Criterium championship moves to Greenville, enduro replaces Super D in 2015

USA Cycling announces venues for 2015-16 national championships and a change to the mountain bike nationals format

The exploding enduro mountain bike discipline is set to replace Super D at the USA Cycling national championships in 2015, the governing body announced on Thursday. In its confirmation of 2015-16 nationals venues, USA Cycling also announced that the professional criterium championships will take place in Greenville, South Carolina.

The USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike and Enduro National Championships will take place in Bend, Oregon, and nearby Mount Bachelor in 2015 and 2016.

“Bend’s long-term partnership with USA Cycling has been extremely positive for our community,” Visit Bend chief executive officer Doug LaPlaca said in a press release. “Every USA Cycling event hosted in Bend introduces our city to new visitors who fall in love with the Bend lifestyle. We are honored to continue our work with the USA Cycling family.”

Bend has hosted the amateur road, cyclocross, and marathon mountain bike national championships in recent years.

The marathon championships will move to Columbia County, Georgia, for 2015-2016. According to USA Cycling, Wildwood Park in Appling, Georgia, will host the first marathon championships held east of the Mississippi River.

Mammoth Mountain, California, will host the gravity mountain bike championships in 2015 and 2016.

“Mammoth’s long history with the sport dates to the 1980s, when the Kamikaze Downhill ignited mountain bike racing,” said Bill Cockroft, senior vice president of Mammoth Mountain and member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. “Since then, our bike park has continued to evolve and is once again leading the sport’s progression. We have the history, experience, terrain and passion to put on great national championship events in 2015 and ’16.”

USA Cycling’s 2015-16 collegiate mountain bike championships will take place at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.

The professional criterium championships will take place in Greenville for the first time in 2015.

“Greenville, South Carolina’s emergence as a recognized and talked-about cycling destination combined with proven category event experience and an incredibly passionate local cycling community makes for a standout championship for the athletes and the fans,” said VisitGreenvilleSC president Chris Stone. “We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for cycling and the great outdoors as we welcome and celebrate the 2015 and 2016 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.”