USA Cycling Championships Hit Chattanooga

(Webb Wright)
(Webb Wright)
Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 5/26/2013 11:58 pm
     It's the ultimate combination of speed and skill, as the top cyclists compete in the USPRO Championships.
     "These are the best athletes we have in the nation. These are riders that represent us at the Olympics, these are riders that represent us at the World Championships, and they are also riders that will probably be here and are probably headed to the Tour De France in a few weeks," said Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events for USA Cycling.
     After holding the event in Greenville, South Carolina for several years, Chattanooga won USA Cycling over as a town built for the sport.
     "I think a lot of people are just starting now to realize the things that the city is really investing in, the infrastructure, the bike lanes, the bike program that you've got downtown where you can borrow bikes for the day. I think that programs like that are what put cities on the map in terms of supporting cycling."
     "They just support us cyclists, they welcome us, it is one of my favorite cities in Tennessee I love coming here and riding, I love this city," said rider Nate Brown.
     And the city could be a big winner economically.
     "We are expecting around 25 thousand to come into town for the big Monday event. It could be more, for all we know,  and as this becomes more popular in the future it might become even bigger than Greenville, and we think it has the potential to do so," added Rice.
     So much in fact, the championships will be back in the future.
     "Our plan right now is to stick with Chattanooga for a minimum of three years. The city wants this event in Chattanooga, so it's our expectation with the partnerships Volkswagen and Erlanger hospital systems that we are going to have this event here for the next three years," said Rice.
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