2014 Southeast Regional Series touts 10 races in five states
Greenville, S.C. (February 17, 2014) — After a solid inaugural year in 2013, the Southeast Regional Series (SRS) presented by Stan's NoTubes will return in 2014 with 10 road cycling races on five different weekends in five states. Last year SRS showcased 1,800 elite athletes in road racing and criterium disciplines, providing more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. All five events in the series will be managed and produced again by Start Smart Cycling based in Greenville, S.C.
The 2014 Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan's NoTubes will begin in Albany, Ga., May 17-18, and conclude with the series championships in Greenville, S.C., September 13-14. Four of the southeast cities on the schedule were part of the inaugural series last year, with Huntsville, Ala., added as a new host venue in June. Each series stop offers a unique Saturday downtown criterium paired with a Sunday road race.
May 17 – SB&T Criterium
May 18 – Albany Road Race
June 14 – Huntsville Criterium
June 15 – Huntsville Road Race
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
July 19 – French Broad Cycling Classic
July 20 – Asheville Road Race
August 9 – Knoxville Criterium
August 10 – Knoxville Road Race
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
September 13 – Greenville Championships
September 14 – Greenville Road Race
The series is the only elite and amateur road series of events to offer points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. As a USA Cycling Regional Road Championship Series, SRS aims to attract elite level riders and teams throughout the Southeast. Series director Marilyn Cullinane noted that the series showcases the most classic terrain in the Southeast and provides a family-friendly entertainment platform for each local community.
"The Southeast offers some of the most diverse racing in the country -- historic, charming downtown streets on crit days, and scenic, challenging road races at high elevations for the Sunday road races," said Cullinane, a former elite cyclist (Cat 2) who founded SRS in 2013. "We have some exciting improvements planned for both racers and spectators this year, thanks to our host cities and corporate support by Stan's NoTubes. We pride ourselves with providing a memorable experience for the competitive athletes, and look to increase participation from across the country."
In 2013, more than $50,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to men and women in a dozen cycling categories. Special award jerseys, created by Hincapie Sportswear, will be awarded each weekend for best sprinters, climbers and overall winners (male and female). Taking home the 2013 Stan's NoTubes King of the Mountain jersey for professional men was Andy Scarano (Locust Grove, Ga.) of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia-706 Project. His teammate Winston David (Greenville, S.C.) captured the green-and-white-striped PEZ Cycling News Pro Men Sprinters Jersey and the SRS Overall Points jersey. For the pro women, Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of PCP Racing swept all three award jerseys as best sprinter, Queen of the Mountain, and SRS Overall.
Teams and individuals can register for the full series or single races. The fees begin at $125 for juniors who register for all five criterium events in the series. For adults, full series registration is $350 for each category - three Master's divisions, four regular men's divisions (Pro 1/ 2 to Cat 5) and two regular women's division (Pro 1/2/3 and Cat 4). Registration information, the complete SRS schedule and event updates are available online at www.srs-racing.com.
About Start Smart Cycling
Start Smart Cycling, LLC (SSC) is a professional event management and consultation company for the cycling industry. SSC provides planning expertise and on-site event implementation for cycling competitions and related activities across the U.S. In 2010 SSC was founded by President Marilyn Cullinane, who has over 14 years of experience in the cycling industry. Her company has been involved for four years with successful Florida-based events such as the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge (ridedcc.com) and The Orange Blossom Special. Cullinane founded the Southeast Regional Series in 2013, the first-ever regional road cycling championship series in the U.S., sanctioned by USA Cycling.
For race information, sponsorship opportunities and 2013 SRS photos:
Race Director Marilyn Cullinane, Start Smart Cycling
Bonyetta Kitts, Peloton Sports
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