Part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour, the series determines the best professional rider and team on American soil. It is also one of 17 national championship events that USA Cycling, Inc. sanctions.
The event weekend will kick off with the Individual Time Trial Championships presented by Duke Energy, May 28 at Clemons University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Cyclists will compete against the clock on a 6.9-mile course (completed three times).
The Road Race Championships presented by TD Bank will be held May 30 with the start/finish in downtown Greenville. The 110-mile course will include three short downtown circuits, four long laps over Paris Mountain, and then three finishing downtown circuits.
"Greenville has been an excellent host of this prestigious event for the past five years,” said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “We look forward to the move to the Memorial Day holiday weekend that will not only allow the race to better align with the international calendar but will help ensure America's top talent is on hand to contest for the Stars-and-Stripes jersey."
In addition to the dual championships, the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital U.S. Handcycling National Criterium Championship is once again scheduled. Another significant change this year is that the Stars and Stripes Challenge will become a stand-alone event on May 29 and become a multi-distance fundraising ride.
Tthe Stars and Stripes Challenge is expected to host amateur and celebrity riders, including retired pros, from across the country and raise money for the Cancer Center of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. Approximately 800 riders from across the United States participated last year.