Riders at the 2014 USA Cycling Road Race Championships this may will have a new challenge this year.
The race in its second of a three-year run in Chattanooga was welcomed back by Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke on Wednesday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The route, announced today at ExpoChattanooga will add a climb up a very steep section of Kent Street in North Chattanooga with grades of up to 20 percent.
The new section will take riders off Frazier Avenue to a left hand turn onto Woodland Avenue before turning right onto Kent for the climb. The race will then turn right onto Forest Avenue before returning to Frazier Avenue.
“We wanted to add some spice to the race this year,” said Rob Borland, chief marketing officer for USA Cycling. “The addition of Kent Street provides a new challenge.”
No other changes were made to the route from 2013, and the time trial route at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant will remain the same.
Other changes were also announced to the prize money and fan events.
See Thursday's Times Free Press for more on this story.
Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...