The new Midwest Cycling Series, a ten-day professional cycling series to be held from June 18-28, 2009, is taking shape. As the series evolves from a two-day event in 2008 to a "professionally-produced 10-day Midwest Cycling Series in 2009 featuring top purses in best-of-class venues," according to U.S. Cycling Team Olympian and Team Sports President Tom Schuler, organisers have just announced the coming of Jack Hirt, former executive director of the Bike Federation of Wisconsin, appointed to be Executive Director.
The complete line-up of race cities, along with major sponsors, is expected to be announced in early 2009. However, the historic Downer Avenue bike race in Milwaukee is a confirmed stop on the Midwest Cycling Series, as are the Wisconsin cities of Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.
"We will work with our host cities, athletes and sponsors to create fun, safe, family-friendly race days which will include a well-managed schedule of races across all categories, live entertainment and family activities," said Olympic Road Race Trials qualifier and former Nova Cycle Sports Foundation President Bill Ochowicz.
Further updates from the Midwest Cycling Series will be posted on www.midwestcyclingseries.com.