Women cyclists will not be able to join the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic for this year, as organizers of the annual stage race have canceled the pro women race due to conflicting schedules.
Chad Sperry, the race director for the 6-day event, explains that the schedule for this year’s Mt. Hood stage race would clash with two other major women’s cycling events, hence the reason for the cancellation. The two events mentioned are the Tulsa Tough NRC race for June 4, and the Philadelphia’s Liberty Classic which will be on June 6.
Sperry says that the schedules for the two races have overlapped that of the Mt. Hood event, so there would be very few top women riders to be seen racing in Mt. Hood, had they insisted on keeping the women’s races. He adds that the women’s races might be reestablished next season, but for now, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will be seeing all men on the starting line.
The event also boasts of a new sponsor in Indie Hops, a Portland-based supplier in the craft beer market, plus the organizers have added two new stages for this season’s races. The new stages will feature racing on the Portland International Raceway, and a stage two race into Washington from Oregon.
Stage 1 will see riders on the Mt. Tabor circuit, while time trials will be held in stage 4 at the Scenic Gorge. Stage 5 wil be a Wy’East road race, with Hood River criterium racing to finish off the event.