American Rock Salt to Sponsor 4th Annual Cycling and Running Races


MOUNT MORRIS, NY - American Rock Salt is proud to announce that for the 4th year it will be the title sponsor of the The Rock Criterium and Gran Fondo hosted by the Livingston Cycling Club on July 22 - 23.

The Rock is a two-day event that brings together nearly 300 athletes from all over the East Coast and Canada for family-friendly weekend of racing, riding and running.

Day 1: The Criterium

On the first day of the event, hundreds of racers gather in the quiet, historic village of Mount Morris to race around a residential neighborhood for prizes, cash, glory, free socks, and the ever-coveted Rock Trophy - a handmade trophy constructed from real American Rock Salt.

“The crit races are electrifying to watch,” said Joe Bucci, Jr. of American Rock Salt. “It has been especially fun to cheer on the local riders. The speed of the bikes and determination of the riders is amazing! The running race is also a lot of fun. It was especially great to see the number of kids that participated in the run last year. My son, daughter and their friends really enjoyed it and are looking forward to it again this summer!

In addition to 15 bike-race fields that host kids and adults of all ages and abilities, The Rock also offers a running race where athletes run two laps of the 1-mile course for cash and prizes of their own as well as their own Rock Trophy.

Day 2: The Gran Fondo

The Rock Gran Fondo is one of the toughest rides in the country. The event offers three distance options to accommodate riders of all abilities, the grand daddy of which is more than 100 miles and takes riders up some of the longest, steepest hills in the Finger Lakes Region.

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Hosting 2012 NY Championship Races

Anyone wishing to host a NY championship race for Crit, RR, or TT in 2012 please post your intentions to by midnight Sunday, 4Dec.  Please use the simple outline below.

  •    Running a separate “junior champ weekend” has not been feasible so junior champs will be held with the main Crit, RR, and TT events.

  •    Dave Beals will collect bids for the CX champs once this CX season winds down.

NYSBRA has been working hard to build the prestige and quality of our State Champs with Championship Jerseys and grants to promoters that offer free entry to reigning champions.  These should increase participation in 2012!

Extract from our Championship Selection process:

Promoters and clubs that would like to host Championship events should indicate their interest every year in the hopes of establishing a pool of interested clubs and a fair rotation.  Although a location near the geographic or population center of the state is desirable, the goal is to allow championship events to move around the state without prejudice to location.

1.      Any club can offer to host a race up as per the schedule published on by the NYS Schedule coordinator.  As a guideline, bids shall be due by midnight, 30 November of the previous year.  Calls for bids shall be announced on at least 30 calendar days prior to the bid deadline.

2.      Offers to host (“Bids”) must be posted (note: as email) to  Bids must include:

a.      Name of promoter

b.      Name of sponsoring USA Cycling club
c.      Proposed date and location
d.      Description of course (type of terrain, condition of roads, road closure, lead/follow cars, wheel vans, safety, etc.)

e.      Description of venue (parking, facilities)
f.      Description of proposed event (fields, sponsors, prizes, any other factors)
g.      Description of previous experience hosting similar events
h.      Last year the club hosted the championship event.

3.      If there is only one bid to host an event, the offer shall be accepted.

4.      If there are multiple bids, the bidding promoters shall discuss options to achieve a consensus that resolves the multiple offers to satisfaction of all.