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Friday, January 16, 2009

Professional Cycling returns to South Carolina

by VeloNation Press at 9:54 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Press Release
The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville, S.C. for a fourth consecutive year in 2009, with race weekend set for August 29-30. The dual championship has become one of the premier cycling events in the Southeast, with the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship on Saturday and the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship on Sunday.

USA Cycling, Inc., which sanctions the event, has extended the licensing agreement for 2009 with Medalist Sports, a sports marketing company that specializes in planning, promotion and management of multi-day, multi-jurisdiction sports. Medalist Sports has produced the event since 2006. The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships is part of the 13-event schedule for the USA Cycling Professional Tour. It is also one of 17 national championship events that USA Cycling sanctions across five disciplines in the sport for amateurs and professionals.

"The amazing community support we have had since moving the pro Championships to Greenville in 2006 is one of the main reasons to stage the event in the Upstate for another year. A strong foundation has been built with the help of Greenville Hospital System as title sponsor, the City of Greenville and Greenville County," said Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports. "These championships provide a first-class venue for the best professional cyclists in the country, and we expect several exciting announcements and the development of new platforms with regard to community and corporate involvement."

In 2009, the GHS USA Cycling Professional Championships will continue its relationship with the Palmetto Peloton Project (P3) and host special events to support cancer research. In the past three years, $278,000 has been raised with non-competitive running and cycling events in conjunction with the Championships. Funds from the Stars and Stripes 5K Run and 1-Mile Run/Walk and the annual Stars and Stripes Challenge bicycle ride have benefited the Greenville Hospital System Oncology Research Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation and Activate Upstate.

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