The Joe Martin Stage Race is part of the National Race Calendar (NRC) which is the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling. USA Cycling is the national governing body of cycling operating under the United States Olympic Committee.
More than $50,000 in cash and over $10,000 in merchandise will be given away over the four-day, four event Pro/Elite category and two-day, three-stage amateur category races. Over 700 athletes from 19 countries and more than 45 states attend the race each year.
The Joe Martin Stage Race began as the Fayetteville Spring Classic in 1978. Joe Martin served as the race director until 1988 when he was stricken with cancer. Upon his death in 1989, the race was renamed in his honor. Since then, the Joe Martin Stage Race has grown into one of the top National Race Calendar (NRC) and amateur events in the nation.
Defending men’s champion Frank Pipp will return with the Bissell Pro Cycling Team, which last year helped him wrest the race’s overall lead from Spaniard Francisco Mancebo on the final stage.
Mancebo will be looking for victory with his Competitive Cyclist team, according to his director Gord Fraser. “Last year we came to Joe Martin to win the overall prize and we literally had the leader’s jersey ripped off our backs. This year’s race is one of our key events and we will be coming for the win.”
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