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2006 Calendar

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.
DatesEvent NameM/WType*Location
2/7-2/19Vuelta a Cuba [UCI 2.2]MStage RaceCuba
2/17-2/19Valley of the Sun Stage Race websiteM/WWeekendPhoenix, AZ
2/19-2/26Tour of California [UCI 2.1, NRC 2.1] websiteMStage RaceCalifornia
2/28-3/5Vuelta Sonora-Arizona [UCI 2.2] websiteMStage RaceMexico
3/4-3/5McLane Pacific Cycling Classic [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WWeekendMerced, CA
3/10-3/12Central Valley Classic [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WWeekendFresno, CA
3/17-3/19San Dimas Stage Race websiteM/WWeekendSan Dimas, CA
3/24-3/26Redlands Bicycle Classic [NRC 2.3] websiteM/WWeekendRedlands, CA
4/2Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WCriteriumOjai, CA
4/8-4/9Jacksonville Cycling Classic [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WWeekendJacksonville, FL
4/8Sea Otter Classic [NRC 1.3] websiteM/WRoad RaceMonterey, CA
4/18-4/23Tour de Georgia [UCI 2.HC, NRC 2.1] websiteMStage RaceGeorgia
4/29Athens Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.3] websiteM/WCriteriumAthens, GA
4/30Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WCriteriumRoswell, GA
5/3-5/7Tour of the Gila [NRC 2.4] websiteM/WStage RaceSilver City, NM
5/6Sunny King Criterium [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WCriteriumAnniston, AL
5/12-5/14Joe Martin Stage Race [NRC 2.3] websiteM/WStage RaceFayetteville, AR
5/19-5/21Tri-Peaks Challenge [NRC 2.5] websiteM/WStage RaceRussellville, AR
5/26Raleigh Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WCriteriumRaleigh, NC
5/27BikeJam [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WCriteriumBaltimore, MD
5/27La Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal [World Cup] websiteWRoad RaceMontréal, Canada
5/28Snow Valley Grand Prix of Bethesda [NRC 1.5] CANCELLEDM/WCriteriumBethesda, MD
5/29Tour of Somerville [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WCriteriumSomerville, NJ
5/29-6/1Le Tour du Grand Montréal [UCI 2.1] websiteWStage RaceMontreal, Canada
5/31-6/4Mt. Hood Cycling Classic [NRC 2.4] websiteM/WStage RaceHood River, OR
6/1CapTech Classic [NRC 1.2] websiteM/WCriteriumRichmond, VA
6/3CSC Invitational [NRC 1.3] websiteM/WCriteriumArlington, VA
6/4PA Triple Crown - Lancaster Classic [UCI 1.1, NRC 1.2] websiteMRoad RaceLancaster, PA
6/8PA Triple Crown - Reading Classic [UCI 1.1, NRC 1.2] websiteMRoad RaceReading, PA
6/11PA Triple Crown - Philadelphia International Championship & Liberty Classic [UCI 1.HC, NRC 1.1] websiteM/WRoad RacePhiladelphia, PA
6/13-6/18Tour de Beauce [UCI 2.2] websiteMStage RaceQuébec, Canada
6/14-6/18Nature Valley Grand Prix [NRC 2.2, WPCS] websiteM/WStage RaceMinnesota
6/22-6/24Tour de Nez [NRC 2.6.1] websiteMWeekendReno, NV
6/22-6/25Coupe de la Paix [CCA]M/WWeekendMontreal, Canada
6/24Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WCriteriumRochester, NY
6/29-7/2Fitchburg Longsjo Classic [NRC 2.3] websiteM/WStage RaceFitchburg, MA
6/29-7/2Canadian National Championships websiteM/WNationalsQuébec, Canada
7/5-7/10US Elite Nationals [NRC 1.1] websiteM/WNationalsSeven Springs, PA
7/7-7/23International Cycling Classic (aka Superweek) [NRC 1.8] websiteM/WStage RaceWisconsin
7/9-7/16Vuelta Oaxaca [UCI 2.2]MStage RaceMexico
7/12-7/16Cascade Cycling Classic [NRC 2.3] websiteM/WStage RaceOregon
7/15-7/17Tour de White Rock websiteM/WWeekendB.C., Canada
7/19Tour de Gastown websiteM/WCriteriumVancouver, Canada
7/21-7/23Tour of Delta websiteM/WWeekendB.C., Canada
7/22Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb websiteM/WHill ClimbIdaho Springs, CO
7/22Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium [NRC 1.5] websiteM/WCriteriumBoise, ID
7/24-7/30International Tour de Toona [NRC 2.2, WPCS] websiteM/WStage RaceAltoona, PA
8/5Bank of America Invitational [NRC 1.2] websiteM/WCriteriumCharlotte, NC
8/7-8/12Tour of Utah websiteMStage RaceUtah
8/12-8/13Tour of Elk Grove websiteM/WWeekendElk Grove, IL
8/13Manhattan Beach Grand Prix [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WCriteriumManhattan Beach, CA
8/13Classique Montréal-Québec [CCA] websiteMRoad RaceQuebec, Canada
8/19Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb websiteM/WHill ClimbGorham, NH
8/19-8/20USCF & USPRO Criterium Championships [NRC 1.1] websiteM/WCriteriumDowners Grove, IL
8/19-8/20Jewel in the Wilderness [CCA] websiteM/WWeekendOntario, Canada
8/25-8/27VeloFest [CCA]M/WWeekendOttawa, Canada
8/27Chris Thater Memorial [NRC 1.3] websiteM/WCriteriumBinghamton, NY
8/31-9/2The Cliffs USPRO Championships [NRC 1.1]MNationalsGreenville, SC
9/4US 100K Classic Omnium [NRC 1.4] websiteM/WRoad RaceAtlanta, GA
9/9Univest Grand Prix [UCI 1.2, NRC 1.2] websiteM/WWeekendSouderton, PA
9/10Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix [UCI 1.HC, NRC 1.1] website CANCELLEDMRoad RaceSan Francisco, CA
9/14-9/17Tour Intercontinental of Puerto Rico [UCI 2.2] websiteMStage RacePuerto Rico
9/15-9/17Tour of Connecticut [NRC 2.4] websiteMStage RaceConnecticut
9/15-9/17Parker Mainstreet Omnium [NRC 2.4] websiteM/WWeekendParker, CO
9/20-9/24World Road Championships websiteM/WWorldsAustria
9/21-9/24Bermuda Grand Prix [WPCS] websiteM/WWeekendBermuda

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.

DatesEvent NameM/WType*Location
6/16-6/18Tour de Grandview websiteM/WWeekendGrandview Heights, OH
7/14-7/16Cougar Mountain Classic websiteM/WRoad RaceSonoma, CA