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by Mark Zalewski
January 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boonen wins with disc in San Juan; Name, dates, and host cities announced for inaugural Colorado Classic UCI stage race; Atapuma crashes hard in San Juan, loses consciousness; Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel; Stephen Hyde calls for new US pro CX series; Possible British cyclocross World Cup event in the works; New Irish pro track team forming; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?; London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels; Research study on ‘race weight’ seeking participants; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 2 – highlights; Documentary: Length of Sweden.
In an interview with VeloNews, recently crowned U.S. champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) is calling for the professional domestic race schedule to be reworked.
The Elite Men’s podium: Stephen Hyde (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Jamey Driscoll (Clement), and Kerry Werner (Kona).
“We need a race schedule that makes sense,” he said. “We don’t have a series. The Pro CX is there, yes. It’s exciting to have that series, but it’s too big.”
While USA Cycling has attempted to make a ‘series’ with its Pro CX schedule, it is relatively loose and fragmented. That was illustrated this past season when the governing body broke it out into two series, forming a second-tier CXNC schedule.
What Hyde is referring to is a return of a series like the U.S. Grand Prix of Cyclocross, a privately-organised series that consisted of eight races over four venues during the season, with an overall prize purse. However that series ended in the 2013-14 season when sponsorship money ran short.
Some of the events in that series have continued on their own, but a truly organised effort with a financial incentive to racers with an overall prize purse has not yet filled the void left by the USGP.
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