The US Cup partnered with two sponsors to add a triple crown of short track races to the existing cross country racing schedule. TrailWatch.Net and Escape Adventures.Com are backing the new sub-series.
Sea Otter, Windham Mountain and the ProXCT Series finale in Las Vegas will each host a round of the spectator-friendly, short track race.
"I've been getting a lot of input from the pro riders, team mangers and industry insiders to bring short track back in any capacity for 2009," said US Cup marketing director Ty Kady. "The simple truth is the budget was too tapped to offer these male and female pro riders a short track series and prize money, given that we have focused all our energy into legitimizing cross country racing in the US again."
"However, Dave McElwaine of TrailWatch.Net and Jared Fisher of Escape Adventures.com both stepped up to the plate as the naming and presenting sponsors to make this a reality, so I really can't thank them enough. This is the kind of synergy the US Cup series is all about."
"It's our hope to get some more sponsorship dollars for 2010 and run a full blown short track series in conjunction with the PRO XCT tour next year," said Kady.
TrailWatch.Net will pay US$250 at each round for the most aggressive male and female short track riders. This may or may not be the actual race winner, but instead the bonus will go to the rider who instigates the most attacks to prompt the most racing action.
Dave McElwaine provides Cyclingnews with many of the photos posted for US ProXCT and other North American races. To see photos from the most recent round of the USProXCT in Fontana, click here.