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Louisville to host USA Cycling junior national championships in 2016-2017

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Medalists in the 2009 USA Cycling Masters at Cherokee Park in Louisville (Photo courtesy: USA Cycling). Medalists in the 2009 USA Cycling Masters at Cherokee Park in Louisville (Photo courtesy: USA Cycling).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A national road cycling competition is coming to Louisville in 2016 and 2017, according to a release from the Louisville Sports Commission. 

The USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships for men and women under 23 and the men's open division will be held at Cherokee park in 2016. 

The competition includes a time trial, road race and criterium that will be held over four days at three different locations spanning late June and early July. In 2016, the time trial will be held June 30 in Taylorsville; the road race will be held July 1-2 at Cherokee Park; and the criterium will be held July 3 at Norton Commons.

The event is expected to attract 1,000 athletes to participate in the Road Nationals in 2016.

"Louisville is recognized nationally and internationally as a vibrant cycling community, and the 2016 and 2017 USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals will add to our rich history of hosting championship cycling competition," said Karl Schmitt, president and CEO of the Louisville Sports Commission. "We're especially pleased to host the under 23 age group championships because we are home to several strong teams and rising stars in those age brackets. Additionally, the positive exposure generated by championship competition often helps deliver the message to the youth of our community - and their parents - that participating in sports is a good way to develop healthy habits."

Louisville hosted the USA Cycling Master's National Road Championship in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010; the UCI Elite Cyclocross Championships in 2013 and the UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships in 2012 and 2013; and the UCI World BMX Championships in 2001.

"We are excited to bring our Amateur Road National Championship to Louisville in 2016 and 2017," said Micah Rice, USA Cycling vice president of national events. "With its strong local cycling community and experienced local host committee, Louisville is a great partner city for USA Cycling. The Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Louisville Metro Parks have a proven track record in helping execute championship events."

There are local teams with successful youth programs and local riders who have made the podium at USA Cycling Road Nationals are likely to participate in national championships in 2016. They include Will Bobrow, defending champion in the time trials for ages 13 to 14; Ruben Bacon, fourth in the 2015 time trials for age 15 to 16; and Ian McShane, who was a national champion and fourth-place finisher in time trials at various age levels.

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