USA Cycling announced the dates for the 2017 Pro Road Tour Calendar Thursday, confirming Tour of the Gila’s new date for April 19-23. Race Director Jack Brennan, is hoping the changes made will help improve cycling in the USA for both men and women.
The alterations came about to improve travel flow for USA continental teams in order to cut costs and reduce distance traveling back and forth between races.
“We all agreed that for 2017, we would go this route to see how it will work,” Brennan said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for stage race directors and teams to work together as a platform to really improve and advance our sport.”
The Tour of the Gila will now sit in between the other two stages races in the spring, Joe Martin kicking off the PRT on March 30, and Redlands Bicycles Classic beginning May 3rd before the AMGEN Tour of California.
“We had better representation of continental teams at the Tour of the Gila than any race on the PRT calendar last year,” Brennan added. “I think we do a good job covering our bases about what we are and how we do things. Teams know what our race is, that we take care of them, and that we’re going to do a really good social media program giving the teams and their sponsors recognition.”