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    Three finalist cities for 2014/2015 Nationals

    1) Asheville, NC (Biltmore Estate)
    2) Austin, TX (Zilker Park)
    3) Boulder, CO (Valmont Bike Park).

    Three cities remain in running for 2014 and 15 Cyclo-cross Nats - USA Cycling

    Discuss.
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    I'm voting for NC, time to get back on the East Coast.

    Could be a little warm though!!!

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    Good to see them spreading out to different cities where cycling isnt popular, to draw more fans in.

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    64 and sunny here in Asheville today! Of course weather here can be unpredictable...last year we had snow on the ground and cold temps. Come on Asheville, nats would rock!

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    Considering the whining and pessimism I've heard about the upcoming nat's in Madison, I feel a little sorry for whoever they select.

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    Living in Boulder, I would love to see it here. We have been planning for this for a long time. But Austin would be great also just not a CX hot bed like Boulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnStonebarger View Post
    Considering the whining and pessimism I've heard about the upcoming nat's in Madison, I feel a little sorry for whoever they select.
    Exactly. Too Hot/cold, too dry/muddy, too much/not enough altitude, dirt crit/jungle cross

    I love the course(s) at Valmont but man the one downside to holding events there is parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerDrinkingDad View Post
    Exactly. Too Hot/cold, too dry/muddy, too much/not enough altitude, dirt crit/jungle cross

    I love the course(s) at Valmont but man the one downside to holding events there is parking.
    There's talk about shutting down Valmont Rd. between Airport Rd and 55th and having parking there. As long as the prairie dogs aren't disturbed everything should be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockdude View Post
    Living in Boulder, I would love to see it here. We have been planning for this for a long time. But Austin would be great also just not a CX hot bed like Boulder.
    Zilker Exactly. Too Hot/cold, too dry/muddy, too much/not enough altitude, dirt crit/jungle cross

    While I would like to see nationals close to home here in Texas, I just don't see Zilker park offering a 'national' caliber race venue, especially in light of the ongoing (moderately severe) drought this past summer. Additionally, while the drought has eased somewhat in the past month, the long range outlook is for similar conditions next year not too mention January temps can easily top the 75-80-degree mark. As for Asheville, I think having CX races on the groomed and terraced grounds of the Biltmore Estate would make for a fantastic race venue!
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    I'm crossing my fingers for Asheville.

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    Asheville!

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    Suprised the Biltmore would allow it.

    Ashville would be great but Austin would be a close second.
    Would not be attending if they chose Boulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigpen View Post
    Suprised the Biltmore would allow it.

    Ashville would be great but Austin would be a close second.
    Would not be attending if they chose Boulder.
    That's what I thought....then I mentioned this some avid local AVL cyclists and one of the family members who own the estate is huge into CX.

    This will be a great venue for the event and only 10 minutes from my house!



    However......I would REALLY like to go Austin in Nov. 2012 for the F1 race!

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    They should definitely have nationals in Asheville!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDex View Post
    Discuss.
    Not to much to discuss. The chosen city will be the one who guarantees USAC the most money.

    Which of course is only fair, because they are responsible for the growth of cx in the USA.

    Venue, fan base, ability to expand the sport, accessibility, etc. all play second fiddle to what Steve Johnson can monetarily wring from the promoter.

    Meh is all I can say.

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    I live on the West Coast and have to say I would rather go to Asheville than Boulder. The heck with Altitude. Might as well call it the Colorado state championships if its in Boulder. Great city, cool people and i'm sure it would be a great venue but racing at Biltmore estate would be unreal-Somewhat of a Euro experience.

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    As much as I'd like to see it here in Austin, I can't say Zilker would be a great place for it - especially if the drought keeps it up, as mentioned earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1 View Post
    I live on the West Coast and have to say I would rather go to Asheville than Boulder. The heck with Altitude. Might as well call it the Colorado state championships if its in Boulder. Great city, cool people and i'm sure it would be a great venue but racing at Biltmore estate would be unreal-Somewhat of a Euro experience.
    You mean kind of like a repeat of last year at Bend? ;)

    I think the opportunity to race at the Biltmore would be too good to pass up but wtf do I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleAleYum View Post
    Venue, fan base, ability to expand the sport, accessibility, etc.
    From that standpoint, Asheville and Boulder would both take precedence over Austin! While cx racing has grown steadily in popularity and numbers who participate over the past several years, there is still a long way to go. Last weekend we had cross races at a couple nice venues on the south side of town and despite nice weather, registrations just barely topped 100 for each day.
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    All three are great ... Asheville

    ........ Asheville .....

    Cause I'm retirng and moving to the area next year and would be a volunteer

    ... I was a volunteer with the 1983 Tour of America; wish I had kept that jacket.

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    Asheville all the way!

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    Why all the hate to Boulder? I live in CO but 1.5 hour south of Boulder so no vested interest here, just wondering. Won't be qualifying for Nationals anytime soon.
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    Because National's is not just about the Elites and not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to live and train in Colorado all year long which means for some folks from other parts of the lower 48 apparently suffer somewhat of a performance drop when racing 'up' at altitude.
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    I live in Bend and obviously the participation the 2 years it was here was awesome. Asheville would be a great venue and might get the numbers back up after the gost town we'll see the next couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyinCO View Post
    Why all the hate to Boulder? I live in CO but 1.5 hour south of Boulder so no vested interest here, just wondering. Won't be qualifying for Nationals anytime soon.
    I think it's a couple of things. While being somewhat centrally located geographically, we're really not very close to major population centers (West, East or TX). I had a hard time justifying driving down to your neck of the woods for a 45 minute race. Granted its more about the party at Nats.

    Secondly, people are scared of the elevation. Look at all the whining and crying over MTB Nats in Granby and Sun Valley. You're either fit or you're not. I'm not but that's another topic.

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