2001 BMC Software Cycling Grand Prix

Houston, Texas (March 9, 2001) -- For the third straight year, the BMC Software Cycling Grand Prix will stretch from east coast to west coast, bringing some of the world's top professional cyclists to U.S. soil to compete for prize purses and potential bonuses that could exceed $225,000.

The BMC Software Cycling Grand Prix schedule will again encompass four events, including a new San Francisco Bay Area event, the details of which will be made public later this month. Each race weekend will host an array of community elements including spectator friendly expos, live entertainment and interactive activities geared to cycling aficionados and those new to the sport.

"The BMC Software Grand Prix gets bigger every year with more participation from international level teams and boasts one of the richest prize purses in the sport of cycling," said Technical Director Robin Morton. "The most exciting addition to this year's BMC Software Grand Prix is the new Bay Area event on which we are working very closely with BMC Software and USA Cycling. Everyone involved is tremendously excited about what we have planned and I think this is another step in taking the sport of cycling to a new level."

In addition to this new San Francisco Bay Area event, the series will once again kick-off with the BMC Software Downtown Criterium in Austin, Texas, April 7, which will feature a top field of international competition, including two-time Tour de France winner and Austin resident Lance Armstrong. The BMC Software Grand Prix will then move to the Boston area for the BMC Software Tour of Arlington on July 8, before culminating with the BMC Software Tour of Houston on Sept. 16 in Houston.

"The BMC Software Grand Prix is entering its third year with a great deal of momentum. We have enjoyed great success in the first two seasons and are looking forward to an even more exciting year this year," said Wayne Morris, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for BMC Software. "Our partnership with USA Cycling is enabling the sport of professional cycling to reach a wider audience in key markets for BMC and for cycling in general."

The BMC Software Downtown Criterium in Austin will test the riders on a high speed, on-mile course with a steady incline between turns one and two. The Arlington course features a 3.5-mile circuit, which features two very hilly climbs. Both the Austin and Arlington events will boast international fields of top male and female riders.

The BMC Software Tour of Houston is a traditional road race for men that is fast and challenging and reminiscent of a course in Belgium or Holland that come down to a sprint at the line. Following the men's event is a timed one-hour criterium for women through the streets of downtown Houston including Olympians and international caliber athletes.

"We are proud to partner with BMC Software once again to bring the BMC Software Grand Prix to cyclists and spectators alike. In addition, the BMC Software Grand Prix will be a part of the prestigious nationwide Pro Cycling Tour," said USA Cycling Chief Marketing Officer Mary Monroe. "USA Cycling is grateful for the continued commitment of BMC Software to expanding the sport of cycling into major metropolitan markets throughout the country."

The BMC Software Grand Prix is a critical series within the Pro Cycling Tour (PCT) calendar. The PCT is the nation's premier cycling series, linking the top professional road cycling events across the United States from March through October. The PCT is managed by Threshold Sports LLC and sanctioned by USA Cycling.

About BMC Software

One of the world's largest independent software vendors, BMC Software delivers the most comprehensive e-business systems management software with the fastest guaranteed implementation. This Service Assurance ? strategy enhances the availability, performance, and recoverability of companies' business-critical applications. Companies can use this management methodology to demonstrate their ability to deliver optimal service to their customers and partners by joining BMC Software OnSite ?, a certification program including solution implementation and regular HealthChecks? performed by BMC Software Professional Services.

BMC Software is a Forbes 500 company and a member of the S 500, with fiscal year 2000 revenues exceeding $1.7 billion. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit BMC Software's Web site at www.bmc.com. For more information on the BMC Software Grand Prix, visit www.bmcgrandprix.com.

April 7: BMC Downtown Criterium (Austin, Texas)
July 8: BMC Tour of Arlington (Mass.)
Sept. 9: San Francisco Grand Prix
Sept. 16: BMC Tour of Houston

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