GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville, S.C. for a fifth consecutive year in 2010, with new dates set for September 18-19, 2010. The Championship weekend features the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship on Saturday and the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship on Sunday.
USA Cycling, Inc., which owns and sanctions the event, has extended the licensing agreement for 2010 with Medalist Sports, a sports management company that specializes in the planning, promotion and production of professional cycling and fundraising events. Medalist Sports has produced the Championships since 2006. The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships is part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour, a men's-only, season-long calendar comprised of UCI events that determines the best professional rider and team on American soil. It is also one of 17 national championship events that USA Cycling, Inc. sanctions across five disciplines in the sport for amateurs and professionals.
"We appreciate the ongoing support of the city of Greenville and the Greenville Hospital System," said Sean Petty, USA Cycling chief operating officer. "We also appreciate Greenville's understanding and flexibility in adjusting the dates for the 2010 event. While the date change was out of our hands, the result is a good one as U.S. riders who are preparing for the World Championships will have the ability to do quality, final preparation at North American events starting with Tour of Missouri, followed by the Canadian Pro Tour events and the USA Cycling Pro Championships."
The USA Cycling Professional Championships will be contested three weeks later than the previous editions in Greenville. The date change was precipitated by a number of changes to the international racing calendar. In 2010, two new UCI-sanctioned Pro Tour events have been scheduled in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada (September 10 and 12, respectfully), thus shifting the Tour of Missouri, to August 30 - September 5th. The USA Cycling Professional Championships will be followed by the UCI Road World Championships, scheduled for September 29 - October 3, in Melbourne, Australia.
"I'm very excited that the USA Cycling Professional Championships are coming back to Greenville for 2010 and the new dates should fit nicely into a very exciting fall schedule," said George Hincapie. "I'm proud to have won the Championship for the third time and I'm looking forward to defending the title with my new team BMC Racing. The only thing better than winning the stars and stripes jersey is being able to wear that jersey for the entire racing season. With my new team, I will focus on the spring classics, and the fall will be my second priority. It looks like my season will end up with great races like the Tour of Missouri, the new Canadian Pro Tour events, the US Pro Championships and the World Championships."
Medalist Sports also announced today results and a summary of the 2009 event.
- David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, UT; Team Garmin - Slipstream) repeats as USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Champion
- George Hincapie (Greenville, SC; Team Highroad - HTC) wins as USA Cycling Professional Road Race Champion
- Greenville Hospital System as Title Sponsor and Duke Energy as Presenting Sponsor
- Over 80,000 spectators attended the event weekend
- Over $120,000 raised for charity by the Palmetto Peloton Project (over $400,000 in four years) by 750 riders, who represented 21 states and two countries
- Over 120 credentialed, national media covered the event
- Live television coverage in partnership with WYFF-4 (NBC)
- Website visits from all 50 states and 130 countries
- Partnership with the US Handcycling Federation (USHF)