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USAC opens up NRC bids

USA Cycling has announced the opening of bids for the 2009 National Racing Calendar, which is expected to be announced in October. Race promoters wanting to apply can download an application from the to throw their hats into the ring for next year's series.

Bids will be accepted through to September 15 for the 2009 championship, which will be in its 13th season next year. The bids process for next year's series has been open earlier this year to allow for a comprehensive and collaborative evaluation process for all bids.

"USA Cycling believes the longer application process will result in a more in-depth assessment of bids and ultimately a better stage on which to feature competitive men’s and women’s road cycling in America," said USAC in a release.

The NRC represents the most prestigious collection of competitive road cycling events in the United States for professional and amateur cyclists. Typically occurring from March through September, the 2008 NRC featured 35 events with an overall prize list of more than $1.1 million.

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