North Lake Tahoe has been selected to host USA Cycling’s Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships in 2015 and 2016. The prestigious five-day event is made up of multiple races, including an individual time trial, tandem time trial, a criterium, and road races.
The national championships draw more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. and represents more than 2,500 clubs and teams and 70,800 members. The organization hosts a series of road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and BMX national championships across the nation.
North Lake Tahoe’s selection as the home of the cycling event comes only months after the area hosted its first IRONMAN competition in September, and represents the region’s growing popularity as a location for national and international endurance events.
“We are extremely excited to bring the 2015-16 USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships to North Lake Tahoe. It is such a beautiful part of the country with spectacular courses,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling’s vice president of national events. “We are looking forward to sharing it with the riders. We’re confident that the event will produce worthy winners after they compete on the challenging courses in North Lake Tahoe.”
USA Cycling expects strong participation at the event as it returns to Northern California, a stronghold of amateur and professional road cycling.
“Hosting this prestigious race at North Lake Tahoe will be a true win-win for everyone involved”, said Andy Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “Renowned for its spectacular mountain vistas and crystal clear lake, Lake Tahoe’s pristine setting is the perfect environment for athletes to both push themselves and to relax and rejuvenate post race. We look forward to a great race in 2015 and 2016.”