The U.S. Open of Cycling, which had been scheduled for May, and would have been part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour, has been canceled, its organizers announced Wednesday.
The event has been held once, in Virginia in 2007. Organizers planned to move it Providence, Rhode Island, for 2008, but, while the event has been put on the UCI calendar each year since, they have not been able to produce it because of lack of sponsorship.
Richard Durishin, executive director of the U.S. Open Cycling Foundation, said, “Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure the sponsorship needed to run the U.S. Open of Cycling this year and are cancelling the event. We have already begun discussions with potential sponsors for the 2011 race and we hope that, by then, the interested parties are enjoying the fruits of a more robust economy.”
The U.S. Open Cycling Foundation is a non-profit that has remained active in promoting the use of cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“The work of the U.S. Open Cycling Foundation, which focuses on reducing childhood obesity by inspiring kids of all ages to incorporate cycling into their daily lives, will continue in Rhode Island schools, businesses and on the state’s numerous bike paths through the season,” Durishin said.