2011 USPro Press Conference Video

If you missed the press conference announcing the 2011 GHS USA Professional Cycling Championships, check out this video.  There are some exciting developments this year, including new sponsors and a new Stars & Stripes Challenge.  Hope you will join us May 28-30, 2011.




Carla Swart Memorial Scholarship Established

We send our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of former Lees McRae cycling star, Carla Swart.  Carla was killed in an accident while training in her native South Africa yesterday.  The cycling community is a close community, and she will be missed by many around the world, especially here in the southeast where she spent so much time racing and training over the last few years.

Photo: Team High Road

Our friends at Lees McRae College have established a scholarship in Carla’s name to memorialize their friend and champion.  The Carla Swart Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a female cyclist who demonstrates a love for the sport and exhibits great promise as a cyclist. Checks should be made out to:

Lees-McRae College (note Carla Swart Scholarship in the memo line)

Office of Advancement
P.O. Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604

With questions about the scholarship, please contact Caroline Hart, vice president for advancement, at (828) 898-8777.

2011 Greenville Spring Training Series Schedule

It’s a familiar activity to many dedicated cyclists this time of year.  It’s a necessary evil to prepare you for the upcoming battles.  I’m talking about trainer workouts.  Most of us have done them on occasion, and the recent snow storm in Greenville has reminded me just how much I dislike hammering in my own garage.  But, you have to do it because the season is fast approaching.  The Greenville Spring Training Series presented by Hincapie Sportswear and Road ID is just around the corner.




The 2011 Greenville Spring Training Series will kick off with a Donaldson Center road race on Saturday, Feb 19 and a BMW Performance Center race on Sunday, Feb 20.  Two more weekends of racing for every category will follow, with races at familiar venues like Donaldson Center, Fork Shoals and River Falls.  Over $12,000 cash in prizes is available, including an overall series prize payout for each category.  The Spring Series is still the most popular way to jump start your season, so we hope you will plan to join us for the events.  You can register online or mail in the standard release form.  See the Greenville Spring Training Series website for details.


Schedule of Events:

Feb 19 Donaldson Center RR

Feb 20 BMW Performance Center

Feb 26 Fork Shoals RR

Feb 27 Donaldson Center RR

Mar 5 River Falls RR

Mar 6 Donaldson Center RR


Register Online


2011_Spring_Series_Flier.pdf (1.01 mb)

USPro Press Conference at Hincapie HQ

We are very pleased to report that the Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville for the sixth consecutive year in 2011.  We’re so excited, in fact, that we’re hosting the official press conference here at Hincapie Sportswear World Headquarters next Tuesday, Jan 18 at 2pm.  We’d love to fill the house with other excited cyclists, so please plan on joining us next week to get the scoop on all the exciting weekend activities.



The race is moving to Memorial Day Weekend this year (May 28-30), so we’re back to throwing a big 3-day celebration for the entire event.  They will announce the schedule at the press conference, and I know you’re going to be pleased with the weekend’s activities.  One reason to attend the press conference is to meet the reigning USPro RR Champion, Ben King.  He put on a fantastic display when he took the stars and stripes jersey last year, and he’s coming back to tell about it.  We hope you’ll join us Tuesday, Jan 18 @ 2pm at Hincapie HQ to show the sponsors and the media just how excited we are to have this event in Greenville.


WHO: City of Greenville, Greenville County, Greenville Hospital System, TD Bank & Medalist Sports

WHAT: News Conference to Provide Overview of 2011 Championships

WHEN: Tuesday, January 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hincapie Sportswear, 45 Pete Hollis Blvd, Greenville, SC 29601



Epic Snow Storm in Greenville Closes Hincapie Office

If you’ve been watching the national news, you know that the East Coast has received its fair share of snow this winter.  South Carolina is normally not included on that list.  Not so this week.  We finally received our “Storm of the Year” and Mother Nature dumped 6-8 inches of fresh snow on the entire area.  Since none of us can get anywhere, we are forced to close the Greenville office for a few days.  The roads are impassable.  Even the trusty mail man is skipping his route for a couple days while we struggle to deal with the unfamiliar frozen precipitation.

Before you start laughing at us fair weather fans, please note that we are not used to dealing with this sort of “epic” snowfall.  (Ok, so it’s only epic when you live here.)  I think there are 2 snow plows in the entire county, so we get more help from the sun and warming temperatures than the mechanical removal.  Heck, none of us even have snow shovels.  Witness the SC method for clearing the driveway…

I’m pretty sure my neighbor wasn’t taught this method at Clemson, but it’s the only way we have of clearing of the driveway.  It seemed to work well enough, so I’m not making fun.  I actually borrowed what has to be the only real snow shovel on the street and spared myself of the snow sweeping.  Not sure it was easier, but we both have clean driveways.

At first the snow was more appropriate for powder skiing than snowman making, but a good dose of sleet last night upped the moisture content enough to let us knock out a quick yard decoration.  Instead of keeping her warm on a bike ride, the Merino Wool Baselayer and Black Ice Gloves helped Sam build her first snowman.  That’s right, she had never built a snowman before!  Hard for me to believe, since I grew up with 3 feet of snow on the ground all winter long.  We were really glad to help her learn when we could finally get the stuff to stick together.

With a little luck from Mother Nature and some warmer temperatures today, we will be opening the office up Wednesday for business as usual.  In the meantime, modern technology is helping us all do our jobs remotely.  UPS has not been running Monday or Tuesday this week, so we will work hard to get all orders out the door tomorrow when UPS resumes service in our area.  Thank you for your patience with our “Epic Weather.”

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