USA Cycling Announces Complete 2011 National Championship Calendar
The 2010 National Championships were barely a week ago, and we’re already looking ahead to 2011 – or, in the case of cyclocross, January, 2012! Below is the press release from USA Cycling announcing all of the events. And although cyclocross has moved on from Bend, Oregon, to hit up Madison, Wisconsin, for the next couple of years, the Oregon mountain town will have plenty of cyclists around in the summer as it plays host to both the Masters Road Championship and the Marathon MTB Championship.
From USA Cycling:
USA Cycling unveiled its complete 2011 national championship calendar today. A total of 17 events will provide riders of all ages and abilities with opportunities to win national titles across all five disciplines of competitive cycling. Of the 17 events, 12 are headed to new host cities.
The first national titles of the year will again be bestowed upon BMX racers. For the first time in its five-year history, the USA Cycling BMX National Championships will take place on the grounds of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The April 16th event will feature elite and junior racing on the Beijing-replica Supercross track, while all other categories will compete on the adjacent, traditional BMX track.
Next up will be the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. For the second year in a row, co-eds from around the country will close out their year of racing in Madison, Wis. Approximately 100 colleges and universities will be represented as student-athletes duke it out on the road, May 6-8, for those coveted team omniums. This national championship event is also the fourth and final one to be calculated in the overall team rankings for the 2010-2011 academic year.
For the sixth year in a row, the USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships will return to Greenville, S.C. The event will take place May 28-30 as youngsters Taylor Phinney and Ben King will fight to defend their time trial and road race titles against 100 of the nation’s top pros.
As previously announced, the country’s junior, U23 and elite roadies will compete for national titles on the streets of Augusta, Ga., June 22-26. The USA Cycling Elite, U23 & Junior Road National Championships will crown winners in the time trial, road race, and criterium. Click here to read the original announcement about this event.
The national championship calendar will then continue in July with the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships. The event is slated for July 7-10 at the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas, where the nation’s next generation of track stars will fight for national titles in a variety of sprint and endurance events.
With 2011 marking the first year that the cross country and gravity mountain bike events are split into two separate national championships, the cross country portion will head to the Idaho Rockies. Scheduled for July 14-17 in Sun Valley, Idaho, the USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships will award Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in cross country, short track, and Super D events. Click here to read the original release about this event.
As national championship racing heats up during the month of August, tracksters from around the U.S. will converge on the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pa. After being held in Colorado in 2009, and Texas in 2010, the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships will move to T-town, August 2-7.
On August 20th, the nation’s top sprinters will head to Grand Rapids, Mich. for the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships where, for the first time in the event’s history, only U.S. citizens will be allowed to toe the line. Click here for the original release on this event.
Masters from around the nation will have a good reason to visit the cycling-friendly state of Oregon next summer as the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships head to Bend. Racing will take place August 31 – September 4, and will name national champions across multiple age groups in the time trial, road race, and criterium. Click here to read the original announcement about this event.
Collegiate riders will open up their 2011-2012 season with the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships. This year, the event heads to the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, Ind., September 15-17.
Having been held in conjunction with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo. for the past four years, the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will make a move for 2011. The annual event, which crowns 24 national champions in ultra-endurance mountain biking, will be held in Bend, Ore. on September 17. Click here to read the initial press release on this event.
In its first year as a separate event, the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships will head to the Great Smoky Mountains. Scheduled for September 24-25 on North Carolina’s Beech Mountain, the event will feature downhill and four-cross racing for gravity enthusiasts of all ages.
The best track riders in the United States will fight for national titles during the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, to be held once again at the Home Depot Center Velodrome in Carson, Calif. The suburban Los Angeles event will take place September 29 – October 3.
After being part of the 24 Hours of Moab for the past two years, the USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships will feature a change of scenery for 2011. Making the move to Colorado Springs, Colo., the event will award Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over the weekend of October 1-2.
Following two great years at Tahoe, the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships will head to the eastern half of the country for 2011. The event, which will be held at the Timberline Resort in Davis, W.Va., October 28-30, will be the second chance for student cyclists to earn national titles during their 2011-2012 school year.
Although USA Cycling has traditionally held its cyclo-cross national championships in December, the national governing body has moved the event to January in an effort to align itself with the international calendar and better support U.S. athletes training for the world championships. Instead of ending their season in December of 2011,‘cross racers will bring an end to domestic racing with the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Madison, Wis., January 4-8, 2012. Click here for the full announcement on this event.
National champions will also be crowned in 2011 at the USA Cycling Track Tandem Sprint National Championships in Trexlertown, Pa. The exact dates of this event will be made available as soon as they are determined.
2011 USA Cycling National Championship Calendar
*All dates and locations subject to change
April 16: BMX National Championships – Chula Vista, Calif.
May 6-8: Collegiate Road National Championships – Madison, Wis.
May 28-30: USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships – Greenville, S.C.
June 22-26: USA Cycling Elite, U23 & Junior Road National Championships – Augusta, Ga.
July 7-10: USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships – Frisco, Texas
July 14-17: USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships – Sun Valley, Idaho
Aug. 2-7: USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships – Trexlertown, Pa.
Aug. 20: USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 4: USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships – Bend, Ore.
Sept. 15-17: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship – Indianapolis, Ind.
Sept. 17: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships – Bend, Ore.
Sept. 24-25: USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships – Beech Mountain, N.C.
Sept. 29 – Oct. 3: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships – Carson, Calif.
Oct. 1-2: USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 28-30: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships – Davis, W. Va.
Jan. 4-8: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships – Madison, Wis.
Date TBD: USA Cycling Track Tandem Sprint National Championships – Trexlertown, Pa.
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