Women’s Olympic cycling team to train in Rock Hill next week

April 11, 2013 

USA Cycling National Women's Track Team and candidates for the 2016 Olympic Games will train in Rock Hill next week.

The “training camp' will be conducted Sunday through Wednesday at the Giordana Velodrome in the Rock Hill Outdoor Center.

Notable athletes scheduled to attend include 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Lauren Tamayo of North Carolina, multinational Champion Tina Pic of Utah, Cari Higgins and Alison Powers of Colorado, Beth Newell of California and Colleen Hayduk, Kim Geist and Colleen Gulick of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Sharp, USA Cycling High Performance director of endurance programs, will lead the training.

“The push for the 2016 Olympics in Rio has already begun,” Sharp said. “As the U.S. National Team, we are looking to identify and develop talent to fill the rosters for the endurance track events in Rio. It is a natural fit to host a camp at the world-class Giordana Velodrome.

The training sessions, still being finalized, will be open for the public to view. But the track will closed to other cyclists during those times.

The 2016 Olympics will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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