USA Cycling announced today the dates and locations for the majority of its 2010 National Championship events. Next year, sixteen events will provide professional and amateur cyclists of all ages with opportunities to race for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in five disciplines of competitive cycling. Of the fourteen events whose locations have been determined, nine are returning to their 2009 locations and five are headed to new host cities.
The nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BMX riders will be the first to compete for national titles in 2010. Slated for March 20, the USA Cycling BMX National Championships will return to the Metroplex BMX in Desoto, Texas where riders in both Challenge and Elite categories will compete for national titles in 20Ã¢â‚¬Â and 24Ã¢â‚¬Â Cruiser Class and Championship Class events.
The University of Wisconsin will play host to the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships as student-athletes contest the final race of their 2009/2010 season. After two years in Fort Collins, the event will move to the mid-west and see nearly 300 collegiate teams from around the nation duke it out for bragging rights in Divisions I and II on the roads of Madison, May 7-9.
In June, ultra-endurance off roaders will make their way to Davis, W. Va., where the USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships will be held in conjunction with the 24 Hours of Big Bear. Scheduled for June 12-13, the competition will award Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in nine individual or team categories.
For the second year in a row, many of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rising stars will converge on the cycling-friendly community of Bend, Ore. for the USA Cycling Junior, U23, and Elite Road National Championships. The five day event will take place June 22-27 and will award national titles in the road race, criterium, and time trial events. New to the program for 2010 will be the elite menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s criteriums, which in the past have been held in conjunction with the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships.
Fourteen more national titles will be up for grabs on the Fourth of July as ultra-endurance riders celebrate our nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s independence at the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships. The event returns to Breckenridge, Colo. for 2010 to be held in conjunction with the Firecracker 50.
Competition will continue to heat up in July as athletes between the ages of 10 and 18 will travel to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pa. for the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships slated for July 8-11. The up-and-coming track cyclists will compete for national titles in several different events on the track, as well as for the overall omnium classifications.
Fat tire enthusiasts will head to a site yet be determined in the Rocky Mountains to battle it out on the dirt at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, July 15-18. The event will award national titles to pros and amateurs in several disciplines of off-road racing including cross country, downhill, short track cross country, four-cross, single speed, and super D.
Louisville, Ky. will once again play host to one of the largest events of the year, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships. The event is scheduled for August 1-7 and 1,000 amateur cyclists are expected to compete for Stars-and Stripes jerseys in the road race, criterium, and time trial events.
Some of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest cyclists will return to Downers Grove, Ill. on August 15 for the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships where one rider will be crowned national champion.
The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas will set the stage for amateur riders age 30 and over to duke it out for national titles at the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships, September 1-5.
For the fifth year in a row, Greenville, S.C. will provide the backdrop for the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships. Scheduled for September 18-19, the event will spotlight the top American road cyclists as they compete for national titles in the road race and time trial.
The USA Cycling Elite Track and International Omnium National Championships will be contested September 29 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ October 3. The location for this event will be announced in coming weeks.
Also in September, collegiate cyclists from schools around the nation will kick off their 2010/2011 cycling season with the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, Ind. The exact dates for this event will be announced shortly.
Student-athletes will meet again the following month for the second national championship event of their season Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. Slated for October 14-17, the event will return to the Northstar at Tahoe Resort near Truckee, Calif. where coeds will fight for bragging rights in cross country, short track cross country, downhill, and four-cross contests.
December will bring an end to 2010 national championship competition as cyclo-cross racers return to Bend, Ore. for a second time. The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships are scheduled for December 9-12.
All unconfirmed dates and locations will be announced as soon as they become available.
2010 USA Cycling National Championship Calendar
*All dates and locations subject to change
March 20: USA Cycling BMX National Championships – Desoto, Texas
May 7-9: USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships – Madison, Wis.
June 12-13: USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Davis, W. Va.
June 22-27: USA Cycling Elite, U23, and Junior Road National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Bend, Ore.
July 15-18: USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ TBA, Colo.
July 4: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships – Breckenridge, Colo.
July 8-11: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Trexlertown, Pa.
August 1-7: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Louisville, Ky.
August 15: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Downers Grove, Ill.
September 1-5: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Frisco, Texas
September 18-19: USA Cycling Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Greenville, S.C.
Sept. 29 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Oct. 3: USA Cycling Elite Track & International Omnium National Championships – TBA
September (TBA): USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Indianapolis, Ind.
October 14-17: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Truckee, Calif.
December 9-12: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Bend, Ore.
Date TBA: USA Cycling Track Tandem Sprint National Championships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Trexlertown, Pa.