USA Cycling has announced the dates of the 45 events that comprise its 2006 National Racing Calendar series of road races. The series includes several new events for 2006, including the new incarnations of the USPRO championships and the Tour of California.
The Amgen Tour of California starts the series with an eight-day, UCI-sanctioned stage race, February 19-26. Other season highpoints include the fourth Tour of Georgia, April 18-23, which this year has been raised to the highest UCI status outside the ProTour, 2.HC.
As well as the move of the USPRO championships announced earlier today, the 2006 season will see USA Cycling's National Road Festival move from Park City, Utah to the Seven Springs resort in Champion, Pa, July 5-17.
In all, nine events on the 2006 NRC are expected to be UCI-sanctioned including the Tour of California, the Tour de Georgia, the Wachovia Cycling Series events in Lancaster, Pa., Trenton, N.J. and Philadelphia, the USA Cycling National Road Festival, the Barclay's Global Investor's Grand Prix, and the Univest Grand Prix.
The Wachovia Liberty Classic is the sole women's UCI-sanctioned event on the 2006 NRC.