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Columbian team to compete in Johnson City Omnium

Contributed • Apr 6, 2017 at 5:01 PM

The Johnson City Omnium will feature an international team this year for the first time as the Columbian Women’s National Team will participate in the two-day series.

The Carter County Roan Groan will start the three-event omnium, June 3, with the challenge of finishing in Carvers Gap.

This year is the 33rd running of the Carter County Roan Groan and the 12th year it is has been part of the Johnson City Omnium.

There are categories from the first-time racer to professionals. Because of the difficulty of courses, along with the level of competition, most of the winners of each category advance to a higher category of racing the next year. Pro winners have gone on to compete in top international races the following year, including the Tour de France.

On the afternoon following the Carter County Roan Groan, the Tupleo Honey Time Trial on Temple Hill Road in Erwin takes place. The racers add to the points they received for their placings in the Roan Groan toward their placing in the omnium. Though the time trial is an individual competition against the clock and is shorter than the 80 miles the pros race that morning, it still has a one-mile climb over the 3.2-mile course.

The final event in the omnium is the Franklin Woods Community Hospital Criterium on June 4, where the speed and skills of these racers provide a very exciting show as they circle downtown Johnson City. The crowd either brings their chairs and views the race from around the course or gets a table at one of the many outdoor restaurants and breweries along the course. Competition will be high; the prize list this year is $12,000.

The Colombian Womens National team will compete in the Women Pro 1-2 category. The Colombians are known internationally as great climbers in their mountainous home country and should provide a challenge to the American racers in the Roan Groan. The very technical Franklin Woods Community Hospital Criterium should give an advantage to the American racers.

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