2007 USA Cycling Professional Championships Road Race Preview including a start list of riders.
All images courtesy of USA Cycling Championships
The USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship, a one-day road race which began in
1985, will be defended by Greenville resident and ProTour rider Hincapie. Over 100 cyclists will
climb Paris Mountain four times during the race. For spectators watching
in downtown Greenville, they will see the peloton pass a total of 10 times.
At 110 miles (177 km), the road race is slightly shorter than last yearís version.
Cyclists will climb Paris Mountain, one of the most prominent ridges in South Carolina,
four times instead of five times this year. New for 2007 will be three start circuits,
or short laps, that will be in addition to the three finish circuits.
"Adding more circuits to the road race allows spectators to enjoy more racing in the downtown area.
This section of the course covers 3.5 miles of downtown streets, including two sections through Cleveland Park.
Spectators can see the action as often as six times, or have the flexibility to watch the start
laps in one section and move to a second location for the finish laps," Aronhalt explained about
the road race course.
Each of the full laps should take the peloton approximately 45 minutes to complete.
The finish line will be along Main Street, near the intersection of Broad Street,
with the cyclists expected to finish between 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,
depending upon the average speed of the peloton. The awards ceremony will follow at a stage on Broad Street.
"I was truly impressed with both the course and the crowds in Greenville last year
and am looking forward to coming back again. The course suited me very well, so hopefully
they will not change it too much. I hope that after the Tour de France that I can just put
forward another strong performance like last year," said Discovery Channelís Levi Leipheimer,
who finished second last year in the Road Race.
- 110 miles/ 177 km; Start 1:00 p.m. with finish approximately 5:00pm
- Start/Finish in downtown Greenville at Main and Broad streets, next to event Expo
- Three start circuits of 3.76 miles (6.1 km) each, followed by four full laps of 21.85 miles (35.2 km)
each and three finishing circuits of 3.76 miles (6.1 km) each. The start and finish circuits are the same.
The full laps include the climb up Paris Mountain.
Route maps and details for each professional race can be found at the official web site,
YEAR CYCLIST TEAM
2006 George Hincapie Discovery Channel
2005 Chris Wherry Health Net-Maxxis
2004 Freddy Rodriguez Acqua e Sapone
2003 Mark McCormack Saturn Cycling Team
2002 Mark Walters Navigators Insurance
2001 Freddy Rodriguez Domo-Farm Frites
2000 Henk Vogels Mercury
1999 Jakob Piil Acceptcard
1998 George Hincapie US Postal Service
1997 Massimiliano Lelli Saeco-Cannondale
1996 Edd Gragus US Postal Service
1995 Norm Alvis Saturn
1994 Sean Yates Motorola
1993 Lance Armstrong Motorola
1992 Bart Bowen Subaru-Montgomery
1991 Michel Zanoli Tulip
1990 Paolo Cimini Gis-Benotto
1989 Greg Ovaretz Coors Light-ADR
1988 Robert Gaggioli Pepsi-Fanini
1987 Tom Schuler 7-Eleven
1986 Thomas Prehn Schwinn-Icy Hot
1985 Eric Heiden 7-Eleven
BMC Pro Cycling Team
Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
HealthNet presented by Maxxis
K Frank Pipp
Jelly Belly Cycling Team
Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast
KodakGallery.com - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Cycling Team
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
Nerac Pro Cycling Team
Priority Health presented by Bissell Pro Cycling Team
Rite Aid Pro Cycling Team
Succesfulliving.com presented by Parkpre
Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle
Timothy (Timmy) Duggan
Charles (Brad) Huff
The Jittery Joe's - Zero Gravity Pro Cycling Team
Tinkoff Credit Systems
Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
T Burke Swindlehurst