The American Pro Cycling Tour series will have the addition of a new event in 2006, namely the Jersey Shore Pro Cycling Grand Prix. Composed of a series of four criterium races to be held in New Jersey 'Shore' towns, it will include a final race in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 20. There will also be a 130-mile non-competitive "cyclo-sportif" ride from Sandy Hook to Cape May the following day.
"We are very excited about adding the Jersey Shore Cycling Grand Prix to the PCT," said David Chauner, president and CEO of Threshold Sports, owners of the Pro Cycling Tour. "The criterium format with daily points leading to overall standings will be great for spectators, and a terrific way to promote the sport's excitement and personalities."
The series is supported by the New Jersey Department of Commerce and Tourism and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). It is seen as a means to draw worldwide attention to the attributes of the New Jersey Shore and its businesses.
CRDA president Curtis Bashaw said that the Jersey Shore Pro Cycling Grand Prix would be "an important sports event and tourism draw that will unify the shore and bring New Jersey national recognition at the beginning of the season."