all you need to know about the battles for the Stars and Stripes in Tennessee | Cycling Weekly

With a shrinking UCI national calendar pushing riders to seek racing opportunities in Europe or try their hand at gravel events, the national championships will be a treat for many. It’s a rare opportunity to see the country’s top road stars and emerging talent compete for the coveted Stars and Stripes jersey.

Knoxville will host the championships for the fifth consecutive year, offering the same familiar courses for each discipline, except for minor changes to the road race course. The event will begin with the individual time trial on Thursday, followed by an evening criterium in the city center on Friday. After a rest day, the road race will complete the championships on Sunday.

Individual time trial

Lawson Craddock, 2021 US National TT Champion

Lawson Craddock, defending time trial champion (BikeExchange)

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Thursday, June 23 is dedicated to the race against time. Just like previous years, the event attracted the best, and this year was no exception. The women will have two laps of a fairly flat course totaling 23.3 kilometers and will start at 9 a.m. ET. The men’s event will follow around 12:30 p.m. and will take 35 km with three half-laps.

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