4 DAYS OF RACING,
4 UNIQUE ST. LOUIS NEIGHBORHOODS!
The 35th edition of the Gateway Cup takes place in the heart of FOUR unique and awesome St. Louis neighborhoods. You can download a flyer with race times HERE.
Within each of these host communities, the race course is a defined one mile lap and the race format is known as a “criterium.” This Americanized style of racing appeals to both athletes and spectators alike as the peloton, or pack of cyclists, pass by every few minutes at impressive speeds holding lines only inches apart from one another. Spectators can watch the race develop lap after lap and hear commentators announce race strategy, allowing more of an understanding and involvement in the excitement. Returning for 2018- all four days of the Gateway Cup are included on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour and are sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Sunday’s race, the Giro della Montagna is featured on the USA Crits Championship Series.
There are 9 races each day based on ability, ranging from newbies to pros. Each day begins with the amateur races and builds up to the featured events, the men’s and women’s professional races. In these races, 150 of the top national and international cyclists will hurl themselves through corners averaging 30 mph towards a typically thrilling sprint finish. Guaranteed inspiration.
For the Men’s and Women’s Elite Classes we have an overall Omnium competition for best aggregate results over all four days of racing. Each day we score the top 15 places and assign points towards an overall prize. Points are awarded 25, 20,16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Both Pro Men and Pro Women Categories will compete for equal prize money. $26,000 per gender, with $6,250 being in the men’s and women’s Omnium. Sunday’s Men’s and Women’s Pro Categories will be racing for a USA Crits prize list of $10,000 per gender. Including the other amateur races, there will be a total cash purse of $70,000 up for grabs.
Newly added, thanks to the Be Like Casey Foundation is a $1350 prize list being offered to each category, each day to reward one rider whom BEST demonstrates Good Team Sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude, and it can have a positive influence on everyone. These awards will be given to the rider in each race that best demonstrates and shows respect for his or her teammates, and fellow riders, as well as the coaches, judges and other officials. The goal of this award is to encourage good, clean fun and competition with the outcome of creating champions who excel both on and off the course.