2010 U.S. Handcycling race series announced

Feb. 01, 2010, 5:20 p.m. (ET)

Evergreen, Colo.--Featuring 37 individual races at 19 events, the 2010 U.S. Handcycling Series (USHCS) was announced today by US Handcycling, a Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The series enters its 11th season as North America's only integrated cycling series, putting athletes with and without disabilities together at premier cycling competitions.

The calendar kicks off with the first-ever winter USHCS event, the Top End Euro American Handcycling Championships in Melbourne, FL on February 7th and continues the warm weather trend in late March at Southern California's Redlands Bicycle Classic.

The hotbed for North American handcycle racing continues to be the Southeast, where traditional events like the Clocktower Classic in Rome, GA and the Athens (GA) Twilight will again host handcycling categories, in addition to new events like the Historic Roswell, GA Criterium, the Lowe's Motor Speedway Time Trial in North Carolina, the Tour de LaFrance in Anderson, SC, and the Oak Ridge Omnium in Tennessee - a second year race operating on momentum from a very successful 2009 event.

Other traditional USHCS events include the Indiana Handcycle Omnium in Indianapolis, the Wichita Handcycle Omnium in Kansas, and the Tour de Nez in Reno, NV. U.S Handcycling is also very excited about some other new races, making their first appearance on the calendar: The Cyclo de Mayo in Scottsdale, AZ, the Tour of Utah in Park City, UT, the Folsom Cyclebration in Central California, and a new - US Handcycling-owned -- time trial in Colorado. In addition, the series will include two new events in the Northeast, which fills a much needed niche: New England Disabled Sports will host the White Mountain Cycling Classic in New Hampshire, and handcycling will also be included at the Grandview Heights Grand Prix in Lancaster, PA.

U.S. Handcycling has been working closely with the USOC Paralympic Division, as well as USA Cycling during the off-season, to coordinate a slate of National Championship events, which includes the US Paralympics National Championships in Bend, OR this June (road race and time trial championships for handcycling) and the USA Cycling Professional Road Championships in Greenville, SC this September, where handcycling will be held for the 2nd year...this time as the National Handcycling Criterium Championships. All National Championship events will also be a part of the USHCS and will carry maximum point totals.

The series is open to all handcyclists, and focuses on creating domestic racing opportunities for new athletes, as well as elite racers. "There really is something for everyone this year, and we are excited that racing opportunities have opened up in more areas, which really helps us introduce new athletes to bike racing, as well as prepare up-and-coming athletes for international competition." said Ian Lawless, U.S. Handcycling Executive Director.

"We're excited to have the U.S. Handcycling Series as an active part of the American cycling scene," said Micah Rice, USA Cycling's National Events Director. "U.S Handcycling has done a phenomenal job of working in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics to help make Paralymic and able-bodied handcyclists a dynamic part of the U.S. cycling community."

Athletes expected to participate in the 2010 USHCS include current and former US Paralympic Team members, first-time racers, and local heroes, including disabled veterans and recently injured members of the armed forces. "It's great to see such an extensive, nationwide domestic calendar this year, which creates a great talent pool for us." said Craig Griffin, Director of Cycling High Performance at the U.S. Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division.

A few events (not listed below) have submitted preliminary bids to be a part of the series, but are ironing out details. Deadline for those events to finalize dates is February 15, 2010. Selected events in the series will be included as "Premier Events" which carry higher point totals. Premier event designations, along with the finalized schedule, series rules and technical guide will be announced on Tuesday, February 16.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Handcycling website: http://www.ushandcycling.org or contact Ian Lawless at 303.459.4159, email: ian@ushf.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2010 U.S. Handcycling Series

February 7 Top End Euro American Handcycling Championships Melbourne, FL [RR]

March 25 -28 Redlands Bicycle Classic Redlands, CA [HillClimbTT, RR, CRITx2]

April 24 Athens Twilight Athens, GA [CRIT]

April 25 Historic Roswell Criterium Roswell, GA [CRIT]

April 29 - May 2 Clocktower Classic Rome, GA [TT, RR, CRIT, HillClimb TT]

May 1 - May 2 Cyclo de Mayo Scottsdale, AZ [TT, CRIT]

May 22 Rocky Mountain All Abilities Time Trial Colorado Springs, CO [TT]

May 29 - 31 Wichita Handcycle Omnnium Wichita, KS [TT, RR, CRIT]

June 19 - 20 White Mountain Cycling Classic Lincoln, NH [RR, CRIT]

June 17 - 19 Tour de Nez, Reno, NV [TT, RR, CRIT]

June 22 - 27 National RR and TT Championships Bend, OR [TT, RR]

July 7 Lowes Motor Speeedway Time Trial Charlotte, NC [TT]

July 24 Grandview Heights Grand Prix Lancaster, PA [CRIT]

Aug 13 - 15 Indianapolis Omnium Indianapolis, IN [TT, CRITx2]

August 18-22 Tour of UT Utah [TT, RR, CRIT]

August 21-22 Oak Ridge Omnium Tennessee [TT, RR, CRIT]

September 4 Tour de La France Anderson, SC [CRIT]

September 10-12 Folsom Cyclebration Folsom, CA [TT, CRIT]

Sept 18-19 USPRO Cycling Championships Greenville, SC [TT, CRIT]