Here is the short list of the more notable changes for the 2006 racing season:
The inaugural Tour of California now dominates the early part of the racing season while the late-season Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix is cancelled.
Two of the biggest stage races on the domestic calendar in recent years are in decline with Sea Otter becoming only a single circuit race and Redlands downsizing to only three stages.
The USPRO Championship has moved to South Carolina in late August.
US Elite Nationals have moved back a month to July 5-17 and will take place in Pennsylvania.
Mexico gets two events listed on the UCI calendar: Vuelta Oaxaca and Vuelta Sonora.
The Canadian schedule lists two new UCI events: the Capital Classic on August 24-26 and an unnamed time trial on June 20th. We'll wait for an updated UCI schedule for indications of whether these are really going to happen.
Notable false starts:
The Jersey Shore Pro Cycling Grand Prix was announced in July of 2005 as a component of the Pro Cycling Tour. Later it seemed like it might be called the New York Pro Cycling Tour with dates in early August. It is conspicuously absent from either the UCI or NRC schedules.
There was word of a fourth race during Wachovia Week to be held in Allentown, PA. However, there has been no further mention of the race.
The Las Vegas International Cycling Championship was mentioned as a season-ending event with potential UCI status but no further mention of it has been forthcoming.
Two false-starts from 2005, the United Texas Tour and Tour de Cliffs, are nowhere to be seen for 2006 although The Cliffs will play host to the USPRO championships.
Dates Event Name M/W Type * Location
2/7-2/19 Vuelta a Cuba [UCI 2.2] M Stage Race Cuba
2/17-2/19 Valley of the Sun Stage Race website M/W Weekend Phoenix, AZ
2/19-2/26 Tour of California [UCI 2.1, NRC 2.1] website M Stage Race California
2/28-3/5 Vuelta Sonora-Arizona [UCI 2.2] website M Stage Race Mexico
3/4-3/5 McLane Pacific Cycling Classic [NRC 1.5] website M/W Weekend Merced, CA
3/10-3/12 Central Valley Classic [NRC 1.5] website M/W Weekend Fresno, CA
3/17-3/19 San Dimas Stage Race website M/W Weekend San Dimas, CA
3/24-3/26 Redlands Bicycle Classic [NRC 2.3] website M/W Weekend Redlands, CA
4/2 Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix [NRC 1.5] website M/W Criterium Ojai, CA
4/8-4/9 Jacksonville Cycling Classic [NRC 1.5] website M/W Weekend Jacksonville, FL
4/8 Sea Otter Classic [NRC 1.3] website M/W Road Race Monterey, CA
4/18-4/23 Tour de Georgia [UCI 2.HC, NRC 2.1] website M Stage Race Georgia
4/29 Athens Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.3] website M/W Criterium Athens, GA
4/30 Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium [NRC 1.4] website M/W Criterium Roswell, GA
5/3-5/7 Tour of the Gila [NRC 2.4] website M/W Stage Race Silver City, NM
5/6 Sunny King Criterium [NRC 1.5] website M/W Criterium Anniston, AL
5/12-5/14 Joe Martin Stage Race [NRC 2.3] website M/W Stage Race Fayetteville, AR
5/19-5/21 Tri-Peaks Challenge [NRC 2.5] website M/W Stage Race Russellville, AR
5/26 Raleigh Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.5] website M/W Criterium Raleigh, NC
5/27 BikeJam [NRC 1.4] website M/W Criterium Baltimore, MD
5/27 La Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal [World Cup] website W Road Race Montréal, Canada
5/28 Snow Valley Grand Prix of Bethesda [NRC 1.5] CANCELLED M/W Criterium Bethesda, MD
5/29 Tour of Somerville [NRC 1.4] website M/W Criterium Somerville, NJ
5/29-6/1 Le Tour du Grand Montréal [UCI 2.1] website W Stage Race Montreal, Canada
5/31-6/4 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic [NRC 2.4] website M/W Stage Race Hood River, OR
6/1 CapTech Classic [NRC 1.2] website M/W Criterium Richmond, VA
6/3 CSC Invitational [NRC 1.3] website M/W Criterium Arlington, VA
6/4 PA Triple Crown - Lancaster Classic [UCI 1.1, NRC 1.2] website M Road Race Lancaster, PA
6/8 PA Triple Crown - Reading Classic [UCI 1.1, NRC 1.2] website M Road Race Reading, PA
6/11 PA Triple Crown - Philadelphia International Championship & Liberty Classic [UCI 1.HC, NRC 1.1] website M/W Road Race Philadelphia, PA
6/13-6/18 Tour de Beauce [UCI 2.2] website M Stage Race Québec, Canada
6/14-6/18 Nature Valley Grand Prix [NRC 2.2, WPCS] website M/W Stage Race Minnesota
6/22-6/24 Tour de Nez [NRC 2.6.1] website M Weekend Reno, NV
6/22-6/25 Coupe de la Paix [CCA] M/W Weekend Montreal, Canada
6/24 Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.4] website M/W Criterium Rochester, NY
6/29-7/2 Fitchburg Longsjo Classic [NRC 2.3] website M/W Stage Race Fitchburg, MA
6/29-7/2 Canadian National Championships website M/W Nationals Québec, Canada
7/5-7/10 US Elite Nationals [NRC 1.1] website M/W Nationals Seven Springs, PA
7/7-7/23 International Cycling Classic (aka Superweek) [NRC 1.8] website M/W Stage Race Wisconsin
7/9-7/16 Vuelta Oaxaca [UCI 2.2] M Stage Race Mexico
7/12-7/16 Cascade Cycling Classic [NRC 2.3] website M/W Stage Race Oregon
7/15-7/17 Tour de White Rock website M/W Weekend B.C., Canada
7/19 Tour de Gastown website M/W Criterium Vancouver, Canada
7/21-7/23 Tour of Delta website M/W Weekend B.C., Canada
7/22 Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb website M/W Hill Climb Idaho Springs, CO
7/22 Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.5] website M/W Criterium Boise, ID
7/24-7/30 International Tour de Toona [NRC 2.2, WPCS] website M/W Stage Race Altoona, PA
8/5 Bank of America Invitational [NRC 1.2] website M/W Criterium Charlotte, NC
8/7-8/12 Tour of Utah website M Stage Race Utah
8/12-8/13 Tour of Elk Grove website M/W Weekend Elk Grove, IL
8/13 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix [NRC 1.4] website M/W Criterium Manhattan Beach, CA 8/13 Classique Montréal-Québec [CCA] website M Road Race Quebec, Canada
8/19 Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb website M/W Hill Climb Gorham, NH
8/19-8/20 USCF & USPRO Criterium Championships [NRC 1.1] website M/W Criterium Downers Grove, IL
8/19-8/20 Jewel in the Wilderness [CCA] website M/W Weekend Ontario, Canada
8/25-8/27 VeloFest [CCA] M/W Weekend Ottawa, Canada
8/27 Chris Thater Memorial [NRC 1.3] website M/W Criterium Binghamton, NY
8/31-9/2 The Cliffs USPRO Championships [NRC 1.1] M Nationals Greenville, SC
9/4 US 100K Classic Omnium [NRC 1.4] website M/W Road Race Atlanta, GA
9/9 Univest Grand Prix [UCI 1.2, NRC 1.2] website M/W Weekend Souderton, PA
9/10 Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix [UCI 1.HC, NRC 1.1] website CANCELLED M Road Race San Francisco, CA
9/14-9/17 Tour Intercontinental of Puerto Rico [UCI 2.2] website M Stage Race Puerto Rico
9/15-9/17 Tour of Connecticut [NRC 2.4] website M Stage Race Connecticut
9/15-9/17 Parker Mainstreet Omnium [NRC 2.4] website M/W Weekend Parker, CO
9/20-9/24 World Road Championships website M/W Worlds Austria
9/21-9/24 Bermuda Grand Prix [WPCS] website M/W Weekend Bermuda Delisted Events
These events were listed on the
2005 calendar but have been taken off for 2006. The intent of this calendar website is to list only the top tier of national-caliber events rather than be an exhaustive racing calendar.