Sirena and I went to the US Pro Championships in Greenville, SC this past Sunday (Aug 30). It was a blast! We got to see George Hincapie win his 3rd national road champioship. It was pretty cool that it was in his adopted hometown of Greenville. We did the VIP viewing at the start/finish at if you ever go to a national cycling event it is the way to go. We had a covered tent with chairs, a flat screen tv to watch the race, lunch, beverages, etc. It was great to be at able to get to the start/finish line at watch Hincapie, DZ, the Gramin squad, Floyd Landis and the Ouch team, RockRacing, team BMC, Kelly Benefits Strategies, etc. Team Mtn Kyakis was there (minus Mark though).
We did the Stars and Stripes charity ride (presented by P3 to raise $ for the Lance Armstrong Foundation) early Sunday morning before the pro race. We got to ride the same course as the pros and did Paris Mtn. The course was 22 miles long. There were around 500 charity riders on the course. Sirena and I had no idea what to expect of Paris Mtn but it wasn't that bad. Paris Mtn was around 2 miles long (maybe more?) but it isn't nearly as bad as any of the mountains around here. It is only steep at the top. We had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat.
USA cycling announced at the race that the US Pro Championships will be in Greenville, SC again next year!