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Just outside of the city, Paris Mountain stands as the local proving ground for pros and amateurs alike.

Essential layering tips from Hincapie Sportswear. Be prepared for whatever conditions you encounter.



Greenville’s iniative to promote cycling and create a bicycle friendly community.

Greenville will host the USA Pro Cycling Championships yet again in May. Read up on the competition.

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LOCAL HOTSPOT: PARIS MOUNTAIN Just outside of the city, Paris Mountain stands as the local proving ground for pros and amateurs alike. (Page 3)

PROJECT BIKEVILLE Greenville’s iniative to promote cycling and create a bicycle friendly community. (Page 7)

LAYERING GUIDE Essential layering tips from Hincapie Sportswear. Be prepared for whatever conditions you encounter. (Page 11)

IT’S BACK: US PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS Greenville will host the USA Pro Cycling Championships yet again in May. Read up on the competition. (Page 15)

OTHER ARTICLES 19. Photos From The Race 25. Off The Bike: Bicycle Themed Bars 27. Paris Mountain Trails Status 29. Weekend Getaways 33. Spring Training, Doing It Right

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Paris Mountain Loop


LOCAL HOTSPOT PARIS MOUNTAIN put the power down. Just outside of the city, Paris Mountain stands as the local proving ground for pros and amateurs alike. This is where the battle gets heated each year during the US Pro Cycling Championships and you’ll never know who you might see training on these roads.


Paris Mountain Loop If there’s one thing Greenville cyclists talk about the most it’s Paris Mountain. Located just miles north of downtown, this local hotspot features a 2.2 mile climb where riders go all out for bragging rights. Think you can climb it fast? Try getting close to the time of local pro rider George Hincapie—8 minutes 45 seconds. This beautiful ascent rises 748ft with a grade ranging from 6.8%, all the way up to 14% at “The Wall” (the final stretch). Once you reach the top you can take a short service road up to the radio towers for a breathtaking view over the city. The best way to experience this great mountain is by following the route of the pros. Greenville has been host to the USA Pro Cycling Championships for years now and the 112 mile race traverses Paris Mountain four times. Starting in Downtown Greenville, racers make three shorter laps in the city and Cleveland Park before setting off on four 22 mile loops over Paris Mountain and back, finishing with three more circuits downtown.


ROUTE DATA distance

22 mi

elevation gain

1,132 ft

start elevation

948 ft

max elevation

2037 ft

S. Main St. River St. W. Broad St. Buncombe St. Old Buncombe Rd. Altamont Rd. N. Pleasantbu rg Rutherford Rd. N. Main St. W. Park Ave. Townes St. W. Mcbee Ave. S. Main St. E. Court St. Falls St. Cleveland St. Ridgeland Dr. Cleveland Park Dr. Lakehurst St. Woodland Way McDaniel Ave. E. Broad St. S. Main St.






Greenville’s iniative to promote cycling and create a bike friendly community. FAQ from


Bikeville What is the goal of Bikeville? The goal of a Bicycle Friendly Greenville is to provide infrastructure, education, and outreach to increase the number of trips made by bicycles. This will be achieved by improving our roads to accomodate bicyclists and the creation of programs that encourage alternate transportation.

What is the purpose of this Master Plan? The Greenville Bicycle Master Plan will serve as a guide for City staff, residents, community leaders, and elected officials, as they work to create a balanced transportation network, and to respond to demand for recreational activities. Rather than make decisions about bicycle facilities on a case by case basis, the City can take a measured approach to ensuring that every resident of the City is adequately served and that a complete, connected network of facilities is ultimately developed.

What does it mean to be a bicycle friendly community? A bicycle friendly community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Studies have shown that a comprehensive, integrated approach to accommodating bicyclists has the highest success rate for increasing bicycle ridership and improving bicyclist safety.


What facilities will make bicycling safer and more convenient for Greenville residents? Greenville residents and visitors have already seen several examples of well-engineered bicycle facilities. In the last few years, the City has installed bike lanes, share-the-lane markings and bike route signage along several important corridors. The following series of slides offers visual examples of these facilities. There are many more options available, which affords every community the flexibility to choose on-road and off-road treatments for bicyclists that are specific to their needs and that improve the environment for every user—from cars, to pedestrians, to strollers, to bicyclists.

Can you tell me more about the nuts and bolts of this master plan? This project includes a city-wide evaluation of the existing roadway network of streets to identify opportunities for an interconnected network of on-street bicycle facilities, the development of a comprehensive bike route signing system, and a detailed implementation and budget plan. The purpose of the study is to develop a comprehensive bicycle master plan that identifies optimal bicycling routes, preferred treatments, engineering standards, current best practices, and serves as an important reference document that will ensure that bicycle facilities are considered during routine road maintenance, reconstruction, construction, and land development.


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George Hincapie

Writer: Neil Browne, Carolina Cycling News The US Pro road race was once again won by a worthy rider. After 115 miles the race for the national champion’s jersey came down to four riders: Greenville’s hometown hero George Hincapie (BMC), Matt Busche (RadioShack), Ted King (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad). In the last three small laps through the downtown area, the quartet worked together, keeping the pace high enough to prevent anyone from escaping. Around the left hand corner onto Main Street for the last time it was Big George punching it for the line. Tucked in behind was Busche. In the final meters the RadioShack rider pulled along side Hincapie and with a bike throw before the line beat him by inches. In fact it was several minutes and a consultation with the instant replay that finally determined the winner. Of course there was a lot more racing that occurred before the battle on Main Street.


Just like on the Friday at the time trial the weather was once again hot and humid with temps in the mid 90s. That didn’t stop the standard early break away from developing on the first laps in downtown Greenville. With the smaller circuits completed it was time for the first ascent of Paris Mountain. The locals had organized house parties along the climb with the most vocal being the SRAM wrapped house at the base of the climb. Hincapie had instructed his teammates to make the race difficult and that’s what they did. Riders were falling off the main peloton. Up the road BMC’s Brent Bookwalter was part of a break which allowed Hincapie the opportunity to watch and wait for his moment. It was obvious that Hincapie was the protected rider in the BMC squad. On the circuits the main group was keeping the pace high and weren’t going to have a repeat of last year when the early break checked out, never to be seen again.

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On the second ascent of Paris the break away lost a few riders as the heat and stress was starting to take its toll. Over the top and through town the break seemed to be working together, but the gap never got huge enough to start a panic. The third trip up Paris was when we expected fireworks. The gap had been coming down and if the break lost its momentum and the main group picked up the pace, the lead could be sheared in half. However, the break rode hard on the climb and lost a couple more riders. At the summit it was Duggan, Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit), McCartney (RadioShack) and Bookwalter. On the fourth and final push up Paris Mountain Anthony attacked his break away companions. Those three were caught by Matt Busche, Tejay Van Garderen (HTCHighroad) and Hincapie. On the last steep section of Paris, King jumped across.

In the post race press conference King said, “I had to stay within my limits because I can’t climb with those guys.” By the time the group had descended from Paris it was now the quartet of Hincapie, Busche, King and Van Garderen. In the media car we picked our race winner knowing it was going to be one of these four. Busche wasn’t even sure that he had won the race when he crossed the line. “I usually don’t sprint and do bike throws, so I had no sensation or perception of who won. It was really sweet when I heard that I had won.” With the team being short handed Busche’s mom and wife were recruited to hand him bottles throughout the day as hydration was critical to the success and survival of all the riders. As the streets of Greenville emptied and the fencing was removed, the US Pro road race weekend was deemed a success by all involved.



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COMING UP NEXT TIME We detail the wide variety of local group rides, with options for all types of riders. If you’re a recreational cyclist looking to step up the fun and start racing, the next issue is just for you. We lay out the steps to train and compete in your first race. Also, you can learn about local bicycle brand Boyd Bikes and see the new products he has in the pipeline. Get ready for the Hincapie Sports giveaway as well, with contest details to come soon.

Spring 2012


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