USA Cycling announces six locations for 2015-16 national championships

 on Thursday announced six locations for 2015-16 s. The exact dates of the events will be announced as soon as possible in 2014.

In 2015 and 2016, the Cross-Country and Enduro s will be held on Mount Bachelor in , Ore. As a response to the feedback received from competitors and the advisory committee, Enduro races will replace the Super D competition at these events. has proven time and again to be a spectacular venue for events. The new at Mount Bachelor will provide exciting racing for competitors and spectators alike.

’s long-term partnership with has been extremely positive for our community,” said Chief Executive Officer of Visit Doug LaPlaca. “Every event hosted in introduces our city to new visitors who fall in love with the lifestyle. We are honored to continue our work with the family.”

The 2015 and 2016 s are slated to be in Columbia County, Ga., just outside Augusta. The 2015 competition will mark the first time this stand-alone event will be held east of the Mississippi River. The great expanse of in Wildwood Park in Appling, Ga., will serve as the setting of one of the more grueling s.

“The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau is honored to have been selected to host the 2015 and 2016 s,” said Randy DuTeau, the executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The event will be based out of Wildwood Park in Appling, Georgia, and held in conjunction with the Wildwood Outdoor Festival along the shores of Clarks Hill Lake. Having hosted the IMBA World Summit in 2010, and being designated a bronze level IMBA Ride Center in 2012, our region has become a true destination for mountain biking. We are certain the participants will appreciate our and warm southern hospitality when they visit Columbia County for the nationals.”

The 2015 and 2016 s will utilize the course used for the 1996 Downhill World Championships at Mammoth Mountain in California. With its long and storied history of racing, Mammoth Mountain has proven to be an extremely popular stop on the USA Cycling Professional Gravity Tour (Pro GRT).

“Mammoth’s long history with the sport dates to the 1980s, when the Kamikaze Downhill ignited racing,” said Bill Cockroft, senior vice president, Mammoth Mountain and member of the Hall of Fame. “Since then, our bike park has continued to evolve and is once again leading the sport’s progression. We have the history, experience, terrain and passion to put on great events in 2015 and ’16.”

In 2015 and 2016, the Collegiate s are slated to be at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. The at Snowshoe have served as the backdrop for top-tier racing for nearly 25 years. It is certain to provide the right mix of terrain to suit collegiate competitors nationwide.

“Snowshoe Mountain is excited to host the country’s top collegiate riders here on our challenging terrain in October,” Dave Dekema, the director of marketing for Snowshoe Mountain, said. “Having witnessed the championship event several times before, I know firsthand it brings out the greatest displays of college team pride, character and competitiveness amongst a very talented group of student-athletes. There’s no question Snowshoe will be ready to match that with a best-in-class race venue across all disciplines.”

In 2015-16, returns to Greenville, S.C., for the Professional s. Greenville, which was the site of its professional road s from 2005-11, has a strong history of hosting professional s and is an extremely popular area for cyclists.

“Our award winning downtown is an ideal venue for the Professional s and we are honored to be the host city for this prestigious competition,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White. “We forward to welcoming the field of elite athletes and making the 2015-2016 championships the most exciting yet.”

“Greenville, South Carolina’s emergence as a recognized and talked about cycling destination combined with proven category event experience and an incredibly passionate local cycling community makes for a standout championship for the athletes and the fans,” President of VisitGreenvilleSC Chris Stone said. “We forward to sharing our enthusiasm for cycling and the great outdoors as we welcome and celebrate the 2015 and 2016 Professional s in Greenville, South Carolina.”

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