KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Ahead of the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships, local cyclists are riding in a race of their own, many, racing for the first time.
The Knoxie Crits are three races at Chilhowee Park for cyclists of all levels and ages to ride in a race setting. With the support of local area bike shops, cyclists have the opportunity to race for prizes in a relaxed race environment, while also getting experience in a race setting.
“I was excited to give it a shot and I got lucky and won…” said Carey Archer, 1st place winner.
The races are timed, 20 minutes. For many, this is the first opportunity to race in a season.
“Today was the first race of the year for me, and actually, the first race I’ve done in a year and a half,” said Michaela Hall, a cyclist with the team Nashville Local.
Hall says races, like the Knoxie Crits, are important opportunities to involve new riders to the sport.
Cyclists, like Derek Bustos, are riding in a race with the support of friends and family. Already, looking to ride in another as a way to improve.
“I was proud that I didn’t get completely dropped from the pack. I was kind of in the middle…” said Derek Bustos.
The next Knoxie Crits will be held on July 31st and August 14th at Chilhowee Park.