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by Mark Zalewski
March 16, 2017
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USA Cycling revealed the road race, time trial and criterium courses for the 2017 Pro Road and Time Trial championships, June 24-25 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Knoxville is an ideal location for the Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships. Being so close to the Great Smokey Mountains, both courses are incredibly challenging and offer cycling fans so many great viewing opportunities. We look forward to seeing some great competition for the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys this June,” said USA Cycling Vice President of National Events Micah Rice.
The individual time trial will take place on Saturday, June 24. The professional women will cover 14.4 miles, completing three laps of a 4.8 mile circuit, and the men will complete four laps for 19.2 miles. The start/finish and expo area will be located in revitalized Old City Knoxville. The course layout features an out-and-back section along scenic Neyland Drive, hugging the Tennessee River adjacent to the University of Tennessee.
On Sunday, the road race course will consist of an undulating 7.9 mile circuit that rolls across the Tennessee River to include sections of Old City, South Knoxville and downtown Knoxville. The women will complete eight laps for a 63 miles and the men will make 14 laps for a total of 109 miles.
Recreational cyclists will be provided an opportunity to ride the same course as the pros on Saturday. Benefitting the Red Cross of East Tennessee, ‘Pedal for the RED’ will be offered prior to the individual time trial championship, giving amateur riders two hours to enjoy and ride on the national championship course.