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The U.S. national road championships take place Sunday, June 25, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will be streamed live on this page.
The 63-mile (101km) women’s championship begins at 9am EDT, with the peloton covering eight laps of the 7.9-mile (12.7km) circuit.
The 109-mile (175km) men’s championship begins at 1:30pm EDT, with the peloton covering 14 laps of the 7.9-mile circuit.
The start/finish line will be located on Jackson Avenue, two blocks east of Central Avenue. in the Old City of Knoxville.
After starting in Old City, athletes will pass through downtown Knoxville and cross the Tennessee River via the iconic Gay Street Bridge. The signature climb up Sherrod Street is the first challenge on the circuit, challenging riders to gradients of 14 percent and more for three-quarters of a mile. After cresting the climb, riders will use Davenport Road and Cottrell Street to access James White Parkway to return across the river. The route passes the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on E. Hill Avenue to navigate back to the start/finish on E. Jackson Avenue in Old City.
Riders to Watch:
Greg Daniel (Trek-Segafredo):Last year, 21-year-old Greg Daniel surprised the favorites in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a late-race solo attack that held to the line to take the national road title. The win helped propel Daniel from the Axen Hagens Berman squad to a WorldTour contract with American team Trek-Segafredo.
Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare): A three-time podium finisher at nationals, the 28-year-old from Arizona has three international stage wins this year, two at Le Tour de Langkawi and one at the Herald Sun Tour. McCabe finished third at last year’s road nationals.
Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans): The three-time and defending national road champion, Guarnier took overall wins at two big UCI stage races in 2016 — the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race and Giro d’Italia International for Women — en route to a world number-one ranking. After a concussion setback earlier this season, she returned to win a road stage at the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race in May.
Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb): The 24-year-old Californian has countless junior national titles to her name across road, track, and cyclocross, but has yet to win the elite road championship, finishing second to Guarnier in 2015 and 2016. This may be her year. She’s won three WorldTour events this season, including the prestigious women’s Tour of Flanders, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, and a stage at this year’s Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race. Rivera’s main challenge may be a lack of support; in 2015 and 2016 she was the protected rider for UnitedHealthcare; in 2017, she’ll be the sole American in Sunweb colors.
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