RELEASE May 29, 2020 Contact: Joel Lamp (904) 304-2067
Clay County to host the rescheduled national championships in the fall
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – The future of USA Cycling is still coming to Clay County in 2020.
After postponing the event at the start of the pandemic, USA Cycling has rescheduled its Road Amateur National Championships to Sept. 10-13, 2020 in Clay County – the first of a two-year agreement to host the event.
“We are pleased to see USA Cycling reschedule their championship and look forward to a great event in September,” said Clay County Board of Commissioners Chairman Gayward Hendry. “This is going to be a great experience for everyone in the County, and an exciting opportunity to see our country crown a national champion in September.”
The championship is expected to draw a smaller field of 500 competitors combined between the boys and girl
s divisions, starting as young as 10 years old. There will be a group of elite amateur racers pushing for the professional ranks that will be competing as well.
Three different disciplines
will be featured in the weekend of racing – time trial, road race and criterium. The time trial course on Thursday, Sept. 10, will start and finish at the Keystone Airport, with the course running through Camp Blanding. The road races begin on Friday, Sept. 11, with the younger age groups on a short course that starts and finishes at Penney Farms. The road races conclude with the longer race for the older age groups on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Penney Farms.
The racing concludes on Sunday, Sept. 13, with the criterium – a NASCAR-like cycling race near Fleming Island High School.
“USA Cycling is excited to bring the Amateur National Road Championships to Clay County,” said Chuck Hodge,
Chief of Racing and Events for USA Cycling. “This event is a showcase for our young and aspiring athletes as they seek
out future success both in the US and abroad.”
With the participants coming from across the country, hotel rooms in Clay County will be in high demand with more than 2,000 room nights expected to be booked during the week. The Nationals are expected to make a $2 million economic impact on Clay County.
“With participants coming from across the country, hotel rooms in Clay County will be in high demand with more than 2,000 room nights expected to be booked during the week,” said TDC Chairman, Commissioner Mike Cella. “During tough times like these, hosting a major event like the Nationals is expected to make a nee
ded $2 million economic impact on Clay County. `We appreciate USA Cycling working with our team to reschedule the event and look forward to welcoming everyone to the area this fall.”
To find out more about the event and the activities around it, visit the local information website.