USA Cycling Announces 2018 Pro Road Tour Calendar
The Pro Road Tour (PRT) will include 21 events across 16 states from April till September
“This is the third year for the Pro Road Tour. We continue to align the mix of quality criteriums, omniums, road races, stage races, and this year a time trial event, to provide a better balance for travel across the country,” said Chuck Hodge, Vice President of Operations for USA Cycling.
The Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Ala. returns to launch the PRT as the first event on April 7. It is the first of 11 criteriums and crit omniums on the calendar for 2018. The next four events take competitions on the first to two western swings in April and May – Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas, Tour of the Gila in New Mexico, Dana Point Grand Prix p/b Kingston and Redlands Bicycle Classic, both in California.
One of the first changes on the calendar comes May 19, when the Rochester Twilight Criterium will take place in Rochester, N.Y., moving from its traditional date in mid August. After two days of racing on Memorial Day weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C., two long-standing events will added to the PRT schedule – the Glencoe Grand Prix in Glencoe, Ill. on June 2 and the Independence Cycling Classic in Philadelphia, Penn. on June 3.
The following weekend, June 9-10, offers another new event, the Armed Forces Cycling Classic p/b The Boeing Company in Arlington, Va. It is only one of two weekends on the calendar with multiple events. The three-day Saint Francis Tulsa Tough returns to Tulsa, Okla. on June 8-10. The month concludes with the five-day North Star Grand Prix p/b North Memorial Hospital on June 13-17.
July offers two new events that bookend the ASWB Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho. On Friday, July 13, Boise will add a UCI 1.2 time trial event for men and women, the Chrono Kristin Armstrong. The ASWB Twilight Criterium will return on Saturday. That same day, the Detroit Cycling Championships will be held in the Motor City.
August features two UCI 2.HC stage races for men, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic. The Gateway Cup returns Labor Day weekend to St. Louis, Mo. with three days of racing. The Thompson Criterium of Doylestown also returns as the final event of the 2018 PRT schedule. It will be a two-event stop in Pennsylvania, with the Thompson Bucks County Classic for men on Sept. 8, followed by the criterium for men and women on Sept. 9.
2018 U.S. Pro Road Tour Calendar
April 7: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, Alabama
April 12-15: Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, Arkansas (UCI 2.2)
April 18-22: Tour of the Gila, Silver City, New Mexico (UCI 2.2)
April 29: Dana Point Grand Prix p/b Kingston, Dana Point, California
May 3-6: Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, California
May 19: Rochester Twilight Criterium, Rochester, New York
May 26: Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
May 28: Winston-Salem Classic Road Race, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (UCI 1.1)
June 2: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Illinois
June 3: Independence Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (UCI 1.1)
June 8-10: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 9-10: Armed Forces Cycling Classic p/b The Boeing Company, Arlington, Virginia
June 13-17: North Star Grand Prix, Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 13: Chrono Kristin Armstrong, Boise, Idaho (UCI 1.2)
July 14: ASWB Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
July 14: Detroit Cycling Championships, Detriot, Michigan
August 6-12: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Utah (UCI 2.HC; men only)
August 16-19: Colorado Classic, Colorado (UCI 2.HC; men only)
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2: The Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Missouri
September 8: Thompson Buck County Classic, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (UCI 1.2)
September 9: Thompson Criterium of Doylestown, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Click here for Gran Fondo Guide's 2018 Pro Cycling Calendar.