including the addition of a Vail Pass TT on the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge course and a grand fondo style ride.