Hood’s Pro/1/2 will be USAC event

Apr 15, 2011 by

Hood's 2010 overall winner Marc de Maar rode for United Healthcare, which was a UCI Continental Team last season. Despite earlier concerns, riders with UCI registered teams will be able to compete at the four-stage race again this year. ┬ęPat Malach

HOOD RIVER — Organizers announced Thursday that the 2011 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic men’s Pro/1/2 race will once again be sanctioned by USA Cycling, avoiding any obstacle that would keep riders on UCI registered pro teams from competing in the iconic Oregon stage race that starts June 2.

Participation for pros came into question when USA Cycling announced its intention to begin enforcing UCI rules that would prevent riders on UCI Pro Teams, Pro Continental Teams and Continental Teams from participating in events not sanctioned by USAC.

Most Oregon races are sanctioned by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, an independent federation, but the men’s Pro/1/2 race at Mt. Hood has been a USAC event since the race’s third year and has an established history of participation by some the nation’s top domestic pro teams. Mt. Hood was a National Race Calendar event for the 2008 race won by HealthNet/Maxxis’ Rory Sutherland. The men’s and women’s Pro/1 NRC races at the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend are also USAC events.

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