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Doyle pushes for Wis. cycling courses in 2016

CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Madison could serve as the cycling hub for the 2016 Olympic Games if Chicago is chosen as the host city.

This is according to Governor Jim Doyle, who testified before the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Monday, in support of Chicago's bid.

"Wisconsin has a long and proud history of sport and competition, and we count among our number such great Olympians as Eric Heiden, Bonnie Blair, and Buddy Helges," Governor Doyle said. "We are thrilled by the prospect of welcoming athletes and fans from throughout the world to our State and I look forward to working with our neighbors in Chicago and Illinois."

Wisconsin's contribution could include a road cycling course through the UW campus, downtown Madison and Blue Mound State Park, plus a mountain bike circuit around Tyrol Basin.

On Sunday, the IOC inspection team toured proposed venues for the games, including Soldier Field and a spot in Washington Park where organizers plan to build an Olympic Stadium.

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