January 6, 2005 — USA Cycling has named Lawrence, Kan. as the site for the 2005-2007 Collegiate Road National Championships. Hosted by the University of Kansas and the Lawrence Sports Corporation and managed by KLM Marketing Solutions, this year’s event is scheduled for May 13-15.
The event was originally intended for New Haven, Conn., but when the promoter ran into some unforeseen issues, the ’05 Nationals were left without a host. The KU Cycling Club and KLM Marketing Solutions admirably stepped up to take on the responsibilities and despite having only five months to plan, have preparations well underway.
“The support staff we have for this event through the city of Lawrence and the KU Cycling Club is incredible already and we are going to have an incredible event,” KLM Marketing Solutions President Bill Marshall commented.
Also the promoter for the 2007-2008 Cyclocross National Championships and a 20-year cyclist, Marshall brings a wealth of experience to the event. The KU Cycling Club’s Andy Phelps also brings the know-how he gained from successfully executing the 2004 NCCC Regional Championships in Lawrence this past May.
“We are putting on an event on such a magnitude that you have to start at square one,” Phelps said. “However, the lessons we learned will certainly help guide us as we host the national championships.”
Lawrence provides a unique opportunity to many collegiate cyclists as quite a bit of money is saved for university teams that can now drive their athletes instead of paying for air fare. Lawrence is within a 14 hour car drive to 55 million people.
“We are eager to go to Lawrence for this event due to its central location which makes competing at Nationals accessible to colleges around the nation,” explained USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia.
Competition will consist of a road race, criterium, and team time trial offering challenges to riders of all caliber. The road course is a 23 mile loop around Lake Perry. “It’s a very hilly and challenging course,” Marshall described. “Anyone who says Kansas is flat has only driven their car there — not ridden a bike.”
Registration information and other details for the 2005 event will soon be available at www.usacycling.org and at www.klmmarketingsolutions.com