USA Cycling recently announced the 2013 Ultra-Endurance Tour schedule.
5.19 US Cup Sagebrush Safari 50, Lake Morena, CA
6.2 US Cup Big Bear Classic, Big Bear Lake, CA
8.10 Galena Grinder Whit Henry Memorial, Galena Lodge, ID
8.17 Templeton Cache XCM, Colorado Springs, CO
Nothing against the races that are part of the UET schedule, but given the sheer amount of endurance races throughout the U.S. (check the XXC Race Calendar if you don’t believe me) four races doesn’t seem like much of a tour. It’s also sort of hard for the UET to be considered a “national” series when there isn’t one race further east than Colorado Springs, Colorado. Maybe a Western States Ultra Endurance Tour or some such thing, but hardly a national series.
Given the schedule’s bias towards the west coast, barring injury, right now I really can’t see how now Cannondale/Sho Air teammates Tinker Juarez and Pua Mata won’t win the series again. But you never know, stranger things have happened I suppose.
In any event that’s the schedule, if you’re from the east coast and can afford the travel good luck to you.