George Hincapie – Charleston Ride for Hope
We are pleased to announce that George Hincapie is scheduled to be at the 2011 Charleston Ride for Hope.
Here is some background information on George:
George Hincapie is one of the most recognized riders in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories to his credit. George is one of the team leaders for Team BMC this season, which should lead to some excellent opportunities in some of his favorite races.
George Hincapie has been hailed as “America’s premier classics rider” following his tremendous second-place finish at Paris-Roubaix in 2005, the highest ever placing for an American rider. An unfortunate equipment failure dashed a promising attempt at Roubaix in 2006, and he missed the 2007 edition with a broken wrist from an early season crash in California.
He is also the only American to win the Ghent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne classics. A fifteen-time Tour de France veteran, George Hincapie is the only teammate to have played a pivotal role in all seven Lance Armstrong victories. Lance and George are the only riders in the history of the sport to win the Tour de France seven times! He’s also the only supporting rider to ever be on a Tour winning team eight times. As one of the most experienced and talented riders on his team, George will play a key role in helping his promising young teammates achieve their potential this season.
Becoming one of the country’s best cyclists didn’t happen overnight. George had an outstanding career as a junior before taking it to the pros domestically and abroad. As a junior, George won 16 medals, 10 junior national titles and two world medals. He was a member of the 1989 U.S. Junior National Team and two-time winner of the Mary Cappy Award, given annually to the outstanding cyclist at U.S. Junior Nationals (1990-91).
George graduated from Farmingdale High School in New York in 1991. His hobbies include tennis, basketball, mountain biking, music and motorcycling.
Born: June 29, 1973 in Queens, NY
Residence: Greenville, SC
European Residence: Gerona, Spain
Turned Pro: 1994
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 165 lbs.
National Professional Road Champion: 1998, 2006, 2009
Tour de France: 1996-2010
Olympics: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
World Road Cycling Championships: 1993, 1998
Junior World Road Cycling Championships: 1990
National Road Team Time Trial Cycling Champion: 1992
Junior National Road Cycling champion: 1989 (team time trial)
Junior National Track Cycling champion: 1988-89 (omnium), 1991 (individual pursuit, team pursuit)
U.S. National Team: 1991-93, 1998-99
For more information about George Hincappie, visit www.georgehincapie.com