World's richest criterium?

The 2nd Annual Bank of America Invitational is set for Saturday, August 6 2005 in Charlotte, North...

The 2nd Annual Bank of America Invitational is set for Saturday, August 6 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina USA. The race is being billed as "The World's Richest Criterium" with the professional men competing for more than $US125,000 in prize money, and new for 2005, a women's event with over $US50,000 in prize money.

"The success of our 2004 event, through the support of Bank of America, The City of Charlotte and a host of others including the volunteers and 30,000 plus spectators that supported the event, was beyond our expectations for our first year," said Race Director Thad Fischer. "I am particularly proud to say that substantial funding was raised in the support of The Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas. We look forward to our 2005 event along with the continued support in the fight against brain cancer and presenting a world class cycling event here in Charlotte."

Riders from 23 different countries competed in the 2004 event with Ivan Dominguez of Colavita Bolla taking home first prize. Men's and women's teams and riders interested in applying for an invitation can email fcecorp99@yahoo.com for more information.

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