While the USGP series will be sorely missed, I'm confident another similar series will eventually take form (make take years). However, cyclocross growth in the US has been, and will probably continue, to be a direct result of grassroots and local racing rather than national race series/cups.
Organizers Cancel USGP of Cyclocross for 2013: Races Will Continue, But Series Disbands
We heard from an inside source this morning that the USGP of Cyclocross has been disbanded for the coming year. This came as no great surprise, after much speculation around Trek’s continued sponsorship, or if the duo of Joan Hanscom and Bruce Fina, after many hiccups with Worlds and the USGP series last year, would want to continue with the task of running the eight-race, nation-wide series.
According to VeloNews, a sponsor of the series last year, Hanscom and Fina said that they had “transferred rights to each of the series’ eight race days to local organizers after a sponsorship search fell short for the 2013-14 season.”
Hanscom also told them, “It’s really just the fact that everybody wants a bigger product every year, more expansion and media exposure, but we’ve lost some sponsors this year and as a result we find ourselves with a sponsorship gap … If it has to go away, we feel that we’re putting them in the hands of good, quality people.”
What does this mean for the races? Our source says that the races will retain C1 status, and we hope that the local promoters can work together to keep the races as a cohesive series. How this will impact the schedules of the top level racers, we’re not sure yet, but we’ll keep you posted as details come in.
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We'll come back and a new team or collaboration will emerge hopefully. We all felt the same way after the Saturn Super Cup series died.
+1 Brent-I wonder if louisville was the peak for US CX. It was an amazing event, but had to get bailed out at the last minute. Not sure the big money will come as needed in the US to compete on scale with Europe.
So now the big question is, did us cyclocross reach its ultimate climax with worlds? Where does it go from here? Worlds had such an unreal, bigger than life feeling. We've seen nothing but growth for years. If the usgp structure isn't there then where does it come from?