Following an unprecedented bevy of strong bids, USA Cycling has selected Boulder, Colo., Austin, Texas and Asheville, N.C. to host its 2014, 2015 and 2016 Cyclo-cross National Championships respectively.
The cyclo-cross national championships are expected to bring upwards of 1,200 competitors and 10,000 spectators to these communities. “We had three outstanding bids making the only logical choice to award all three communities,” said USA Cycling Managing Director of National Events Micah Rice. “The decision to award one-year contracts for the championships will also help foster cyclo-cross racing in three distinctively different parts of the country.”
USA Cycling evaluated potential host cities using various criteria, including: accessibility, community support, course options, technical expertise and the organization’s commitment to volunteer recruitment, marketing and lodging. Each community will be required to host an international-caliber test event ahead of the national championships.
With a handful of top-caliber cyclo-cross events already in place at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park, the northern Colorado cycling-hotbed was the obvious choice to host in 2014. The tried and true, permanent cyclo-cross course and facilities will offer the ideal structure to host the nation’s best.