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TREK US GRAN PRIX of Cyclocross rolls out at Planet Bike Cup
By Staff
Date: 9/19/2012
TREK US GRAN PRIX of Cyclocross rolls out at Planet Bike Cup
The TREK US Gran Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware® and WD-40 Bike kicks off the start of the Series at it's traditional opening weekend - the Planet Bike Cup - at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23rd.

Taking place in title sponsor Trek's own backyard, the weekend will feature the top professional cyclocross racers from the US and abroad in two days of exciting head to head competition. In a season that concludes with the World Championships taking place on American soil for the first time in the history of the sport, the fight for spots on the World Championship team starts now with racers vying for the important C1 UCI points that factor into the team selections.

Both the men's and the women's professional fields are stacked with talent including past Series winners. The women's race will feature a battle between Trek Cyclocross Collective superstar and current National Champion Katie Compton, versus Olympic Bronze Medalist Georgia Gould (LUNA) fresh off her success in London along and teammate Teal Stetson-Lee. They will square off against the other top professional women including Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry), Nicole Duke (Raleigh Clement) and French teammate Caroline Mani, Julie Krasniak (Rapha FOCUS) and teammate Gabby Day and the young star from Cannondale prepared by CyclocrossWorld, multi-time National Champion, Kaitlin Antonneau.

On the men's side, 2011 USGP Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) with teammates Chris Jones and Zach McDonald will battle against rival powerhouse team of Ryan Trebon (Cannondale prepared by CyclocrossWorld), Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll. They'll be joined on the line by Swiss mountain bike star and TREK World rider Lukas Fluckiger, Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) and teammate Allen Krughoff, 2007 World Championship Silver Medalist Jonathan Page and Troy Wells, Mitch Hoke and Brady Kappius of the CLIF Bar team. Also toeing the line, local heroes Tristan Schouten, Brian Matter, and TREK Cyclocross Collective team tsar Matt Shriver.

The fun starts on Friday at 4:00 p.m. with a free clinic for kids aged 10-16 hosted by CLIF Bar riders Troy Wells, Mitch Hoke and Brady Kappius. Racing runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Following the clinic, riders and fans are invited to come to the Speedway Building where the pros will be signing autographs from 6pm to 7pm. There will be beer and light food available. Everybody is encouraged to attend. Riders will also be able to sign-in and pick up their race numbers from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The weekend also features a full slate of amateur racing for riders of all ages and abilities - from juniors aged ten through a full range of category and masters racing. The Market Street Diner will be on-site serving up some great food and the beer will be cold. Presenting sponsor, WD-40 Bike, is offering a post-race Bike Wash area where their staff will feature their complete line of bike wash and care products and everybody is encouraged to bring their dirty bikes in for a cleaning. CLIF Bar is promoting the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Junior Scholarship program with sales of a custom coffee blend and hosting some special on-site course side hospitality with all proceeds benefitting the Scholarship fund. As is tradition, the SRAM NRS will be in the pits offering support to all racers.

It all winds down with a post-race bash hosted by Bontrager in the TREK tents immediately following the Elite Men's podium ceremony.

On-line registration for racers closes on Wednesday, September 19th at 10:00 p.m. astern time. Race day registration will be available on-site, field size permitting and a $10 per day late charge will be charged. On-site registration will begin Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will open again on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:30am in the Speedway building.

For more information and complete race-day schedule visit USGP of Cyclocross

Please visit Confirmed Riders for a list of athletes participating in the event. Please note that the list is subject to change upon race time.

About the USGP of Cyclocross: The Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware® and WD-40 Bike is a four weekend, eight race series comprised of the Planet Bike Cup in Madison, WI, The Derby City Cup, in Louisville, KY; The SmartWool Cup in Fort Collins, CO; and the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend OR. They represent the deepest, strongest, and fastest cyclocross fields in a series format on this side of the Atlantic.

In 2012 the USGP is comprised of four C1 UCI races and four C2 races for the professional riders. The USGP categories are comprised of Elite Men, Elite Women, U23 Men, UCI Jrs. 17/18, Masters 35+ and Masters 45+. In addition each weekend features a full schedule of Kids and Adult Clinics, Amateur Categories and Expo.

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