Two-year contract in Augusta ends for cycling event

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USA Cycling officials and participants were long gone. Left were Augusta Sports Council staff members picking up barricades, coolers, radios and the sort.

Junior Men's 17-18 year-old winner Miguel Byron (center, in black) led the pack across the finish line during last week's USA Cycling National Championships in Augusta.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Junior Men's 17-18 year-old winner Miguel Byron (center, in black) led the pack across the finish line during last week's USA Cycling National Championships in Augusta.

“The really exciting stuff is going on today,” deadpanned Randy DuTeau, the council’s sport development manager.

After five days of national championships held at various venues around Augusta, officials happily cleaned up Monday.

With USA Cycling in the second year of a two-year contract with Augusta, the event ran smooth from start to finish. DuTeau said area agencies – transportation officials, police, medical staff and more than 400 volunteers – have bought into the competition.

Though cyclists were greeted with warm, humid weather, DuTeau said they were provided with a high comfort level.

“It was a great event,” he said. “I know USA Cycling was extremely pleased. At­tendance was great. And the production went well.”

The USA Cycling National Cham­pion­ships (Elite, U23, Juniors and Paralympics) move in 2013 to Madison, Wis., for a two-year run. DuTeau said the event likely will move west afterward for an additional two years but could return within the decade to Augusta.

“Based on how well the last two years went,” he said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we had it again.”

DuTeau said his organization is riding a wave of momentum after holding events ranging from half-marathons to state golf championships to elite-level cycling this year. He added there are no major cycling competitions lined up for 2013, but sporting event organizers will see the job Augusta did last week – something that should attract other big-time competitions to the area.

“We are looking down the road,” he said. “I think we’ll see a lot more high-profile events coming.”

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mosovich 06/26/12 - 08:24 am
Great job!!

Randy, his staff and all the agencies/volunteers did a great job with this event.. Congrats to them all.. Just shows what a little team work can do!!!

OJP 06/26/12 - 08:41 am
Love this!

These events are GREAT for Augusta. Keep up the good work! Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers!

avidreader 06/26/12 - 10:29 am

Ditto to the comments of mosovich and OJP.

David Parker
David Parker 06/26/12 - 01:10 pm
Got downtown on Friday after

Got downtown on Friday after work and saw the end of one of the Men's heat, saw some Medal Presentations to the 17-18 men/women. Just a blast to be down there watching the cyclers. I hope we do get another tour before 2020. One a year would be about right. Need to double-up on the trash collection (nudge to City). The receptacles on Broad within the track were well over-filled and stacking had begun around them. Not a big issue, just remember when you have stores using their frontage to sell street food and lemonade at events such as this, additional garbage management falls to the city.

In the end, I was very proud of our city and look forward to more and more "action" dt.

Sofiarun 11/08/12 - 10:34 pm
I am hoping that soon there

I am hoping that soon there will be another cycling event in Augusta – an event that I could participate in (just my wishful thinking). I just bought the most comfortable cycling shoes, and I’ve been training in cycling using it. So far, the best I’ve ever had.

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