Boston, Massachusetts – The Providence Cyclocross Festival presented by Interbike, one of the premier cyclocross events in the country, will open registration at midnight on Thursday, September 1. This year’s edition of the race, to be held on the 8th and 9th of October, will include a UCI Category 1 race on Saturday and a UCI Category 2 race on Sunday. Both days will be part of the new Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge for the elite racers and the amateur Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series.

For the 2011 edition, the race returns to its traditional venue – Roger Williams Park, made famous as the grounds for the National Cyclocross Championships in 2006. One of America’s most friendly venues to spectators, the course is able to take advantage of drastically varied terrain in a tight locale. For this reason, Providence is one of the most anticipated races on the New England – and national – calendar.

Once again, this year’s edition will attract top talent from America and around the world – having the advantage of being the second weekend in the New England Cyclocross Holy Week with the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester the weekend before. “The national championship course designed by Tom Stevens created enormous prestige for Providence. This city, this venue, and this course have generated enough buzz to get us this Category 1 status from the UCI,” said Richard Fries, marketing-communications director. “We’re expecting to draw big numbers and an international field and this is just our third year.”

The Providence Cyclocross Festival is a key part of the Shimano Series as rounds three and four of the eight part series that focuses on the strength and heritage of cyclocross in New England. Amateur racers will also have something to fight for as this weekend hosts the sixth and seventh races in the prestigious Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series that will once again crown the best amateur racers in New England.

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