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February 2017 19 Adults at Play The USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship took place in Louisville in 2016 and will return this year. These destinations make great sites for adult sporting events By Savannah Osbourn Courtesy Louisville CVB E very year, thousands of adult sports groups travel for volleyball tournaments, pristine golf courses, marathons and more, mak- ing up one of the largest markets in the travel industry. Choosing the right destination for an adult sporting event means find- ing a place with professional sports amenities, great hotels and relaxing evening attractions, so to help planners narrow their choices, here are five sports-centric cities with a reputation for excellence. Louisville, Kentucky Louisville is well known for its rich sports heritage, from the boxing legacy of Muhammad Ali to the iconic horse-racing track at Churchill Downs. As a result, the city prides itself on providing sports groups some of the best resources and facilities available. One of the most notable new sports venues in the city is the state- of-the-art BMX track that opened in E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park last fall. Starting this year, the city will commence two annual BMX events: the Bluegrass Nationals and the Derby City Nationals. Cycling is another major draw for active groups. The USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship will take place in Louisville in 2017 for the second year running. In late fall, the Eva Bandman Park sets the stage for the Derby City Cup cyclocross event, which involves a combination of on-road and off-road bicycling, and draws serious competitors from around the world. The park is one of two venues in the country built specifically for cyclocross.