USA Cycling Championships Deliver in Knoxville

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

What an incredibly great Sunday! The sun came out mid-morning, the humidity stayed below normal and a perfect day was set for cycling. Knoxville came out into the streets and the hillsides and exciting races ensued. By the end of the day USA Cycling officials made it clear they intend to return next year.

The action actually started the day before with the Pedal for the Red and a chance for amateurs to take to the time trial course. The morning started rainy, but the sun slipped out mid-morning. Time trials followed the amateur ride of time trials running from the Old City into Sequoyah Hills. Amber Neben, at age 42, won the women’s time trials and followed up on Sunday by winning the 79 mile women’s road race.

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

I wasn’t able to make the time trials on Saturday and, because of the radio show, missed the women’s race, arriving just in time to see Ms. Neben cross the finish line and to wait for the beginning of the men’s race. It gave me a chance to check out the expo and chat with some of the people gathered. I met someone newly moved from Atlanta who is loving living in downtown Knoxville. Large crowds had gathered including many friends.

I shot the beginning of the men’s race and then, coffee and camera in hand, walked the course, trailing the riders and shooting when they caught me. It made for a range of shots and covered the course. Timing was just about perfect as I made one loop of the 7.9 mile route in just under the time it took the riders to cover it fourteen times for a total of 109 miles.

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

USA Cycling National Championships, Knoxville, June 2017

The riders caught me on State Street at Cumberland and, happily, the fine folks at Blount Mansion handed me a bottle of water as I passed there. I shot the riders on the Gay Street Bridge with a backdrop of the city and then moved to a position on Sherrod Road where the course featured a 14% gradient. If that doesn’t sound like much to you, check out Sherrod on foot sometime. It was hard to walk, let alone ride at break-neck speed fourteen times.

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Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (6/25 – 7/4/2017)

Albert Murrian and the Common Creatures, Modern Studio, Knoxville, June 2017

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Sunday, June 25

Monday, June 26

  • Summer Art Academy, Various Classes, Knoxville Museum Art, M – F, 9:00 AM – Noon, $85 – $100 per class
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: My Girl My Whiskey & Me / Slings & Arrows, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Summer Art Academy Teen Art Club, Ceramics, Knoxville Museum Art, M – F, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $85 – $100
  • Pink the Night Out for Planned Parenthood, Krutch Park, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Friendlytown Comedy Show, Pilot Light, 7:30 PM, Free
  • Jamie Wyatt & Brock Zeman, Preservation Pub, 9:00 PM
  • WUTK The Mothership presents BluePrint, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, June 27

  • Bowliversary at Maple Hall, Maple Hall, 10:00 AM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Jameson Rising / John Young, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Amber West book-signing and readings, “Hen & God,” Union Ave. Books, 6:00 PM
  • Old Time Jam with Sarah Pirkle, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 7:15 PM
  • Listen Up Knoxville / Slings & Arrows, Preservation Pub, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM /10:00 PM
  • Jazz on the Square featuring the Marble City 5, Market Square, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Cards Against HumaniTuesday, Bar Marley, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv Show, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • NoKno Cinematheque presents: “Once,” Central Collective, 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Currence with Arc Welder and JS Bowman, Pilot Light, 9:00 PM, $15
  • Matt A. Foster, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Albert Murrian and the Common Creatures, Modern Studio, Knoxville, June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Thursday, June 29

  • Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) Board Meeting, KCDC offices, 901 Broadway NE, All Day
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Jess Nolan & Shannon LaBrie / Chris Moyse, Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • City Council Workshop on Proposed Short Term Rental Ordinance, City County Building, Main Assembly Room, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Mary Alice Monroe book-signing and readings, “Beach House for Rent,” Union Ave. Books, 6:00 PM
  • WDVX’s Six O’Clock Swerve featuring Jordan Hull, Barley’s, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Scruffy City Orchestra: Summer Reading Orchestra, First Baptist Church, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Free
  • The Spooky Ooos with The Strange Places, Pilot Light, 7:00 PM, $5
  • An Intimate Evening with The Authors of “Masquerade,” Modern Studio, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Free
  • Concerts on the Square – Kendall Ray, Market Square, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Free
  • Beats Antique | Clozee, The International, 9:00 PM, $22 – $25
  • Shannon LaBrie, Preservation Pub, 9:00 PM
  • Hammond Eggs, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

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