A Women’s 3/4 category has just been added to the Tour of America’s Dairyland series. The event, which features a series of races across 11 Wisconsin cities, already has a Pro Women 1/2 category, so the new category for women riders shall make for a great inclusion to the tour.
The chance to race on the same courses as do the professionals, with cash prizes and other incentives also available for the winners, will be a treat for the less-experienced women cyclists, so the inclusion is a welcome addition to the 2010 Tour of America’s Dairyland events.
Adding the Women’s 3/4 category is a decision fueled by the “passionate feedback… after the 2009 Tour of America’s Dairyland,” says Bill Koch from the promoting company Midwest Cycling Series. Koch adds that women cyclists have expressed their desire to see more racing opportunities. “Basically, they said, ‘if you build it, we will come!’ so we’re looking forward to some exciting women’s racing of varying levels out there this year.”
Women cyclists who qualify for the Cat 3/4 will be able to race for 10 days on the 11-day tour. This year’s event will run from June 17 to 27, with nine lap races and two road races for both pro and amateur riders. More than $105,000 worth of cash prizes and primes are at stake for the racers in all categories.
The 2010 Tour of America’s Dairyland will open in Shorewood, and the criteriums will be hosted in other separate Wisconsin cities such as Thiensville, Appleton, Waterloo, Sheboygan, and Fond du Lac.
As for the road races, they will be hosted in Greenbush and Elkhart Lake. The second road race will be held on the Road to America racetrack.