Top Pros Head to Grand Rapids for 2012 Pro Criterium Nationals

  
  


Eric Young celebrates on the 2011 Pro Criterium National Championship podium.
Eric Young celebrates on the 2011 Pro Criterium National Championship podium.

Grand Rapids, Mich. (July 27, 2012) — The nation’s top professional cyclists are just a day away from hitting the bricks of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete in the 2012 Herman Miller USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship. On Saturday, July 28, the Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic will serve as the host for this prestigious event.

Scores of pros representing nearly every U.S.-based pro team will compete for a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in one of the nation’s premier pro cycling events. Participating pro teams include:

  • BISSELL Pro Cycling — Including defending champion Eric Young
  • Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
  • Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop
  • Team Type 1 - Sanofi
  • Kenda 5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Jamis/Sutter Home
  • Wonderful Pistachios
  • Chipotle-First Solar Development

In addition to a professional women’s race as part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar, the 2012 Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic offers a day of riding and racing for every level of cycling enthusiast:

7:15 a.m. — 2nd Annual Grand Cycling Challenge Ride; For cyclists of all abilities/6.25km course/2.5 hours; Medals at 4 (25km), 8 (50km) and 12 laps (75km)

10:00 a.m. — Men’s Amateur Category and Masters Series Races

1:45 p.m. — Senior Women’s Pro/Am National Criterium Calendar (NCC) Cat 1 / 2

3:10 p.m. — Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Kids’ Race; Free for ages 9 and under; 1.2km course

3:30 p.m. — Men’s USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Championship; 80km race / 1.2km looped course

For course maps, complete race-day schedule or to volunteer visit www.GRCyclingClassic.com. The USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Championship event page will also feature news, results, a photo gallery, and more. You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #ProCrit.

About Herman Miller, Inc. (Title Sponsor)
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.7 billion in revenue in fiscal 2012. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt "National Design Award," in 2011, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was also named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 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 www.usacycling.org.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission (Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic Partner)
The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the region. www.westmisports.com.

About Arlington Sports, Inc (Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic Race Director)
Arlington Sports is a Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur bike racing. For additional information on the US Air Force Cycling Classic and other ASI events, please visit www.arlingtonsports.org.



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