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Bicycle races headline busy weekend in Elizabethton

Bicycle races headline busy weekend in Elizabethton

The annual Roan Groan starts in downtown Elizabethton and climbs to an elevation of 5,512 feet at Caver’s Gap. The annual Roan Groan starts in…

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The annual Roan Groan starts in downtown Elizabethton and climbs to an elevation of 5,512 feet at Caver’s Gap. The annual Roan Groan starts in downtown Elizabethton and climbs to an elevation of 5,512 feet at Caver’s Gap. ELIZABETHTON — Another busy weekend is planned for downtown Elizabethton, with a professional bicycle race topping the list of activities. There will also be lots of other events going on, including: First Friday, the weekly classic car cruise-in, and the weekly Covered Bridge Jam.

The annual Carter County Omnium takes place on June 4-5, with three races in Carter and Unicoi counties. It all starts with the Roan Groan on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., with racers taking off from Cat Island Park, heading north on Main Street and then taking at the Veterans Monument circle onto Elk Avenue and another right onto U.S. Highway 19E.

Major Jerry Bradley of the Elizabethton Police Department said the riders will be leaving in heats, so that any traffic held up will be permitted to go once the last bike in the heat has departed. He said most of the time motorists won’t have more than a 5-to-10 minute wait. The first group of riders will go through the traffic circle shortly after 9 a.m. The last heat will be through the traffic circle shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The various categories of racers will wind through areas of Carter County, including Simply Creek Road, to Roan Mountain, with distances ranging from 30 to 80 miles for the Pro […]

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