America’s top professional road cyclists will descend on Winston-Salem May 27-28 for the 2016 Volkswagen Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, where they will vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys and make a final push for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The two-day competition begins with the individual time trials in Yadkin County/Wilkes County. The professional men will begin at 8 a.m. on a 48-kilometer course along Old U.S. 421 in Wilkes County, 45 minutes west of Winston-Salem. The professional women will race later Friday morning on 33 kilometers of the same course. Back-to-back Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/TWENTY16-Ridebiker) looks to repeat as the women’s pro National Champion, while Andrew Talansky (Napa, Calif./Cannondale Pro Cycling) seeks to defend his 2015 men’s pro crown.
The next day, the men’s and women’s road races take center stage in downtown Winston-Salem. 2015 women’s pro champion and 2016 Olympian Megan Guarnier (Queensbury, N.Y./Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team) leads a loaded women’s field on the 140-kilometer, nine-lap contest before North Carolina native Matthew Busche (Brevard, N.C./UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) lines up to defend the Stars-and-Stripes in the men’s 187-kilometer, 12-lap race. The start/finish line for this event will be located on W. 4th Street at Popular Street, with the pro women starting at 9:30 a.m.
For more information on the 2016 Volkswagen Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, including technical guide, course maps, ticket sales, past results and more, click here.
MASTERS AND PARA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ahead of the May 27-28 pro competition, the week kicks off with the May 24-28 Volkswagen Masters and Para-Cycling Road National Championships. There, all 35+ age divisions and Para riders will race for road, time trial and criterium national titles at several locations— Lewisville, Wilkes County, the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and downtown Winston-Salem. Click here for full schedule of events.
For more information on the 2016 Volkswagen Masters and Para-Cycling Road National Championships, including technical guide, course maps, ticket sales, past results and more, click here.
Winston-Salem Cycling Week will take over the streets of downtown Winston-Salem May 21-30. Live music will be a major focal point during the week as Winston-Salem hosts the inaugural Gear’s & Guitars Music Festival. Additional activities during cycling week can be found at VisitWinstonSalem.com/Cycling.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES AND INFORMATION
Armstrong, Busche, Guarnier, North Carolina resident Brent Bookwalter (Asheville, N.C./BMC Racing Team), and Para athletes Will Groulx (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Allison Jones (Amarillo, Texas) will meet the media at the pre-event press conference Thursday, May 26 from 2-3 p.m. EDT at Bridger Field House of Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field. Additional guests will include Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Visit Winston-Salem President Richard Geiger, Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Event Chair Dr. Richard Rauck and USA Cycling VP of National Events Micah Rice.
Top-three pro finishers in the individual time trials and road races will be available for comment following competition. A media mixed zone will follow the ITTs on Friday, while men’s and women’s press conferences will follow the road races Saturday at 315 N. Spruce Street located a half block from the start/finish line.
The offices at 315 N. Spruce will also serve as media workspace during the pro men’s and women’s road races. Media will have access to wifi, may store equipment and use the space to work during and after competition.
Media members are welcome to apply for Masters & Para-Cycling Road Nationals and Pro Road Nationals credentials by visiting usacycling.org/national-championships or by contacting USA Cycling Manager of Communications Kevin Loughery at email@example.com. For Para media requests, please contact Brianna Tammaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winston-Salem is centrally located in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is easily accessible by car via Interstate 40, Business Interstate 40, Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 52. Scheduled air service is available through Piedmont Triad International Airport just 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to luxury hotel rooms. For more information on Winston-Salem, call toll free 866.728.4200; go to visitwinstonsalem.com; or stop by the Winston-Salem Visitor Center, 200 Brookstown Avenue in the historic Brookstown Mill area just south of downtown Winston-Salem.
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