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US Pro Championships Won’t Return to Winston-Salem for 2017

Greg Daniel celebrates his surprising win in his first USPRO National Championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |

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USA Cycling announced this week, that the US Pro Championship road races won’t return to Winston-Salem for 2017 as originally planned.

“Yes, we are moving away from Winston-Salem and that [local organizing committee] is very supportive of us doing so,” USA Cycling Vice President of National Events Micah Rice told the British cycling site, Cycling News.

“There were a number of reasons why and I am happy to talk to you more in the near future if you want to do a story after we get our ducks in a row,” Rice said.

Instead, an unnamed source indicated that USA Cycling has plans to move the long-weekend of racing to Knoxville, Tennessee.

The women's podium of Megan Guarnier in the stars and stripes in first, Coryn Rivera in second, and Mandy Heintz taking the third step. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | 

Some of reasons given for the change, suggest that the overabundance of events held during last year’s championships, which also coincided with the Winston-Salem criterium and the Winston-Salem Classic, as well as the Masters and Para-Cycling Road Championships, may have overwhelm the city and its residents.

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