Asheville prepares for CX Nationals

  
  


(Dec. 31, 2015) – The top cyclo-cross riders from around the country will clip in to decide 35 Stars-and-Stripes jerseys Jan. 5-10 at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., for the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships.
 
The 40-44 men push off at the start line.
The 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships kick off in Asheville on Tuesday.

“USA Cycling and the Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission are excited to welcome more than 2,000 riders to beautiful Asheville and the Biltmore Estate for the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships,” said USA Cycling National Events Manager Tara McCarthy. “We look forward to crowning the top cyclo-cross riders in the country next week at one of America’s most treasured landmarks and properties.”
 
FAMILIAR TERRITORY
Twenty-seven riders return to the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships to defend their 2015 titles, including elite champions Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Aspire Racing) and Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing). Powers will challenge the elite men’s field in pursuit of his fourth championship in five years, while Compton seeks an unprecedented 12th crown in the women’s race.
 
View all of the currently registered riders.
 
Learn more about the event rules, eligibility and call-up requirements here.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Held at Asheville’s famous Biltmore Estate, the six-day event will run on a 3.2km course that features two flyovers, one trip through a historic barn and plenty of challenging terrain. Check out the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships course map here.


LIVE STREAMING
Ultrasport.tv and USA Cycling are partnering to bring live streaming on the final day of competition. Sunday’s youth women, U23 men, elite women and elite men will air live on Ultrasport.tv from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
 
FOLLOW US
More information on the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships, including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps will be available on the event webpage and usacycling.org.
 
Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CXNats.
 
Kristin Weber en route to the women's 40-44 title.
The six-day event will crown more than 30 national champions in North Carolina.

PARKING
As the Biltmore still enjoys high traffic in January and will be busy with holiday visitors, their full fare holiday pricing will be in effect. However, Biltmore has provided significantly discounted pricing for racers and fans. Out of respect for their pricing policy, which prohibits us from publishing prices online, please call the Biltmore reservation center at 866-851-4661 for pricing information. The single per-person fee covers your entry, parking and shuttle for the entire week of Nationals. This is not unlike paying for parking at other events—it will just be collected at the front gate of the Estate (last year a five-day parking pass was $35). This wristband gets guests six days of access to Antler Village where the event is being held—there is an optional upcharge if guests wish to visit the Biltmore house or other places on the Estate. Sales and entry will start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, and guests will be able to gain access to the race venue at that time. From Tuesday morning on, visitors may enter the Estate grounds at 6:30 a.m. and purchase a wristband at that time.
 
The main parking area is about 2.5 miles away from the course. The Biltmore Estate has a shuttle that runs back and forth (at no cost) and visitors are welcome to ride a bike from the parking area to the race course.
 
DEDICATED DROP-OFF AREA
Please take advantage of the secure drop-off location for bikes and larger items at the venue before parking. Given expected crowds, riders will not be permitted to bring bikes on the shuttle. 
 
The dedicated drop-off area roundabout is next to the race course at Antler Hill Village. Those with bikes and equipment to drop-off will be directed to the drop-off area by the Admissions Gate upon arrival. Dedicated staff and volunteers will be present to help by unloading equipment and watching over it while riders park and shuttle/bike ride back to the venue. Because this will be a popular spot at times, there will be ample staff to assist and keep careful watch over riders’ equipment until they return. Feedback Sports will provide a warmup tent that all are welcome to use with 25-30 trainers (as in past years). If guests need to get back to their car, there will be frequent shuttles running until 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday of race days.
 
COLLEGIATE RECRUITMENT FAIR
USA Cycling is pleased to offer junior and U23 riders attending the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships an opportunity to talk with collegiate cycling program directors, team leaders and admission officials from across the country. The College Recruitment Fair will take place at the Historic Barn in the Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate (same place as registration) on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Click here for more information.
 
GIVING BACK
Sierra Nevada and Biltmore Estate will use the event to leave lasting positive benefits locally with proceeds from beer sales during the event going to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, a local nonprofit working to create a regional network of permanently protected farm, forest and natural lands.
 
USA Cycling has chosen the iDream Athletes Foundation as the charity recipient of the Donut Race. The Donut Race will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. The racer who completes the most laps on a short course and consumes the most donuts will win. Proceeds support iDream Athletes in their mission of fueling the growth of running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs and communities with direct funding where it’s needed most in Western North Carolina.
 
MECHANICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
As a sponsor of USA Cycling and the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships, Sierra Nevada will also host the inaugural Mechanics Championships at their Mills River Brewery on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Mechanics will be challenged to perform a number of bike maintenance and bike build tasks to determine the men’s and women’s bike wrench champions.
 
Media inquiries regarding the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships may be directed to USA Cycling Communications Manager Kevin Loughery at kloughery@usacycling.org.


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