Indiana's Marion Classic joins NRC Calendar

The Marion Classic will take a step up onto the US National Racing Calendar (NRC) for 2009. Held in Marion, Indiana, the one day of the event's races will be part of the 34 events on the NRC.

The Marion Classic, set for August 21 and 22, includes the Village Criterium on day one and the Riverwalk Criterium the following day. It's the latter event that will be on the NRC Calendar. Both criteriums are just over one mile in length. The racing format is similar to a motorsports grand prix, where cyclists race by time as opposed to laps. The professionals will cover approximately 40 miles each day at 30mph average speeds.

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