The Johnson City Omnium will be June 2-3, 2018. It continues the three-race event in East Tennessee that has been presented by the Tri Cities Road Club since 2006 with cash prizes to $12,000. This stage race combines a major climbing road race with a short time trial and very technical criterium (closed circuit race). For participants, it has honed their form so the next year they have competed in the Tour de France and the Tour of California, or have upgraded in category. For the spectators, it shows exciting competition within hands-reach along with side walk dining. The 34th addition of the Roan Groan will be sponsored by Carter County Tourism and Nor-Well. Nor-Well has sponsored every addition of the Roan Groan since 1984. The course will be the same as 2017 with all racers finishing with a category 1 climb of 7.4 miles and 2580′ to Carvers Gap. The Pro 1-2 field will again do an additional loop of the Simerly Creek Rd for a total of 80 miles and 6846′ of climbing. The Elite Masters and Category 3s will again do the 55 mile course with 5443′ of climbing. All other categories will do 30 miles and 4040′ of climbing. There will be a vehicle to transport a bag of descending clothing to the finish in Carvers Gap at the racers risk. Return to Elizabethton will still be the responsibility of the racers. The time trial course in Erwin will be used again this year. The distance is 3.2 miles with a 1 mile climb at 4.0% average and a 6.7% decent for 0.5 mile. The Criterium is the same as 2017. Plenty of fast sections with high speed corners along with the section of tight corners. Alfresco dinning is available on the course at several restaurants. There will be a separate field for Women Category 4/5 in the Criterium. Juniors will race free in the Junior fields since the TBRA is paying their fee. They still need to register online for the TT and CR or can register day of for the CR. The master’s categories in the Omnium will new. They will be the Elite Masters 35+category 1,2,3; the Masters 40+ category 3-5; the Masters 50+ category 1-5; and the Masters 60+ category 1-5.


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