The aim of the Velotooler Cup spring series of races is to bring together some of the best races on the New England race calendar at a time when the weather is "hard" and the racing is harder, in true Northern European Classics fashion! The series includes criteriums, circuit races, flat road races, hilly road races, and long road races; it has it all. Wind, hills, weather, tactics: the Velotooler Cup was designed to reward the most complete rider in the bunch.
Velotooler Cup 2017
But beyond the competitive aspect of the races themselves, this is just as much about about bringing together the cycling community in New England and the Northeast, recognizing and celebrating our common passion for cycling, competition, camaraderie, and the great outdoors. The Velotooler Cup is a chance for us to channel the excitement we all feel from watching the European spring classics like Strade Bianche, Milan San Remo, Gent Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix... and keep that going for 6 weeks of thrilling classic-style one-day racing here in New England.
To make things more interesting, there are three separate ongoing competitions within the Velotooler Cup spring series for the following fields: Men Pro1/2, Women Pro1/2/3, Men Cat 3, Masters 40+, and Masters 50+. There is the Velotooler Series Leader competition, scored on points system based on your placing (not time) in each race of the series. There is the Stella Artois Attacking Rider competition, scored on mid-race sprints at each event, some are true flat-sprints, some are KOM-style sprints, some favor the breakaway rider; you must truly be an "attacking rider" in all senses of the word to target this competition! There is also the Sicleri Best Young Rider (U23) competition, which is awarded to the highest placed U23 in the Velotooler Series Leader competition in the Mens Pro1/2 and Womens Pro1/2/3 categories. Each of these competitions will award a leader's jersey for each field after the completion of each series event, to be worn in the next series event.