By Abner Miralda
I’ll go ahead and let the cat out of the bag. The USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals were in Louisville this past weekend! I think it might have been the best kept secret of the year!
In all seriousness, despite the less-than-expected spectator attendance and lacking media coverage, the event was a smashing success with world-class athletes and amenities.
What the Louisville Sports Commission does is absolutely admirable. Their thin staff put in thousands of hours in planning, doing the intricate “white collar” work first and then showed up on raceday with work gloves ready to do all the heavy lifting.
I have to thank Troy Killian, the Event Planner at the Sports Commission, for getting us involved. The experience exposed us to the operation of a world-class event, which is invaluable given our desire to make the Cardinal Criterium a staple of the local race season.
I think our team left an indelible mark on the event. We collectively volunteered about 65 hours. We did it all, ranging from set up to tear down, held bikes at the TT, course marshalled and even drove the officials’ follow cars during races. I even had the distinct honor of zooming through Cherokee Park at 50 mph with Mayor Greg Fischer in the back seat!
It’s pretty amazing that this weekend put us over 220 hours of community service for 2016, a mark that many on-campus organizations don’t match.
Maybe next year our involvement will be a little greater and I hope more people come out to support it!
— UofL Cycling & Tri (@UofLCycling) June 30, 2016