Missoula, Montana, has been chosen to host the subsequent two years of the Pan American Cyclocross Continental Championships, starting November 4-5, 2023. The Pan American Biking Confederation (COPACI) additionally confirmed that Montana Cyclocross (MTCX) was chosen to host the championships for 2023 and 2024 within the northern Rocky Mountains.
The weekend of racing this November will start with competitions for continental titles in UCI males’s and ladies’s Junior, U23 and Elite classes, in addition to Masters divisions. The second day of racing will characteristic UCI class 2 races, with particulars but to be introduced. That is the primary time UCI cyclocross races have been held in Montana.
“USA Biking is honored to be working with COPACI and our longstanding companions in Missoula to host the Cyclocross Continental Championships in america in November 2023,” stated Brendan Quirk, president & CEO of USA Biking. “It’s a beautiful setting for such an vital occasion as we work with fellow COPACI nations to develop bike racing on behalf of Junior, Elite and Masters athletes throughout the Americas.”
Final 12 months in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Eric Brunner (Blue Competitors Cycles p/b Construct) soloed to victory for back-to-back titles within the elite males’s race whereas Raylyn Nuss (Steve Tilford Basis) defended her elite girls’s title.
The Pan-Am Continental Championships for ‘cross have been hosted within the US for 5 of the final seven years. After the primary three years in Kentucky, the championships moved to Midland, Ontario, in Canada for 2018 and 2019. After a one-year cancellation because of the international pandemic, the races have been held in Garland, Texas.
Final 12 months the Pan-Am Cyclocross races have been scheduled to move to Costa Rica and a first-time look in Central America, however native organisers didn’t safe the venue and canceled the races. Actually Rad Pageant of Cyclocross added a 3rd day of racing to its Falmouth occasion in order that the Pan-Ams may very well be rescheduled in early November.
MTCX hosts year-round occasions for cyclists and skiers, with mountain trails on Marshall Mountain used for Missoula XC. Different biking occasions embody Montana Gravel Problem in April, Montana State Street Race Championships in Might and Rolling Thunder Weekend Cyclocross in October.
“Missoula is a particular out of doors recreation city. The group runs on biking, operating, river sports activities, and socializing,” stated Shaun Radley, chief organizer at MTCX. “We’ve got a 25-year historical past of cyclocross in Western Montana. It is a cyclocross group of inclusivity, enjoyable, and truthful play. We won’t wait to host one of the best riders within the continent.”
Extra particulars, together with the occasion schedule, a technical information, and registration, will probably be printed within the coming months at www.montanacyclocross.com.