Life Time launches series of Grand Prix races in 2022

  • Life Time, the organizer of the UNBOUND and Leadville race, will host its first series of Grand Prix races next year, comprising three gravel events and three mountain biking events.
  • The prize pool for the series is $ 250,000 in total and will be split equally between the male and female fields.
  • Only 20 women and 20 men will be selected to compete.

    Gravel cycling has grown rapidly in recent years, with races attracting more and more professional cycling talent, and the stakes have grown even higher.

    For the 2022 season, the Life Time race organizer is launching its Grand Prix racing series. The series will include six events – a mix of gravel and mountain bike races – and will offer a total purse of $ 250,000, split equally between the men’s and women’s fields, in addition to the prizes won in the individual races.

    Life Time hosts many different sporting events, but according to Kimo Seymour, president of media and events at Life Time, the company decided to go ahead with the Grand Prix series in part because of the rapid growth that the Recently experienced cycling, especially gravel cycling. .

    “Most of the growth over the past three or four years has been in cycling,” Seymour said. Ride a bike, regarding company events. “There is a resurgence of opportunities for people to make a living cycling in North America. ”

    The series includes three gravel races and three mountain bike races from Life Time’s portfolio, all of which are acclaimed in their own right. The business can run by including different events each year.

    “I thought it was important not to focus too much on just the gravel,” Seymour said. “I thought it would be fun to mix it up. Athletes who win this thing have to be good on mixed surfaces. “


    Here is the schedule and the series schedule for 2022:

    • April 7-10: ATV Marathon Race at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA
    • June 4: 200 miles of UNBOUND gravel in Emporia, Kansas
    • July 9: 70 Mile Crusher in the Tushar in Beaver, Utah
    • August 13: Leadville Trail 100 MTB in Leadville, Colorado
    • September 17: 40 mile Chequamegon MTB Festival 40 in Cable, Wisconsin
    • October 22: 100 miles Big Sugar Gravel in Bentonville, Arkansas

      Life Time will select 20 men and 20 women to compete. According to a press release shared with Ride a bike, some of the criteria for the selected entrants include “their race summary and past race performance, their interest in being part of the Life Time Grand Prix and how the rider is helping to develop cycling in the United States through their activities. “.

      “We want people who are just good people… good ambassadors for the sport,” added Seymour.

      Registrations open on November 22 and close on December 6. Winners will be announced via a personal phone call by December 10. According to Seymour, the list for the series will likely be announced publicly by December 15.

      The runners will be scored according to a point system. Their result in the series will include their top five results out of the six events, meaning they can either do all six races or choose to stay one. Fans will be able to follow the results of the series throughout the season on a leaderboard on the company website.

      “I hope [the series] just creates a little more excitement around competitive cycling in North America, ”said Seymour.

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