On December 11th we reported that US Cup is withdrawing as the official management organizer for the 2010 Pro XCT series. Now comes the following news release from US Cup regarding the creation of a brand new Triple Crown All Mountain Series:
The US Cup is pleased to announce the 2010 dates for its inaugural Triple Crown All Mountain Series.

“We are excited to release our Triple Crown dates and venues to the public. We wanted to take into consideration all major UCI events and dates before we released the Triple Crown schedule. After reviewing the Pro XCT calendar which was released on USA Cycling’s website two weeks ago, we felt we have made the public wait long enough for this announcement, comments US Cup Chairman Scott Tedro. “The US Cup has also, as a show of support for the Pro Riders that are chasing Olympic birth, tentatively agreed to do our part by hosting a UC 1 inscripted Pro XCT event at Fontana on March 27-28th, and feel good that we have established this series with minimal impact and overlap of existing events” adds Tedro. “The whole concept of the Triple Crown event is in conjunction with our partner promoters, incorporate 3 top tier venues and offer Pro riders a substantial amount of prize money over $35000.00 in cash payouts, not just the top 3 Pro Riders, but to the top 10, while still making it logistically possible to incorporate it with their existing race schedule”.

The opening round of the US Cup Triple Crown All Mountain Series will be held at Bonelli Park on March 13-14. The second round will incorporate the Mountain States Cup series at Chalk Creek Stampede May 15-16 and the final has been awarded to Massanutten resort on June 19-20th. This concept embraces all parts of the country and we hope the racers will be excited to see a US Cup triple crown come to their home town race.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with the great folks at the mountain states cup and Massanutten venues. In our opinion they are some of the top promoters in the country and already have established themselves with the racers and cycling community”, adds Ty Kady US Cup marketing director. “Chris Conroy, Keith and Sarah at MSC have been very receptive of our concept, and of course George Willetts of Massanutten has been running the Hoo-Ha for the last 20+ years and is all over the idea.”

“The Triple Crown All Mountain series will test the rider’s ability in multiple disciplines to declare the Triple Crown All Mountain winner. We have decided to make this series more appealing to the riders, sponsors and media by incorporating Cross Country, Super D and Short Track into the series concept”, continues Kady. “A rider’s best 2 of 3 events will be calculated to crown a winner at each race and ultimately the overall series Champion.”

We are also going to be paying 10 deep in each discipline, plus offer US Cup bonus bucks to the top 10 male and female finishers at each individual event given certain field numbers are met. Then as an added bonus any rider male or female that can sweep all three rounds of the Triple Crown will put an extra $2K in their pocket. This could be a huge pay day for the riders!

“This couldn’t be possible without all the US Cup supporters. Companies like H2O Overdrive, Specialized, Kenda, KMC Chains, GU, John Wayne Cancer foundation and others have all really stepped up their support of US Cup events for 2010”, adds Ty Kady.

In addition the US Cup will continue with its network of Kenda Cups, that act as local and regional qualifiers. The Kenda Cups feature over 15 locations across the US, from Ashland, Oregon to French Lick, Indiana. The US Cup Invitational shootout will be on September 11-12, The US Cup will also manage a high level west coast based series that incorporates the Triple Crown opener, Pro XCT race and other California favorite venues.

Look for more details on Triple Crown scheduled payout and presenting and naming sponsors of this inaugural event as well as updates to our ever growing Kenda Cup qualifiers.

For more information on US Cup, the Triple Crown All Mountain Series, and the Kenda Cups visit www.uscup.net.