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GuideToUSACSummerRaces

Guide to USAC Summer Races Worth Going To

List of USA Cycling races in the area that are worth racing in

Note: These are not all the races that happen in the area, there are a lot more that take place. Rather, this is just a list of races that I enjoyed racing in or I think are worth doing. There are probably some races that I have never done that could be added to this list, but since I haven’t done them I can't say if they are worth doing. As the seasons unfolds and I do a race I feel should be added to this list, it will be updated. Links to the registration pages are available by clicking on the name of the race.

-Tim Manzella

Stage Races

  • Tour de Millersburg - August 11-12, 2012
    • Located between Philly and PSU
    • Great community support
    • Races all in the same location
    • Relatively cheap for a stage race
  • Tour de Lititz - Late April/Early May
    • Located in Lancaster
    • Decently close so you can just stay in Philly
    • ITT ends on an uphill (Joe approved)
    • Right after collegiate season so you’ll be in form for it
  • Tour de Syracuse – May
    • Up in New York so you’ll need a hotel
    • Road race has actual hills in it (depends on your definition)
    • Crit course isn’t the best, kind of lame
    • Well priced for a stage race

Road Races/Circuit Race

  • Tour de Pitman – June 9, 2012
    • Down in South Jersey
    • Only had a 4/5 and 1/2/3 race last year but is suppose to have more categories this year
    • 3 mile course with a small shallow hill in it
    • Large fields and good payout
  • PA State Road Race – July 4, 2012
    • New course for 2012
    • Large fields
    • Last year was really really hot so make sure you have someone that can feed you

Criteriums

  • Iron Hill Twilight Crit – July 7, 2012
    • Downtown West Chester
    • Amateur races in the morning at a different location than the Pro race (new for 2012)
    • If you do well in the races in the morning you qualify for the amateur event that happens before the pro race (new for 2012)
    • Great course, huge crowds even for amateur races (well maybe not for the new morning races)
    • Fun to hang around afterwards to watch the pro’s race
  • Wilmington Grand Prix – May
    • Downtown Wilmington, DE
    • Technical course
    • Good crowds, can watch racing all throughout the day
  • Tour of Somerville Races – Memorial Day Weekend
    • Races for 3 or 4 days depending on category
    • Best days are probably Sunday and Monday
    • Sunday’s course is more technical but the neighborhood has a block party going on
    • Monday’s course is a wide rectangle in downtown Somerville with large crowds
  • Chris Thater Memorial Criterium - August 25-26, 2012
    • 5 corner crit with a slight hill
    • Up in New York along border with PA
    • Town Fair going on at same time
    • Decent Payout
  • Greentree Crits – June, July, August
    • Same course that is used for the Thursday night practice crits, can ride to if you want
    • Pretty easy course, run it differently each time
  • Riverton Crit - June 10, 2012
    • Located in New Jersey just across the Tacony Bridge
    • Easy to ride to from the city (about 15ish miles)
    • Tight technical neighborhood course
    • Good support from the town, had a nice size crowd for a low key race
    • Not a lot of fields but they are trying to grow the race
  • New Bethlehem Crit - June 16, 2012
    • Bethlehem, PA so its close to Philly
    • Classic 4 corner rectangular crit
    • Small rise on the one stretch
    • People do get dropped from the race due to the hill
  • JBN Crit – July 8, 2012
    • Up in Allentown/Bethlehem area
    • Pretty easy course with a small hill
    • Large fields generally show up
  • Smoketown Airport Crit – May
    • Out in Lancaster on an airfield
    • Good early season race
    • Not a technical course but it is always windy so there can be splits
    • long drag to the finish that is a gradual uphill
  • Luzerne Criterium – June 10, 2012
    • Up in Poconos
    • Takes place in a small town, decent crowd turn out
    • Decently technical course with an uphill and a technical decent
  • Philadelphia Naval Yard Crits (TSV version and QCW version) – May & July 15, 2012
    • Philadelphia Naval Yard – you can ride there
    • Different course options can be technical depending on course choosen
    • Both races put on by Drexel Alumni
  • Grandview Criterium – July 21, 2012
    • Sometimes the PA State Crit course in Lancaster
    • Decently technical course through a neighborhood with good crowds
    • Almost always really hot out
  • Wilkes-barre Criterium – August/September
    • Downtown Wilkes-barre, PA
    • Really, really good payout for finish and primes
    • Decent crowd turnout
    • Somewhat technical course
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