Rock Hill, S.C. -- Timing might be everything in Rock Hill Friday. Cyclists from around the world, including a few who competed in the Olympics, are at the Giordana Velodrome for the USA Cycling National Championships.
The event is the first major competitive event of the Velodrome, which opened in March.
The 250 acre site that the Velodrome sits on is the centerpiece of the 1, 000 plus acre RiverWalk community. Most of the multi-use community is still to be complete, but once complete it could add millions of dollars to the city tax base.
Events like Friday also help to bring in revenue to the area as spectators and riders come from around the county to compete at the world class facility.
"This puts us on stage for the rest of the world to see," said Thad Fischer of the Giordana Velodrome.
Area restaurants and gas stations stand to benefit from the venue, which sits just off Cherry Road east of Interstate 77.
"We have cyclist here from as far away as Oregon and California," Fischer said.
The Elite Omnium National Championships will have several races over the next two days for men and women racers. There is also a Masters Omnium division for riders over the age of 35. All of the riders had to qualify for this event by winning other races during the year. There are races set for Friday night starting at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
All of the events are free and to the public.