February 12, 2006 – USA CRITS 2006 has been founded as a tribute to the criterium racing format and those riders with the speed, strength and skills to excel in this unique type of race. The inaugural six-race series is set for April 29 through May 6 in cities throughout the southeastern United States.
The series, which will be held a week after the Tour de Georgia, combines well-established races in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, and offers top national and international riders a chance to race for an additional $75,000 in prize money. Also up for grabs is the championship title with a cash prize and a $10,000 overall series payout. The strategic place on the calendar and large prize purse is expected to result in the most competitive crit racing in 2006.
“It will be the fastest week of racing in the U.S.,” says Ravi Rajcoomar, race promoter with Swagger, LLC, who is producing the series.
“These races are everything that is a true crit,” says Gene Dixon, also of Swagger, LLC. “They’re going to be speed specific, competition specific, skills specific.”
“The overall winner will be the fastest man with the best skills set – the best and most consistent criterium specialist on the circuit,” Dixon says.
The series will use a points structure, with awards for the overall points leader, the top three teams, individual awards for the top 25 overall places, and the rider with the most laps lead. Jerseys will be presented at each race for Points Leader, Race Winner, Lap Leader, Young Rider Leader, and Best In State.
To register, or for more information, see www.usacrits.com.
USA CRITS 2006 SCHEDULE
– April 29 Athens Twilight Athens, GA
– April 30 Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium Roswell, GA
– May 3 Walterboro Criterium Walterboro, SC
– May 4 Greenwood Criterium Greenwood, SC
– May 5 Spartanburg Criterium Spartanburg, SC
– May 6 Sunny King Criterium Anniston, Ala