|By Marketwired .||
|May 24, 2013 12:00 PM EDT||
CHATTANOOGA, TN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/24/13 -- The Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships will kick off today with a press conference at the LEED® Platinum Certified Volkswagen Chattanooga plant. Volkswagen has committed to a four year partnership as the title sponsor of this event.
"We are pleased to welcome USA Cycling to Chattanooga," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "Volkswagen has a storied history and a rich heritage in the sport of cycling and we are excited to welcome one of the most recognized cycling events to the hometown of our newest factory."
America's top men and women professional cyclists will vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys at the 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships, which for the first time in the event's 28-year history will be in Chattanooga, Tenn., on May 25 and 27. It also marks the first time the professional women's national championships takes place during the same weekend.
The individual time trials will be contested Saturday on a challenging course at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant. On Monday, the road races will be held and the climb on Lookout Mountain will play a pivotal role in determining our country's best male and female champions.
"We are very excited about bringing USA Cycling's premier event to Chattanooga," USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson said. "We're very fortunate to have such great partners in Volkswagen and Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga. We're also very proud to bring our professional men's and women's road national championships to one event. Chattanooga and the region have provided extremely competitive courses as well as strong support, both for the riders as well as the event itself."
As part of its commitment to USA Cycling and the sport of cycling, Volkswagen will donate $250 to the USA Cycling Development Foundation for every car sold to a USA Cycling member each year of the sponsorship. Those funds will be used to support the junior, under 23, and women's development team programs.
For updated news, course maps, a schedule of events, and more, visit the 2013 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships event page. You can also follow the event on Twitter using #USPro for information on the races as well as ancillary events in Chattanooga.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.
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About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.