The American International Cycling Classic, commonly referred to as Superweek, will not include the well-liked lakefront courses in Milwaukee the next two summers due to road construction. Race organizers were informed earlier this year that traffic re-routing around the nearby Marquette Interchange construction project would prohibit the necessary road closures for at least the next two years. "It was disappointing when we heard the news," said Otto Wenz, founder of the event. "These races are very historic and the riders have always loved the courses."
Race organizers are eager to return to the scenic courses along Lake Michigan as soon as conditions permit, possibly in 2008. Negotiations are now underway to fill the vacancies in the 2006 event schedule, including discussions with a new host city in the Milwaukee area.
"We were approached by many parties interested in hosting the Tuesday races," explained Michael Garrison. "But we're looking for a new host city for the long term rather than just the next two years and when the Lake Front becomes available again we'll find a way to fit it back into the schedule." Organizers hope to announce the new host city in early April as well as a new race site for the Saturday morning races that had also taken place along the Lake Front. The 2006 International Cycling Classic will take place from July 7-23, 2006.