Erwin Vervecken will contest the Planet Bike Cup cyclo-cross event in the United States of America this month, US Gran Prix of Cyclocross organizers have announced. The three time International Cycling Union (UCI) Cyclo-cross World Champion will take on America’s top cyclo-crosses on their home turf at the September 26-27 event.
USGP director Joan Hanscom said he was thrilled to have one of Europe’s top riders competing in the US. " He is a superstar of unparalleled talent and is sure to animate every moment of racing,” said Hanscom. “For him to be so enthusiastic about competing in the US and at the USGP speaks to the growing importance of the US cross scene. We are excited to see how US riders stack up against him early in the season -especially with the depth of the fields racing here.
Some of North America’s finest that will be looking to beat Vervecken include Jonathan Page, Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, Jamey Driscoll, Ryan Trebon, Barry Wicks, Geoff Kabush and Todd and Troy Wells. Vervecken will ride for Belgian squad Team Revor-Baboco-Champion System.
"We're certain having Vervecken racing at the Planet Bike Cup will raise everybody's game - from fellow racers and staff right down to the spectators,” said Hanscom. “Madison and the surrounding areas are so passionate about cycling and sports in general that we know the crowds will appreciate the level of competition lining up to race in their hometown - so come out and bring your cowbells."
The Planet Bike Cup opens the 2009 USGP Cyclo-cross series and is held at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI, USA.