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Boulder, CO selected as host city for cyclocross nationals

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 29, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM EST
The two-flights-with-a-landing “5280’ Run-Up” is one of two staircases in Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park’s built exclusively for cyclocross racing. Its 20-foot center width is bounded by permanent railings allowing spectators to stand on the stairs and avoid damaging the hillside. Step dimensions were chosen specifically for ’cross racing, and one of the steps is at exactly one mile in altitude, hence the staircase’s name. Photo: Brad Kaminski

The same day as the route announcement of the stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge hosted by Boulder, Colorado, USA Cycling announced Boulder as the host city for the 2014 cyclocross national championships.

The host cities for the 2015 and 2016 nationals were also announced, and will be Austin, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina respectively.

“We had three outstanding bids making the only logical choice to award all three communities,” said USA Cycling Managing Director of National Events Micah Rice. “The decision to award one-year contracts for the championships will also help foster cyclocross racing in three distinctively different parts of the country.”

Boulder was selected as the first host city because the Valmont Bike Park venue has already hosted a UCI cyclocross race, thereby fulfilling the requirement to host an international-caliber test event ahead of the nationals.

“We are very excited that Valmont Bike Park will host the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals,” said Michael Eubank, the City of Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park director. “This is like the Super Bowl of cycling and tremendous news for Boulder—but especially for all of the local cyclists and bike organizations who were involved in creating this one-of-a-kind bike park. Valmont Bike Park was specifically designed and built to accommodate daily recreation users as well as USA Cycling racing events and we can’t wait to bring this event to Colorado.”

In Austin, the Zilker Park will host the 2015 national championships. “This event will be another chance to showcase our dynamic city to cyclo-cross athletes all over the country. Austin is long overdue for an event of this caliber and we’re excited about working closely with USA Cycling officials and sharing this with our strong cycling community,” said Matthew Payne, executive director of the Austin Sports Commission.

The North Carolina venue will be Ashville’s historic Biltmore Estate. “Asheville is pleased to be chosen as the host for the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships,” said Ben VanCamp, Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission senior advisor. “We are looking forward to showcasing our strong and supportive cycling community.”
 
Madison, Wisconsin will once again host the event in 2013.

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