JOHNSON CITY, TN – July 31, 2020 – The Johnson City Omnium celebrates its 14th year in 2020 with a few adjustments from its typical format. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the event that is typically held at the end of May in Downtown Johnson City, will take place Aug. 15-16 in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
The three races that make up the Omnium are known to cyclists as the most challenging racing east of the Rockies. The huge variety in terrain and type of racing has proven to be instrumental in developing bicycle racers who can be competitive both nationally and internationally.
Two of the races will follow the same routes from previous years. Racers compete in the Carter County Roan Groan Aug. 15. This race takes riders on 80 miles and almost 10,000 feet of climbing. It’s followed by the Ballad Health Time Trail in Unicoi County. This three-mile course features a one-mile climb.
The third and final race in the series takes place on Sunday, Aug. 16. Spectators are encouraged to line the streets in Downtown Elizabethton to see the action up close at the Fat Tire Criterium. This course is expected to be even faster than the Johnson City course and organizers anticipate plenty of action.
Early registration for the Johnson City Omnium recently closed with a 45% increase over last year's early registration. These early registrants indicate not only an increase in the number of racers but very competitive fields. There are three current National Champions, four returning Omnium winners from last year and the 2018 Omnium Pro/Am winner. They represent 19 states.
Proceeds from the event go to the Science Hill High School NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) racing team, Northeast Tennessee Cycling NICA racing team, Johnson City Morning Rotary Foundation, Milligan Women's Elite Cycling and Carter County Amateur Radio Club.
For more information on the changes, new policies and more, visit www.jcomnium.com.
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