North Lake Tahoe, Calif., will play host to the nation's top amateur and junior cyclists from around the country as they come together to compete for the right to don the Stars-and-Stripes at the 2015 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships.
Five consecutive days of racing are began on June 24, consisting of all three road disciplines. The road races will feature three separate and distinct courses and distances. The 9-14 males and females will compete on a 5-kilometer course that loops around Serene Lakes, while the 15-18 age categories will race on a 70-kilometer course that starts in Loyalton and heads south on State Route 89 to the Northstar California Resort. The amateur and U23 categories will set out on the featured 167-kilometer course that starts and ends at the Northstar California Resort. The route runs north on State Route 89 before bordering Nervino Airport to head home. The time trial course is a variation of an out-and-back style format that will feature 40, 20 and 10-kilometer distances. All ages and categories will race on the same 1-kilometer criterium course in downtown Truckee on the final day or racing.
Riders to Watch: There will be no shortage of talent in the U23 categories, as many of the riders who will race also compete for Team USA in selected European campaigns throughout the year. Riders to watch will be Greg Daniel (Englewood, CO/Axeon Cycling Team) who recently earned the Most Courageous Rider's jersey at Stage 4 at the Amgen Tour of California on a solo breakaway; reigning U23 National Time Trial Champion T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, UT/BMC Development Team); and 10-time National Cyclo-cross Champion Logan Owen (Bremerton, WA/Axeon Cycling Team).
The women to keep an eye on will include the reigning 2014 U23 Road Race and Time Trial Champion Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, MN/NorthStar Development); 2013 National Time Trial Champion and third place road race finisher Hannah Swan (Alpine, CA/Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b Palmetto State Medical); and two-time reigning Junior Time Trial National Champion and 2014 top-five Time Trial World Championships finisher Emma White (Delanson, NY/Hot Tubes Development Team), who was recently invited to compete in the Women's Invitational Time Trial at the Amgen Tour of California.
College Days: USA Cycling will be hosting a Collegiate Recruitment Fair on Wednesday the 24th at the Northstar California Resort. Visiting student athletes and parents will have the opportunity to meet with program directors and coaches from various clubs and varsity cycling teams from around the country. The recruitment fair will be held from 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. in the Laurel Room.
For more information on this event, including registrant lists, course maps, schedules and hotel information, visit the 2015 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships page. You can also find updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages or follow the action and results during the event with the hashtag #RoadNats.
About USA Cycling: Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 64,000 members; 2,700+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,100 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org.