Cyclingnews.com has a story about the new Midwest Cycling Series. Described as a "10-day professional cycling series to be held from June 18-28," it promises to feature top purses in best-of-class venues.
You can't argue with the men backing it - none other than U.S. Bicycle Hall of Famer and former 7-Eleven pro Tom Schuler and former executive direction of the BIke Federation of Wisconsin Jack Hirt.
The question is whether this series (which includes traditional Super Week series stops in Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and the cash-rich, spectator-friendly Downer Avenue) will shift cyclists' plans from making the trip to Wisconsin in June rather than July.
It's no secret that Super Week (officially titled the "Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic") has been mired in financial difficulties the past few years - to the point of not paying officials, bouncing prize checks and even refusing to compensate the course barrier company - a story that is worthy of an entire post by itself.