The Greenville area is gearing up to handle a large flow of traffic this weekend, including the two-wheeled, human powered kind as the city will play host to the USA Cycling Professional Championships, the “Super Bowl” of cycling. The Individual Time trial National Championship is set for Saturday at 11:30 am. The Road Race National Championship will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. Greenville Public Information and Events Department Director Angie Prosser says thousands of spectators are expected to be on hand for the two day spectacle.
Hometown hero George Hincapie is set to defend his USA Road Race title Sunday.
The Road Race Championship course covers 112 miles, starting and finishing in downtown Greenville. Cyclists will also race over Paris Mountain four times during the race. Prosser says as far as the City of Greenville is concerned, the races have found a home that is a great fit. Greenville has become a hotbed for cycling and according to Prosser that has been an integral part of the city of Greenville plan to enhance the quality of life in the city. Prosser says 20 year ago the city started what it calls its “cycling initiative.”
Prosser says having internationally renowned professional cyclist George Hincapie adopt Greenville as his hometown has pushed into high gear the city’s efforts to be a hub for cycling world. Prosser says Hincapie fell in love with the variety of terrain that exists in the city and its surrounding areas. A native of Queens in New York City, Hincapie is best known as the critical point man for Lance Armstrong. Hincapie is the only rider to assist Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories.
Prosser says if spectators are late from church or travelling from out of town, there should be no problem finding a good vantage point to watch the competitors. Over 300,00 spectators have watched the championships in the past four years and over $500,000 has been raised for cancer research benefiting the Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.