NCC Will Now Include a 4-Day Omnium
Wauwatosa, Wis. – USA Cycling has announced the venues for its 2013 National Criterium Calendar (NCC), and Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will host four of the dates to kick off its 11-day omnium competition in Wisconsin.
Race promoter Midwest Cycling Series, LLC. said the complete venue line-up for 2013 ToAD, its fifth year, will span June 20-30, and be announced later this year but the four NCC races at the front end of ToAD will be:
- Thursday, June 20: Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic
- Friday, June 21: East Troy Cycling Classic
- Saturday, June 22: Giro d' Grafton
Sunday, June 23: Waukesha Carl Zach Cycling Classic
“We are stoked to once again have a 4-day omnium as part of the awesome USA Cycling NCC schedule next year,” said Jack Hirt, ToAD Executive Director. “We are incredibly proud to be able to offer this top caliber competition to the Pro Men and Women within our ToAD series, which also affords 10 straight days of solid racing to Masters, Cat 4/5s, Cat 2/3s and Cat 3/4 women.”
In 2012, Tour of America's Dairyland, the largest competitive cycling event in the U.S., averaged nearly 500 racers per day across multiple categories and awarded over $140,000 in cash and primes, including $31,000 in the Becker Law Women's Series and the $6,250 Ben's Ultra Prime at the ISCorp Downer Classic.
Last year, John Murphy (Kenda Pro Cycling 5-Hour Energy pb Geargrinder) and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit) took the Overall Pro Men’s and Pro Women's titles, respectively. Claiming the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Green Jerseys were Andrew Buntz (Bikes to You) and Jeannie Kuhajek (PSIMET Racing).