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USA Cycling Pro Championships

Three Days of Activities Planned for 2007 Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships

08.08.2007
Greenville, South Carolina
Three Days of Activities Planned for 2007 Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships

Spectator Options Include Athlete Presentation Event, Exclusive Hospitality and Palmetto Peloton Project

Over 150 of the nation's best professional cyclists will race on the streets of Greenville, S.C. in less than one month for two national titles. Along with the spectacle of road racing in the 2007 Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships is a full schedule of events for the huge crowds of over 70,000 who are expected for Labor Day weekend.

Friday, August 31
6-9:00pm USA Cycling Professional Championships - Silent Auction

  • Peace Center Amphitheater
  • Open to Public
  • Benefit Zest Quest and the USA Cycling Foundation
  • Autographed Items, Professional Sport Tickets, More...

7-8:00pm Preview Show (live)

  • Peace Center Amphitheater
  • Free for the general public
  • Live WYFF 4 broadcast begins at 7:30 pm

Preview Show
Event media partner, WYFF 4 (an NBC affiliate) will air a live 30-minute preview show on Friday, August 31, in front of a live audience of event spectators. The format is planned to include interviews with some of the top professional athletes, such as defending champions Dave Zabriskie (Time Trial) and George Hincapie (Road Race). A special segment is also planned to allow cycling fans to interact with a panel of athletes. WYFF News 4 Sports Director Geoff Hart will serve as host. This is part of the festivities that will be held at the Peace Center Amphitheater in downtown Greenville the night before the USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championship, presented by The Cliffs.

Saturday, September 1
11:00am USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championship presented by The Cliffs

  • Cliffs at Mountain Park (start) to the Cliffs Valley (finish)
  • Exclusive Hospitality available
  • Event free for all spectators

7:00pm Public Festival

  • Downtown Greenville
  • Open to the public/Food and Entertainment
  • Details tbd

Time Trial
Over 50 competitors are expected to compete in the USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championship, presented by The Cliffs, including defending champion Zabriskie (Team CSC), runner-up Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United), and rising-star Saul Raisin (Credit Agricole). It should take each rider, departing the start house in one-minute intervals, 35-45 minutes to complete the course. Admission to the event is free for all spectators along the route. Reserved viewing areas and covered seating are available with VIP Hospitality Tickets, starting at $100 per ticket.

  • 18.7 miles/30.1 km; Start 11:00 a.m. cyclists departing every minute.
  • Staggered start at one minute intervals from The Cliffs at Mountain Park to The Cliffs Valley
  • Four-mile section of course is "out and back"
  • Hospitality venues located at both start and finish
  • Last year's winner, Dave Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, UT) had a winning time of 41 minutes and 49 seconds, with an average speed of 28.88 m.p.h (46.48kph)

Hospitality
Tickets are now available to the Hospitality Villages for both events of the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championship, to be hosted September 1-2 in Greenville. Tickets permit patrons convenience and VIP treatment:

  • experience the race live on closed-circuit television
  • reserved area near finish lines
  • complimentary food and beverages
  • access to parking
  • access to the start and finish line areas

Tickets are available for purchase to all individual spectators and race fans. For the USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championship presented by The Cliffs, tickets are $100 for each individual ticket, or two for $185. For Sunday's USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship, the Hospitality Village will be located at the start/finish line near Main and Broad streets in downtown Greenville. In addition to the amenities listed above, Sunday ticket holders will also receive access to Autograph Alley and an event poster. Tickets are $125 for each individual ticket or two for $230. For more information, visit www.usacyclingchampionships.com/hospitality or call Medalist Sports at 770-631-1239.

Sunday, September 2
7:00am Palmetto Peloton Project - "Stars and Stripes Challenge"

  • Fundraising Ride for GHS Oncology Research Institute and Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • Downtown start/finish (Main and Broad Streets)
  • Registration required

11:00am - 6:00 pm- Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Greenville Hospital System

  • Centered around Broad & Main streets in downtown Greenville
  • Interactive displays, big screen TV, food/beverage vendors, event merchandise
  • Free for the general public

1:00pm - USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship

  • Downtown Greenville
  • Exclusive Hospitality
  • Free for the general public
  • Awards presentation approximately 5:30pm

Palmetto Peloton Project
The "Stars and Stripes Challenge", presented by the Palmetto Peloton Project, will offer several route options for hundreds of participants. Recreational cyclists have the opportunity to ride the same course as the professionals, including the Paris Mountain climb, riding the course as many times as they like between the hours of 7 a.m. and Noon. 500 riders participated last year and raised $82,000 for the Oncology Research Institute of the Greenville Hospital System and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

A registration fee of $50 is required in advance for each adult; children 12 and under are free. For participants who raise an additional $50 for cancer research, they will receive a special performance-wicking shirt. For participants who raise an additional $250 or more, they will receive a custom jersey, water bottle, special viewing area at the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships Sunday afternoon, and other special thank you gifts, courtesy of the Palmetto Peloton Project. Registration is required in advance at www.palmettopelotonproject.org.

Road Race
The USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship, a one-day road race which began in 1985, will be defended by Greenville resident and ProTour rider Hincapie. Over 100 cyclists will climb Paris Mountain four times during the race. New for 2007 will be the addition of three start circuits to the three finish circuits of the 110-mile race. For spectators watching in downtown Greenville, they will see the peloton pass a total of 10 times. The finish line will be along Main Street, near the intersection of Broad Street, with the cyclists expected to finish between 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, depending upon the average speed of the peloton. The road race is a free event, and hospitality tickets are available for $125 each.

  • 110 miles/ 177 km; Start 1:00 p.m. with finish approximately 5:00pm
  • Start/Finish in downtown Greenville at Main and Broad streets, next to event Expo
  • Three start circuits of 3.76 miles/6.1 km each, followed by four full laps of 21.85 miles/35.2 km each and three finishing circuits of 3.76 miles/6.1 km each. The start and finish circuits are the same. The full laps include the climb up Paris Mountain.

Route maps and details for each professional race can be found at the official web site, www.usacyclingchampionships.com. In addition, the web site offers online volunteer registration.

ABOUT USA CYCLING
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 54,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization professional men's road). USA Cycling is the license holder for the USA Cycling Professional Individual Time Trial Championships and USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships. For more information visit www.usacycling.org, or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.

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 THE CLIFFS
Founded in 1991 by Jim Anthony, The Cliffs Communities is devoted to the sensible development of luxury residential communities and other properties, within the United States and around the world, in accordance with a philosophy of protecting the integrity of pristine environments while offering its residents and members the very best lifestyle. The Cliffs' domestic properties include seven premier, private master-planned residential communities located in the heart of the Carolina Preserve between Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC, collectively bordered by over a million acres of national forests and state parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Cliffs offers home sites from $300,000 to over $3,000,000 and custom homes from $600,000 to over $6,000,000. To discover panoramic living at The Cliffs, call (877) 254-3371 or visit www.cliffscommunities.com.

ABOUT GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM
Greenville Hospital System is one of the Southeast's leading healthcare providers, nationally recognized for advanced technology, innovative research and teaching excellence. The system's five campuses include a Level I trauma center, three acute-care hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities. Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center offers the region's broadest array of cancer specialists, many working through the Oncology Multidisciplinary Center. This multidisciplinary approach to the effective management of cancer allows patients to meet with a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist to receive a comprehensive treatment plan all in one day. More information is available at www.ghs.org.

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 cycling events. Through support from local businesses and enthusiastic cyclists, the Palmetto Peloton Project has raised over $100,000 for cancer research and advocacy since its inception in 2005. In 2007 as part of the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships, P3 will host the "Stars and Stripes Challenge", a recreational bicycle ride to support local cancer research. For more information, visit www.palmettopelotonproject.org.

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Contacts
USA Cycling Pro Championships
(770) 631-1239
chris.aronhalt@medalistsports.com
www.usacyclingchampionship.com

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