Pro Criterium Nationals in April ?

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I guess I knew that the “Professional” Criterium Nationals were this weekend, but didn’t remember it until I saw a post for live streaming at Cyclingtips.  I can’t say I’m big on the race being held in April.  Actually, it is stupid.

The race is in Greenville SC tomorrow.  I think today they are holding the team time trial championships today?  I saw the start list and there are 5 men’s teams registered and 6 women’s teams.  Pretty pitiful.

But the criterium is worse.  There are many reasons for the problems associated with this race, but USAC has done the sport a disservice when moving the race to a stand alone venue and to the month of April.  They can’t attract enough pros to attend the race so they opened the event to Elite riders.  I am hoping, really crossing my fingers, that an elite rider wins the event.

When the Pro Nat’z were in Downer’s Grove, along with the Elite and women’s races, the race was very well attended.  But for some stupid reason, they moved the race to Michigan, and now to South Carolina.  And it is in April.

April is way too early for many riders to get up to speed for criterium racing.  I know, you guys are thinking these are pros and should be able to train to get ready for the event.  But many of the pros that might attend this event  are in the same boat as everyone else.  No salary, not much expense money and April is still pretty early season.

I can’t understand why the race isn’t held in August again.  By then, most all riders would have a ton of racing under their belts.  There isn’t the Pro Challenge anymore in August, so more riders might attend, thus they could hold  pro only race.  Having to fill the field with elite riders tells it all.

Anyway, if you want to watch the event tomorrow, they are streaming it live at Cyclingtips starting 2 pm EST tomorrow.  Here is the link. 

Last year's winner Eric Marcotte. Eric became the first American to hold the Pro Road Championship and Criterium Championship concurrently. He made a pretty incredible more on the final lap to come over the top of the UHC "blue train" and win solo.

Last year’s winner Eric Marcotte. Eric became the first American to hold the Pro Road Championship and Criterium Championship concurrently. He made a pretty incredible more on the final lap to come over the top of the UHC “blue train” and win solo.

Tucker has put on nearly 9 pounds this past week. He is becoming a young man.

Tucker has put on nearly 9 pounds this past week. He is becoming a young man.

But, he is a baby and sleeps a ton.

But, he is a baby and sleeps a ton.

4 thoughts on “Pro Criterium Nationals in April ?

  1. Bill K

    April?…How stupid.
    The Downer’s Grove course was the greatest course I ever raced on. There was a full card of racing from Juniors to Masters. None of the lower card races were very long, but they were hot from the start.

     
  2. Joseph

    Five teams for the TTT? That’s not pitiful, that’s downright sad. And the criterium is even worse? Sadder yet. Yeah, why April?? Come on, that doesn’t even make sense.

     
  3. Jim G.

    I may be mistaken, but was Alison Powers the first American to hold the pro crit and road titles concurrently?

     
  4. dave

    Could it be USAC is early with Natl. crit and TTT because of Rio Olympics ? Is there a Olympic TTT ? An Olympic crit, that would be different. With all the criteriums we have here in America, and the long history of them, you’d think we would nail the gold if not sweep.

     

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