First Five Months Of Professional Cycling Team's Inaugural Season Marked With Success

Up next: Team prepares for 6-day NRC stage race in Bend, Ore. on July 19

PARK CITY, Utah - Five months into its inaugural racing season, the Professional Cycling Team is making a notable first impression. The Team has won four General Classification (G.C.) titles in stage races, spent 22 days in yellow leader's jerseys and graced the podium on 43 occasions. The Team is now heading into what will arguably be its toughest two months of racing - including the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

As of July 10, Team leader Francisco "Paco" Mancebo (ESP) leads the men's individual National Racing Calendar (NRC) standings with 575 points. Mancebo, racing both UCI and NRC events, has led the individual points standings the entire year. The Team as a whole sits in sixth place in NRC standings.

Next on the Team's racing schedule is the 32nd annual Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic. The NRC 2.2 six-day stage race (July 19-24) in Bend, Ore. is the longest running stage race in North America. Last year, Team rider Cesar Grajales (COL) captured fifth in the G.C., and in 2009, Mancebo finished second overall.

The Cascade Cycling Classic begins with a two-mile prologue, followed by a road race, individual time trial, another road race that finishes at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, a downtown twilight criterium and, on day six, a circuit race that caps the event. With a hefty amount of climbing, the race will be good preparation for the upcoming Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the next event on the Pro Cycling Team's calendar.

Representing in Bend, Ore. will be: Mancebo (ESP), Ian Burnett (USA), Thomas Rabou (NED), Grajales (COL), Josh Berry (USA), Oscar Clark (USA), Mike Midlarsky (USA) and Evan Hyde (USA).

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