published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

USA Cycling, Volkswagen to bring national pro championships to Chattanooga

Bicyclists race through the streets of Greenville, S.C., in the 2011 cycling championship.
Bicyclists race through the streets of Greenville, S.C., in the 2011 cycling championship.
Photo by Casey B. Gibson

After a seven year run in Greenville, S.C., one of the top bicycle races in the nation will be on the move to the Scenic City, and local officials predict that the impact to the city could be significant.

Officials from the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County gathered with the president of USA Cycling and business leaders from Volkswagen to announce a three-year contract to bring the USA Pro Cycling Championships to Chattanooga beginning in May 2013.

The event features competition in a time trial, which is set to be held at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, and a road race that will wind throughout the area and over Lookout Mountain before finishing on the downtown riverfront.

In addition, the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Championships will feature the first-ever women’s professional road and time trail national championships.

about Jim Tanner...

Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...

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