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Derby City Cup Cyclocross Event Registration Now Open

Two Days of Racing on Nov. 8-9 To Be Held at Historic Bandman Park
Louisville Sports Commission partners with Cadence Sports as event owners and operators

Louisville, Ky. – September 10, 2014 – On-line registration for the Derby City Cup (DCC) cyclocross event is now open. Riders can register at www.thederbycitycup.com.

The eighth annual DCC will be held November 8-9 at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, site of the 2013 UCI Elite World Cyclocross Championships and the 2012 UCI Masters World Cyclocross Championships.

The DCC will consist of approximately 15 sanctioned races that showcase cyclists competing at the elite, masters and youth levels. A total of four Category 1 and Category 2 races assigned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling, the respective international and domestic sanctioning bodies, will be held during the two day event. Elite female and male riders earn points in the C1 and C2 races toward international rankings. Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) will sanction the remaining races, where juniors and masters riders earn points toward standings in the 14-event OVCX circuit held at various locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

The Louisville Sports Commission has partnered with Cadence Sports, an Austin, Texas-based full-service sports management company, as owners of the DCC. Cadence will serve as event operators.

“During the past seven years, the Derby City Cup and Eva Bandman Park have attained a high level of allure and respect within the cycling world,” ’ said Gary Metcalf, president of Cadence Sports. “We believe riders of all ages and skill levels will be excited about riding Eva Bandman, the most historic cyclocross course in North America.”

“The Louisville Sports Commission has a long history of attracting and hosting championship-level cycling events,” said Karl Schmitt, Jr., the organization’s executive director. “We live in a vibrant cycling community, and Louisville has earned a reputation nationally as a hot bed of cyclocross.”

On February 2, 2013, the world’s greatest riders competed at Eva Bandman during the UCI Cyclocross World Championships; the popular Belgian Sven Nys won the men’s elite race and Dutch superstar Marianne Vos won an unprecedented sixth world crown. Other notable cycling events held in Louisville include the 2012 and 2013 UCI Cyclocross Masters World Championships; the 2001 UCI BMX World Championships at Freedom Hall; five USA Cycling Road Masters Nationals held from 2001 through 2011 at various locations in the metro area; the USA BMX Derby City Nationals held every year during Labor Day weekend since the mid-1980s at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park; and the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals held annually in January at the Kentucky Exposition Center.