USA Cycling’s 2017 tournament to draw top athletes

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – One of the most important domestic bike races in America is coming to Knoxville this summer.

The 2017 U.S. Professional Road and Time Trial Championships for cycling will be in Knoxville June 24-25. The tournament draws crowds of up to 20,000 people. WATE 6 On Your Side is a sponsor for the event.

Some of the competitors have completed in top races including the Rio Olympics and the Tour de France.

The men’s and women’s individual time trials will be on June 24. The race will start and finish in Old City. The Pedal for the Red race, an amateur ITT challenge and a cycling expo will also take place that day.

Pedal for the Red will benefit The American Red Cross of East Tennessee. It will be a 4.5 mile course and is opened to armature cyclists.

“The inspiration for Pedal for the Red came from the late Sam Beall,” said Joe Thompson, Red Cross Board member. “Sam loved cycling, and wanted to see the sport grow in East Tennessee. He especially enjoyed seeing young people and families participate in adventures like this together, so the idea for a family friendly community ride started during my conversations with him.”

There will be road races June 25 in Downtown Knoxville. The women will complete 8 laps of a 8-mile route in Downtown Knoxville. The men will complete 14 laps.

In September, USA Cycling President Derek Bouchard-Hall said they chose to do the event in Knoxville because of the beautiful topography, city leadership and culture. He said the local organizing committee and Visit Knoxville’s understanding of the significance of the race helped them choose Knoxville.

For more information on the tournament, visit Visit Knoxville’s website.

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