THE 2014 CANTON CYCLING CLASSIC INCREASES PURSE TO $15,000 & BOASTS ‘EQUAL PURSE’ FOR MEN’S & WOMEN’S ELITE CATEGORIES / Share This!
Flyover Championship Cycling Series Opens Next Week with Chris Lillig Memorial Cup,
37th Annual Old Capitol Criterium
CANTON, SD – – April 17, 2014 – – Race organizers for the Canton Cycling Classic announced today that, since its inaugural race in 2012, local business support has broadened and community members view the race as a growing, “healthy lifestyle” event with wide appeal for all ages. This broadened business support has led to an increase in the overall purse to $15,000, plus prizes, for this, the fifth and final race in the 2014 Flyover Championship Cycling Series. Additionally, Canton Cycling Classic organizers are offering $5,000 for the Women’s Pro 1/2/3/4 Category, a purse equal to the Men’s Pro 1/2 Category.
Legacy Electronics Inc. CEO Jason Engle said, “We are pleased to sponsor a race that recognizes female athletes by providing a prize purse equal to the men’s. Competitive cycling typically does not draw as many women riders as men, so this financial commitment should attract the elite women teams and help change that.”
The first race of the 2014 Flyover Championship Race Series begins next week in Iowa City, on April 26-27th, with the Chris Lillig Memorial Cup & the 37th Annual Old Capitol Criterium. Riders will compete for a $10,000 purse, and additional funds will be raised, through donations at registration, for Mercy Hospice Care. Registration is open now at www.usacycling.org/register/2014-1670.
An awards celebration will cap the end of the race series after the Canton Cycling Classic in August, when the 2014 Flyover Champions are determined.
The newest Canton Cycling Classic sponsor is Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center, a proud member of Sanford Health. Sanford Health is dedicated to improving health and healing, and encourages a healthy lifestyle by strategically directing investments and priorities toward community health and wellness initiatives.
“We’re delighted to support the Canton Cycling Classic,” said Scott Larson, CEO, Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center. “Not only are we promoting a great event, but by sponsoring the Classic we are hoping to help grow the sport of cycling and encourage people to participate in a lifelong physical activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.”
Mike Adams, CEO of Adams Thermal Systems and president of Adams Thermal Foundation, has committed to sponsoring the Canton Cycling Classic for the second year in a row. “All the expectations we had of an exciting, well-run sporting event were realized in last year’s Classic,” said Adams. “We’re happy to be on board again and look forward to another amazing race this year!”
Other sponsors include: Legacy Electronics, Williams Cycling, Two Wheeler Dealer, Borah Teamwear, and 1st Dakota National Bank.