Two NRC criteriums this weekend – counting for men only – with each at opposite end of the USA: the 2011 Glencoe Grand Prix, in Illinois on Saturday and the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, in California on Sunday.
The 5th Annual Glencoe Grand Prix will be raced on the same tough course as last year, a 1.3-mile lap (from 0.9 miles last year), with 10 turns, a descent and brief hillclimb on the western part of the course, and runs clockwise. Last year’s winner David Veilleux is racing in the Canadian National Road Championships and will not be returning. The event also doubled as the USA Cycling Pro Criterium Championships last year, where Daniel Holloway was the highest-placed American finisher and took home the Stars & Stripes jersey. Though no longer the USA Pro Crit, the event this year will double as the Illinois State Criterium Championships.
Looking at the list of pre-registered riders, the win seems to be another battle between Jamis/Sutter Home with Anibal & Alejandro Borrajo and Jelly Belly p/b Kenda with Ken Hanson. Spoiler in the whole thing could be Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace) who will undoubtedly be tired after racing the USA Elite Crit Championships on Friday in Augusta, GA.
Also joining the Jelly Belly crew in the race is Jeremy Durrin, courtesy of the J.A.M. Fund.
Starting at 4pm CT, women Pro/1/2/3 race 70 minutes for a total purse of $3,000. The Pro/1 men start at 6pm and race 85 km for a total purse of $15,000. Follow along on twitter using #glencoegp
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, June 26 with Chevronsponsoring the annual event for 21 consecutive years. Though last year’s winner, Yosvany Falcon (Bahati Foundation), who won the race out of a 10-rider break, is not on the pre-registered, many of the top sprinters are. On the list are 2009 MBGP winner Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ/Pista Palace), Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia), Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) and the brothers Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home). Interesting to note that both the Borrajos and Bahati are also pre-registered for the Glencoe Grand Prix. (See list of pre-registered men pro/1 and women 1/2/3)
The 1.4-mile hotdog-shaped course circles clockwise and includes a 7% average grade hill in the first turn and a 300-meter sprint to the finish.
Starting at 11:15am PT, women Pro/1/2/3 race 50 minutes for a total purse of $2,500. The Pro/1 men start at 2:10pm and race 80 minutes for a total purse of $15,000.