The Greenville Sports Council is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, create and manage high-profile sporting events to entertain local sports fans, and promote and showcase the Upstate of South Carolina. Its efforts focus on strategically bidding, attracting, and hosting major sporting events to meet objectives such as: economic and community development, tourism impact, quality of life enhancement and international exposure for Greenville, South Carolina.
State Games South Carolina
In October 2016, the Greenville Sports Council was awarded the rights, from the National Congress of State Games, to conduct The State Games South Carolina. The State Games will be the largest annual multi-sport, Olympic-style event in South Carolina. The competitions are scheduled to be held annually in Greenville starting in May 2017. Medalists from the games qualify to participate in the State Games of America, a biennial multi-sport event, representing the state of South Carolina.
In 2015 and 2016, the USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships were part of the Bikeville Classic. The Council was able to negotiate closing 13 miles of interstate highway to conduct the Team Time Trials and 8 streets in the downtown area to conduct the Criterium races. Prior to the Time Trials, the closed interstate was open to the public to ride the course.
In 2017, the Bikeville Classic will be part of USA CRITS Championship Series – 15 criterium races held over a two month period (April 21 – June 24). The series offers over $300,000 in prize money to the Men’s and Women’s Professional/Elite teams making it the richest series of criterium racing in the United States. The USA CRITS Series features the best criterium cyclists in the world, racing downtown courses in: Charlotte, NC; Athens, GA; Wilmington DE; Winston Salem, NC; Cincinnati, OH and other US cities. World and nationally-ranked men and women athletes will take to the streets to contest the series, as well as qualifying positions for the USA CRITS Finals to be held on June 24 in Cincinnati.
UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
The 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships were held in Greenville August 27 – September 1, 2014. Sponsored by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of professional cycling, the event featured more than 450 athletes from over 45 countries competing in categories defined by his or her ability including traditional or adapted bicycle, tandem, tricycle, or handcycle. The World Championships had not been hosted in an American city since Colorado Springs in 1998.