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No SuperCup for you!(7 posts)

No SuperCup for you!Steve_O
Aug 21, 2002 11:53 AM
Found this on Velonews. Thought you all would be interested...

It's official - there will be no SuperCup Cyclo-cross Series this year, according to Lyle Fulkerson of the Kiron Group in Newton, Massachusetts.

"We wanted to raise the bar of competition; we wanted to improve the production value; we wanted to get the sport of cyclo-cross into the psyche of American cycling," said Fulkerson in a press release. "We did that. Unfortunately, sponsorship and event revenues have not kept pace with the expenses."

Fulkerson had struggled to assemble his series over the past few years. Once a seven-race spectacular stretching from coast to coast, SuperCup managed only four races in 2000, after a last-minute sponsorship bailout from Mongoose rescued the series from a premature demise. Last year, there were just three SuperCups, all of them east of the Rockies.

Still, while there may be no SuperCup this year, Fulkerson held out hope for next fall.

"We will use this one-year hiatus to focus on securing the necessary partners to continue to push cyclo-cross forward and maintain the quality and integrity of each SuperCup event," he said. "We look forward to bringing the SuperCup Series back in 2003."

Until then, America's 'cross-crazed racers will turn their attention to a brand-new series, the Redline Cup of Cyclo-cross. The UCI Category 3 series kicks off October 20 at Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington; moves to Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, on November 23; and concludes in Napa, California, on December 7. For more information, visit www.redlinebicycles.com.
Who's in town for the Napa races?Jakob
Aug 21, 2002 12:43 PM
How many of you are going to come out for the Redline Cup and Nationals in Napa? I live about 1.5 hours from Napa and I figure on getting my clock well-cleaned in such big races, but it would be cool to meet some of you guys and cheer each other on.
Who's in town for the Napa races?atpjunkie
Aug 21, 2002 6:41 PM
may come up from So Cal but may also wait as the following week (I think) is the US Nationals in Napa. My family lives in Sonoma so I'm going to come up to watch but may come up early.
Gotta check the schedule. Plan on getting my clock cleaned if I come as well.
Do it. No questions. Do it.triangleforge
Aug 23, 2002 11:47 AM
I went up the road to race Nats in Baltimore last year, and you simply can't imagine how cool it was to ride that course, surrounded from registration through cool-down with the whole big-race vibe. Not to mention being around to watch the big dogs go at it later in the day, and know from personal experience just what all the different bits of the course were like. You owe it to yourself to experience a national championship race at least once -- you'll savor the memories for years, or kick yourself for at least that long if you skip it.

I don't know if I'll be able to make it out to Napa this year, but I'm really going to try; at least one of my teammates is planning on it, and I've got family out near there. But if you're within four or five hours' drive of there, there's simply not a question about it; you're going!!!

Cheers!
Do it. No questions. Do it.atpjunkie
Aug 23, 2002 12:28 PM
I'm 9 hours away (SoCal) and I'll be driving (have to bring the bikes)
Does this include Chicago?lnin0
Aug 22, 2002 8:26 AM
I think there is always a big CX championship up near Chicago in the fall...will this be no more now?
I think so...Steve_O
Aug 22, 2002 11:18 AM
If your thinking of the SuperCup Race in Washington Park then it's gone!

There are races out in Rockford, IL, some in Wisconsin too...