Cycling fans are a different breed of enthusiast than other sporting nuts.

While other sports often are characterized by bitter rivalries, professional cycling lovers are just one big happy family. Many travel the world together, following their heroes.

"We've been to France to see the Tour de France; we've been to California to see the Tour of California; we've been to Colorado to see the USA Pro Cycling Challenge," said Anita Franklin, of Maryville, TN.

And now Franklin and her cycling buddies, many of whom she met through Twitter, are in Chattanooga for the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships.

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