The Life Time Grand Prix will return for 2024, which will include 60 elite off-road riders who will compete across seven events held from April through October for a prize purse of $300,000.
The series will continue using the same seven races from last season, with the only changes being an increase in the prize purse and a return to 30 riders after last season had a field size of 35.
“Preparing for the third season of the Life Time Grand Prix has been super exciting for our team, as we continue to innovate and build on the momentum from our first two years,” Kimo Seymour, President of Life Time Events, said in a press release.
“We’ve all worked hard this past year to grow off-road cycling in North America and we believe 2024 will bring even bigger enthusiasm and fan engagement with the sport.
The organizers confirmed that Sofia Gomez Villafane and Keegan Swenson will return to defend their overall series titles won in 2023.
Other notable names among the series’ contenders include Lauren De Crescenzo, Peta Mullens, Emily Newsom, Haley Smith and Lauren Stephens, Cole Paton, Brendan Johnston, Torbjørn Andre Røed, Lachlan Morton, Petr Vakoc, Alexey Vermeulen, Andrew L’Esperance, Alex Howes and Peter Stetina.
This year’s series will provide separate starts for the men’s and the women’s elite fields at all seven events. The field size will comprise of 30 women and 30 men competing for what will be the biggest prize purse to date, a $300,000 reward equally split between the men’s and women’s categories.
According to the organizers, riders will have the option to drop up to two events, entry fees will be covered by Life Time, and there will be random doping controls conducted at any round.
“The new $300,000 prize purse will pay out based on overall series results, which are determined by a points-based ranking system on their finishing position at each event. The overall results will use an athlete’s best five finishes out of the seven events. The final event of the series, Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda, will be mandatory for all riders and will serve as a tiebreaker in the event of a tie.”
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