The USA Olympic road cycling team has decided to train in Surrey to prepare for the London 2012 Games.
The announcement means local cyclists will experience the thrill of sharing their roads with some of the world’s best riders as the athletes prepare for the Olympic road cycle races and time trial events which will both take place in Surrey next year.
USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller said: “We are thankful for the opportunity to operate out of Surrey pre-Olympics. Surrey offers an unmatched combination of infrastructure and location that is ideal for our preparations for one of the biggest days in sport.”
Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “It’s a real honour for Surrey to host athletes from a country with as strong a sporting pedigree as the USA. I’m sure Surrey will give them a welcome they will never forget. I hope their presence will encourage even more people to take up the sport.”
Surrey County Council has been working hard to bring Olympic athletes to the county. Those already signed up include Australian cyclists, Chinese tennis players, and Croatian Paralympic swimmers.
For more information contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on James.Oxley@surreycc.gov.uk
Notes to editors
The exact location of the USA cycling team’s training camp cannot be revealed for security reasons.
To find out more about Surrey’s involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games visit www.gosurrey.info