The Johnson City Omnium returns, for the 13th year, June 2, 3. The race director Reneau Dubberley, talked with the racers at the April 28 race in Athens, GA. Many racers said this was the best road race and best criterium they competed in. Julian Cabra, Pro1/2, posted, “Great event, it has been in our race schedule for the last seven years.”
The Women’s National Team of Colombia will return for the second year. All four Colombians placed among the top eleven Women Pro1/2 on the mountain top finish of the Carter County Roan Groan. Two teammates finished second and third. The Colombian riders also finished second and third in the overall results in 2017. (see Lorena Vargas 2nd and Manuela Escobar 3rd along with the winner from New Zealand Maykala Harvey in the attached photo).
The challenging Carter County Roan Groan will use the same course as last year, starting at Cat Island Park in Elizabethton and finishing at Carvers Gap. The first group, of seven, the Pro1/2 men, starts at 9:00 am June 2, with each group starting on 5 minute intervals. The Pro men cover 80 miles of Carter and Unicoi Counties before the Category 1 climb finish at 5557′. All other groups have the same finish, with either 30 or 55 miles depending on experience level. The first 30 finishers in each group get points in the Johnson City Omnium.
The Tupelo Honey Time Trial will use the same course on Temple Hill Rd in Erwin as last year. The first racer will start at 5:30pm June 2 near the Citgo station and race 3.44 miles south, individually. The first 15 finishers in each group get points in the Johnson City Omnium.
The eight turn 1K Ballad Health Criterium will return to the downtown Johnson City course this year. The first of ten races starts at 8:00 am June 3, beginning with the Junior racers, ages 18 and under. Different categories race during the day, with about 15 minutes between races. At 1:25 pm a free kids race does one lap of the same course. The Pro 1/2/3 women’s race, including the Colombians, starts at 1:50 pm, with the Pro 1/2 men racing at 3:00 pm for 90 minutes.
Early registration has entries from 8 states. Registration is open with an online link on jcomnium.com where there is complete information on the races.