An exciting new discipline, plus several combined events highlight the 2015 national championship calendar announced by USA Cycling on Friday. The 14 national championships next year offer something for everyone and are spread out with at least one national championship in each of the first nine months of the year.
The first Stars-and-Stripes jerseys of 2015 will be awarded Jan. 7-11 at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships as that event moves south to the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas.
February, normally a dry month for national championships, will be livened up with the addition of the first USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships, as USA Cycling adds one of the hottest trends in cycling to its national calendar. The inaugural event will be held in Ogden, Utah, Feb. 14, and will feature plenty of snow, mud and big tires.
The USA Cycling BMX National Championships move east in 2015 to the newly-built Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in Rock Hill, S.C. Those championships are slated for March 21.
A new date and an added race are on tap for the USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships. The event moves from September to April 18-19 and will be held in Greenville, S.C. The team time trial component is a new event for both professional and amateur teams that should make for an exciting weekend in Greenville, home of past USA Cycling national championships.
Things heat up in the month of May with three championships on the docket. The USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships kick things off on May 2 in Columbia County, Ga. A week later, the best collegiate racers take to the streets of Asheville, N.C., for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, May 8-10. The month concludes with the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships returning to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the third straight year on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.
The lone national championship in June will be the USA Cycling Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships, as they head west to North Lake Tahoe, Calif., June 24-28.
Mountain bikers return to the forefront July 14-19 at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Mammoth Mountain, Calif. That event will bring together three exciting mountain bike disciplines as the nation's best gravity, cross-country and enduro racers converge on one location to settle who's best in 2015.
Rock Hill, S.C., will host its second national championship of the year July 21-26 as the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships come to town to race on the Giordana Velodrome.
Next year will also see the combining of junior and elite track riders at one event as Carson, Calif., welcomes the USA Cycling Elite and Juniors Track National Championships, Aug. 4-9. Although now combined, the six-day event will have minimal impact on the number of events being held during the week.
The road season wraps up with the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships as they return to Ogden, Utah, Sept. 9-13.
The final track event of the year will be the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships, held Sept. 17-19 in location yet to be determined.
Snowshoe Mountain, W.V., hosts the final national championship on the calendar as the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships wrap things up Oct. 23-25.
2015 USA Cycling National Championships
Cyclo-Cross National Championships
Fat Bike National Championships
BMX National Championships
Rock Hill, S.C.
Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships
Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships
Columbia County, Ga.
Collegiate Road National Championships
Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships
Amateur and Para-cycling Road National Championships
North Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Mountain Bike National Championships (XC, Gravity, Enduro)
Mammoth Mtn., Calif.
Masters Track National Championships
Rock Hill, S.C.
Elite and Juniors Track National Championships
Masters Road National Championships
Collegiate Track National Championships
Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Snowshoe Mtn., W.V.
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.