Now in its 36th edition, the Tucson Bicycle Classic announced the US domestic stage race will move a week earlier on the calendar, taking place in southern Arizona February 23-25, 2024.
Organisers of the early spring event for pros and amateurs said the February dates were ‘for better placement on the national race calendar’. The first weekend of March, athletes can now participate in Belgian Waffle Ride Arizona, held for a second edition from Cave Creek, 140 miles north of Tucson. The other area race is the Valley of the Sun stage race, which will be the weekend prior to TBS on February 16-18, 2024.
Details of the three days of racing in Tucson were not announced. In 2023, the prologue at Pistol Hill and the circuit race in the Oro Valley both used new courses, while the traditional road course on Saturday provided a 20.5-mile (33km) circuit in Green Valley. Tyler Stites (Project Echelon Racing) won the men’s pro title at last year’s Tucson Bicycle Classic, and Kira Payer (Cardinal Classic Cycling) won the women’s pro overall.
The BWR Arizona will be part of a 2024 Tripel Crown of Gravel, organised by Monuments of Cycling, serving as the lead-off event. It will be followed by BWR Utah in Cedar City on April 6 and BWR California in San Marcos on April 28. This season, a points-based omnium format was held among all seven BWR rides for a Quadrupel Crown, with the BWR Kansas and BWR Mexico remaining on the schedule to determine overall winners.
American Criterium Cup confirms eight races in 2024
Eight events will return for the third season of the American Criterium Cup, a series of independent, well-established one-day races for men and women across the US. Beginning with the Blue Dome Criterium that is part of Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in Oklahoma on June 7, the lineup replicates the 2023 schedule, with the series finale on September 1 at the Gateway Cup in Missouri.
The ACC has incorporated a total of 10 events each of the past two years, with a southern swing last year, including Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight in Georgia in April and Sunny King Criterium in Alabama in May. A final schedule will be confirmed by organisers in the coming months.