Alex Howes wins the 2019 USA Cycling pro men’s road race (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
The USA Cycling Professional Road Championships return to Knoxville, Tennessee after the 2020 interruption due to COVID-19 coronavirus, with six stars-and-stripes jerseys doled out for pro men and women in three disciplines.
The rolling roads in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains will host the road race and individual time trial events for a fourth time, and it’s the third year downtown Knoxville will host the Pro Criterium competitions. While there are no significant obstacles with mountain elevation, it’s the repetitive pounding over punchy climbs combined with heat that create a different type of wall for riders.
The 2021 fields are the largest since the races have been held in Knoxville, with a total of 490 riders this year representing an 8 per cent increase.
Racing begins in nearby Oak Ridge with the individual time trial on Thursday, June 27, followed by Friday night criteriums in downtown Knoxville, 63 women and 131 men at the start lines. After a rest day on Saturday, 77 women will compete in the road race at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, followed at Noon by 151 men riding for glory,
Spectators are encouraged to attend the championships and watch two days of racing with new USA Cycling media partner FloSports. Organisers encourage fans in attendance to wear masks when in close proximity to athletes, such as when against a barrier on the course.
Live broadcasts of the criterium and road race events will […]