Going into its 48th running, the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic expects nearly 900 racers to make their way to Massachusetts to vie for a prize list of US$53,000 from June 27 to July 1. Last year's event was won by Shawn Milne (Navigators Insurance) and Sarah Ulmer (Colavita/Cooking Light).
The Fitchburg Longsjo Class is the second oldest Pro/Am race in North America. It is held in memory of joint cycling and speedskater Hall of Fame inductee Arthur Longsjo, a Fitchburg native and also the first US athlete to compete in the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year (1956).
The only older race still in existence today in North America is the Tour of Somerville, which Art Longsjo won in 1958. New for the race this year is a new time trial course and a separate men's Category 2 field. Masters 45+ and Women Category 4 riders will also enjoy special recognition with separate awards although they will still race the Masters 35+ and Women Category 3 events.
For more information, visit www.longsjo.com