July 13, 2006 – USA Cycling announced today that foreign riders who are members of UCI-registered teams will be eligible to compete at USA Cycling’s USPRO Criterium Championships in Downers Grove, Ill. Aug. 20 contrary to earlier reports in the cycling media.
Both U.S. and foreign riders on UCI-registered trade team rosters will be allowed to compete, as has traditionally been the case when the event was on the UCI international calendar.
USA Cycling has discussed plans for the USPRO Criterium Championships to be limited to U.S. citizens only, but that had not been communicated toriders and teams.
“We apologize for any confusion and angst caused by the lack of clarity on the part of USA Cycling,” said Steve Johnson, the governing body’s chief executive officer. “The decision to run an American-only national championship was made more than six months ago, however it came to our attention in the last couple of days that it was not properly communicated to the professional teams and riders.”