USA Cycling recently announced that Oregon Pro Cycling Classic will garner a top ranking on the National Racing Calendar in 2009, with race organisers looking to cement its position as one of North America's premier events.
It comes at a time when domestic racing in the US is suffering a slight downturn commensurate with the current economic climate in that country. Executive Director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Kenji Sugahara, is therefore pleased that the race can continue while others have found the going too tough to do so.
Sugahara explained that, "The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic continued to impress in 2008 and proved itself as one of the crown jewels of competitive cycling. With both epic courses and beautiful scenery, we are fortunate to have such an outstanding event in the State of Oregon. I am thrilled to see the race grow in 2009 to add even more stages and more excitement as Oregon cements its status as one of the leading states in bicycle racing, business, and tourism."
The race will add new courses showcasing the scenic Willamette Valley wine country and add a health and fitness exhibition, which will travel with the race throughout the state of Oregon. Oregon Pro will also expand its 'Pros in Schools' program that sends professional cyclists out to local elementary schools to talk to kids about health, fitness, goal setting, and bicycle safety.
For more information, visit www.oregonprocycling.com.