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By VeloNews Interactive
USA Cycling has scheduled its cyclo-cross national championships for the next four years, selecting New England for 2005-06 and Kansas City, Missouri, for 2007-08.
The 2004 national championships are scheduled for December 10-12 in Portland, Oregon.
Spin Arts will handle the championships in New England. Race director Tom Stevens organized the 1995 and 1998 national ’cross championships, and assisted with planning in 1983, 1988, 1991 and 1999-2001. Stevens is also the founder of the New England Cyclo-cross Championship Series, the premier regional cyclo-cross series in North America.
“Our aim is to provide exciting races for all competitors and spectators and to continue the tradition of a national cyclo-cross festival,” Stevens said.
The organizers have several ideas for race sites across New England, including Dhenahey Park, Hopkinton State Park and the Chocksett School. The site for the 2005 event will be selected before the 2004 championships in Portland.
In Kansas City, KLM Marketing Solutions will promote the championships, with Liberty Memorial Park the proposed venue.
“I think we bring a good insight as to what the athletes want and expect out of an event,” said KLM Marketing Solutions President Bill Marshall, a 20-year cyclist. “When I go to events, I look at things and think about what I would do differently.”