If you or your junior or espoir is aiming to race it up in Europe on the USA Cycling National team and you haven’t yet bought a ticket to New Jersey and Portland, do it now because these UCI-sanctioned races are now the qualifiers for the team.  Press release below. But you needn’t fly there to just follow the racing action. Both days of the USGP Mercer Cup and the Stanley Cup will be covered live right here.

Louisville, KY –  Organizers of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross  (USGP) have announced that EuroCross Camp will sponsor the USGP UCI 17/18 races  at the upcoming Mercer Cup and Stanley Portland Cup.  Further, these two race weekends have been named USA Cycling’s selection races for the 2009/2010 US Junior and U23 National Teams.

Thanks to this sponsorship the 2009 USGP features the only UCI sanctioned Junior races on the American cyclocross calendar.

Series Event Director, Joan Hanscom said, “The USGP has long been focused on growing the sport of cyclocross in the US and about providing the best head to head competition for US athletes – especially for those aspiring to race successfully in Europe. With the support of Geoff Proctor and his EuroCross Camp program, we are been able feature two UCI sanctioned races here in the US for the Junior athletes to earn valuable UCI points and race at a very high level that will help prepare them for racing in Europe later in the season.”

EuroCross Camp Director and National Team Junior/ U23 Coach Geoff Proctor continued, “EuroCrossCamp has two objectives: to prepare American riders for the world championships and to offer emerging talent an opportunity to gain European race experience.  The experience and UCI points gained racing at the USGP races are perfect preparation for European campaign.  We use these races to not only select riders for the National Team but also for Camp selection.  It’s only natural then to support the races that support our objectives in return and we are excited to be in a position to offer this support.”

About EuroCross Camp:

America’s best cyclocross racers living, eating, breathing the toughest, most effective period of cyclocross racing on the planet. Based at the Team USA House, deep in the Flanders heartland of Belgian cycling, the EuroCross Camp provides the unique opportunity to combine preparation, performance and experience through total cyclocross immersion. For more information visit:

About the USGP:

The 2009 US Gran Prix of Cyclocross includes the Planet Bike Cup – Madison, WI; the Derby City Cup presented by Papa John’s – Louisville, KY; The Mercer Cup – West Windsor, NJ; and the Stanley Portland Cup  – Portland, OR. The USGP is sponsored by SRAM, STANLEY, Bob’s Red Mill, Clif Bar, Selle Italia, FUJI,  Challenge Tires, Schlamm, and VeloNews.   For more information about  the USGP visit or call Joan Hanscom at 484.995.0547