USPRO Championships move to Greenville, S.C.
2005 USPRO Champion Chris Wherry (Photo: Mitch Friedman)
The three-year agreement brings the highest level of one-day professional bike racing on American soil to Greenville as an all-American field will compete for the prestigious title of USPRO Champion.
For the first time, the field will be comprised solely of U.S. citizens and will be open to members of UCI-registered trade teams only.
The road race will be held on September 2, 2006 and will be complemented by the introduction of the first-ever USPRO Time Trial Championship two days earlier on August 31.
Co-organized by Medalist Sports and Southern Hospitality Group Event Management, major sponsors of the event include The Cliffs Communities, a group of gated residential communities in the heart of the Carolina Preserve, and regional cable provider Charter Communications.
“This event will truly showcase the best of the best American cycling talent,” said USA Cycling chief executive officer Gerard Bisceglia. “After a rich history in Philadelphia, the USPRO event has become the benchmark of one-day professional cycling in this country and with the support of The Cliffs and Charter Communications, as well as the unparalleled commitment of the folks at Medalist Sports and Southern Hospitality Group, we fully expect that the USPRO event will thrive in Greenville.”
"The Cliffs Communities is extremely proud to be a key part of the initiative that was awarded this national championship of professional cycling,” said chief operating officer of the Cliffs Communities Ken Costanzo. “The Cliffs believes the professional cycling event reinforces the company's commitment to its state-of-the-art wellness programs. Having the distinct honor of hosting the country's best cyclists is truly a unique and dynamic opportunity. We welcome the decision and look forward to Labor Day Weekend 2006 when the national champion of professional cycling will be crowned."
"Charter Communications is thrilled to help bring this exciting event to the Upstate and Western North Carolina. It is clear that there is already an enormous appetite for cycling in this area and it's gaining momentum,” commented Charter Communications director of sales and marketing Amy Warren. “The fact that we at Charter can be part of supporting a sport that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and adds value to the quality of life in this area is important to us as a community partner."
The shift to Greenville ends a remarkable 21-year history in Philadelphia where Wachovia and its predecessors supported the event since its inception in 1985 when Eric Heiden became the first-ever USPRO Champion.
"I believe the community will rally around this event and pledge the full backing of my office to help make that happen, said the honorable Knox White, Mayor of Greenville. “Therefore, it is with every confidence that I see this championship, once it is moved to Greenville, being restored to prominence as the highest level of professional cycling accomplishment. The rider that wears the stars and stripes jersey will have truly earned this country's premier cycling award and we will be proud to say it took place in our community."
The Cliffs USA Cycling Professional National Championships powered by Charter
Thursday, August 31: Time Trial
Saturday, September 2: Road Race
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 54,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information visit www.usacycling.org or contact, USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.
About THE CLIFFS:
The Cliffs Communities are four premier, private master-planned, gated residential communities nestled in the heart of the Carolina Preserve - at the leading edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains extending between Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina and are collectively bordered by over one million acres of pristine parklands. The Cliffs Communities offer luxury homes and home sites in four awe-inspiring landscapes. One membership entitles members to a diverse reciprocal amenities package, including 90 holes of championship golf on award-winning courses crafted by the masters - Nicklaus, Fazio, Wright, Jackson - and a comprehensive wellness program developed in conjunction with renowned medical experts. For more information, visit www.cliffscommunities.com.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter DigitalT, Charter High-SpeedT Internet service and Charter TelephoneT. Charter BusinessT provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to organizations of all sizes through business-to-business Internet, data networking, video and music services. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com .
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