USA Cycling’s President and CEO, Steve Johnson

“Cyclo­cross is one of the most exciting and fastest growing cycling disciplines in the U.S., and nowhere is that more apparent than at the KMC Cyclo­cross Festival in Providence, RI. The KMC Cyclo­cross Festival is not only the epicenter of cyclo­cross racing on the East coast, it is one of the largest cyclo-cross event in the country; attracting top professional and amateur riders from around the world.”

UCI Cyclo­cross Commission President and Executive Vice
President of Atlanta Braves, Mike Plant

“The KMC Cyclo­cross Festival has developed into one of the leading global events on the International Cycling calendar. More importantly, the event has developed into much more than a cycling event. With thousands of competitors, 10,000 spectators, a global audience watching via web cast and elite athletes participating in community events, the KMC Cyclo­cross Festival has achieved global sporting event status. The next step is to add this prestigious event to the World Cup calendar, which will substantially expand the elite pool of athletes and global audience through multiple media platforms. This is an economic win for Providence and the entire region. They have set a new standard for US cycling events.”

UCI Off­ Road Manager, Peter Van den Abeele

“Following the recent event in Providence, RI we were able to evaluate the venue and event promotion, as well as the location related to the city, hotels and airports, I am quite confident that with sufficient backing and support from event partners, the City of Providence and your event team, that Providence potentially has an event that is of World Cup caliber and a World Cup bid should be considered and would certainly be viewed seriously by the UCI when planning the calendar for the 2015­2016 calendar.”

IX Time National Champion and Bronze Medal Winner at UCI World Championship, Tim Johnson

“Providence is definitely World Cup caliber. It has a lot going for it. More than so many other venues. To make a World Cup venue in the United States, this is the place to do it.”

Vice President of National Events USA Cycling, Micah Rice

“As our fastest growing cycling discipline, cyclo­cross has hit the United States by storm over the past few years. An international event like a World Cup in Providence would only enhance that storm and solidify the US as a powerhouse of the sport.”