The sport of cyclo-cross in the US has been booming over the past four years with the help of the US Gran Prix of cyclo-cross, and the country's most prestigious series returns with a six race series. The best riders from across North America will be competing for the series overall championship and an automatic USA Cycling world championship berth for the winner.
The 2007 USGP will see many familiar sponsors returning along with Crank Brothers, who have been sponsoring the series since its inception four years ago. SRAM returns as the official neutral support provider as well as the sponsor of the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider at each event in the elite men and women races according to specific criteria and, to make it interesting, a crowd vote.
Clif Bar will continue their venue sustainability program enabling the US Gran Prix to leave each venue in as good, if not better, condition then when it arrived, and will also host a kid's 'cross clinics at each venue. Held the Friday prior to each weekend series, the Clif Bar Kid's clinics will feature riders Ben Turner, Danny Summerhill, and US national cyclo-cross team coach Geoff Proctor.
Louisville-based Papa John's has signed on as title sponsor of the USGP Derby City Cup presented by Toyota to be held October 27-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. The event represent the first ever UCI sanctioned cyclo-cross event in the state of Kentucky and forms part of the US national team selection series, as the first and second event in the six race series.
The 2007 US Gran Prix of cyclo-cross :
October 27 - 28 - Louisville, Kentucky
November 17-18 - Trenton, West Windsor, NJ
December 1-2 - Portland, Oregon
Registration on BikeReg.com opens on September 15th for all categories. Pre registration is mandatory for Elite men / U23 race and the Elite women.