USA Cycling will hold its professional criterium, road race and individual time trial national championships in one venue for the first time in its history from June 21-24, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The criterium championships were previously either standalone events or combined with the amateur national championships or now-defunct team time trial championships. Now, they will be held on June 22, 2018 – one day after the pro time trial, and two days before the road races.
USA Cycling revealed the courses which will be used in Knoxville, which returns as host for the championships after a successful 2017 event. The time trial has been moved from the city centre to a new course on the banks of the Melton Hill Reservoir.
The road race has traded up, leaving last year’s Jackson Avenue highway underpass start/finish location for a more scenic Gay Street locale, but will keep a similar route including the selective Sherrod Road climb.
Last year, Amber Neben won both elite women’s titles, while Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing) won the men’s time trial and Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) claimed an emotional victory in the men’s road race.
“Wearing the Stars and Stripes for the last nine months has been an incredible honour,” said Warbasse. “I’m excited to race at the 2018 edition of the US Pro Nationals and looking forward to the proposed course changes this season. The new finish line location in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street will provide an awesome backdrop for the finale. I’m glad the climb of Sherrod Road will remain in the race, as the atmosphere there was incredible in 2017, lined with lively fans the whole way.”
- June 21 – Individual Time Trial: Men, 34.2km. Women 22.8km. 9:15AM
- June 22 – Criterium: Women, 75 minutes. 6:15PM. Men, 90 minutes. 7:45PM
- June 24 – Road Races: Women, 115.8km (9 laps). 9:00AM. Men, 193.1km (15 laps), 1:15PM
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