Who and How to Watch the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Championships June 21-24


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The whos who of professional road cycling in the United States will descend upon Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tenn. June 21-24 for the prestigious USA Cycling Pro Road, Individual Time Trial and Criterium National Championships. Competitors vying for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys include Olympians, defending national champions and members of the new USA Cycling National Team.

Racing begins on Thursday, June 21 with the U.S. Pro Individual Time Trial Championship, referred to as the race of truth. This is a new 7-mile course in Oak Ridge, Tenn., along the banks of Melton Lake and the internationally-acclaimed Oak Ridge rowing venue. Races begin at 9:15 a.m. ET.

The U.S. Pro Criterium Championship will take place Friday, June 22 under the lights in downtown Knoxville, with the womens contest beginning at 6:15 p.m. and the men starting at 7:45 p.m. The 1.1-mile closed-loop circuit will roll along S. Gay Street and feature six turns, with one steep climb on Clinch Avenue. In addition to the start/finish line on S. Gay Street, this popular corridor will offer expo activities, a beer garden, live announcers to call the action and post-race award ceremonies. 

Sunday, June 24, brings the signature event of the championships to S. Gay Street. The U.S. Pro Road Race Championship has a similar course from 2017, now using the start/finish on S. Gay Street. Pro cyclists will ascend Sherrod Road on each lap, nine times for the women and 15 times for the men, and will face the new punchy Clinch Street climb at the end of each lap. The women take the course at 9 a.m. and the men race at 1:15 p.m.

Start-to-finish webcasts will be available for both races on Sunday, available on USA Cyclings YouTube and Facebook channels. Regional broadcast coverage will be provided by WATE-TV, the ABC-affiliate station based in Knoxville. WATE Six On Your Side will broadcast the mens road race live on Sunday afternoon, and provide highlights and interviews from all other competitions.

Professional bicycle racing remains one of the most unique sporting events for spectators, as admission is free to the course and many activities. Sports fans of all ages are encouraged to come out and cheer. Listed below are some tips for who to watch in the peloton and where to watch the races.

WHO TO WATCH

Women

Amber Neben, 43 (Lake Forest, Calif./PX4 Sports) – winner 2018 U.S. Pro Womens ITT and Road Race national championships; gold medal at 2018 Pan American ITT championships; member of USA Cycling National Team.

Megan Guarnier, 33 (San Mateo, Calif./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) – Three-time (2012, 15, 16) U.S. Pro Womens Road Race national champion; 7th at 2017 U.S. Pro Road Race; winner 2018 Tour de Yorkshire; member of USA Cycling National Team.

Coryn Rivera, 26 (Tustin, Calif./Team Sunweb) – Three-time silver medalist at U.S. Pro Womens Road Race championship (2015, 16, 17); points classification winner Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour; stage winner 2018 OVO Energy Womens Tour; member of USA Cycling National Team.

Lauren Stephens, 32 (Dallas, Texas/Cylance Pro Cycling) – Second at 2017 U.S. Pro Womens ITT championship; silver medalist at 2018 Pan American ITT championships; 6th at 2017 U.S. Pro Womens Road Race championship; member USA Cycling National Team

Emma White, 20 (Delanson, N.Y./Rally Cycling) – top U23 finisher and 5th overall at 2017 U.S. Pro Womens Road Race championship; 6th at 2017 Womens Pro Crit championship; member USA Cycling National Team.

Skylar Schneider, 20 (West Allis, Wisc./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) – 4th at 2017 U.S. Pro Womens Crit championship; winner 2016 U.S. Junior (17-18) Womens Crit and Road Race championships; winner 2018 Glencoe Grand Prix; member USA Cycling National Team.

Men

Larry Warbasse, 28 (Traverse City, Mich./Aqua Blue Sport) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Mens Road Race national championship; named Most Aggressive on Stage 4 2018 Tour de Suisse; member USA Cycling National Team.

Travis McCabe, 29 (Denver, Colo./UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Mens Criterium national championship; 3rd at 2016 U.S. Pro Mens Road Race championship; points classification winner 2017 Colorado Classic and 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Joey Rosskopf, 29 (Decatur, Ga./BMC Racing Team) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Mens ITT national championship; 11th at 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain; member USA Cycling National Team.

Neilson Powless, 22 (Roseville, Calif./Hagens Berman Axeon) – winner 2017 U.S. Mens U23 Road Race national championship; 2nd at 2017 U.S. Pro Mens Road Race championship; 3rd at 2017 U.S. Pro Mens ITT championship; member USA Cycling National Team.

Brandon McNulty, 20 (Phoenix, Ariz./Rally Cycling) – winner 2017 U.S. Mens U23 ITT national championship; member USA Cycling National Team.

Note – ages listed reflect racing age for 2018 USA Cycling licenses

HOW TO ENJOY

VIP Hospitality

  • Daily VIP Hospitality Access Passes are available, ranging from $60-$150 per person
  • A 3-Day VIP Fan Experience Package is also available for $275 per person
  • All hospitality areas are located adjacent to race start/finish lines, provide seating, food and beverage, and climate-controlled restrooms
  • More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/vip-access-pass/

Thursday – U.S. Pro ITT National Championship

  • 9:15 a.m. start for Womens Pro ITT Championship (14 miles/ two laps of 6.98-mile course) 
  • Mens Pro ITT Championship will begin immediately following Womens event (20.9 miles/three laps of 6.98-mile course)
  • Awards ceremony will follow competitions at the Melton Lake Park Pavilion
  • The official Start/Finish is at Melton Lake Park, 697 Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge 
  • Spectators should use Emory Valley Road to access parking adjacent to Melton Lake Drive

Friday – U.S. Pro Criterium National Championship

  • 6:15 p.m. start for Womens Pro Crit Championship (75 minutes on 1.1-mile course) 
  • 7:45 p.m. start for Mens Pro Crit Championship (90 minutes on 1.1-mile course)
  • Awards ceremony will follow competitions on S. Gay Street
  • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cycling Expo on S. Gay Street between Church and Cumberland avenues
  • Free admission
  • Watch rider introductions on the awards stage before each race start 
  • View race action on a Big Screen TV and listen to announcers call the action 
  • Visit exhibits from USA Cycling and many local vendors
  • Enjoy food and beverage offerings from food trucks and local businesses
  • More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/event-info/knoxville-cycling-expo/

Saturday – Olympic Day with USA Cycling

  • 10:30 a.m. autograph session with U.S. Olympians and USA Cycling National Team athletes 
  • 11 a.m. childrens bicycle and Frog Bike races 
  • All activities located on S. Gay Street, between Church and Cumberland avenues, and are complimentary
  • Parents/guardians must sign waiver for bicycle races; helmets required; some bicycles will be provided for races, courtesy of Frog Bikes

Sunday – U.S. Pro Road Race National Championship

  • 9 a.m. start for Womens Pro Road Race Championship (nine laps for total 72 miles) 
  • 1:15 p.m. start for Mens Pro Road Race Championship (15 laps for total 120 miles)
  • Awards ceremony will follow competitions on S. Gay Street
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. Cycling Expo on S. Gay Street between Church and Cumberland avenues
  • Free admission
  • Watch rider introductions on the awards stage before each race start 
  • View race action on a Big Screen TV and listen to announcers call the action 
  • Visit exhibits from USA Cycling and many local vendors
  • Enjoy food and beverage offerings from food trucks and local businesses
  • More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/event-info/knoxville-cycling-expo/

BROADCAST AND SOCIAL MEDIA 

  • The U.S. Pro Road Race Championships for women and men will be webcast on Sunday, June 24 on the USA Cycling YouTube Channel (youtu.be/t5VvWxLcYFI), and Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/usacycling/)
  • The mens road race on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast live by WATE-TV in Knoxville, WATN-TV in Memphis, and by WKRN-TV in Nashville. Highlights and interviews from the womens race will be included in this programming.
  • Follow race updates on Twitter @usacyclinglive #USPro #CritNats
  • Follow other event updates on Twitter @usacycling and @knoxrocks

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