USA Cycling to train year-round in Netherlands

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Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Cycling has signed a 10-year agreement with a municipality in the Netherlands to consolidate its training base for road, mountain bike, track and cyclo-cross racing.

The facility in the Limburg municipality of Sittard-Geleen will be used year-round by about 130 athletes, USA Cycling vice president Jim Miller said Friday. Previously, the men's endurance programs were based in Belgium, the women in Italy and the mountain bike program in Germany.

The consolidated training base will include upgraded training facilities, housing, dining and a separate service course for the mechanics and ample storage space.

Most of America's top cyclists typically compete in Europe, so USA Cycling's new European hub will allow them to train in a facility that is close to major international races.

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