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Hartford, Reno selected to host 2017, 2018 U.S. cyclocross nationals

USA Cycling's cyclocross nationals will go cross-country in 2017 and 2018, first traveling to Connecticut, then to Nevada

AUSTIN, Texas — USA Cycling announced Friday that Hartford, Connecticut, and Reno, Nevada, will host the 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling cyclocross national championships, respectively.

USA cycling made the announcement from Austin, Texas, where 2015 nationals are underway.

“The cyclocross national championships are the pinnacle of cyclocross racing in the United States each year,” said Rice. “Going from the East in 2017 to the West in 2018 with Hartford and Reno is indicative of how quickly the sport is spreading from coast to coast, and these two cities will do an excellent job of helping us crown the best in the sport in the coming years.”

Hartford’s Riverside Park will play host to the 2017 national championships in January.

“The USA Cycling cyclocross national championships is an exciting first for Connecticut, and Hartford’s selection is the result of a great partnership between the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, Riverfront Recapture, the city of Hartford, and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau,” said Bob Murdock, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s director of sports marketing. “Our state capital’s Riverside Park is a prime venue for this dynamic winter sports event and offers many design options for a challenging course that will satisfy thrill-seeking competitors and spectators alike. We look forward to welcoming cycling enthusiasts from all over the nation in two short years from now.”

The competition moves west in January 2018 to Reno and Rancho San Rafael County Park.

“As a destination, we could not be more excited to host an elite event such as USA Cycling cyclocross national championships,” said Shelli Fine, director of sports development, Reno Tahoe USA. “With our combination of world-class entertainment and hotels, all in such close proximity to the cyclocross venue, we are uniquely poised to execute one of the finest cyclocross events to date. The cycling community in Reno is abuzz with anticipation and enthusiasm. We’re thrilled and honored and can’t wait to begin planning this prestigious event.”

Next year’s USA Cycling cyclocross national championships are slated for Asheville, North Carolina, January 6-10, 2016.