2003 Intercontinental Cup - Havana, Cuba - be a Third World Pro!

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    For those who might be interested in experiencing the Third World Pro lifestyle...act fast!

    2003 ISU Intercontinental Cycling Cup Havana, Cuba October 1 – October 12, 2003


    Because of potential changes in US policy towards Cuba, this may be the final year for the ISU
    Intercontinental Cup in Havana. It is unclear whether we will be able to travel to Cuba in 2004 for
    competition on the same Treasury Dept. license. Therefore, while the opportunity exists, I strongly
    urge you to attend this year's event! Please don't miss what might be your last chance to take
    advantage of this special moment in history.

    Intercontinental Cup The ISU Intercontinental Cup will be contested at the UCI's Training Center of
    the Americas, based at the Velodromo Nacional "Reinaldo Paseiro."

    The Intercontinental Cup will include the following road and track events for men and women: 1km
    individual time trial; 500m individual time trial; Individual Pursuit; Sprint; Team Sprint; Points
    Race; Scratch Race; Road Race; Individual Time Trial; Circuit Race and Criterium. All events will
    be scored for an overall Omnium prize. Medals will be awarded to the top-3 finishers in each
    individual event.

    Champion's jerseys will be awarded to the top-3 Omnium finishers in each age group, and medals will
    be presented to the top-10 overall points scorers in each group.

    Accommodations While in Cuba for the ISU Intercontinental Cycling Cup, you will stay at the Hotel
    Tropicoco in Santa María del Mar. With 188 air-conditioned rooms that include private baths,
    telephones and satellite TV, the Tropicoco is located only meters from Santa María del Mar beach,
    home to one of the longest and widest coral sand dunes in the Caribbean. The hotel is 20 minutes by
    car from Havana.

    Training In addition to the competitive events, optional training rides will be conducted in groups
    led by members of the Cuban National Team.

    Eligibility Since travel to Cuba is severely restricted by the US State Department, the ISU
    Intercontinental Cycling Cup is open to non-elite Senior men and women age 25-29, and Masters men
    and women in the following age groups: 30-34, 35-39; 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and
    70+ for Men and to 60+ for women.

    Amateur riders must hold a valid passport and a current USA Cycling racing license. Non-competitors
    such as coaches, mechanics, trainers and support staff must still possess an ISU, USSA or USA
    Cycling coaching license. Individuals with an interest in participating must complete and return an
    official application and provide a refundable deposit.

    Riders from Europe and throughout the world have been invited to compete.

    Sci-con Bike Case Discount

    To alleviate potential difficulties with the airline's transport of our bicycles, we would like to
    standardize the containers used by trip participants. To this end, we will provide each athlete with
    a $100 voucher to be used towards the purchase of a Sci-con Aero-Comfort bicycle case. The cases,
    which retail for $325.99, will be available for purchase through Van Dessel Sports, US importer for
    Sci-con. To purchase your case, send payment for $225.99 along with the enclosed voucher to:

    Van Dessel Sports, ATTN: Edwin Bull, Bldg 4, Unit 4 115 Stryker Lane, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

    An excellent review of the Aero-comfort case by cyclingnews.com can be viewed at:

    Costs A deposit of $300 is due by August 1, 2003. Cancellations made after September 1 will forfeit
    the $300 deposit.

    The total cost of 2003 ISU Intercontinental Cup trip, if paid in full by August 15, 2003, is $1,995.
    After August 15, the total cost of the trip is $2,295. Payment must be made in full by September 1.

    For those unable to complete the entire trip, there are two other travel options:

    9-day trip – Leave Miami 3 October, Return to Miami 12 October: $1,945. 7-day trip – Leave Miami 5
    October, Return to Miami 12 October: $1,895

    This all-inclusive trip to the ISU Intercontinental Cup covers the following:

    Round-trip air travel between Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba Cuban Entry Visa One-way,
    Miami-to-Havana Freight Charges for One Bike Bag Airport Transfers in Cuba All Meals and Lodging
    Race Entry Fees Team Jersey, Shorts and T-Shirt Team Bag

    Not included in the overall cost are Miami and Havana airport taxes, excess baggage fees over
    44lbs., return bicycle freight charge from Havana to Miami and incidental expenses such as souvenirs
    or store-bought foods.

    International Sports Union The International Sports Union of the Americas, founded in 1999, promotes
    and develops participation sports throughout the Western Hemisphere.

    For more information on this trip, visit http://www.mikefrayssesports.com/trips_details.html or
    contact Mike Fraysse, Vice President of the International Sports Union, at 845-856-3335, email
    [email protected]

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