USA Cycling on Friday unveiled its 2013 national championship calendar, highlighted by several new locations for events.
“We are excited about all of our national championships venues,” Vice President of National Events Micah Rice said. “Our new locations in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and North Carolina have really stepped up and we’re looking forward to great events for our members. What’s also exciting is that our relationships with our existing venues continue to get stronger and those events will continue to grow.”
The marquee event for cycling’s national governing body, the 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships, will be in Chattanooga, Tenn., and for the first time will include professional women riders. The professional women will also join the professional men at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships in High Point, N.C., on July 27.
USA Cycling’s mountain bike national championships span the gamut of the country’s most picturesque locales. From June 15-16, the nation’s premiere endurance riders will contest the USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships in Gallup, N.M. On July 6, Sun Valley, Idaho, will host the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships. The USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships spanning July 18-21 are slated for an eastern location as they will be at the Bear Creek Resort in Pennsylvania. From Aug. 2-4, the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships are scheduled to take place at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico.
For the first time, the BMX national championships will be split into two events. The USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships will be on May 18 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before the amateurs take to the track in Nashville on June 1 for the USA Cycling Amateur BMX National Championships.
The USA Cycling national championships will be zig zagging across the United States in 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Elite track cyclists will display their talent at a pair of events on each coast two weeks apart. The USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships will span Aug. 9-11 at the Velo Sports Center in Carson, Calif., before that group competes in Rock Hill, S.C., from Aug. 22-24 at the USA Cycling Elite Mass Start Track National Championships.
The country’s best amateur road cyclists will compete in Madison, Wis., from July 3-7 in the USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships in an event featuring the nation’s best juniors riders, U23 riders and elite men.
There is a pair of masters-only national championships in 2013. The first spans July 30-Aug. 4 when the nation’s top 35-and-over riders ply their trade at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, Ind., for the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships. From Sept. 4-8, the country’s top masters road cyclists will toe the line in Bend, Ore., for the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships.
The lone juniors-only national championships on the calendar, the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships, will be July 25-28 in Trexlertown, Pa.
The calendar also includes three collegiate-only national championships. From May 3-5, the nation’s top collegiate road cyclists will descend on Ogden, Utah, for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. The 2013 calendar year concludes with a pair of collegiate events. From Sept. 19-21, the top collegiate track cyclists will be in Colorado for the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships. That event will be followed a month later by the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships from Oct. 25-27 in Banner Elk, N.C.