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Derby City Cup Cyclocross returns to Louisville Nov. 8-9 at Eva Bandman Park

Louisville Sports Commission partners with Cadence Sports as event owners and operators

Louisville, Ky. – July 15, 2014 – The Louisville Sports Commission announced today that it has partnered with Cadence Sports, an Austin, Texas-based full service sports management company, to take over as promoters, owners and operators of the eighth annual Derby City Cup (DCC) cyclocross event. The DCC will be held Nov. 8-9 at Eva Bandman Park, located along the waterfront near downtown Louisville, site of the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships and the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships.

The eighth annual DCC will consist of approximately 15 sanctioned races that showcase cyclists competing at the elite, masters and youth levels. A total of four Category 1 and Category 2 races assigned by the Union Cycliste Internationale and USA Cycling, the respective international and domestic sanctioning bodies, will be held during the two days. Elite female and male riders will earn points in the C1 and C2 races toward international rankings. Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) will sanction the remaining races, where juniors and masters riders earn points toward standings in the 14-event OVCX circuit held at various locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

“Over the past seven years, the Derby City Cup and Eva Bandman Park have a attained high level of allure and respect amongst the cycling world,” said Gary Metcalf, president of Cadence Sports. “This, coupled with the enormous growth of cyclocross in the United States and Louisville’s commitment to excellence, made for an easy decision for Cadence to become involved.”

“The Louisville Sports Commission has a long history of attracting and hosting championship-level cycling events,” said Karl Schmitt, Jr., the organization’s executive director. “We live in a vibrant cycling community, and Louisville has earned a reputation nationally as a hot bed of cyclocross. It makes good business sense for us to partner with a strong event company like Cadence to ensure that premier cyclocross competition continues at Eva Bandman Park.”

On February 2, 2013, the world’s greatest riders competed at Eva Bandman during the UCI Cyclocross World Championships; the popular Belgian Sven Nys won the men’s elite race and Dutch superstar Marianne Vos won an unprecedented sixth world crown. Other notable cycling events held in Louisville include the 2012 and 2013 UCI Cyclocross Masters World Championships; the 2001 UCI BMX World Championships at Freedom Hall; five USA Cycling Road Masters Nationals held from 2001 through 2011 at various locations in the metro area; the USA BMX Derby City Nationals held every year during Labor Day weekend since the mid-1980s at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park; and the USA BMX Bluegrass Nationals held annually in January at the Kentucky Exposition Center.



About Louisville Sports Commission

The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages. More information is available online at and


About Cadence Sports, Inc.

Cadence Sports, Inc. is a full-service sports management company specializing in the planning and execution of single and multi-day events. Through our variety of event services, our mission is to provide organizations with an experienced operational arm to assist in effectively producing, and subsequently growing, their signature event(s).