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Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Pro Championships

August Dates Set for National Championships for Professional Cycling in Return to South Carolina

01.14.2009
Greenville, South Carolina
August Dates Set for National Championships for Professional Cycling in Return to South Carolina

The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville, S.C. for a fourth consecutive year in 2009, with race weekend set for August 29-30. The dual championship has become one of the premier cycling events in the Southeast, with the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship on Saturday and the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship on Sunday.

USA Cycling, Inc., which sanctions the event, has extended the licensing agreement for 2009 with Medalist Sports, a sports marketing company that specializes in planning, promotion and management of multi-day, multi-jurisdiction sports. Medalist Sports has produced the event since 2006. The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships is part of the 13-event schedule for the USA Cycling Professional Tour. It is also one of 17 national championship events that USA Cycling sanctions across five disciplines in the sport for amateurs and professionals.

"The amazing community support we have had since moving the pro Championships to Greenville in 2006 is one of the main reasons to stage the event in the Upstate for another year. A strong foundation has been built with the help of Greenville Hospital System as title sponsor, the City of Greenville and Greenville County," said Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports. "These championships provide a first-class venue for the best professional cyclists in the country, and we expect several exciting announcements and the development of new platforms with regard to community and corporate involvement."

In 2009, the GHS USA Cycling Professional Championships will continue its relationship with the Palmetto Peloton Project (P3) and host special events to support cancer research. In the past three years, $278,000 has been raised with non-competitive running and cycling events in conjunction with the Championships. Funds from the Stars and Stripes 5K Run and 1-Mile Run/Walk and the annual Stars and Stripes Challenge bicycle ride have benefited the Greenville Hospital System Oncology Research Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation and Activate Upstate.

"Greenville Hospital System is proud to serve as title sponsor of the USA Cycling Championships for a fourth year and to be a recipient of the Palmetto Peloton Project," said Greenville Hospital System President and CEO Mike Riordan. "We are grateful to P3's gift to cancer research because it not only impacts the people in our community but people across the country and around the world. In addition, P3 events, such as the bicycle rise and 5K run, offer our community an opportunity to get out and be active, which reinforces our commitment to total health."

All updates will be made available at the official website: www.usacyclingchampionships.com.

ABOUT GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM
Established nearly a century ago, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) is a not-for-profit academic health organization committed to medical excellence through research, education, clinical expertise and technological advancement. GHS is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO). With five campuses and 1,268 licensed beds, it is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in South Carolina. GHS provides comprehensive healthcare through its flagship tertiary referral and education center (Greenville Memorial Hospital), two acute-care and one long-term care hospitals, short-stay surgical hospital, integrated children's and women's hospitals, nationally-recognized cottage-concept nursing home, outpatient facilities, wellness centers, community outreach programs and extensive medical education program that includes 11 residency/fellowship programs. GHS currently offers more than 570 clinical trials, including several first-in-nation cancer-treatment trials. To learn more, go to www.ghs.org.

ABOUT MEDALIST SPORTS
Medalist Sports is a full-service international sports marketing company. Medalist Sports specializes in the planning, promotion and management of multi-day, multi-jurisdiction sports and special events. The Medalist Sports team has experience in all facets of the successful management and promotion of world-class sporting and cycling events in the United States, England, Australia and China. Clients and event experience include the Tour DuPont, Tour de Georgia, Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Missouri, USA Cycling, Inc. and the Lance Armstrong Foundation's LIVESTRONG Challenge Series. Medalist Sports' headquarters are located south of metro Atlanta at P.O. Box 415, Tyrone, GA 30290. The company website is www.medalistsports.com.

ABOUT PALMETTO PELOTON PROJECT
The Palmetto Peloton Project (P3), based in Greenville, S.C., exists to promote the advancement of cancer research and advocacy efforts locally, regionally and nationally through fundraising events. Through support from local businesses and enthusiastic cyclists, the Palmetto Peloton Project has raised over $330,000 for cancer research and advocacy since its inception in 2005. In 2009 as part of the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships, P3 will host the "Stars and Stripes Challenge", recreational cycling and running events to support local cancer research. For more information, visit www.palmettopelotonproject.org.

ABOUT USA CYCLING
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization. USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women's National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling. USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.

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Contacts
Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Pro Championships
(770) 631-1239
chris.aronhalt@medalistsports.com
www.usacyclingchampionships.com

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