The Johnson City Omnium returns on June 2, 3. After talking with many of the racers at the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama, race director Reneau Dubberley said, “Many of the racers are planning to come to the Johnson City Omnium because both the Carter County Roan Groan and Ballad Health Criterium are unique.” The Roan Groan mountain top finish is the only race with a category 1 finish in the Eastern US. The criterium is one the most technical courses with eight turns in 1K. Racers like the challenge. All three courses will be the same this year.
Last year the Pro/am women fielded 28 racers. Their responses at Sunny King indicate as many racers will be in JC this year. With this size of field, the Pro/am women who started with the Elite Masters in previous years will have a separate start on the Roan Groan road race. Stephanie Nave of Johnson City said she and her OrthoCarolina Winston Women’s Cycling team are returning to the Omnium this year.
The level of competition should again be just as fierce as last year, when sprint finishes decided five out of eight fields in the road race Saturday morning. Those sprints were contested after racers completed the 7 mile 2580 ft climb in the Carter County Roan Groan. In the Tupleo Honey Time Trial, on Saturday evening, there was less than hundred’s of a second separating top finishers. In Sunday’s Franklin Woods Community Hospital Criterium, only inches separated the 1st and 2nd place in the top races.
Both the spectators and racers will appreciate the additional brewers and restaurants on the Criterium course in Downtown Johnson City. These provide a unique race experience in the US. You can watch the races while dining and drinking just a foot away from the speeding racers. Last years competitors and guests spent more than $180,000 in the Tri Cities over the weekend.
More details and link to registration on the race web site. www.jcomnium.com