Pedaling Winston-Salem

Those of us who live in Lewisville, NC are very aware that the Winston-Salem area is a hotbed for road cyclists. Once the weather gets warm we start to see cyclists by the dozen park in downtown Lewisville so they can take off for what I hear are several very good routes for them to ride. So it's no surprise to us that Winston-Salem would be selected as the home for the US Olympic cycling training center. From the Triad Business Journal:

A vacant 42,000-square-foot building at 505 N. Liberty St. in downtown Winston-Salem will house the new U.S. Olympic cycling training center.

The city itself has been home for the last two years to the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a road cycling race that attracts national attention and draws racers and fans by the thousands.

“The Southeast has become the hottest, most rapid growth of cycling in the country, and the reason North Carolina leads all that is our geography,” said Dr. Rick Rauckof Carolinas Pain Institute in Winston-Salem and chairman of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic committee. “Why Winston wins over Charlotte and Raleigh is we have Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, the mountains that these cyclists have to ride to compete are very close to us.”

I'd say this is one more step in what has become a nice renaissance for Winston-Salem and its surrounding communities. 

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