Yes, The Classic Is On!
Date: Sunday, May, 5, 2013
Start and Finish: Cold Spring, NY
UCI World Cycling Tour & Masters World Championship Qualifier
Start Time: 10:30 AM
126.5 kilometer / 79.6 miles
1991 meters / 6532 feet climbing
Putnam Cycling Classic 60K
Start Time: 10:30 AM
60 kilometers / 37 miles
881 meters / 2890 feet climbing
Both events include:
Men’s and women’s age group classifications:
16 - 29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
Feed zones, medical and technical support, broom wagons and a delicious post ride meal
Special “Putnam Classic Express” Metro-North return, no permit service from Grand Central Terminal 125th Street. Details to come.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Produced by Sparta Cycling - Berkshire Cycling Classic, Harlem Skyscraper, Bucks County Classic
PUTNAM CYCLING CLASSIC GAINS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
Cold Spring, NY to Host The American Stop on UCI World Cycling Tour
Carmel, NY - The Director of Tourism of Putnam County, New York, Libby Pataki, is delighted to announce the selection of the Putnam Cycling Classic to the prestigious UCI World Cycling Tour, a series of timed, Gran Fondo-style rides (aged-graded mass participation cycling events, similar in scope and participation to running marathons) held over five continents. The event also serves as the unique American qualifying event for the Masters World Cycling Championships to be held in Trento, Italy. The May 5, 2013 Putnam event follows Crete, Greece on the UWCT calendar, with the tour moving afterwards to Copenhagen, Denmark.
“After a superb test event held last October, we were convinced that the next logical step was to expose the natural beauty of Putnam County to an international audience,” stated Libby Pataki.
The Putnam Cycling Classic, like a marathon, appeals to athletes of varied abilities. While the front lines of the event will feature finely-tuned Masters racers looking to race their way to a World Championship berth, the middle and back of the field will be made up of weekend warriors enjoying a challenging ride under protected traffic conditions.
“These types of events, ones that bring together the entire spectrum of the enthusiast cycling community, represent the future of the sport,” said Event Director John Eustice, “Young and old, veterans and newbies, all can enjoy the benefits of what is essentially a long and beautiful bicycle park in Putnam County.”
The Putnam Cycling Classic has developed a special feature with event partner Metro-North, a “Putnam Classic Express” that 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,” stated Libby Pataki, “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.”
The 2013 Putnam Cycling Classic will feature a 79.6-mile ride with 1,991 feet of climbing, and a 37-mile ride with 900 feet of climbing. 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