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West Hartford Resident to Compete in 2019 Cyclocross National Championship

Nicolas Villamizar. Courtesy photo

Nicolas Villamizar of West Hartford is competing in the 2019 Cyclocross Nationals in Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 10-15.

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The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) announced West Hartford resident Nicolas Villamizar will compete in the 2019 Cyclocross Championship which will take place in Tacoma, WA, from Dec. 10-15.

Races will be held from dawn to dusk at Fort Steilacoom Park, which has held several local regional and national-level Cyclocross competitions over recent years. Located just outside of Tacoma, the location is a great destination for athletes and spectators alike.

Nearly 1,400 competitors are expected to attend the six-day event.

“I’m proud to compete in Tacoma for a lot of reasons,” said Villamizar. “First of all, I am proud to represent my community and the local support I’ve been getting is incredibly inspiring. I am so humbled by the outpouring of encouragement and by the support of people who believe in me. I’m also proud to represent CCAP on the national stage and show the accomplishments of the program and its effectiveness in supporting and advancing juniors. In Tacoma, I’m hopeful to bring home a medal. This would be huge for me personally, and speak greatly of our local talent.”

“Nicolas worked very hard this season and has really proven himself among his racing peers, said Jed Kornbluh, executive director of the CCAP. “We have been riding together for the past three years and I’ve watched him develop into a top level rider with a lot of potential. He is incredibly motivated and his tenacity and talent are an inspiration for our youth cycling community.”

“CCAP has been with me every step of developing me as a rider and greatly as a person,” Villamizar added. “They’ve granted me countless opportunities to advance in the cycling road, from the CX travel team, to its camps. I can’t thank the organization enough for bringing me up in the cycling world.”

CCAP’s mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its mission is to support youth cycling in Connecticut’s schools, town programs and independent organizations and provide opportunities through middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams.

The schedule for the 2019 USA Cycling National Championship is available on the website. You can also follow on all USA Cycling social channels using hashtag #CXNats.

About Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program

 The CCAP is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its goal is to provide opportunities in cycling through middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams. In just over three years, the CCAP has established 44 youth recreation programs across the state with almost 547 participants. CCAP’s programs provide coached, fun, team-oriented atmospheres for youth to learn and thrive in the sport of cycling.

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