When Lance Armstrong’s Juan Pelota Ranch hosts the Mellow Johnny’s Classic this spring it will be as a Category 1 UCI race.
The event, the fourth stop of USA Cycling’s 2011 Pro XCT cross-country series, will be held on April 30 and is the second year straight year for the event. The 2010 event saw more than 1,100 racers in various categories converge on Armstrong’s ranch outside Austin, Texas.
The Category 1 status, however, is with an eye toward elite-level racers looking to collect as many international points as possible. Among other things, the UCI status sets minimum prize purses, course distances and lap times.
“We were excited to get the news that the 2011 Mellow Johnny’s Classic was granted UCI Category 1 status,” said Craig Staley, Mellow Johnny’s general manager. “With the positive response we received from the racers and teams at the 2010 Category 2 event we wanted make the next progression for 2011. It is important to us to offer our elite competitors as many UCI Points as possible while also putting out best product possible for our sponsors and spectators.”
Max Plaxton (Sho-Air/Specialized) and Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) won the Pro XCT race in 2010.