Cyclocross is in its peak season, not just in Europe but in Tennessee. Join Adam Myerson and some of the nation’s best riders for a weekend of cyclocross in Kingsport. Press release below.

Kingsport, Tennessee, Kingsport Parks and Rec, Piney Flats Bicycles and the Tri Cities Road Club, proudly announce the participation of Cyclocross legend Adam Myerson in the first annual Kingsport Cyclocross Cup.

Fresh off his second UCI victory this season at NBX Grand Prix of ‘Cross 2010, Adam will be competing against a growing list of Elite racers coming to Domtar Park, in Kingsport on January 15, 2011. Adam has been a part of bicycle racing for the past 20 years and is a legend of the sport. 2010 marked the 20th year of the “Cycle-Smart International Cyclo-Cross Race”, which Adam founded, and is the oldest UCI Cyclo-cross race in the country. His list of accomplishments are impressive: Collegiate National Cyclo-cross Champion, former US representative of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission, Owner/Head Coach of Cycle-smart, a personal coaching and training company, President of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, and Captain of Team Mountain Khakis Road Racing team. This is Adam’s second time racing in Tennessee, winning last year’s State Cyclo-cross Championship. Come see Adam and many other local and national pro cyclo-cross racers participate in the fastest growing sport in the country. Could this be Adam’s third UCI victory of the season?

Barberito’s: Southwest Grille and Cantina will be on site Saturday with hot burritos. Coffee, Espresso, and Hot Chocolate will also be available. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Tri Cities Road Club’s Junior Program.

Cyclocross is a mixture of road and mountain biking. The bike looks like a road bike you might see Lance Armstrong riding, the main difference is, the bike has wider knobby tires like a mountain bike, and cantilever brakes like a mountain bike. Courses are a mixture of grass, pavement, dirt paths, gravel, sand and mud, in any combination. Courses are minimum of 10′ wide, 1.6 miles long, and are closed, marked by plastic fence posts and caution tape. Each race usually has one set of artificial barriers that extend across the course, the barriers are 16′” tall and require most riders to dismount, run across the barriers while carrying the bike, and the remount after crossing the barriers. Some riders are able to bunny hop the barriers. Races are 30 to 60 minutes long depending on the skill level of the racer. Categories are provided for beginners, Jjuniors, Masters, and Pro.

The Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup is the first UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Cyclo-cross event to be sanctioned in the state, and one of only three UCI races in the South East. The Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup is sponsored by the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Piney Flats Bicycles and Fitness, and the Tri-Cities Road Club. Races will begin at 9:00 AM and continue all day. Elite Pro Women race at 11:45 AM and Elite Pro Men at 2:00 PM

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