New US criterium series takes shape with $100,000 prize purse

Start for 2021 River Parks Criterium Pro Men at Tulsa Tough
Start for 2021 River Parks Criterium Pro Men at Tulsa Tough (Image credit: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough)

A new professional criterium series for 2022 was announced today by USA Cycling, working in collaboration with a group of race directors and cycling teams, many of them part of the National Association of Cycling Teams. Six founding events with 13 days of racing were confirmed for the new series, which will offer support and prize money totalling $100,000, to be shared equally between men and women.

Two of those races, Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in Oklahoma and ASWD Twilight Criterium in Idaho, were part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. Along with Salt Lake Criterium and Littleton Criterium, those four founding events had been part of the USA Crits series, a separately-managed assembly of races which faced controversy and its future was uncertain for next season. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).