The teams for The Bank of America Invitational Criterium have been announced for this coming Saturday August 5th. The men's race will feature riders from 17 professional teams that include Navigators Insurance, Toyota United, Health Net presented by Maxxis, TIAA-CREF, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada, Team Monex, Nerac/OurdoorLights.com, Priority Health, AEG Toshiba-Jetnetwork, VMG Racing, Adria Mobil, Ciaco, Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Homes, Rite Aid, Jittery Joe's/Zero Gravity, Targetraining and Jelly Belly.
The men will compete for $100,000.00 plus lap primes over a distance of 50 miles (80 km).
The women's race is well represented with riders from 12 different teams. These team include TEAm Lipton, Victory Brewing, Cheerwine, Hub Racing, Colavita Cooking Light, Fuji/Bolt Brothers, TravelGirl Magazine, Conex Train, Aaron's Cycling, BMW/Bianchi, Serotta Cycles, Kendra Tire and Biovail.
The women will compete for $25,000.00 plus lap primes over a distance of 22 miles (35 km).
"We welcome all of these great teams and riders back to Charlotte and wish everyone all the best of luck" race director Thad Fischer. This is the 3rd year for this event that has an average spectator attendance of over 30,000. 2005 Men's defending Champion Juan Jose Haedo is returning to defend and 2005 women's runner up Tia Pic is competing for the win in 2006.