Empire State Cyclo-cross UCI race cancelled

"Bureaucracy" forces organisers to scrap NYC event

The Empire State Cyclo-cross UCI race scheduled for November 18 has been cancelled, organisers announced Tuesday.  Promoter Myles Romanow said the reason was not due to financial circumstances, but because the proper permits could not be secured in time from New York City.

"The negotiations with city departments have been ongoing for months and months,” said Romanow. “The negotiations are still continuing with an eye toward 2010. But at this point there was no way to pull together the necessary city permits and approvals in time for this year’s race.”

The mid-week race was to have linked the US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross events in New Jersey on November 14-15 with the North American Cyclo-cross Trophy final in Long Island the following weekend.

Romanow emphasized that the USGP race and the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup on Long Island on November 21-22 will still go on as planned.

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