The Tour of the Battenkill will once again be a part of the UCI America Tour as a UCI category 1.2 race, as it was in 2010. As such, it will be upgraded to HC status on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) as well.
Set for April 15 in Cambridge, N.Y., the event known as America’s toughest one-day race will be the 17th of 29 events set for the UCI America Tour, and the first of seven scheduled in the United States in 2012.
“We are extremely happy to be back on the UCI America Tour calendar and to be upgraded on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar,” stated Dieter Drake, race director for the Tour of the Battenkill, in a press release. “This will bring additional value to our spectators, our sponsors, and our professional teams as they advance toward their seasonal goals. We hope at the same time it will add to the value of American cycling.”
The 2-lap, 124 mile/200 km professional event is expected to feature a 200 rider, international field. Past winners of the professional men’s race include BMC’s Scott Nydam and Garmin/Holowesko Partners’ Caleb Fairly.
The 62 mile/100 km Tour of the Battenkill Pro/Am, scheduled for the previous day, April 14, on a similar course drew more than 2500 registrants in 2011 and expects to reach nearly 3000 in 2012.
The course features 25% dirt roads and a downtown start & finish in scenic Cambridge, NY. The event also features an expo, live entertainment, and the Sunday morning non-competitive Bike Marathon-Battenkill to benefit various charities. The fully-supported non-competitive Battenkill Spring Preview Ride is also scheduled for Sunday, March 25 in Cambridge where several hundred riders are expected to preview the 2012 course.
A few weeks ago, the Tour of the Battenkill was added to the 2012 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC). The eighth annual Battenkill will mark the second of 10 events on America’s top pro-am road race calendar.