USA Crits and Destination El Paso have announced that El Paso, Texas, has been selected as the host city for the inaugural 2019 RISE – Cycling Talent Identification Combine & Symposium. The event, part of a multiyear agreement, is estimated to produce $10 million into the local economy over five years.
The multiday RISE event will be an opportunity for high school students and college-bound student athletes to showcase themselves in front of coaches, administrators and sport directors from collegiate, club, elite national and international teams for selection and scholarship awards. The RISE Cycling Symposium is expected to attract more than 2,500 attendees. The program includes performance and mental testing, educational seminars, keynote presentations, peer-to-peer interaction, innovative panel discussions and a brands expo.
“RISE gives athletes a great opportunity to come together at one location to test their skills, identify future talent in the sport as well as a pathway for lifelong engagement in wellness and the endurance lifestyle, all while experiencing innovative educational programs,” said Ravi Rajcoomar, founder of the event. “It’s a big moment for the space and we believe a key part of its future.”
El Paso officials said the event was a perfect fit. “This was quite an exciting proposal to orchestrate and we are pleased to be selected as the host city,” said Bryan Crowe, general manager of Destination El Paso. “Our partnerships with the University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Health Sciences and Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Sports Medicine Fellowship provide a comprehensive local organizing committee and a solid foundation to host and grow RISE. What’s even more exciting is that RISE will make El Paso its home for the next five years.”