A new year-round facility in the Netherlands for U.S. road, MTB, track and cross cyclists.
The official U.S. cycling organization ‘USA Cycling’ selected the Dutch ‘Sportzone’ as its European training base. Sportzone is a combination of International training facilities, sports instruction (amateur and pro), and sports innovation. It is initiated by the municipality of Sittard-Geleen, situated in the southern province of Limburg.
Approximately 150 U.S. cyclists and staff will utilize the Limburg location in the Netherlands year-round to train and race for road, mountain bike, track and cyclo-cross.
A 10-year agreement was jointly signed at a press conference by USA Cycling President Steve Johnson and the Regional Minister of Sports for the Province of Limburg Noel Lebens.
"Limburg as a cycling province, combined with the facilities at Sportzone Limburg, provides us with the best environment in Europe for developing our talented young cyclists," said Johnson. "Cycling is unique in that you don't train to get better, you race to get better.
The European training hub and its facilities allow numerous American riders to live, train and compete in a structured environment only a few hours’ drive from some of the world's toughest and most prestigious races in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and other European destinations.
Written on: Jul, 07 2013
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