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by Mark Zalewski
March 11, 2017
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After polling its members USA Cycling has decided to move the date of its cyclocross national championships back to the month of December. It had previously moved the date to January to coincide with the championships of most European countries, but the majority of the membership that contested the event preferred a December date.
The 2017 Elite Men’s podium: Stephen Hyde (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Jamey Driscoll (Clement), and Kerry Werner (Kona).
“We solicited feedback from our cyclocross community including athletes, parents, race directors and our advisory Cyclocross Committee and there was overwhelming support to return to December,”said Micah Rice, USA Cycling Vice President of National Events. “We believe this is a very positive move and will work closely with any affected December races to ensure their continued success.”
As well the locations for the event in both 2018 and 2019 were announced as Louisville and Seattle-Tacoma, respectively.
“The Cyclocross National Championships are one of our most prestigious and well attended events and we are excited to partner with two very strong cycling communities,” said Rice. “Both areas are hotbeds for cyclocross and have the passionate grassroots racing community, proven event promoters and supportive civic leadership to ensure strong, successful events.”
As a result of moving the date from January back to December, 2018 will have two national championships — already scheduled in Reno for January and now Louisville the following December.
Click through to read more at USA Cycling.