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Roadrunner Classic Leads in SRAM Tour of Gila With Huge Cash Purse

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The 2010 Roadrunner Classic is a one day Omnium for Pro 1, 2 men and women to be held in Albuquerque New Mexico on April 24, 2010. Both Roadrunner TT and Road events will be held on the Snake, a hilly 6.3 mile closed course at an elevation of 5,200 feet. It will be an ideal warm-up and staging event for the SRAM Tour of the Gila in Silver City on April 28th.

It’s also a chance for a big payout: The purse is $9,000 for Men Pro, 1, 2, and $6,000 for Women Pro 1, 2.

There is also a separate Time Trial event for Cat 3, 4, 5 men and Cat 3, 4 women. The Omnium includes a 6.3 mile time trial and 63 mile men’s / 37.8 mile women’s road race.

“The cancellation of the Tour of Georgia and the rescheduling of the Tour of California until May 16-23, presented an opportunity to create an event in Albuquerque in association with the SRAM Tour of the Gila to fill the void left on the U.S. racing calendar. High altitude and mild weather in New Mexico in April provide cyclists with an opportunity to train and race at altitude to prepare for the upcoming season or the SRAM Tour of the Gila,” said Charles Ovis, RoadRunner Classic coordinator. “For those pros targeting the Amgen Tour of California, it presents an excellent opportunity physiologically to train at high altitude prior to competing at sea level for that event.”

Registration for the 2010 RoadRunner Classic is now open. Entry fee for men and women Pro 1, 2 Omnium is $65. Men and Women Cat 3, 4, 5 Time Trial is $20. Register early so you don’t miss out on this historic event. Event registration is now open online at www.rrcycling.com.
Important: Right now we are opening only 45 spots for Men Cat 1, 2 in the Omnium event, so it is important to register early. We are reserving 75 spots for the Men Pro’s in the Omnium event. We will open more spots for Men Cat 1, 2 in the Omnium event after March 31.

Aside from the competitions, a Spectator Expo will provide a full day of family activities adjacent to the race course finish line. The Expo will include a New Mexico food fair, bike show, demonstration rides and plenty of fun and games while the racers are speeding their way around the Snake.

A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. A newly formed Wounded Warriors Cycling Team has been invited to train in Albuquerque for the week prior to the event and will participate in the Time Trial.

The event is sponsored by Bernalillo County, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and Wells Fargo Advisors.

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