usa cycling professional championships moves to memorial day   USA Cycling Professional Championships Moves to Memorial Day

The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships moved to Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, 2011. Special features to expect in the event are the community and sponsor support, the level of competition and terrain and the variety of events and activities.

This event is licensed by USA Cycling, Inc. (Colorado Springs, CO) and organized by Medalist Sports. Among its partners are Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS), Title Sponsor; TD Bank, Presenting Sponsor of the Road Race Championships; Duke Energy, Presenting Sponsor of the Individual Time Trial Championships; GE Energy; Hincapie Sportswear; Yakima Products; the City of Greenville; and Greenville County and in partnership with the Palmetto Peloton Project and the US Handcycling Federation.

The date change will allow the return of a three-day format. This provides the riders a vital rest day. On May 28, Duke Energy will present the Individual Time Trial Championships at CU-ICAR where cyclists will compete against the clock on a 6.9-mile course, which will be completed three times. On May 29, the Stars and Stripes Challenge will become a stand-alone event and a multi-distance fundraising ride for the Cancer Center of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. On May 30, TD Bank will present the Road Race Championships with the start/finish in downtown Greenville. In the 110-mile course, three short downtown circuits, four long laps over Paris Mountain, and then three finishing downtown circuits are included.

Included in the event is George Hincapie, a Greenville resident and three-time U.S. Professional Road Race National Champion.