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USA Cycling Championships Road Race course announced

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Racers take a turn from 8th Street onto Market Street during the Men's USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships in Chattanooga in 2013. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press. Racers take a turn from 8th Street onto Market Street during the Men's USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships in Chattanooga in 2013. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Headed toward the second year of the USA Cycling Championships with the city of Chattanooga as host, the course for the Road Race portion of the event was announced today.

A new feature of this year's event will be the addition of a very steep climb up Kent Street in north Chattanooga, with a one-block section of the road sporting a 20% grade.

Both men and women competitors will face this challenge on their laps through the city.

Racers will cross the start/finish line 11 times for the men's race; the women's race will complete eight laps.

Included from last's year's inaugural race will be the challenging climb up Ochs Highway, which is about 2.75 miles long and features about 1,100 feet of climbing per lap.

The time trial course will once again be held near the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant and features rolling terrain with very few turns.

Riders will complete two out-and-back runs of 9.5 miles each for a total of 19 miles. The course layout has four turnarounds which will allow spectators to see each rider multiple times.

In a news release, Chattanooga Andy Berke said "Chattanooga is proud to host the Volkswagen USA Cycling Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships again this year."

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