USA Cycling announces launch of National Track Calendar

USA Cycling announces launch of National Track Calendar

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 16, 2012) — USA Cycling on Friday announced the return of the National Track Calendar (NTC). The eight-event calendar will feature events at the preeminent velodromes in the country.The calendar begins May 12-13 with the Matrix Track Cup presented by Richardson Bike Mart at The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas. The second event is the Fixed Gear Classic at the NSC Velodrome in Blaine, Minn., from June 7-9. On June 15, riders will contest the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pa., before competing in the Grand Prix of Sprinting at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 22-24. The calendar makes a stop in the Pacific Northwest July 20-22 for the Marymoor Grand Prix in Redmond, Wash. The new Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C., is slated to host the Giordana Velodrome Grand Prix on Aug. 18-19. The penultimate event on the calendar will be the Madison Cup on Aug. 31 in Trexlertown. The final event is the Velo Sports Center Grand Prix on September 22-23 at the Velo Sports Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“USA Cycling is excited to reestablish the National Track Calendar,” USA Cycling National Events Manager Tony Leko said. “Track cycling is an important aspect of the sport and has an extremely passionate following, so we felt that it was essential to provide these elite athletes with a top-tier calendar of their own. One hasn’t existed since 2006.”

Events will fall into one of two categories: sprint or endurance. A male and female winner in each of those categories will be recognized at an awards ceremony at a to-be-determined date and location.

There are four sprint events: match sprint, keirin, team sprint and time trial (men will ride 1 kilometer while women will ride 500 meters). There are five endurance events: points race, scratch race, individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison. Points will be awarded to the top 10 in each race. Points will be evenly distributed between each rider in team events.

Below is a look at the complete NTC, including dates, locations and which events are expected to happen at each venue:

DATE EVENT LOCATION ENDURANCE
EVENTS
SPRINT
EVENTS
May 12-13 Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart The Superdrome in Frisco (Frisco, Texas) PR, SR, IP TT
June 7-9 Fixed Gear Classic NSC Velodrome (Blaine, Minn.) PR, SR, Mad* MS, TS, K
June 15 U.S. Sprint Grand Prix Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Trexlertown, Pa.) TBA
June 22-24 Grand Prix of Sprinting 7-Eleven Velodrome (Colorado Springs, Colo.) MS, TS, K
July 20-22 Marymoor Grand Prix Marymoor Velodrome (Redmond, Wash.) PR, SR, Mad MS, TS, K, TT
Aug. 18-19 Giordana Velodrome Grand Prix Giordana Velodrome (Rock Hill, S.C.) TBA
Aug. 31 Madison Cup Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Trexlertown, Pa.) TBA
Sept. 22-23 Velo Sports Center Grand Prix Velo Sports Center (Carson, Calif.) TBA
Endurance Events — Points Race (PR); Scratch Race (SR); Individual Pursuit (IP); Team Pursuit (TP); Madison (Mad)
Sprint EventsMatch Sprint (MS); Team Sprint (TS); Keirin (K); Time Trial (TT)
* — The Madison at the Fixed Gear Classic is scheduled to be men only.

Below is the point system that will be implemented for the USA Cycling National Track Calendar in 2012. Event information, results, standings, and more can be found on the newly-launched NTC page.

NTC POINTS SYSTEM
PLACE POINTS
1st 15
2nd 12
3rd 10
4th 8
5th 6
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1

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