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Para-Cycling Events Added to USA Cycling Hill Climb Nationals

20 May, 2016


Hundreds of cyclists will come to Colorado Springs on Saturday, August 13 to compete in a unique pair of events on the Pikes Peak Highway's world famous course up the 14,115 - foot mountain.

The inaugural USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship will attract the top cyclists from across the nation and around the world and will also include opportunities for disabled riders in its competitive field. U.S. Paralympics has approved a pair of events for Para cyclists who want to compete in the inaugural race on America's Mountain.

* Handcycles for disabled riders

* Tandem teams for BVI (blind/visually impaired) cycling teams

Para Cyclists are encouraged to participate, included Wounded Warriors and similar groups serving cyclists with physical disabilities.

Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne, says "the national championship is another opportunity to showcase our great sports community and bring people to town. We are excited to work with USA Cycling and U.S. Paralympics on this event and look forward to another successful and unique event on the Pikes Peak Highway."

Colorado Springs is the home of USA Cycling, United States Olympic Committee, more than two dozen National Governing Bodies, and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. USA Cycling (USAC), is the national governing body for bicycle racing in the United States. It covers the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX, and collegiate racing.

The National Championship will be a unique experience for many of the competitors on Pikes Peak, known worldwide as the venue for the famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo, the legendary motor sport race that will celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year on June 26.

The USAC National Championship will be held in conjunction with The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Gran Fondo.

Cycling racing to the summit of Pikes Peak was renewed in 2010, and this year marks the 7th consecutive year for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, an annual event of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. 

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Gran Fondo features non-competitive fun rides that give cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on the mountain course.

Competitors will ride in a fully supported event and have the following options:

* Summit Gran Fondo: $50 (12.42 miles/20km - 4,725 ft elevation gain)

* Glen Cove Gran Fondo: $30 (5.5 miles/9km - 2,050 ft elevation gain)

* Halfway Picnic Grounds Gran Fondo: $15 (2.2 miles/4km - 570 ft elevation gain)

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 30!

Gran Fondo riders can visit PikesPeakCyclingHillClimb.org to register today! 

Click here to register for the USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships

Early Registration (Feb. 16 - Apr. 30) - $65; juniors 15-18 $35
Standard Registration (May 1 - Aug. 8) - $70; juniors 15-18 $40
Packet Pickup Registration (Aug. 11 & 12) - $80; juniors 15-18 $50

*You will receive a free t-shirt if you register prior to July 13th

All racers will register by age division and NOT by category for this event.

Para-cycling is part of the Paralympic program governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). U.S. Paralympics manages the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team and works closely with USA Cycling and community partners to provide recreational and competition opportunities for Para-cyclists in the United States.

In addition to supporting community and military sport programs around the country, U.S Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee is responsible for selecting and managing the teams which compete for the United States in the Paralympic Games.

Registration is now open for all cyclists seeking to be part of one of the nation's most ambitious and memorable challenges. Early Registration discounts are available until April 30th.  Cyclists can register for the USAC Hill Climb National Championship by visiting USACHillClimbNationals.org

The USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship is a USAC National Championship race. The start line will be located at 9,390 ft. and the finish line is 156 turns, 12.42 mi. later, with an average grade of 7%, and a gain in altitude of 4,725 ft. to  conclude at 14,115 feet.

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