The Sunny King Criterium, a National Racing Calendar event, has added a junior race to the men's and women's races for this year's event, to be held on May 5. "We recognize that these kids are the future of the sport and getting them into development programs early is key," noted Curtis Cupp, one of the race organizers.
Nine members of the Frazier Cycling Juniors will be joined by several other junior competitors for this year's event in Anniston, Alabama. "We plan to expand our Juniors category in coming years to become a major component of the Sunny King Criterium," said race director Mike Poe.
Many of the Juniors racers will participate in the Cheaha Challenge Century the next morning, riding some or all of the 102 mile course which contains almost 8,000 feet of climbing.
Amongst those confirmed for the professional field at this weekend's event is the Jittery Joe's, Colavita/Sutter Hom, Kelly Benefit, and Kodak Gallery men's teams. HealthCoach/TravelGirl, Cheerwine, Aaron's, and Colavita/Sutter Home are amongst those entering squads in the women's professional event.