CANTON, S.D.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The whir of bicycle wheels will soon be heard across the Midwest. The third annual, 2015 Flyover Championship Race Series will kick off on May 1st in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Joining the Flyover series, for the first time, will be youth riders ages 9-18 in association with USA Cycling RDRS junior program hosted by Trek Bicycle Stores.
The Flyover is a Midwest Omnium Race Series combining the best omnium races in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Race directors in each region have come together to establish a premier amateur race series. The format for each race in the series will have similar cycling styles, either a Time-Trial, Criterium, Road Race or Circuit Race. Cyclists will be scored on all six races according to the progressive scoring method posted on the website www.midwestflyover.com. The overall goal is to make the Flyover Championship the most prestigious amateur race series in North America, and change the flyover states to the destination states for competitive cycling.
The 2015 Flyover Championship Race Series is presented by Legacy Electronics, Inc. www.legacyelectronics.com.
Additional sponsors include:
USA Cycling Jr. RDRS Host: Trek Bicycle Stores www.trekbicyclestores.com
Prenzlow Photography www.prenzlowphotography.com
Two Wheeler Dealer of Sioux Falls www.siouxfalls.twowheelerdealer.com
1st Dakota National Bank www.firstdakota.com
State Farm Insurance www.richardsunde.com
“Legacy is again pleased to present this exciting cycling competition. We are attracting more and more elite riders and teams throughout the country – both men and women, and now we have added youth to the mix through the USA Cycling Jr. RDRS participation,” said Jason Engle, CEO of Legacy Electronics, Inc. “We want to increase interest in outdoor sports for the whole family and promote a healthy lifestyle too,” he added.
Along with individual race awards of cash purses approaching $60,000, the Flyover grand prize of $31,500, trophies, leader jersey and prizes for both men, women and youth, this year racer benefits will exceed $100,000. There will be a total of six races with all races counting towards a cumulative total of points for the Flyover series. Points will be accumulated throughout the season and each race is progressively more valuable.
Race director Tim Putnam said, “Enthusiasm for the Flyover Championship has helped to increase our sponsorship funding and the addition of the RDRS is expanding the opportunities for even more riders to compete.” The RDRS provides a race series for juniors that include categories for boys and girls ages: 9-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. “The 2015 Flyover wants to encourage junior rider development and at the conclusion of the series Flyover Champions will be named for each of these age and gender groups,” added Putnam.
All events are sanctioned by USA Cycling, which provides oversight for the Olympic and World Championship cycling teams and the majority of cycling races in the U.S. USA Cycling is including the Flyover Series information in its event search, and will sanction each race and assist with registrations. “The expansion and interest in the Midwest Flyover Championships indicates a growing enthusiasm in the sport of cycling and provides a great opportunity to bring together the best riders in the region by covering a variety of venues,” said Larry Martin, USA Cycling’s Midwest business development manager.
The 2015 race schedule is as follows:
La Crosse Omnium, La Crosse, Wisconsin – May 1-3
Minnesota Memorial Classic, Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 23-25
Tour of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri – May 29-31
Nebraska Omnium Weekend, Omaha, Nebraska, June 6-7
Bicycle Blues & BBQ, Clear Lake, Iowa – July 10-12
Canton Cycling Classic, Canton, South Dakota – August 1-2
For more Flyover information
Updated information and registration is available on the 2015 Flyover website: www.midwestflyover.com Potential sponsors or competitors may also contact Tim Putnam at 641-425-1960, and may follow the series on Twitter at #midwestflyover, or on their Facebook page.
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 64,000 members; 2,700+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,100 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org.