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Chattanooga beefing up security for US Cycling National Championships

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Both USA Cycling and local authorities do plan to beef up security for the US Cycling National Championships in Chattanooga on May 25.

For obvious reasons, they're not sharing all of their tactics.

"We live in a different world for sure," said owner of Suck Creek Cycle Michael Skiles.

Skiles says it's a world where safety can't be guaranteed.

"There are sporting events all over the world that draw thousands of people all the time. They're never going to be completely safe for sure."

In late May Chattanooga will host one of those major sports events. May 25 marks the start of the US Road and Time Trial National Cycling Championships. Thousands are expected to pour in from all over the nation.

Skiles said, "So what do you do? You still attend. You be alert. There's nothing you can do personally, but I mean authorities can certainly do more."

Authorities will do more.

In the wake of the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, USA Cycling released a statement saying, "There is no higher priority than to work with local authorities to make these events as safe and secure as possible"

The Chattanooga Police Department echoed those statements saying they "will take all necessary precautions to address any threat of violence before, during, or after the event."

CPD went on to say they will not go into specific detail but plans are in place.

Skiles says it's an honor for Chattanooga to host this race and we should not avoid it by living in fear, "that's one of the things they're trying to do, to take away our freedoms and take away our sense of enjoying freedom. Which is pitiful."

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