My YouTube issues have been resolved and I’m now able to bring you the video clips from yesterday’s press conference. The event was held at the offices of Hincapie Sportswear in Greenville, South Carolina on May 12, 2009. The following clips are broken down to feature the various speakers at the meeting.
“We are very excited to bring back the US Professional Championships back to Greenville in 2009” – Chris Aronhalt
“This is our fourth year and it is really neat to live in a community where a handshake really means a lot” – Michael Riordan
“This is really what we consider our signature event for the City of Greenville.” – James Bourney
“This is really the first time we have ever supported an event like this in the Carolinas.” – George Acker
“37 states have been represented this year [for the Stars and Stripes Challenge]… it is truly a national event.” – Kevin Dunn
“Everyone keeps saying this is the fourth year. Has it been four years since I won this race? I had better get on it!” – George Hincapie
“It is a bicycle where you use your arms… Unfortunately I started with cyclist arms, so it is a little bit of a learning curve for me.” – Ryan Barnett
“A 60 minute show broadcast the following weekend on Universal Sports.” – Chris Aronhalt
See the links below for more coverage of the event.
Before I write anything else, let me express my gratitude to the Greenville Hospital System and Duke Energy Carolinas. They are making today’s blog post a happy one. Their support of the USA Cycling Professional Championships allows the event to avoid the struggle many races around the country are facing.
On a day when yet another race was postponed for the year, media and invited guests gathered at Hincapie Sportswear for the formal announcement of the fourth Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships. The Time Trial will once again be attempted at the 6.9-mile course at Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research on August 29. The Road Course will follow the same course as last year on Sunday, August 30.
Things were not always rosy for the race. Even before the 2008 race there were rumors that the event would be moving from Greenville. There were also some struggles with funding even then. However, Greenville Hospital System stepped up to the plate and then Duke Energy Carolina followed to bring the race around the bases.
New for this year will be two events for U.S. Handcycling. Close to 30 elite athletes are expected to compete in a time trial and a criterium as part of the U.S. Handcycling Series, presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ryan Barnett was there to speak on behalf of these athletes.
It is my hope that I can upload video clips of the entire press conference. Unfortunately, I’m having some issues getting YouTube to accept some of the video files. As soon as these issues are resolved, I will be displaying the video here. Following is the first of the series:
Stay tuned for more video – including George Hincapie’s comments.
A formal Press Conference at Hincapie Sportswear will introduce media and invited guests to the new activities and sponsors related to the dual national championships for professional cycling – the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships. This is the fourth consecutive year that Greenville will host the GHS USA Cycling Professional Championships.
The conference, held at 2:05 PM today will feature George Hincapie (professional cyclist, Team Columbia), Michael Riordan (President and CEO of Greenville Hospital System), George Acker (Southern Region Director, Duke Energy), James Bourey (City Manager of Greenville), Kevin Dunn (Director of Stars & Stripes Challenge), and Chris Aronhalt (Managing Partner of Medalist Sports)
The Professional Individual Time Trial National Championship will be held Saturday, August 29. The Professional Road Race National Championship will be held Sunday, August 30. Both professional events are free for spectators, with hospitality packages available to purchase. Over 200,000 spectators have watched the GHS USA Cycling Professional Championships in the past three years, and more than $278,000 has been raised with Stars & Stripes Challenge events for cancer research, benefiting the Greenville Hospital System Oncology Research Institute, Activate Upstate and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.