PRESS RELEASE – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (August 8, 2019) – For the first time, the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships will take place in the hometown of USA Cycling, Colorado Springs, Colo. The event is made up of the time trial, road race, and criterium races that will take place over four days at three different venues across Olympic City USA. With almost 800 athletes in attendance from 46 states, spectators and athletes alike will be in for some remarkable racing.
Racing will begin Thursday August 8, in Hanover, Colo., 30-minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs with the race against the clock, the time trial. Athletes will be contesting either a 20- or 40-kilometer course, depending on age and gender. The course is an out-and-back style, and the distances have been certified, making this event eligible for national records.
On Friday and Saturday, we’ll switch venues to the U.S. Air Force Academy for the road race. Riders will compete on an 18.3 km loop, which is similar to the course used at the 1986 UCI Road World Championships held at the venue. Starting and finishing at Falcon Stadium, spectators can come and cheer just like they were at a football game. The road races will also serve as a qualifying event for the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Poland.
The event will conclude on Sunday with the criterium, held at the new Banning Lewis Ranch park on the east side of Colorado Springs. The day will include a neighborhood festival, live concert as a part of the Banning Lewis Ranch Summer Concert Series, food vendors and more. “We are honored to showcase our Banning Lewis Ranch neighborhood to the USA Cycling athletes and local residents for this event of national prominence.” said Thomas Garmong, Banning Lewis Ranch Executive Vice President.
Start lists for USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are available at https://www.usacycling.org/article/2019-masters-nationals-road-championships-start-list-and-call-ups
Schedule of events for Masters #RoadNats is available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/craft-prod-assets/assets/2019-Masters-Road-Schedule-7-31.pdf
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