The USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air
Cycling Group is proud to announce that, in addition to the UCI-mandated
$31,000 prize purse for its four-race series, both USA Cycling and Sho-Air
Cycling Group will contribute a combined $50,000 in prize money for the top
15 overall, with equal pay going to men and women. The total $81,000 prize
purse will make the US Cup the highest paying cross-country race series in
The rich prize purse and UCI points on offer will bring
some of the best cross-country mountain bike racers in the world to line up
for the inaugural season. In addition, mountain bike fans all over the globe
will be able to follow their every move via free and professionally-produced
live online video coverage, starting with round 1 in early March.
"This new USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series raises the
level of competition in the US and is a complimentary series to the UCI Mountain
Bike World Cup, as evidenced by the high level of interest from some of the
world's top riders," said Scott Tedro, owner of the Sho-Air Cycling
Group, which is organizing the series. "We're proud to host elite racers
from around the globe and throughout North America and to give up-and-coming
talent the chance to go head-to-head with the sport's established
Already, no fewer than six of the top 40 riders in the
world and a 30-strong contingent from Central and South America have
committed to make the trip to the US to compete in the US Cup Pro Series,
with more inquiries are arriving daily.
The pros will have the chance to earn coveted, early
season UCI points in four beautiful locations at high-ranking HC and Category
1-level UCI races, which will help them toward advantageous starting spots at
the 2014 UCI
Mountain Bike World Cups.
"Racing against the best racers in the world will
also help Olympic hopefuls elevate their skills, fitness and strategy ahead
of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro," said Tedro. "It will
bring the Olympic cross-country mountain bike movement back into focus in the
"We are excited to be working with Scott and his team at
Sho-Air Cycling Group to produce a North American mountain bike race series,”
said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. "The USA Cycling US Cup
presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group is an important step in the continuing
development of the international race calendar in North America; and will
provide significant development opportunities and financial rewards for
American mountain bike racers.”
On Thursday, the Sho-Air Cycling Group announced series
details including the points structure, payout and awards for its inaugural
series, with plans for live streaming of media coverage of each round
provided by We Media Project / We Media Live and webcast by USA Cycling.
Elite men and women will compete for equal prize money
totaling $50,000 split among the top 15 in the overall series. In addition,
each round will pay top finishers for their day's results: approximately
$11,500 for the Bonelli Park HC-categorized race and $6,800 for the other
three C1-level rounds.
"We've listened carefully, and our prize payout
addresses the concerns which we've heard from racers over the years,"
said Tedro. "It reflects balance by paying the top male and female racers
equally in the overall ranking, and combined with the points structure we've
created, should guarantee competitive fields for the whole series."
USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series points will be awarded at
each round, ranging from 25 points to each race's winner to one point to each
20th place finisher. All racers will receive an additional five points per
start. The overall elite men's and women's series championship titles will go
to the riders with the most points - with ties broken by number of wins, second
and third place finishes. If there is still a tie, whoever finished best in
the last race of the season will be awarded the championship.
The top three riders in each round will receive handsome
custom designed trophies from Baghouse, while series leaders will don stylish
jerseys from Jakroo Custom Cycling Apparel. Series winners will earn coveted
MMA-style championship belts.
series will kick off on March 1-2, 2014, at the Mellow Johnny's Classic in Dripping Springs,
Texas. Register for the race HERE.
up will be round 2 at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Calif., on March 15-16.
3 will take racers to Fontana, Calif., on March 23-24 for the Fontana City
National. Register for round 3 HERE.
series will conclude with round 4 in Colorado Springs on June 28. Register for
that event HERE.
In addition to watching the pros, amateurs will line up
and race the day after each of the pro races. The Colorado Springs amateur
races will also count for the Colorado State Championships. At the California
rounds, the first 200 amateurs who show up to see the pro races on Saturday
will get a free meal from In-N-Out Burger after their race day on Sunday and
an event-specific T-shirt and other merchandise.
2014 USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air
Round 1: March 1-2 - Mellow Johnny's Classic, Dripping
Springs, Texas (UCI Category C1)
Round 2: March 15-16 - Bonelli Park, San Dimas, Calif.
(UCI Category HC)
Round 3: March 23-24 - Fontana, Calif. (UCI Category C1)
Round 4: June 28-29 - Colorado Springs, Colo. (UCI
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