Race director Reneau Dubberley talked with the cyclists at the April 28 race is Athens, Ga. Many racers said the Omnium is the best road race and best criterium in which they have competed.
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 11 Women Pro1/2 on the mountain-top finish of the Carter County Roan Groan, with two teammates finishing second and third.
The Colombian riders also finished second and third in the 2017 overall results.
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 — seven in the Pro1/2 men — starts at 9 a.m. on June 2, with each group starting in five-minute intervals.
The Pro men cover 80 miles of Carter and Unicoi Counties before the Category 1 climb finish at 5,557 feet.
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.
Also on June 2, the Tupleo Honey Time Trial will use the same course on Temple Hill Road in Erwin as last year. The first racer will get going at 5:30 p.m. 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.
On June 3, the eight-turn 1K Ballad Health Criterium returns to the downtown Johnson City course this year. The first of 10 races starts at 8 a.m., beginning with the junior racers (ages 18 and under).
Different categories race during the day, with about 15 minutes between races. At 1:25 p.m., 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 p.m., with the Pro 1/2 men (90 minutes) racing getting underway at 3.
Early registration has entries from eight states. Registration is open with an online link on ww.jcomnium.com, where there is complete information on the races.