CONTACT: Bri Warner EMBARGO UNTIL 3:30 P.M. TODAY
CHARLOTTESVILLE & ALBEMARLE COUNTY OFFICIALLY WELCOME
THE USA CYCLING TEAM
AND KICK-OFF CYCLE FEST
Athletes, coaches, and support staff are introduced
at this free community event
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (September 17, 2015) - The USA Cycling Team was formally welcomed to Charlottesville and Albemarle County this afternoon at a press event held at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
Mayor Satyendra Huja and Supervisor Ann Mallek extended their appreciation to the team for having chosen this destination for their pre-UCI World Cycling Championships training camp.
USA Cycling Director of Athletics Jim Miller spoke on behalf of the team and expressed his appreciation. "The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have gone above and beyond to provide a world class training opportunity for our team. We could not have chosen a better location to prepare for the 2015 UCI World Championships in Richmond," said Mr. Miller of his experience in our area.
To thank them for being instrumental in influencing the USA Cycling Team to host their training camp in Charlottesville, Andrea Dvorak and Ben King were proclaimed Official Cycling Ambassadors for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Executive Director of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kurt Burkhart, presented Andrea and Ben with this distinction, emphasizing that their ‘contribution to cycling serves as an inspiration to the many who enjoy this sport'.
Members of Team USA have been most generous of their time while in Charlottesville. They took part in a community event held at the Paramount Theater on September 14, called "Ride the Divide with Team USA." This one-of-a-kind gathering featured Andrea Dvorak, local pro-cyclist and Andy Guptill, former pro-cyclist and Director of Endurance for the Miller School of Albemarle Team. They discussed endurance training, as well as the importance of physical and mental preparedness prior to a competition. Immediately after this fascinating presentation, guests were treated to the screening of "Ride the Divide," a captivating movie about the most daunting endurance cycle race in the world. In attendance were Joe Cantwell, Producer of "Ride the Divide" and local cycling legend Bobby Anderson, who took part in Tour Divide in 2011. The presentation of this movie is a courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival. The Graduate Charlottesville was the premier sponsor of ‘Ride the Divide with Team USA'. Other community partners included The Paramount Theater, Champion Brewery, and Travinia Italian Kitchen restaurant.
Today, the team is taking part in Cycle Fest at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is the only opportunity for the media and last opportunity for the public to meet with the USA Cycling Team prior to the UCI World Cycling Championships in Richmond. Cycle Fest features panel discussions; a cycling-themed expo including local bike shops, cycling clubs, and more; free bike inspections, as well as bike decorating and other activities for kids. The first 100 guests receive a coupon for free frozen yogurt at Baggby's. This event is made possible with the generosity of the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, numerous community partners, and the expertise and energy of local cycling expert and leader of the Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge, Shannon Tevendale.
The USA Cycling Team, along with other local tourism partners, also provided priceless items for an online auction, which will benefit the Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge. Among the collectible items up for bid are signed Olympic cycling jerseys, a winery tour, and hotel packages. To view and bid on these unique treasures, visit www.biddingowl.com/BGCCyclingChallenge. Bidding is open until September 30, 2015.
It is worth mentioning that the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau is working in close collaboration with local officials and police in an attempt to raise cycling safety awareness in the area. A public safety announcement was produced for television and radio to educate cyclists and motorists on the rules of the road. This message will continue to be aired beyond Team USA's presence in the area.
For more information, go to www.visitcharlottesville.org/cycle.
About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB):
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through www.visitcharlottesville.org, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch'd Rd), as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. The official website of the CACVB is www.visitcharlottesville.org. In addition, the organization manages powerful social media channels such as, ExperienceCharlottesville on Facebook, @VisitCVille on Twitter, CVilleVA on Pinterest, and @CharlottesvilleVA on Instagram and Vimeo.
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