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Putnam Cycling Classic - October 14, 2012

New Event Bids for American Slot on UCI World Cycling Tour Calendar

New York – Sparta Cycling’s Cyclosportif Series is expanding to three events and its newest one – the Putnam Cycling Classic in New York – is bidding to become the only American stop on the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT).

Putnam Cycling Classic

The Putnam Cycling Classic will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, and is the initiative of Putnam County Tourism Director and former First Lady of New York, Libby Pataki. As part of its bid to be part of the UWCT, event partner Metro-North has created a “Putnam Classic Express,” which leaves Grand Central Terminal and, after a one-hour ride, drops participants off on the start line in Cold Spring.

“This feature will really appeal to the international visitors coming to our event,” Pataki said. “They will be able to combine the excitement and attraction of a New York City stay with the clean air and beauty of Putnam County. It represents the very best of both worlds.”

Sparta Cycling’s Cyclosportif events (or Gran Fondo format) provide professional-quality race courses and chip timing for a variety of cyclists, ranging from World Masters Champions to new enthusiasts. The UWCT is a global, 15-event series of qualifying events for a Masters World Championship, to be held in Trento, Italy for 2013.

“The UWCT Berkshire Cycling Classic we organized in Lenox, Mass., last May provides a perfect example of what a true Cyclosportif can be,” Sparta Cycling Principal John Eustice said. “It was the American stop on the UCI World Cycling Tour, launched Ann Marie Miller on her path to a double World Masters Championship, and gave all participants a beautiful, challenging and memorable ride.”

Mayor Seth Gallagher said the Village of Cold Spring is excited to host the first edition of the Putnam Cycling Classic, which will feature a 68-mile ride with more than 5,800 feet of climbing, and a 37-mile ride with nearly 3,000 feet of climbing.

“We welcome the riders and know that their cycling experience will be made all the more impressive by the unique character of our 19th century river village surrounded by the most impressive unspoiled views of the Hudson Highlands,” Gallagher said. “Be prepared for a ride of particular scenic beauty.”

Both rides will be fully serviced with technical support, feed zones, broom wagons and chip timing. Tickets for the inaugural “Putnam Classic Express” are available along with event registration on BikeReg.com.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.putnamcyclingclassic.com. For the latest news on events taking place in Putnam County, visit www.visitputnam.org. To learn more about Sparta Cycling’s events, visit www.spartacycling.com.

About Putnam County Tourism
Putnam County Tourism is dedicated to positively promoting and advancing the visitor experience. While Putnam is the second smallest county in New York, it offers as much as any larger county when it comes to outdoor recreation such as biking, skiing, fishing, hunting, swimming, and boating. We also work to promote our fine restaurants, bed and breakfasts, historic sites and cultural events and post up-to-date listings on our comprehensive website www.visitputnam.org.

Visitors arrive easily by train at Metro-North Railroad stations in Cold Spring, Garrison, Brewster, Southeast and Patterson or by car via I-84 and the Taconic State Parkway. A mere 60 miles north of Manhattan, Putnam County is directly across the Hudson River from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

About UCI World Cycling Tour
The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races that are held all over the world. The UWCT will comprise a maximum of 15 qualifier events, leading to the UWCT Final, the former UCI Masters Road World Championships. The top 25 percent in each age group of the qualifier events will automatically have the right to compete in the UWCT Final and race for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey. After its launch last year, the UCI World Cycling Tour enters the 2013 season with more events in more continents. The series has become a brand for amateurs and masters in cycling.

About Sparta Cycling
Sparta Cycling specializes in international cycling event and television productions. Current events include the Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic, the UWCT Berkshire Cycling Classic and the Bucks County Classic. Founded in 1998, Sparta productions have included the Tour of Connecticut, the Housatonic Valley Classic, the Univest Grand Prix and Cyclosportif 100k, the US Open of Cycling, the USA Cycling Espoirs Time Trial and Road Racing Championships, the USA Cycling Junior Time Trial, Road Race and Criterium Championships and the Paralympic National Cycling Championships.  

For More Information
Contact John Eustice, Sparta Cycling, at jde@spartacycling.com, (917) 699-4566