Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 18, 2007)
The calendar opens August 31, 2007 with the NBL Grand National in Louisville, KY followed by two separate events in one weekend at the NBL Lake Mead National in Boulder City, NV on October 21 & 21st.
The 2008 calendar year continues December 27th & 28th after a two months off when the series resumes on consecutive weekends again at the NBL Christmas Classic in Columbus, OH. The NBL Golden State National is scheduled for January 26th but the Southern California location as not be announced as of yet. The final stop of will be a third and final double header in West Palm, FL on March 15th & 16th.
The events included in the 2007-08 UCI BMX Continental Calendar carry special significance as points earned at these races play an important role in both an individual overall UCI rankings and for the United States for ranking as a nation which determines the number of start positions at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. All UCI Continental Calendar events are given a category 3 status by the international governing body which gives American athletes a major opportunity to secure UCI points. Only UCI World Championships and BMX Supercross World Cup events offer more points as category 1 and 2 events respectively.
Competitors must have a USA Cycling BMX international license to compete in the UCI events.
With BMX now an Olympic Sport, the UCI Continental Calendar provides a significant opportunity for both the United States and American athletes, commented Steve Johnson, USA Cycling chief executive officer. Success at these events is critical in securing the maximum number of start positions for the United States in Beijing and establishing our top candidates for the Olympic Team.
2007-08 UCI BMX Continental Calendar
*U.S. Events Only
August 31: NBL Grand National - Louisville, KY
October 20: NBL Lake Mead National #1 - Boulder City, NV
October 21: NBL Lake Mead National #2 - Boulder City, NV
December 27: NBL Christmas Classic #1 - Columbus, OH
December 28: NBL Christmas Classic #2 - Columbus, OH
January 26: NBL Golden State National - TBD/California
March 15: NBL Gator National #1 - West Palm, FL
March 16: NBL Gator National #2 - West Palm, FL
March 29: USA Cycling National Championships - TBD
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 56,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information visit www.usacycling.org or contact, USA Cycling Director of Marketing and Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.
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