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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:38 pm 
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The Winston-Salem Open started a new 2 day professional bicycle race downtown. It's a USA Cycling event and it's going to be nationally televised! So we've got 2 major league sports. Bike racing and tennis.

• 80-mile Gran Fondo co-hosted by George Hincapie and Robbie Ventura
• 3 Criterium races
• 5 Total races
• $33,000 purse
• June 15-16
• Nationally televised

Raymond Boden wrote:
The Winston Salem Cycling biking community is strong and is growing rapidly. The Winston Salem Cycling Classic will be another event that will bring much-deserved attention to our city and, in years to come, will likely grow into an event with an international following.


In the news
http://www.winstonsalemcycling.com
http://www.usacycling.org
http://www.winstonsalemcycling.com/wp-c ... e.docx.pdf


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:20 am 
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Yea, not a big fan, but this seems to be a big deal and obviously good for WS!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:21 am 
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The first step is always the hardest, but the first Winston-Salem Cycling Classic took off running — or pedaling — at top speed. Although race officials were expecting 8,000 spectators throughout the course of the June 15-16 weekend, 10,000 spectators attended Saturday night’s Criterium races alone. “Even though it was a first-time event, we had so much support, and the reality exceeded our hopes,” said Ray Boden, race director for the event. “With the energized crowds and perfect weather, the weekend couldn’t have gone better.”The event, which gained the stamp of approval from cycling legends like George Hincapie, was deemed a success.

Congratulations to all the organizers & volunteers for putting on such an outstanding event. This is my favorite part of the article: “One of our goals, on top of running a great event, is make sure we are promoting the city, so televising the event helps build the brand of Winston-Salem throughout the sports world and will hopefully lead to other events coming here,” he said. :yahoo:


http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/ar ... 0f31a.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:42 pm 
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Don't forget to tune in to NBC Sports on June 22nd. The article also mentioned a one-hour special on the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

Congratulations to everyone involved in this event. Best wishes for future success!

(there is no emoticon with a bicycle or I would have inserted it here. feel free to use your imagination)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:19 am 
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I certainly hope they get it right and do not fall into the syndrome of using only the first city name of the CSA.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:33 pm 
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yadkinv wrote:
I certainly hope they get it right and do not fall into the syndrome of using only the first city name of the CSA.



Um, Yadkinv, it will be best if you don't view the topic Caterpillar under the City Discussions thread, I'm afraid you may stroke out! :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:01 am 
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Yep, I have done.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:16 pm 
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The Winston-Salem Journal reports:

USA Cycling, which is made up of more than 2,500 clubs and teams, will hold its summit for race directors Nov. 8-9 in Winston-Salem, national and local cycling officials say. Micah Rice, the vice president of national events for USA Cycling, said that the organization’s top race directors and managers of the leading domestic professional teams are expected to attend the two-day meeting. Rice and Dr. Richard Rauck, an organizer of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, said that the meeting will attract 100 to 200 attendees.

“ I’m very excited about it,” Rauck said. “We have been trying very hard to put Winston-Salem on the map in terms of cycling. We are fortunate that we have a group of individuals and city officials who are willing support cycling in many different ways.” No host hotel has been chosen yet for the meeting, but it will likely be downtown, Rauck said.

USA Cycling officials decided to hold their meeting in the city after they persuaded to do so by Bonny Bernat, the sales and events manager for the Winston-Salem Convention and Visitors Bureau. USA Cycling also has about 70,000 licencees, which includes officials, coaches, mechanics and competitive cyclists. “ She’s been trying to get us to come to town,” Rice said. You have a good cycling town, and we are excited to come to Winston-Salem.”

Mayor Allen Joines said he was pleased that cycling meeting will be held in the city. He had no estimate on its economic impact in Winston-Salem. “It’s good news,” Joines said. “It’s opportunity for us to develop closer ties with biking associations and cycling associations. It’s a great help to our restaurants and hotels.” Joines and Rice pointed to the popularity of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, which was held in June. More than 10,000 spectators attended the event. Rice said that event will be held in Winston-Salem in April 2014. “ We want to come and support that event,” Rice said. USA Cycling meetings will help showcase the city as a center of cycling and biking, Rauck said.

“ It should be very exciting,” Rauck said of the meetings. “A lot of people are cycling and racing.”


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:30 pm 
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This is great news! And, the 100-200 attendees of the conference will be coming from throughout the US, I suppose, where they will likely be purchasing tickets to the Greensboro Airport or if by train to Greensboro or perhaps High Point. How does the Visitor & Convention Bureau (and other officials) explain that Winston-Salem, a city of almost 250,000 has no airport (please no boring rhetoric about Piedmont Triad International - every airport board displays Greensboro while also displaying Raleigh/Durham).


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:43 pm 
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This conference is a great time for Winston-Salem to announce in front of the national cycling community that it will add bike sharing to the IQ District, 4th Street, Trade Street, Strollway, Washington Park, Salem Lake, Old Salem/Salem College, WSSU, and UNCSA. I seem to remember reading in a thread posted on this forum that B-cycle memberships can be used in other B-cycle cities. With so many other cities in the Carolinas using B-cycle, that is likely the best company to partner with. You can use your membership in those other cities and they can use theirs when they visit Winston-Salem! If Winston-Salem wants to be a bicycling city, it must join the long list of its peers and neighbors that offer bike sharing. Eric Tomlinson has talked about it (in 2012). This is the time to show this really is a bike friendly city and do it! 7-10 small stations in bike friendly places (students, popular bike trails, parks, possible bike commuters, etc.). That is a great place to start. As memberships grow, the system can expand into other places, like West End, Burke Street, WFBMC, Piedmont International University, and the Ballpark. Not seeing Winston-Salem on the list of bike sharing cities is embarrassing. And I see so many cyclists on my trips to Winston-Salem, read about more investments in bike infrastructure in Winston-Salem, and hear about cycling's popularity in Winston-Salem. It's time for Winston-Salem to appear on those bike sharing lists!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:24 pm 
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Not specifically the Cycling Classic but another bike related activity....

http://triad.news14.com/content/news/70 ... h-carolina


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:20 am 
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The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic continues to grow!

http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/profes ... e-classic/


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:54 pm 
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I love it. People are really trying to do some great things in the city.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:19 am 
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There were a couple of sentences in the Greensboro Business Journal in the "tidbits section." If the event was in Greensboro, there would have been a three-page essay.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:43 am 
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Olympic Training Center - this is great if W-S is selected AND it's downtown!

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/olympic-cycling-site-a-possibility-downtown/article_6bc10b64-b082-11e3-83e3-0017a43b2370.html


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