Due to the current economic situation, Priority Health announced that it had to suspend its sponsorship of three cycling races in 2009: the Tour de Leelanau and the Priority Health Cycling Classics in both Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Following this news, the local press stated that the 2009 Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had been canceled. No news about the other two races in jeopardy but it doesn’t look good.
Tough blow for cycling and for women’s cycling especially as these three races were on the Women’s USA Cycling National Race Calendar and if canceled, would bring the numbers of events down to 24 from an original total of 27.
Also, the dates for the Tour de Toona in the 2009 NRC calendar were changed from 7 days to 3 days but no official news is available to explain these changes.
|(updated) 2009 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar|
|2.4||W||Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race, California|
|26-29 Mar||2.2||M/W||Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands CA|
|26 Apr||1.5||M/W||Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point CA|
|29 Apr–3 May||2.3||M/W||Tour of the Gila,Silver City, NM|
|2 May||1.4||M/W||Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, AL|
|3 May||1.4||M/W||Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium, Roswell GA|
|7-10 May||2.2||M/W||Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville AR|
|11-17 May||2.1||M/W (*)||Oregon Pro Cycling Classic, Portland OR|
|16 May||1.4||M/W||Bank of America Wilmington Grand Prix, Wilmington DE|
|17 May||1.4||M||Kelly Cup, Baltimore MD|
|24 May ??
||1.1||W (*)||Tour de Leelanau, Leelanau MI|
|25 May||1.4||M/W||Tour of Somerville, Somerville NJ|
|29-31 May||2.6.2||M/W||Tulsa Tough, Tulsa OK|
|30 May||1.2||M/W||CSC Invitational, Arlington VA|
|7 Jun||1.1||W (*)||Liberty Classic (Women), Philadelphia PA|
|10-14 Jun||2.1||M/W||Nature Valley Grand Prix, Minnesota|
|21 Jun||1.5||M||Tour de Winghaven, St Louis MO|
|28 Jun||1.3||M/W||Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, Manhattan Beach CA|
|2-5 Jul||2.3||M/W||Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, Fitchburg MA|
|2.4||M/W||The International Tour de Toona, Pennsylvania|
|18 Jul||1.3||M||Boise Twilight Criterium, Boise ID|
|22-26 Jul||2.3||M/W||Cascade Cycling Classic, Bend OR|
|26 Jul||1.4||M||Chicago Criterium, Chicago IL|
|31 Jul-2 Aug||2.2||M||Tour of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Village IL|
|8 Aug||1.1||M/W||Presbyterian Hospital Invitational, Charlotte NC|
|9 Aug||1.4||M/W||Hanes Park Classic, Winston Salem NC|
|18-23 Aug||2.4||M||Tour of Utah, Utah|
|22 Aug||1.5||M/W||Marion Classic Riverwalk Criterium, Marion IN|
|23 Aug||1.4||M||ING Direct Capital Criterium Powered by Cyclelife, Washington DC|
|30 Aug||1.2||M/W||Chris Thater Memorial, Binghamton NY|
|5 Sep||1.5||M/W||San Francisco Twilight Criterium, San Francisco CA|
|7 Sep||1.3||M/W||US 100K Classic, Atlanta GA|
|13 Sep ??
||1.5||W||Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic p/b Saint Joseph Mercy Medical System, Ann Arbor MI|
*: Women’s races are also on the UCI International Calendar
Italics: Races in jeopardy