As the 2015 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic quickly approaches at the end of this month on May 30-31, I am taken aback by the explosive growth of all the festivals, tournaments, and sporting events in this town. This past year saw the RiverRun International Film Festival becoming a qualifying film festival for the Oscars and Academy Awards in the categories of Animated and Documentary shorts, the music festival Phuzz Phest brought national acts such as Foxygen to our little town (these two events warranted the effusive praise in this article from the Huffington Post claiming the arts to have displaced tobacco in our town) the Winston-Salem Open which is an ATP 250 World Tour and Emirates U.S. Open Series tennis tournament, perhaps none has outpaced the growth of cycling in Winston-Salem like the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.
The photo above depicts a 3-story banner unfurled on the 42,000 sqft building across from the Millennium Center at Liberty Street that will be the new home of a National Cycling Training Center of USA Cycling. In addition, the site is in the "pre-approval stage" of being designated a U.S. Olympic Committee training site which it would share with only one other site in the country and apparently has a written recommendation from USA Cycling's president and CEO Steve Johnson on the matter.
If that were not enough, Winston-Salem has been awarded the 2016 and 2017 Cycling Masters Road National Championships.