Get Out & Play: USA Cycling Road and Time-Trial Championships

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This weekend is packed full of fun ways to get out and enjoy the USA Cycling National Road & Time-Trial Championships right here in downtown Knoxville. Not only can you watch and cheer for international athletes competing on the streets of beautiful downtown Knoxville, but you can be a part of the action too!

This morning (June 24), the main racecourse was opened to the general public for the American Red Cross’ Pedal For the Red, giving riders a taste of the Knoxville landscape the athletes will experience. Throughout the rest of the day, professional racers will complete the men’s and women’s individual road time trials on a short and fast loop that borders the Old City and the Tennessee River. Harriet Tubman Park along Harriet Tubman Street would be a nice grassy spot to watch the time trail racers zoom by. Just make sure to check for road closings and plan your route accordingly.

If you didn’t catch these events, it’s not too late to scope out some great spots to cheer on Sunday!

Want to see the showcase women’s and men’s road races? With a 67.4-mile and 112.4-mile course set respectively, you’ll find several good spots around town to cheer for these elite athletes.

Take a look at the race routes to explore all of your options.

The women’s race is from 9 to 12 and the men’s is from 1:15 to 5:45, so chances are you’ll want to break for a meal and drinks between cheering sessions. Several great breweries, restaurants, and food trucks have sprung up near Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and Suttree Landing, should you end up on the south end of the route.

There’s also a Knoxville Cycling Expo set up on East Jackson Avenue in the Old City throughout the day that’s free and open to the public to visit between events. After you get your full dose of cheering, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back that way for the medal ceremonies around 6 p.m.

Find a full schedule of events and more information here.


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