COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Super Bowl of college road cycling may be moving to the East Coast, but Ogden has landed another road race that is one of the sport's premier events of the year.
USA Cycling on Wednesday announced that the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships will be held in Ogden in 2014 and 2015, moving from its previous host city of Bend, Ore.
Meanwhile, the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships are moving from Ogden to Richmond, Va. next year, and then to Asheville, N.C. in 2015 and 2016.
The exact dates of the events have not been determined, but both events will be held around the same time as in previous years. The collegiate event will be in early May and the masters event will be in early September.
"Ogden very successfully hosted the 2012 and 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships," USA Cycling national events director Tony Leko said. "We're looking forward to seeing our masters road nationals in such a scenic environment with such competitive courses."
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, a masters cyclist himself, said he "couldn't be more excited" about hosting the event.
"We look forward to showcasing some of the amazing riding we have in and around Ogden," Caldwell said. I personally look forward to riding with everyone."
Ogden was recently recognized as one of the safest bicycle cities in the state by the Utah Department of Transportation during The Road Respect Rally and Community Celebration held on June 15.
"We are honored to host the Masters Road National Championships in Ogden," said Sara Toliver, president and CEO of the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We welcome the athletes, and their friends and families to our community. We hope they will enjoy our beautiful courses -- which span state parks, rural and urban areas -- the independent town and all our destination has to offer."
The 2013 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships will be held in Bend from Sept. 4-8 this year.