USA Cycling announced Thursday that the 2016 amateur road national championships will no longer be held in North Lake Tahoe, California. The governing body cited cost, volunteer acquisition, and new civic policies as reasons for the mutual decision not to relocate the races, but it did not name a new host city.
UPDATE: On Friday, USA Cycling announced that 2016 amateur road nationals will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
“While we are disappointed that the beautiful and challenging North Lake Tahoe will not be the venue for the 2016 amateur road national championships; we appreciate all the work that North Lake Tahoe and the community put into the 2015 event,” said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling national events manager. “We look forward to returning to North Lake Tahoe in the near future for another national championship.”
“USA Cycling was a great partner and we are disappointed not to be the host destination for many years to come,” said North Lake Tahoe Resort Association tourism director JT Thompson.
USA Cycling cited unexpected high costs to pull off the five-day event, including police costs. It also noted new local road closure restrictions in tourist season, which caused USA Cycling and North Lake Tahoe to mutually agree to relocate the event.
The 2016 Championships would have been the second in a two-year contract with USA Cycling. On Friday, USA Cycling will name the events new location for the coming year.