2012-2013 Cyclocross Nationals Awarded to Madison, Event Moved to January

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Madison is already used to hosting winter cyclocross with the Cyclo Frost. © Emily Mills

Madison is already used to hosting winter cyclocross with the Cyclo Frost. © Emily Mills

That’s right folks – we’ve been warning you it was coming and now it’s official. There’s no 2011 official USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships as the event moves to January in 2012 and will be hosted by Madison, Wisconsin.  (Come join us in the fall of 2011 as we transform our Wednesday Night Worlds into the 2011 National Championships.) Full press release below.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 29, 2010) – USA Cycling is pleased to name Madison, Wisconsin as the host city for the 2012-2013 Cyclocross National Championships.

Additionally, the national governing body announced today that for 2012 and 2013, the event will move from its traditional dates during the second week of December to the first week in January.

Although the United States has held its cyclocross national championships in December for a number of years, the move to January was proposed to better align the event with the international calendar. Additionally, the move will better support the U.S. athletes who are training to compete in the world championships slated for Louisville, Ky. later in January.

USA Cycling originally began the discussion surrounding the date change last year. After a participant survey showed member support for the move, the final decision was confirmed this fall.

“To make sure this decision was in the best interest of our members, we distributed a survey to 2009 Cyclocross National Championship participants,” explained USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk. “When a large majority came back and said they would support moving the event to January, the decision was made to move the national championships to the UCI-designated weekend.”

Because next season’s national championship will take place in January of 2012 and this season’s is scheduled for December of 2010, there will not be a cyclocross national championship event held during the 2011 calendar year.

Madison's Winter Awaits Cyclocrossers in 2012. © Ryan Wick

Madison's Winter Awaits Cyclocrossers in 2012. © Ryan Wick

Organized by the Madison Area Sports Commission and Team Sports Inc., the 2012 event will take place January 4-8 in Madison’s Badger Prairie/Reddan Park where warming tents and plenty of shelter will help ensure the warmth and safety of racers and spectators.

The USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships were last held in the Midwest when Kansas City hosted the 2007 and 2008 editions. Since then, the event has been held in Bend, Ore. (2009-2010). The city of Madison, which has also played host to the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships (2010 and 2011), is happy to welcome the annual cyclocross event back to the Midwest for a two-year commitment.

“We know that Madison’s great cycling culture and enthusiastic cycling fan base will create a memorable experience for the racers competing in these events,” said Jamie Patrick, Director of Sports Sales and Program Development, Madison Area Sports Commission

“We are truly honored and excited to host the 2012/2013 USA Cycling CX National Championships,” said Tom Schuler of Team Sports, Inc. “I know that the rest of the country will quickly learn what midwesterners know already, that the greater Madison area is an incredibly cycling-friendly city.”

 

 

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@StomachOfAnger
@StomachOfAnger

I'm from Michigan. December/January.Whatever... It's winter in the North either way. I'm just glad it's close enough for me to get to this year.

beth h
beth h

I think the only serious issue here will be travel. In the event of a serious snowstorm a lot of people will have a tough time getting to the event, which could skewer the results if some big guns can't get there in time to race.
My season will still end in early December next year, but I'll doff my helmet to those who are equipped to brave Wisconsin in January. Bon Courage!

Gene O
Gene O

lets see...,
1995 Boston nats, blizzard.
1993? Colorado nats icy, below freezing.

Bbbrrrr!
Bbbrrrr!

As a Madison resident I have seen the course and know race promotor Tom Schuler well. The course is really awesome and no one puts on a better bike race for the participants than Tom. It's going to be cold, dress for it. It might be snowy, bring the right tires and learn how to ride in it. Cross is known for adverse conditions and it is amazing how the results change when it gets tough out there. The best all around riders will be rewarded with Stars and Stripes when it is in Madison. Would we have it any other way?

Booksy
Booksy

Where's all these softies coming from? Put on some big boy pants and some tights and get to work.

Steve
Steve

Gotta agree with CK - the nationals in the UK last year were postponed not becuase people didn't want to race in the snow (I know there was quite a few poeple who would rather have raced early Jan. in the snow than wait!) but because people couldn't get to the course. That was the main issue. Stybar won his nationals in the snow and ice. Tim Johnson's win in the snow in 2007 was EPIC! And it's probably good prep for what the Worlds may be like.

ck_
ck_

euros do race in the bitter cold and snow. have you already forgotten this past january's world championships in tabor? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TItQuWXXPjU

looks mighty cold to me.

stateside, one need only look back to the 2007 national championships in kansas city. colder than a witch's tit there, and yeah, some people complained, but the word that was thrown around the most was "Epic"

if nationals is going to get moved to january to better prepare riders for worlds, it may as well get moved to a climate that'll be similar to what they may encounter there as well. look up climate data for St Wendel, Germany for January/February and you'll see it's pretty cold there as well.

i'm sick and tired of people complaining about where nationals is picked. it's either too cold, too far away, too this, too that. if someone has a better idea of where nats should be held they're more than welcome to start submitting bids.

this is cyclocross, having to deal with the elements is part of the race. if you don't want to do that, feel free to go do ride skinny tires somewhere where it's 80 degrees year round.

it's a national championship. the one day out of 365 where the win actually matters. (nobody cares that you won race #4 of your state series. really. nobody.) you get to show the rest of the country that you're the goddamn best there is. it ought to be miserable out. cold. wet. whatever mother nature decides to provide that day.

@Rhbusby
@Rhbusby

No Europeans are forced to race in the bitter cold and snow. This is a bad idea. How about Tennessee or Boulder or even SFO area? Another dumb US Cycling move.

carolyn
carolyn

This is ridiculous! What is the matter with going south central?
I like Madison but not in January!

guest
guest

Regardless of how many warming tents you have, January in Madison for a race of this size is a bad idea. According to weather.com, average high/low for January:
Kansas City -- 38/21
Bend -- 40/23
Madison -- 27/5

kidcoach
kidcoach

January nationals is definitely the right thing for elites prepping for worlds.

For young juniors it is just stupid. Since Kansas City, we already make them race at 8 am on Thursday or Friday. Now it's going to be 8 am in the Dead of winter (instead of the new, young winter).

There is NO reason for juniors below 17-18 to have to wait until Jan for nationals. The bad thing is, it really hurts participation for age groups where fields are NOT full, and where the potential for growth is staggering.

joel
joel

AMEN.

im 100% for this change. if i lived anywhere near madison, id be going, purely for the opportunity to race in sketchy, epic conditions. maybe now the season will shift itself and stop it with these silly august and september races, and have races for us cross addicts who are tired of things coming to a halt just in time to miss the truly epic weather that cross deserves. the euro season doesnt end until early MARCH, and if anyone thinks they dont race in crazy ice and snow, youre deluding yourself.

rick
rick

As far as ALL the complaints about where Nationals is..Stop complaining and submit a bid package..As far as I know only Madison and Traverse City put in a bid this year so either way it was going to be a cold one...Putting on Nationals is a difficult and expensive thing to do so start looking for your sponsors and working on your bid everyone in warm january locals...

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