About The Omnium
The Carter County Omnium will be June 5-6, 2021. It continues the three-race event in East Tennessee since 2006 with cash prizes of $9,000+. This points stage race combines a major climbing road race with a short time trial and a criterium (closed circuit race). For participants, it has honed their form so the next year they have competed in the Tour de France and the Tour of California, or become National Champions. For the spectators, it shows exciting competition within hands-reach along the criterium course.
Free Virtual Training Race
The Carter County Roan Groan short and long courses have been loaded on the RGT virtual platform. The courses are accurate to the mileage to the corners and elevation changes but the landscape viewed is generic. Two group events have been set up for Thursday, May 6 and May 20 at 6:30 PM eastern time. All registered 2021 entrants will be given free links for these events for prerace practice. If you don’t live near a mountain this will give you mountain training opportunities.
To participate you’ll need to download the RGT simulator to your computer, and the RGT app to your phone. Might want to give this a whirl before the actual ride. Unfortunately, RGT requires some way to measure power like a smart trainer, or power cranks ETC. If you don’t have that then RGT won’t work. Be sure and download everything and set up an account. RGT is free, but the free account is limited to these two roads. However, free accounts can participate in an event that is organized by a premium member at no charge.
The Carter County Roan Groan
Sponsored by Tour Carter County
The Carter County Roan Groan will continue finishing after a category 1 climb of 7.4 miles and 2580′ to Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain.
The Pro 1-2 field will again do an additional loop of the Simerly Creek Rd for a total of 80 miles and a total of 9747′ of climbing.
The Elite Masters, Women Pro 1/2 and Category 3s will do the 55 mile course with a total of 7020′ of climbing.
All other categories will do 30 miles and 4040′ of climbing.
There will be a vehicle to transport a bag of descending clothing to the finish in Carvers Gap at the racer’s risk. Return to Elizabethton will still be the responsibility of the racers.
Bank of Tennessee Time Trial
The time trial course in Erwin will be used again this year for the Bank of Tennessee Time Trial. The distance is 3.2 miles with a 1 mile climb at 4.0% average and a 6.7% decent for 0.5 mile.
Ballad Health Criterium
The Ballad Health Criterium is the same as last year with four turns in 0.5 miles. Plenty of fast sections with high speed corners. Alfresco dinning is available on the course at several restaurants and tap room.
There will be a separate field for Women Category 4/5 in the Criterium.
Juniors will race free in the Junior fields. They still need to register online for the TT and CR or can register day of for the CR.
The master’s categories in the Omnium will be the same. They will be the Elite Masters 35+category 1-4; the Masters 40+ category 3,4,5; the Masters 50+ category 1-5; and the Masters 60+ category 1-5. TBRA points in all except the 40+.