Wednesday, July 3, 2013--6:30p.m.
BLUE MOUND STATE PARK--If you love cycling, but aren't able to make the trek to Europe to catch the Tour de France right now,
you can still check out the next best thing. The USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships are happening from now until Sunday in the greater Madison area.
We're told these races can be a breeding ground for future olympians and Tour de France riders. About a thousand of the country's best cyclists are competing. They range in age from 10 to over 30.
The action got started today over at Blue Mound State Park.
Races will also be coming to Waterloo and Madison over the next few days.
While the event is considered a showcase of rising stars, we're also told that it's an economic boon for the Madison area. "The economic impact of this USA Cycling event is huge," said Jamie Patrick, of the Madison Area Sports Commission. "It's almost $600,000 in direct spending for our area. It's five days of racing, the people are here, they extend their stay, they get to see fireworks, they get to experience our beautiful parks, you know they shop, they're staying in hotels."
If you're interested in checking the races out, all the events are free and open to the public.
For more information, click here: http://www.usacycling.org/2013/amateur-road-para-nationals