Live coverage of the USA Cycling Pro Road Championship in Knoxville.


ARE GETTING READY FOR OUR PRO-AM AND FIRST UP, ONE OF THE HARDEST NATIONAL CHIMP COURSES WE’VE SEEN. KNOXVILLE IS READY TO GO. WELCOME TO THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY. >>Lauren: ONE WORD IS ATTRITION. THE CLIMES, IT’S A THREE MINUTE AT LEAST 300 WATT EFFORT EVERY TIME UP THE CLIMB. A COUPLE FIRST TIMES WILL BE NERVOUS ENERGY GOING UP THERE. IT SHOULD BE ONE LONG RACE. >>Brad: UNDERWAY AND ROLLING FOR THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE IN KNOXVILLE,, SAY. ALL AMERICANS, GATHERED HERE, THEY COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RACE BACK IN THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THESE RIDERS WE ONLY SEE IN THE U.S. , THEY LIVE, TRAIN AND RACE IN EUROPE AND THE ONLY RETURN FOR A FEW BIG RACES. >>Lauren: WE TALKED TO SOME RIDERS YESTERDAY, ONE WAS LEAH THOMAS AND SHE SAID SHE WON’T BE HOME AGAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER 3. >>Brad: 76 DEGREES NOW, IT WILL GET HOTTER THAN THAT TODAY. WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW THE RIDERS DEAL WITH THE HEAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY A LOT TODAY, THERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES THAT THEY WILL USE BUT LET’S GET RIGHT INTO THE RACING ACTION. >>THEY ARE GOING. >>Lauren: THIS WILL BE IN FOR THE DAY. IT HAS BEEN ALL YEAR. IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO WATCH THEM RACE. THEY DEFINITELY TAKE IT TO THE RACE. >>Brad: THIS TEAM IS REALLY TRYING TO PUNCH ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT HERE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE RIDERS COMING FROM EUROPE AND MOST OF THEM ARE IN WORLD TOUR, TOP LEVEL TEAMS. THIS IS A STEP BELOW THAT, A COUPLE STEPS BELOW BUT NOT ONE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TEAMS. THEY ARE A DOMESTIC, U.S. TEAM. THEY DO RACE SOME INTERNATIONALLY BUT TO RIGHT OF THE FRONT IN A FIELD LIKE THIS, GOING UP AGAINST WORLD TO RIDERS IS HUGE. THEY ARE TRYING TO BE REALLY AGGRESSIVE TODAY. TRYING TO TAKE IT TO THE BIG GAMES AND JULIE WILL BE THE FIRST OF MANY OF THESE TEAMMATES THAT WE WILL SEE UP THE FRONT. >>Lauren: WE HAD WILLIAMS IN THE TOP 10 SO I CAN SEE HER SITTING AND AND RELAXING AND LETTING JULIE GET UP THERE AND SET THE PACE AND GO AHEAD AND PUT THE PRESSURE UNDER THE RIDERS THAT MIGHT BE THE ONES AND TWOS AND YOU CAN’T LET EVERYONE, OR ANYTHING UP THE ROAD. >>Brad: A LOT OF NEW FANS WHO ARE JOINING US HERE IN KNOXVILLE, I WANT TO WELCOME EVERYONE, THERE’S A LOT TO LEARN, WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN LAUREN HALL TO TEACH US EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BIKE RACING. >>Lauren: I WILL DO MY BEST. >>Brad: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGY. WE HAVE A SOLO RIDER IN A LONG ROAD RACE, WHAT IS THE THINKING GETTING OFF EARLY ON. THERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES IN PLAY. TALK ABOUT THE EARLY BREAK. >>Lauren: AS A SPRINTER, AND BEING JULIE, NOW, OFF THE FRONT, THIS WAY YOU CAN GET TO THE CLIMB AND SET YOUR PAYS, HOW YOU WANT TO GO UP THE CLIMB AND NO ONE ELSE DICTATES HOW HARD OR SLOW YOU GO. JULIE GETS TO SAY I WILL GO THIS SPEED BUT I WILL KEEP THIS GAP AND PUT OTHERS UNDER PRESSURE. MAKE THEM COME TO ME. AND YEAH, HOPEFULLY, YOUR RIDER CAN SIT BEHIND THOSE AND CHASE HER DOWN AND THAT’S PART OF A TEAM TACTIC THAT WE WILL SEE A LOT OF TODAY. >>Brad: SEEING SOME BRUTAL CLIMBING EARLY ON HERE . THEY ARE GOING AROUND THE CIRCUIT, SO THEY WILL SEE THIS MULTIPLE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE DAY, TODAY. IT WILL BE BIGGER AND BIGGER EVERY LAP. >>Lauren: NINE TIMES. I THINK FIVE TIMES TOO MANY FOR ME, LAST YEAR. >>Lauren: THAT IS NINE TIMES UP THAT ROAD. THE FINISH LINE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, WIDER LET’S SAY AND CERTAINLY EASIER WHEN THEY GET INTO GET THE LAST LITTLE CLIMB UP. >>Brad: THEY START IN DOWNTOWN, KNOXVILLE AND IT’S NOT LONG UNTIL THE CLIMBING STARTS. JUST A COUPLE QUICK TERMS AND UP THE CLIMB. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE CROWDS ON THE ROAD TODAY. THEY DID A GREAT JOB LAST YEAR AT THE PARTIES AND FANS, AND ON THE WAYS DOWN, ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE DISSENT? ANYTHING THAT GOES UP HAS TO COME DOWN. >>Lauren: IT’S A LITTLE TRICKY, AND WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE ON THE ROADS, AND OPEN AND NOT CLOSE TO THE RACE, THERE’S A STOP SIGN AT THE BOTTOM THAT YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR AND WHEN YOU ARE DESCENDING IN THE RACE, FULL SPEED, IT’S A LITTLE TRICKY BECAUSE IT’S A BLIND CORNER, GOING AROUND IT. BUT YOU CAN SLIDE THROUGH THERE. THE FIRST COUPLE TIMES THEY WILL PROBABLY TOUCH THE BRAKES, NOT SURE, NOT REMEMBERING FROM LAST YEAR BUT WHEN THEY GET THROUGH THE FIRST COUPLE TIMES ITS FULL GAS. >>Brad: THEN THERE IS THE OUT AND BACK, A WIDE OPEN FOUR LANE FREEWAY. THAT IS WHERE WE WILL BE WATCHING THE BREAKAWAYS. THE SOLO RIDERS, THE WIND COULD BE A BIG FACTOR. IT IS WIDE OPEN. A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE WINDING PARTS EARLY ON IN THE CIRCUIT. ON THE PARKWAY IT OPENS UP MORE.>>Lauren: THAT IS A SPOT LAST YEAR, AGAIN, WE COULD MONITOR AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE WERE LOOKING LIKE AN DOING IN THE BREAK BECAUSE IT’S A HOT DOG AND YOU CAN LOOK ACROSS THE ROAD AND SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING. IS ALSO A CLIMB RIGHT AFTER YOU COME ACROSS DAVENPORT AND THE STREET, THROUGH THE SPEED ZONE, ALSO ANOTHER, PRETTY HARD CLIMB BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD DONE SHARED, IT’S DONE, I CAN RECOVER BUT THERE ARE OTHER KICKERS BACK INTO TOWN THAT JUST REALLY ZAP YOU EVEN MORE. >>Brad: WHY DOES THAT WRITER HAVE A FOOT OFF THE SIDE? >>Lauren: I WOULD GUESS THAT SHE IS HAVING SHIFTING PROBLEMS.>>Brad: THAT IS HEATHER NIELSEN, — >>Lauren: NOT A GOOD START. >>Brad: IT IS HARD TO SHIFT ON A CLIMB. THERE’S A RIGHT WAY AND WRONG WAY TO SHIFT WHEN YOU ARE CLIMBING AND HAVE A LOAD ON THE CHAIN. YOUR CLIMBING UNDER PRESSURE. YOU HAVE TO SHIFT THE RIGHT WAY. >>Lauren: HOPEFULLY YOU SET YOURSELF UP IN THE SMALL CHAIN RING AND YOU’VE GONE THROUGH YOUR SHIFTING BEFORE YOU START THE RACE AND KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS WORKING JUST FINE. MAYBE SHE’S HAVING SOME DIFFICULTIES ALREADY. >>Brad: IT IS LIKE SHIFTING IN A CAR. YOU CATCH WELL, IF YOU HAVE THE GAS PEDAL DOWN YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT OFF , HIT THE CLUTCH, THERE IS NO CLUTCH ON A BIKE BUT YOU CAN’T BE PEDDLING FULL GAS UP A CLIMB IF YOU PUT TOO MUCH LOAD ON THE DRIVETRAIN AND TRY TO SHIFT. YOU CAN DROP A CHAIN. >>Lauren: JUST LIKE STALLING A CAR. >>Brad: SHE IS DIALED IN ON THE FRONT, UP THE ROAD, WORKING HER WAY DOWN, THE OTHER ADVANTAGE OF BEING FIRST IS YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR LINE ON THE WAY DOWN. >>Lauren: I WAS GOING TO SAY THE SOMETIMES PRERACE YOU CAN LOOK AT THE TEAMS AND WHO IS WARMING UP ACTIVELY OR WHO IS MAY BE RELAXED. IT TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT HOW THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE WILL PLAY OUT. I IMAGINE THAT JULIE WAS MAYBE WARMING UP ON A TRAINER ON ON THE ROAD PRETTY AGGRESSIVELY, KNOWING SHE WAS GOING TO BE THE EARLY WORKER. SPENDING TIME ON THE FRONT, SHE WILL DO HER WORK AND HONESTLY, SHE WILL BE DONE FOR THE DAY. >>Brad: YOU CALL HER A WORKER. TELL ME ABOUT THE DIFFERENT PLANS IN THE TEAM. JULIE PROBABLY KNOWS SHE’S NOT GOING TO WIN THIS RACE BUT SHE IS SACRIFICING HERSELF FOR THE TEAM. THIS IS A VERY COMMON MISCONCEPTION AND I SIGNALING THAT THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT BUT THESE RIDERS ARE ABSOLUTELY ON A TEAM AND HAVE A TEAM PLAN. >>Lauren: WHEN YOU START TO HIRE RIDERS YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR CLIMBER, YOU WANT A SPRINTER, AND YOU START TO FILL IN WITH THESE WORKERS, THESE TO HELP THOSE CLIMBERS AND SPRINTERS AND TIME TRIALISTS AT WHATEVER CAPACITY THEY MIGHT NEED, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GO BACK AND GET BOTTLES FOR THEM, BRING THEM TO THE FRONT, KEEP THEM PROTECTED, OUT OF THE WIND, WHATEVER THEY NEED, YOU ARE THERE TO HELP THEM AND LOOK AFTER THEM AND FOR JULIE TODAY, IT IS TO BE OFF THE FRONT AND GO IN FOR AN ATTACK AND HOPEFULLY LET LILY SIT IN AND GET INTO GANZAR. >>Brad: SHE IS TRYING TO DRAW THE OTHER RIDERS OUT. IF THEY DON’T CHASE HER THEY HAVE A WRITER WAY UP THE ROAD, BUT MORE THAN LIKELY THEY ARE TRYING TO FORCE THE OTHER BIG TEAMS TO HAVE TO USE SOME ENERGY TO CHASE HER DOWN. THAT CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IS HUGE OUT THERE. THAT’S REALLY THE NAME OF THE GAME AND WINNING A BIKE RACE. >>Lauren: ESPECIALLY TODAY. IT WILL BE SO HOT AND I IMAGINE SOME RIDERS HAVE STARTED WITH ICE PACKS AND WHAT WE WILL DO IS PUT ICE IN PANTYHOSE AND YOU CAN PUT IT IN THE BACK OF YOUR SPORTS BRA, THE BACK OF YOUR JERSEY TO KEEP IT AS COOL AS POSSIBLE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. ALL THE STORES, THERE IS A RUN ON PANTYHOSE. >>Brad: I WAS IN THE STORE AND THERE WERE THREE GENTLEMEN IN FRONT OF ME BUYING PANTYHOSE AND CRUSHED ICE. I AM SURE THAT THE ATTENDANT WAS VERY CONFUSED. >>Lauren: WHAT IS THE LATEST CONVENTION IN TOWN? >>Brad: THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BIKE RACE COMES INTO TOWN. A GOOD LOOK AT THE OPENING SECTION OF THE COURSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AS THEY GO OVER THE OVERPASS. IT WILL DROP DOWN AND THIS WILL BE THE FIRST CHANCE THAT THEY GET TO LOOK BACKWARDS AND THEY WILL PASS HER AS THEY DO IT OUT AND BACK, THEY GO AND BACK ON THE OTHER. 68 MILES TO GO. THEY WILL GET A CHANCE TO SEE KULIECZA DANGLING OFF THE FRONT. WE HAVE A TIME GAP BUT I CAN’T THINK IT’S MORE THAN 30 SECONDS. >>Lauren: THEY WILL LET HER GO. THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE, THEY’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT HER. WHAT I LIKE IS, I LOVE THAT IT IS AGGRESSIVE, IT IS GOOD FOR THE SPONSORS TO GET OUT THERE AND GOOD FOR YOUR TEAM MORALE TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO WAS ALREADY WORKING ACCORDING TO PLAN. PROBABLY THEY ARE SAYING IN HER EAR, THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. >>Brad: THEY HAVE TO WAY COMMUNICATION WITH THE DIRECTORS, LIKE THE COACH, SORT OF THE SHOT CALLER ON THE ROAD AND ALL THE OTHER RIDERS ON THE TEAM WILL ALSO HAVE THOSE RADIOS SO THEY CAN COMMUNICATE. THEY HAVE A MICROPHONE INSIDE THE JERSEY SO YOU MIGHT SEE THEM REACHING TOWARD THEIR CHEST AND PULLING UP THE JERSEY, TALKING TO THEIR TEAMMATES OR DIRECTOR. SO, THAT IS HER TEAMMATE ON THE FRONT. I BELIEVE THAT’S STARLA TEDDERGREEN IN THE BLACK JERSEY. THEY ARE NOT LOOKING WORRIED. THAT’S A RELAXED GROUP. TAKING ON NUTRITION, GETTING CALORIES AND. THEY ARE NOT REAL WORRIED ABOUT A SOLO RIDER AWAY WITH 67 MILES TO GO. >>Brad: THAT IS BETH ANN ORTON, SHE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME IN THE TIME TRIAL AND I CAN IMAGINE SHE WILL BE WANTING TO GET INTO A BREAK AND REALLY PUT HER NAME OUT THERE FOR TODAY. >>Brad: GABRIELLE RUSSELL, THAT IS A ORION RACING RIDER ON YOUR SCREEN. BLUE SHORTS WITH A PINK JERSEY TRYING TO JOIN THE BREAKAWAY. GABRIELLE SAW THE WRITER, SHE REALIZED SHE WASN’T GETTING HELP, GABRIELLE WANTS TO GO UP AND WORK WITH JULIE. EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN’T ON DIFFERENT TEAMS THEY WILL TRY TO LINK UP UP THE ROAD AND TAKE TURNS RIDING TOGETHER. IT COMES DOWN TO DRAFTING AND A BREAK WAY. >>Lauren: SHE MIGHT BE MAY BE NEW TO THE PRO FIELD ARE NOT WELL KNOWN OR A PARTICULAR FAVORITE FOR THE DAY. AND SHE WILL TAKE HER CHANCES BY GETTING INTO THAT BRAKE EARLY. YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER KNOW IF IT’S GOING TO STICK. MAYBE SHE WANTS TO SIGN A CONTRACT NEXT YEAR FOR A TEAMS OF THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. LET’S SEE WHAT SHE CAN LINK UP, IF SHE CAN MAKE IT TO JULIE, THAT WOULD BE A GREAT ASSET TO HAVE FOR JULIE, AS WELL. >>Brad: THIS IS BIG FOR GABRIELLE RUSSELL TO GO ACROSS THE GAP, BRIDGING THE GAP, LEAVING THE FIELD OR THE LARGEST GROUP ON THE ROAD. AND TRYING TO GO UP TO JOIN THE LEAD GROUP WHICH WE CALL THE BREAKAWAY. YOU HAVE TO OBVIOUSLY DO FASTER TO MAKE UP THE TIME SO THIS IS ABOUT A 22nd GAP THAT SHE HAS TO GO ACROSS. IT IS DOABLE BUT NOT IDEAL. YOU WILL BURN ENERGY. >>Lauren: SOMETIMES YOU SHYLY LOOK AT THE APPELLATE TOWN TO SEE IF THEY SEE YOU. MAYBE THEY DIDN’T SEE ME ATTACK. YOU KNOW, AT THIS POINT YOU HOPE TO GET ACROSS TO JULIE, FOR SURE. YOU DON’T WANT TO NOT MAKE IT. >>Brad: TELL ME WHAT KULIECZA IS THINKING. SHE DOESN’T WANT TO BE ALONE. SHE WANTS SOME HELP SO I’M SURE YOU’VE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION, NO ONE WANTS TO COME WITH YOU. WHAT DO YOU DO? >>Lauren: SHE IS ALREADY IN THE PAN , SHE SAYING PLEASE, SOMEONE COME ACROSS AND GIVE ME ONE BIT OF REPRIEVE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS GABBY WILL GO UP TO HER AND USUALLY THEY WILL HAVE A QUICK CHAT OF WILL YOU WORK WITH ME, YES, AND SHE WILL PULL THROUGH, GABBY WILL PULL THROUGH AND GIVE JULIE EVER SO SLIGHTLY OF A BREAK BY LETTING JULIE SIT ON HER WHEELS AND SHE CAN TAKE A COUPLE MINUTES BREAK OR A COUPLE SECONDS BREAK, BIG, DEEP BREATH, AND START WORKING AGAIN TOGETHER WITH GABBY. >>Brad: THE OFFICIALS WILL STAY WITH THAT GROUP FOR MOST OF THE DAY, TODAY, THAT IS HOW THEY GET INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE ROAD. THEY HAVE RADIOS, THAT TIME BOARD USUALLY HAS THE INFORMATION BEFORE THE DIRECTOR GETS IT IN THE CAR, THAT IS HOW THEY KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS. SO THAT TIME BOARD WILL BE IMPORTANT TODAY. THEY COMMUNICATE THE TIME GAPS UP TO THE RIDERS OR UP TO THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVERS AND THEY WILL GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO THE LEADERS. >>Lauren: THE TIME GAP WILL BE IMPORTANT ALL DAY TODAY BECAUSE YOU WANT TO KNOW AS A RIDER THAT MAY BE A FAVORITE FOR THE DAY EXACTLY, IF YOU LET SOMETHING GO UP FRONT, EXACTLY WHAT THE TIME GAP IS AND YOU CAN TALK TO YOUR TEAMMATES AND YOU KNOW, ASK THEM TO GO HARDER OR EASE UP A LITTLE BIT AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO MANAGE A GAP. YEAH, THAT TIME BOARD WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT TODAY. >>Brad: RUSSELL CLOSED THE GAP QUICKLY. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. IDEALLY SHE NEEDS TO GET UP TO KULIECZA ASAP. EASIER SAID THAN DONE, EASY TO SAY FROM MY SHADED TENT. >>Lauren: WE CALL THIS NO- MAN’S LAND FOR HER. YEAH, I HAVE BEEN IN HER SHOES, AND THE ONLY THING THAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD IS MAKE IT TO THE WHEEL, MAKE IT TO THE WHEEL, EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE OKAY IF I COULD JUST MAKE IT TO THE WHEEL. >>Brad: BEAUTIFUL SHOT OVER THE BRIDGE. NO TIME TO STOP AND TAKE A DIP IN THE RIVER. I’M SURE THEY WOULD LOVE TO TODAY. IT WILL ONLY GET HOTTER, IT STARTED COOLER, WE ARE IN THE MID-70s BUT IT WILL BE 90 DEGREES BY THE TIME THESE RIDERS FINISH. A BIG CHAINS IN THE TEMPERATURE. >>Lauren: AND THE HUMIDITY. I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND WALK OUTSIDE AND I WAS SWIMMING THROUGH THE AIR. >>Brad: ANYTHING TO PREPARE FOR THIS HEAT AND HUMIDITY LEADING UP TO THE RACE? ANYTHING YOU CAN DO IN THE FEW DAYS BEFORE PREPPING, BEFORE IS THERE ANYTHING BESIDES DRINKING WATER? >>Lauren: ACTUALLY I HAVE SEEN SOME STUDIES AS FAR AS GETTING INTO A SAUNA OR STEAM ROOM AFTER TRAINING. AND IT HELPS ACCLIMATE YOUR BODY A BIT MORE TO THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY. AND IT’S NOT SUCH A SHOCK AS A LOT OF THESE RIDERS AREN’T FROM KNOXVILLE OR FROM THE SOUTH, THERE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND YOU FLY IN FOR THE RACE, SO THERE ARE WAYS, WHILE YOU’RE AT HOME TO HELP GET YOURSELF, GET YOUR BODY READY. PHYSICALLY, FOR NOT ONLY THE TRAINING AND THE EATING AND HYDRATING, BUT YEAH, ALSO YOU CAN DO HE TRAINING. >>Brad: AND RACE DAY, DRINKING AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN. I SAW A RIDER ARRIVED WITH A GIANT JAR OF PICKLES. >>Lauren: I THINK THAT WILL BE CRUCIAL, LATER IN THE RACE. WHY NOT? GOOD SALT, A LOT OF THESE RIDERS ALSO HAVE A HYDRATION DRINK MIX SPONSOR, SO THEY WILL HAVE ELECTROLYTES IN THEIR BOTTLES, AS WELL. SO, YOU KNOW, MAYBE A COMBINATION OF WATER AND MIX. IT’S USUALLY RIDER PREFERENCE. >>Brad: CRAMPING CAN BE A BIG ISSUE, ESPECIALLY WITH LONG RACES AND HEAT. THAT IS WHY THEY LIKE THE ELECTROLYTES TO MINIMIZE THE CRAMPING. IF YOU GET A CRAMP THAT IS THE END OF THE DAY FOR YOU. >>Lauren: ONCE YOU CRAMP YOU ARE DONE. THERE’S NO RECOVERY, REALLY. >>Brad: AND UNTAMABLE PROBLEM IN ALL SPORTS IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CONQUER CRAMPING. PICKLE JUICE IS A COMMON REMEDY. THE SALT AND ELECTROLYTES, SOME PEOPLE THINK IT PREVENTS OR STOPS CRAMPING. >>Lauren: OR LIKE A PRELOAD, YOU CAN HAVE A DRINK MIX THAT IS FULL OF WAY MORE SODIUM AND KIND OF PREP YOUR SYSTEM AND FOR ALL THIS SALT THAT YOU WILL HAVE THROUGHOUT TODAY AND IT IS ALSO HELP TO ALLEVIATE CRAMPS. YOU CAN SEE JULIE HAS A HEAVY PEDAL STROKE GOING UP THE OFFRAMP THERE. AND I KNOW SHE IS WAITING FOR GABRIELLE, SHE WOULD LIKE HER TO BE THERE ANY MINUTE NOW. SO YEAH. JULIE OBVIOUSLY IS PUSHING THE PACE HARD. >>Brad: KULIECZA WILL BE BURNING THROUGH RESERVES EARLY ON. I HOPE SHE PRELOADED TODAY. >>Lauren: THE CONSUMMATE TEAMMATE. SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR HER TEAM. I’VE SEEN A LOT OF HER POSTS THESE PAST COUPLE DAYS REGARDING THE TEAM. THEY ARE FOLDING AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND JULIE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR THE RIDERS. AND JUST ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHEERLEADERS FOR THE TEAM. >>Brad: ONE THING I RESPECT ABOUT THIS TEAM IS THAT THEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAM UNITS. THEY WORK TO BETTER BETTER THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE WORLD. WE WILL TALK ABOUT LINDSAY GOLDMAN, JULIE KULIECZA TAKING THE EARLY BREAK BUT THEY’RE NOT AFRAID TO MIX MOVES AND SACRIFICE FOR THE TEAM. >>Lauren: BEING IN THE CAR, HE’S A PRO, HE’S ALWAYS BRINGING THE RACE OUT TO THE RACE, YOU KNOW, NEVER AFRAID TO ATTACK AND BE AGGRESSIVE. AND IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO WATCH THEM RACE. >>Brad: WELCOME BACK TO NEXT, BRAD HERE WITH LAUREN, VERY EXCITED TO BE BACK IN KNOXVILLE FOR ANOTHER DAY OF RACING. ONE THING THAT MAKES KNOXVILLE SO GREAT, NOT JUST THE COURSE BUT THE ATMOSPHERE. AWESOME PARTIES, THE FANS IN KNOXVILLE ARE AMAZING. WE HAVE REPORTERS ON COURSE TODAY, THEY WILL CHECK IN WITH US THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON WHAT’S GOING ON OUTSIDE OF THE RACING. INCLUDING ELIZABETH GOOGLE ON COURSE. IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS NOT — >>WE HAVE A GREAT STOP. WE HAVE A FRONT ROW VIEW OF ALL THE ACTION HAPPENING HERE AND WE JUST WATCH THE WOMEN TAKE THE COURSE ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO. WE ARE EXPECTING THEM TO GO BY ANY MINUTE HERE NOW, WHEN WE WATCH THEM KICKOFF, THERE WAS A LOT OF EMOTION, RUNNING THROUGH THE STREETS OF KNOXVILLE, NERVES, COUNTING DOWN FROM 15 TO 10 TO 1 AND NOW WHEN THOSE WOMEN SET OFF IT WAS INCREDIBLE. ELECTRIC. YOU HEARD A LOT OF CLAPPING, A LOT OF EMOTION. AND DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, PEOPLE ARE CHEERING THEM ON AND SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE CHEERING THEM ON OUR FANS THAT WE MET HERE. I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU. YOU WERE THERE AT THE START LINE WATCHING THE WOMEN TAKE OFF. WHAT WAS IT LIKE? >>SUPER EXCITING. THE WOMEN RACE REALLY FAST, THEY ARE REALLY AGGRESSIVE. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >>WE EXPECT THEM TO FLY BY US ANY MINUTE NOW. YOU GUYS ARE NO STRANGERS TO CYCLING RACES. BIG FANS. WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN THESE ATHLETES COME SOARING BY? >>IT GOES BY SO FAST, IT’S A BLUR OF MOTION AND ITS INCREDIBLE. >>IT REALLY IS INCREDIBLE. WE ARE COUNTING DOWN, WAITING FOR THAT. CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH THEM COME BY, WE WILL STAND BY AND CHECK BACK WITH YOU IN A BIT. >>Brad: THANK YOU, ELIZABETH. WE GO BACK TO LIVE PICTURES ON THE START-FINISH LINE, GETTING INFORMATION FROM OUT ON THE ROAD. WE WILL UPDATE THE SITUATION BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE WE MAY HAVE SOME RIDERS WITH BIKE PROBLEMS. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A BIT. BUT FIRST I WANT TO LOOK AT THE FASTEST BREAKAWAY OFF THE FRONT. IT WAS JULIE KULIECZA, AND WHEN THEY LEFT THE START LINE, SHE TOOK OFF. THIS IS AN INTERESTING STRATEGY TO GO EARLY ON FOR THIS TEAM BUT SHE DID IT RIGHT. GOT A QUICK, CLEAN JUMP AND YOU CAN SEE HER TEAMMATE, SLOWING THINGS UP A LITTLE BIT IN THE FIELD. HE DIDN’T WAIT AROUND TO GET THE PARTY STARTED. >>Lauren: KNOWING THAT THE HILL CLIMB IS COMING IN , JULIE WENT AHEAD AND SET HERSELF UP AND THE TEAM TO ESTABLISH WHAT THE PLAN IS FOR THE DAY. >>Brad: KULIECZA WENT TO A GAP OF 30 SECONDS AT THE LAST CHECK. WE WILL SEE IF IT GOES UP OR DOWN TIME WE GET A TIME CHECK, 30 SECONDS IS THE BENCHMARK FOR THE SOLO. SHE DID HAVE GABRIELLE RUSSELL TRYING TO COME ACROSS THE GAP SO WE WILL CHECK IN WITH RUSSELL IN A BIT. BUT SO FAR KULIECZA IS GETTING NO LOVE FROM THE FIELD. >>Lauren: COMING BACK INTO TOWN, THIS STRETCH WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR THE END OF THE RACE. THIS ONE LAST KICKER UP THROUGH THE START FINISH AND YEAH, JULIE DEFINITELY IS FEELING THE LOVE NOW. >>Brad: WE ARE GETTING INFORMATION FROM ON THE COURSE, RIDERS HAVE MECHANICALS. WE SAW SHIFTING PROBLEMS FOR ONE OF THE RIDERS ON THE CLIMB AND NOW IT SOUNDS LIKE SKYLAR SCHNEIDER MIGHT BE HAVING A BIKE PROBLEM. >>Lauren: A BIKE CHANGE WITH SUPPORT THAT IS FOLLOWING THE RACE. WHEN YOU GET ON ANOTHER BIKE THAT’S NOT YOURS IT’S ALREADY NOT A GOOD SITUATION. IT’S A DIFFERENT FIT THAT YOU ARE COMPLETELY USED TO FROM ALL YEAR. YOU BEEN TRAINING ON THIS BIKE AND THE SET UP AND FOR HER TO BE ON ANOTHER BIKE ALREADY IS NOT A GOOD INDICATOR. HOPEFULLY SHE CAN PUT THAT PAST HER AND RACE ON. >>Brad: A LOT OF TEAMS WILL HAVE CARS THAT FOLLOW THE RACE WITH SPARE TEAM BIKES ON TOP OF THE CAR. SKYLAR WRITES FOR A EUROPEAN TEAM, THEY ONLY HAVE TWO AMERICAN RIDERS IN THE RACE. SKYLAR SCHNEIDER AND KATIE HALL, SO THEY DON’T SEND A TEAM INFRASTRUCTURE OVER TO SUPPORT THOSE RIDERS AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. YOU ARE KIND OF ON YOUR OWN IF YOU ARE A EUROPEAN RIDER. THEY DON’T GIVE UP A LOT OF SUPPORT. YOU HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER YOUR OWN PROGRAM. >>Lauren: I CAN’T IMAGINE SHE FLEW BACK AND FORTH WITH MULTIPLE BIKES. SO JUST HAVING THE ONE BIKE HERE PROBABLY WITH MAYBE A COUPLE OF SPARE SETS OF WHEELS, YEAH, WHO KNOWS? MAYBE SHE CAN GET BACK ON HER ORIGINAL BIKE. YOU CAN JUST, IF YOU’RE IN THE GROUP, YOU CAN MAYBE STOP AGAIN AND GET BACK ON YOUR BIKE, WHATEVER THE SITUATION WAS, I DON’T KNOW AND USUALLY YOU CAN MAKE IT BACK INTO THE GROUP. WE WILL SEE IF THAT IS THE CASE OR IF SHE STAYS ON THOSE SPARE BIKES. >>Brad: GABRIELLE RUSSELL IS REFUSING TO THROW IN THE TOWEL. WE HAVE A LOT OF OTHER RIDERS WHO SAY I’M DONE WITH THIS AND GO BACK INTO THE BIG GROUP RUSSELL REFUSES TO GIVE UP. LOOK AT THAT TEAM ON THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. THE TWO JERSEYS UP THERE WITH THE GREEN AND BLUE SLEEVES. THOSE ARE TEAMMATES OF THE RIDER IN THE BREAK WAY. TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGY. WHY ARE THEY RIDING AT THE FRONT WHEN THEY HAVE A TEAMMATE OF THE ROAD? >>Lauren: THEY ARE NOT RIDING HARD, THEY ARE JUST UP THERE AND JUST GOING TO SAY HEY, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TRY TO GET ACROSS TO JULIE, WE WILL GET ON THE BACK OF YOUR WHEEL AND WE WILL FOLLOW YOU UP THERE AND MAYBE WE CAN GET ANOTHER RIDER INTO THE BREAK. BUT AT THE MOMENT, THEY ARE JUST MONITORING THE FRONT. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING. >>Brad: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF TEAMWORK WITH A RIDER UP THE ROAD AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO JOIN HER YOU WILL TAKE ONE OF US WITH YOU AND THAT WILL DISCOURAGE A LOT OF RIDERS AND TEAMS FROM TRYING TO SEND RIDERS ACROSS THE GAP THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER GABRIELLE RUSSELL TRY TO GO AWAY. IF THEY DO, THEY WILL MAKE SURE THEY SEND A TEAMMATE WITH THEM. >>Lauren: EXACTLY. THEY WILL LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WORK AND LET THEM GET ANOTHER RIDER UP TO THE BREAK. >>Brad: WE MIGHT SEE THEM SET A SLOWER TEMPO. THERE’S A GOOD EXAMPLE. TEDDERGREEN. >>Lauren: THAT LOOKS LIKE BETH ANN ORTON. >>Brad: THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT, HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER, IT COMES DOWN TO DRAFTING. BUT HERE, THEY WILL NOT WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE STARLA TEDDERGREEN DOES NOT WANT TO HELP THAT PERSON CHASE DOWN HER TEAMMATE. SHE’S AN ANCHOR THE GROUP. SHE WILL SIT AT THE VERY BACK, SHE WILL TAKE THE DRAFT OF THE RIDER IN THE BLUE JERSEY BUT SHE WON’T GIVE HER ANY DRAFT. YOU WILL NEVER SEE HER IN FRONT OF THE THEN WHARTON UNLESS THEY GET FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT STARLA TEDDERGREEN CHANGES IN SAYS THIS WILL GO ACROSS ANYWAY I MIGHT AS WILL HELP. >>Lauren: BETH ANN KNOWS THAT, SHE’S BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK ENOUGH TIMES TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS WHAT STARLA IS DOING. AND LIKE YOU SAID, MAYBE THERE’S A CHANCE THAT IT GETS FAR ENOUGH UP THERE THAT STARLA WILL SAY I WANT TO GO TO MY TEAMMATE AS WELL AND HELP HER OUT. >>Brad: THE FIELD IS STARTING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT JULIE KULIECZA UP THE ROAD. SHE HAS A GAP. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS. >>Brad: JULIE KULIECZA IS ON THE ROAD CLIMB, JUST OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE FOR THE SECOND TIME. SHE WORKS HER WAY UP TO THE TOP, HOLDING ONTO A 32nd GAP. BACK TO THE CHASERS. THE GAP IS GROWING BACK TO THE FIELD, THEY ARE REPORTING ONE MINUTE 45, SO KULIECZA IS GETTING TIME, MAKING PROGRESS. >>Lauren: WHEN THEY CAME THROUGH THE START FINISH I SAW EMMA WHITE ON HER MICROPHONE TALKING TO THE DIRECTOR AND MAYBE GOING OVER THE PLAN AND MAKING SURE THAT THIS GAP IS OKAY. THIS GROUP OF RIDERS UP THE ROAD IS OKAY. SO MAYBE, THEY WILL LET MAYBE THIS ROLLOUT A LITTLE BIT. >>Brad: THIS IS NOT A LONG CLIMB BUT IT IS A TOUGH CLIMB. YOU CAN SEE AS THEY WAIT FOR MAY WAY UP IT GOES UP QUICKLY, THE ELEVATION, IT’S REALLY ABOUT MAINTAINING YOUR POSITION IN THE GROUP. IT’S NOT LONG ENOUGH THAT WE WILL SEE ANY BIG-TIME GAPS ON THE CLIMB BUT YOU CAN CERTAINLY GET DROPPED OUT OF THE GROUP. >>Lauren: TOWARD THE TOP, WHEN YOU THINK IT’S OVER IT COMES AROUND THE BEND AND IT PITCHES AGAIN. IT IS BRUTAL AND IT PUNCHES TWICE. >>Brad: YOU CAN SEE THE PERCENTAGES OF THE ELEVATION GOING UP OVER 10% A COUPLE TIMES. SO IT’S A STEEP ONE. >>Lauren: THIS IS WHERE IT IS, WHERE GABRIELLE IS, IT COMES AROUND THE CORNER AND IT KICKS UP AGAIN AND YOU WISH IT WAS OVER FIVE MINUTES AGO. >>Brad: I HEARD RIDERS TALKING ABOUT THE HELMET CHOICES. WHETHER THEY WOULD HAVE A AERO HELMET OR NOT. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT AIRFLOW AND TRYING TO STAY COOL. A LITTLE DIFFERENCE AND TRYING TO STAY COOL. >>Lauren: EVERY LITTLE BIT. MARGINAL GAIN. >>Brad: UP TO THE TOP OF THE ROAD AND NOW THE BREAK DESCENDS. GABBY IS GOING UP TWO MINUTES NOW. THIS BREAKAWAY WILL BE A WHILE. THIS IS THE MOVE OF THE DAY, FOR SURE. WE WE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH THIS BREAK OF TWO. AS THE GAP GOES OVER TWO MINUTES IT WILL BE TOUGH TO GET UP TO THEM. WE WILL HEAR A LOT ABOUT STARLA TEDDERGREEN AND BETH ANN ORTON. >>Lauren: FOR SURE. THAT’S GREAT. >>Brad: 47 MILES TO GO. THEY ARE ON THE WAY DOWN THE ROAD, WE CONTINUE RACING HERE AT THE PROFESSIONAL ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. >>Brad: WELCOME BACK. THE GAP IS NOW OVER 2:15. THAT IS STARLA TEDDERGREEN, NUMBER 22, AND BETH ANN ORTON, THE TWO RIDERS OF THE DAY. >>Lauren: THE PELOTON AND BIGGER TEAMS ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THESE TWO OUT THERE. THEY WILL LET THEM LEASH OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE. LET THEM WEAR DOWN. THERE’S NO NEED TO BRING THEM BACK TO THE COURSE. IT WILL WEAR THEM OUT, TO BE HONEST. >>Brad: THE FIELD HAS MADE A POINTED DECISION, THEY’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THESE TWO OR CATCHING THEM OFF GUARD. THE FIELD BELIEVES THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BRING THEM BACK. WE HAVE 47 MILES TO GO. SURELY WE CAN CATCH THEM BEFORE THE FINISH. AND THE BREAKAWAY IS SAYING WE THINK WE CAN DO IT. WE CAN CATCH THE FIELD OFF GUARD AND MAYBE IT’S THAT ONE IN 1 MILLION SHOT BUT JUST LIKE PLAYING THE LOTTERY YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY. THEY BOUGHT THEIR TICKET THIS MORNING. >>Lauren: JUST PICK A SONG AND SING A. I HAVE ROLLING IN MY HEAD. WHATEVER THAT IS. WHATEVER THAT SONG WILL BE. I WILL START SINGING THAT. >>Brad: WERE TALKING ABOUT THE TIME YOU SPEND , A LOT OF TIME TO THINK. GETTING A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD I WOULD IMAGINE COULD BE PRETTY TERRIBLE. DEPENDING ON THE SONG. >>Lauren: YOU JUST START, YOU KNOW, I WOULD, I WOULD JUST START, MY THOUGHTS WOULD BE MEANDERING AND YOU CAN TAKE IN THE SIGHTS AND CHECK OUT THE FANS. AND ENJOY THE CHAIRS GOING UP THE CLIMB. >>Brad: LET’S HOPE THAT NO ONE HEARD OLD TOWN ROAD ON THE RADIO. THAT’S A REFERENCE THAT WILL MAKE SENSE WHEN WE REWATCH THIS IN FIVE YEARS. YOU WILL WONDER WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. NICE, SMOOTH PAVEMENT ON THE PARKWAY, AS WELL. THAT IT REPAVED I THINK THIS YEAR. SO EVEN THOUGH IT’S THE WIDEST, OPEN SECTION IT IS ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST SECTIONS. >>Lauren: THAT IS ALWAYS WELCOME. YOU ENJOY THE SMOOTHEST ROAD POSSIBLE. >>Brad: A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO RACE ON A FREEWAY. YOU DON’T GET TO DO THAT A WHOLE LOT. >>Lauren: THAT WAS INTERESTING. WHEN YOU GO UP SHERROD AND DESCEND AND YOU COME DOWN ON THIS BIG PARKWAY. THE ROAD TO NOWHERE. AND YOU DO THE U-TURN. IT WAS INTERESTING, I ENJOYED BEING ABLE, LIKE YOU SAID, THE HOT DOG, COMING BACK TO SEE THE RIDERS IN THE BREAK, SEE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE. YOU CAN ALSO KIND OF MAKE A QUICK EYE CONTACT WITH YOUR TEAM CAR AND DIRECTOR. JUST SEE IF THEY ARE PANICKING OR SAY WHAT ARE YOU DOING? OR LIKE YEAH, COOL, KEEP DOING IT. >>Brad: AND ALSO SEE THE PELOTON. SEO HARD THEY ARE RIDING. LOOKING AT THE SHAPE OF THE FIELD AND WHAT TEAMS ARE ON THE FRONT. WHERE YOUR TEAMMATES ARE. A CHANCE TO TAKE INVENTORY. >>Lauren: EXACTLY. >>Brad: A LOT OF DIRECTORS ARE WATCHING OUR LIVE STREAM IN THE TEAM CAR. WE WILL BE STREAMING ON THE PHONE OR TABLET. IF THEY ARE STREAMING IT, THERE IS A LITTLE LEGG ON THE INTERNET, A LITTLE LEGG FROM LIVE. A MECHANIC IS USUALLY WATCHING. THEY ARE POSTING IN THE BACKSEAT, SURROUNDED BY WHEELS AND COOLERS AND TOOLS AND EXTRA PARTS IF THE RIDER HAS ANY PROBLEM THEY WILL JUMP OUT OF THE BACKSEAT IMMEDIATELY. IT WILL SERVE AS THEIR — >>Lauren: ANOTHER INTERESTING JOB. MOST MECHANICS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE BIKES AND MAYBE HAVING A COOLER CLOSE BY TO HELP FEED THE RISERS BUT THEY WILL ALSO HAVE THE START GRID WITH ALL THE RIDERS AND NUMBERS AND SO, THEY WILL ALSO HELP THE DIRECTOR MONITOR THE GAP AND WHO WAS IN THE BREAK. JUST BY GIVING NUMBERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE WHAT’S CALLED RACE RADIO. AND OVER THE RADIO THE TALK ABOUT THE RIDERS THAT ARE UP THE ROAD AND GET THE NUMBERS AND SO AS THE DIRECTOR YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO WRITE THAT DOWN AS YOU’RE DRIVING UP THE ROAD, UP SHERROD BECAUSE YOU’RE CLOSE TO THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU. SO THAT’S ANOTHER JOB OF THE MECHANIC, HELP OUT THE DIRECTOR AND THAT HELPS. >>Brad: THE PELOTON WAS SINGLE FILE, THEY ARE PICKING UP THE PACE. THEY WERE DROPPING RIDERS OFF THE BACK. WHEN WE GET A NEW TIME CHECK, THE FEELING MIGHT BE BIGGER THAN BEFORE. BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE THE FIELD IS STARTING TO GET WORRIED ABOUT THESE TWO. >>Lauren: YOU CAN SEE THE ATTRITION TAKE PLACE. YOU CAN SEE SOME RIDERS ARE PEELING OFF THE BACK. GAPPED OFF. THIS IS NOT AN EASY COURSE. IS NOT LIKE THEY’RE JUST ROLLING AROUND, CASUALLY. ON A SUNDAY RIDE. >>Brad: YOU SEE SOME PEOPLE, THE WASHING MACHINE AFFECT YOU TALKED ABOUT DURING THE CRITERIUM, GOING BACK TO THE BACK OF THE PELOTON. THESE RIDERS COASTING THROUGH, I THOUGHT THEY WERE FALLING OFF BUT I THINK THEY ARE LETTING A LITTLE BIT OF, LETTING A LITTLE GAP OPEN UP AND GIVING ROOM TO WORK WITH. >>Lauren: SOMETIMES YOUR SHAKING THINGS OUT, MAYBE IF YOU WERE IN A CRASH RECENTLY YOU WILL GET TO THE BACK TO BE COMFORTABLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGHT AT THE FRONT AT THIS MOMENT. I CAN SEE NEDESCU BACK HERE, JUST AGAIN, MAYBE THAT IS WHERE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE AT THE MOMENT. I CAN’T IMAGINE LORI WILL BE THAT COMFORTABLE THAT FAR OFF THE BACK. >>Brad: LOOK AT THE JERSEYS ON THE FRONT. RALLY IS LEADING THE WAY WITH — AND HAGENS BERMAN SUPERMINT. LOOKING AT THINGS. >>Lauren: JUST MONITORING AND IT LOOKS LIKE ERICA CARNEY AS WELL. JUST KIND OF WAITING FOR THEIR TIME TO HAVE TO WORK OR MAYBE JUST MAKING SURE THE PELOTON IS DOING A CERTAIN PACE, NOT TOTALLY SITTING UP, TALK TO YOUR TEAMMATES, THEY WILL COME UP TO YOU, CONFIRM EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN, OR WHEN DO WE NEED TO BRING IT BACK, NERVOUS TALK. GET A LITTLE FOOD, MAKE SURE YOU TALK TO TEAM IS, EAT AND DRINK. GIVE LOVE TO THE CAMERA. >>Brad: A LITTLE WAVE TO FRANZ AND FAMILY AT HOME. SAYING HELLO BACK TO SUMMER MOAK. SUMMER HAD A GOOD YEAR THIS YEAR, SOME CRITERIUM WINS. SHE WENT ON A CRITERIUM CARE IN THE SEASON, SHE AND ERICA CARNEY WERE THE DYNAMIC DUO. ALSO SOME OF THE YOUNGER RIDERS, YOU SAW THAT THERE ARE 23 RIDERS, IF YOU SEE A GRAPHIC WITH AN ASTERISK IT IS A RIDER UNDER 23. WE WILL BE CROWNING HOUR UNDER 23 CHAMPIONS. THEY ARE SCORED SEPARATELY. IT’S JUST LIKE IN THE CRITERIUM ON FRIDAY NIGHT, WE WILL HAVE TWO PODIUMS AT THE FINISH. ONE FOR THE LEADER AND ONE FOR THE UNDER 23. IS A CHANCE THE SAME RIDER ON TOP OF BOTH PODIUMS. BACKUP TO THE LEADERS. BETH ANN ORTON HAS ONE BOTTLE, SHE’S ALREADY GONE THROUGH ONE. SHE HAS TO WAIT TO GO TO THE FEED ZONE TO GET ANOTHER ONE. >>Lauren: SOMETIMES IF I HAD A SEMI-EMPTY BOTTLE I WOULD DEFINITELY HOLD IT UNTIL I KNEW I WAS IN THE FEED ZONE AND HAVE A FRESH BOTTLE BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU MISS THE BOTTLE AND DROP IT. YOU DON’T WANT TO NOT BE WITHOUT WATER. SO YOU ALWAYS KIND OF HOLD ON TO THAT BOTTLE JUST IN CASE. AND MAYBE SHE GOT RID OF ONE AND HAS ARTIE PICKED UP A FEED AND HAPPY WITH THE ONE. >>Brad: TEDDERGREEN IS LOOKING CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED. >>Lauren: I DON’T KNOW ABOUT COOL, BUT SHE IS DEFINITELY CALM. >>Brad: HERE IS THE BACK OF THE GROUP. RALLY OFF TO THE SIDE, TAKING A LOOK. MORE RIDERS ARE ROLLING UP TO THE FRONT. DANIELLE CLARK. USING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN SOME POSITION HERE. A LOT OF RIDERS ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO BE SITTING AT THE BACK NOW. THERE IS NO REASON THAT THEY SHOULD BE AT THE FRONT. THEY’RE SAVING THEMSELVES FOR THE END OF THE RACE. SAVING THEIR ENERGY, BITING THE TIME, A LOT OF THEM HAVE STRICT INSTRUCTIONS, DO NOT DO ANY WORK. DO NOT GET TOO AGGRESSIVE EARLY ON. >>Lauren: MARGOT CLYNE PUT HER HAND UP. SHE WILL PROBABLY GO BACK FOR BOTTLES FOR THE TEAM AND THAT MIGHT BE JULIE AS WELL DOING THE SAME THING. OR HANDING OFF A BOTTLE TO THE COMMISSARY. YOU DON’T WANT LITTER ON THE ROAD. HANDING OFF TO THE CAR. >>Brad: THE GAP IS 3:10. THEY ARE GAINING SIGNIFICANT TIME OVER THE FIELD. THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAP OF THE DAY WE HAVE SEEN GOING UP AND OVER THREE MINUTES. >>Lauren: I MINUTE , I WOULDN’T DO MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES. >>Brad: LOOK AT TEDDERGREEN, YOU CAN SEE THAT PAPER , WHAT IS ON THAT, WHAT YOU PUT ON THAT? >>Lauren: HOW MANY LAPS TO GO. YOU GET OUT THERE AND YOU SAY WAS AT NINE, EIGHT? WE AT EIGHT LAPS BEFORE? THE INCREASED IT, YOU WILL HAVE ANYTHING FROM THE FINISH, IF THERE WAS A SPRINT POINT, BUT THERE’S NOT IN THE RACE, — >>Brad: IS A CONDENSED ROADMAP, SORT OF. IT SHOWS YOU THE IMPORTANT DISTANCES OF THE DAY? >>Lauren: YES, YOU HIGHLIGHT KEY MOMENTS, AND IT COULD BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT RIDERS. WHATEVER THE TEAM TACTIC IS. MAYBE IT WILL BE DIFFERENT FOR ANOTHER HAGENS BERMAN SUPERMINT RIDER. THAT IT IS FOR STARLA. >>Brad: IT DOESN’T MATTER ON A CIRCUIT RACE. THEY WILL SEE THE CIRCA PLENTY SO THEY KNOW WHERE THERE ARE, THEY KNOW GOOD AND WELL WHEN THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB IS COMING. >>Lauren: IT IS MORE IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE A ROAD STAGE THAT DOESN’T HAVE A LAP. THAT YOU COME BACK ON. >>Brad: WATCHING THEM WORK TOGETHER. THEY SEEM REALLY SMOOTH. A NICE LITTLE FLICK THEY ARE FROM STARLA TEDDERGREEN, A VERY SUBTLE MOVE. THEY HAVE THEIR RHYTHM WORKED OUT. IT’S ALMOST ROBOTIC. YOU GET TO KNOW THE OTHER RIDER WELL. AT LEAST YOU GET TO KNOW THEIR STYLE OF RIDING. >>Lauren: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT ANYMORE EVENTUALLY BECAUSE YOU GET INTO A RHYTHM. YOU’VE RACED EACH OTHER LONG ENOUGH AND YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. SO MAYBE STARLA IS FOR TAKING A BIT SOONER THAN SHE NORMALLY DOES AND STARTING TO PULL SHORTER. OR MAYBE ASKING BETH ANN TO DO MORE. >>Brad: SHE WILL USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRAB SOME NUTRITION. 3:45 NOW, STILL PUTTING TIME IN. PARTIALLY BECAUSE THE FIELD IS NOT INTERESTING IN CHASING EARLY ON. >>Brad: BOTH RIDERS ARE TAKING ON GEL. WHAT IS THE MIX OF FOOD OUT THERE? IS IT ALL GEL? BARS? ON A DAY LIKE TODAY, DO YOU NEED SOLID FOOD? >>Lauren: I WOULD SAY WHEN IT IS HOT, TODAY, OR GOING TO BE THIS HOT, AND IT’S ALREADY TAKING A TOLL ON SOME RIDERS, MOSTLY IN THE RACE I WOULD JUST DO SOME GEL, ENERGY GEL. AND CALORIES IN MY DRINK MIX AS WELL. OTHER THAN THAT, NOT MUCH FOOD. MAYBE A BAR IF THE TIME IS DONE OR MY JOB IS DONE. I’M NOT GOING TO BE THERE FOR THE FINISH LINE. >>Brad: TWO LEADERS, STARLA TEDDERGREEN AND BETH ANN ORTON. TEDDERGREEN HAS A LITTLE CHAT WITH HER DIRECTOR. THE COACH OUT THERE ON THE ROAD, LETTING THE RIDERS KNOW THE GAP HAS GONE UP TO FOUR MINUTES. THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE RIDERS OF THE BREAKAWAY. >>Lauren: TAD HAS RAISED MANY YEARS AND HE KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON. AND WHAT THE SENSATIONS ARE LIKE AND GOING UP THERE AND HAVING COMMUNICATION WITH STARLA IS NICE. HE WILL PROBABLY MAKE THAT CONTACT WITH HER AND TALK TO HER A LITTLE BIT MORE. TALK ABOUT THE GAP AND WHO IS CHASING AND GO BACK TO THE PELOTON. >>Brad: BACK TO THE START FINISH FOR THE TWO LEADERS. THE FIELD WILL SEE THE TIME GAP. THEY START THE CLOCK AS THEY GO ACROSS THE LINE. >>Brad: FIVE LAPS TO GO, FIVE MORE TIMES UP THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. TREND THREE — >>Lauren: THE GAP IS GROWING. I THINK SOON YOU WILL HAVE SOME CHASERS OR SOME TEAMS NOW GETTING TO THE FRONT. >>Brad: LET’S LOOK AT THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS. MOTO TWO IS WITH THE PELOTON YOU ARE SAYING NOW, THEY HAVE NOT COME UP OVER THE LAST FEW CLIMES YET. FOUR MINUTES AS A BIG GAP ON THE COURSE. IT’S A PRETTY TECHNICAL COURSE FOR ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE RACE. AND THE PARKWAY, THEY GET FURTHER OUT, IT IS THE WHITEST OPEN SECTION OF THE COURSE. DON’T EXPECT THE PELOTON TO SEE THE BREAK WAY ANYTIME SOON. I THINK FOUR MINUTES WILL PROBABLY BE ENOUGH THAT THEY WON’T SEE THE BACK OF THEM. HE WILL PROBABLY STILL PASS ON THAT PARKWAY. GOING THE OTHER WAY. >>Lauren: MAYBE THE NEXT LAP THROUGH THINGS WILL START HEATING UP. I WOULD GUESS. ON THE CLIMB, AND SHEDDING SOME OF THESE RIDERS. >>Brad: GOOD OBSERVATION ON TWITTER. NO BIKES ON TOP OF THE CAR THAT TAD WAS DRIVING. MAYBE THEY HAD A SECOND CAR BACK THERE WITH MECHANICS? I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY WOULDN’T BRING TEAM BIKES WITH THEM. >>Lauren: THIS IS A ONE-DAY RACE. USUALLY IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A CRASH OR A MECHANICAL, I GUESS THAT’S IT. A LOT OF THESE ONE-DAY RACES, IT IS DEPENDENT ON LUCK. AND POSITION INTO THESE FINISHES AND YES, MAYBE THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE THINKING. MAYBE WE HAVE SOME WHEELS AND THAT’S ALL WE GOT. YEAH, I FIND THAT INTERESTING. I MEAN, AS WE’VE SEEN, SKYLAR HAD A BIKE CHANGE AND WENT BACK TO HER SPARE BIKE. SO YEAH, I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY DON’T HAVE BIKES. >>Brad: DEFINITELY THEY WILL HAVE WHEELS, FOR SURE. FOR THOSE NEW TO THE SPORT, IF YOU GET A FLAT TIRE THEY DON’T CHANGE THE TIRE OR TWO, THEY GIVE THE RIDER A BRAND-NEW WILL. IT IS FULLY INFLATED, READY TO GO. IT TAKES ABOUT 10 SECONDS, MAYBE A LITTLE LONGER IF YOU HAVE BREAKS AND A THROUGH AXLE, THAT IS TECHNICAL STUFF BUT SPEED IS IMPORTANT IF YOU GET A FLAT TIRE WHICH IS COMMON IN THIS SPORT. THEY TAKE THE ENTIRE WILL OFTEN GIVE YOU A NEW WHEEL, READY TO GO. >>Lauren: WITH DISC BRAKES IT IS HARDER TO DO A CHANGE THAN A BIKE CHANGE. SO AGAIN, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE SHOULD GO BACK AND LOOK AT THAT. IF WE GET A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT KIND OF BREAKS THEY HAVE. I WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION. >>Brad: BREAKING CHOICE WILL NOT BE A HUGE DIFFERENCE , THE DISSENT IS NOT THAT TECHNICAL. YOU REALLY SHOULDN’T BE USING THE BRAKES A LOT ON THIS COURSE. LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN STYLE OF RIDING. BETH ANN ORTON IS ON HER SEAT AND TEDDERGREEN IS OUT OF THE SADDLE. THIS IS A DIFFERENCE IN STYLE. TELL ME ABOUT THE CHOICE HERE OF WHETHER YOU SIT OR STAND. >>Lauren: WHATEVER YOU ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH. I WOULD THINK THAT STARLA MAYBE IS HURTING A LITTLE BIT AND I CAN SEE BETH ANN KIND OF BEING OUT THERE LONGER THAN STARLA. BUT STARLA IS DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO GET IN — SHE WILL TAKE IT AS FAR AS SHE POSSIBLY CAN. BUT WHEN YOU STAND UP, ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP YOU GET OVER THAT CLIMB AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY KIND OF WILL AND POST ON THE BARS A LITTLE BIT AND HELP MOVE THE BIKE UNDERNEATH YOU. IT KIND OF COUNTERS WITH YOUR LEGS. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. >>Brad: THE PELOTON NOW IS HITTING THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIMB. OR THE BOTTOM OF THE COURSE I GUESS I SHOULD SAY, THE LOWEST PART HERE AS THEY ROLL TO THE START FINISH AREA. AND THEN GO OVER THE BRIDGE AND THEN THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB STARTS. CONTINUING TO GROW THAT GAP. 4:30, GOING THROUGH THE LINE, THEY ARE STARTING THE CLOCK AT 4:27. >>Lauren: DO YOU THINK THAT IS LIKE POKER? SAYING HEY, WHO WILL DO THE WORK TODAY? OR SOME OF THE WORLD TOUR RIDERS? >>Brad: WE TALKED ABOUT THIS WITH BIGGER NAMES AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. KATIE HALL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE, A WORLD TOUR RIDER, SHE STRONG, ALL THE OTHER TEAMS LOOK AT KATIE HALL AND SAY YOU ARE THE WORLD TOUR RIDER, YOU ARE THE BIGGEST DOG IN THIS BIKE, LOOKING AROUND AND SAYING WE HAVE TWO RIDERS ON THE TEAM, WHAT YOU PRACTICE TO DO? IT IS ME AND SKYLAR SCHNEIDER. I WILL NOT MAKE THE TEAM LEADER DO THE WORK. THE WORLD TOUR RIDERS WITH SMALLER TEAMS ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE HERE. >>Lauren: YOU HAD — LOOKING FRESH THE OTHER NIGHT AND WHEN DOES THE PRESSURE START FALLING ON HER AS WELL? AND SOMEONE ELSE WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT IS ALEXIS. HERE, SOLO AS WELL. PROBABLY REALLY GOOD FORM AND SOMEONE GOING TO — IN ONE DAY. YOU KNOW, WHEN DID THEY START KIND OF COLLUDING TOGETHER AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO DO? >>Brad: SHE WILL BE HEADING OVER — AFTER THIS. THIS IS AN INTERESTING PART OF THE SEASON. MIDWAY THROUGH THE YEAR AND A LOT OF RIDERS WOULD HAVE DONE A EARLY YEAR, SPRING CAMPAIGN, GETTING INTO THE SECOND BLOCK OF RACING WE START TO GET INTO THE BIG, LONG STAGE RACES LATER ON. >>Lauren: RACING STARTS IN AUSTRALIA IN JANUARY. IT’S A REALLY LONG SEASON. ALL THE WAY UNTIL OCTOBER. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. YOU HAVE TO TIME THAT BREAK PROPERLY. BUT NATIONALS IS AN IMPORTANT RACE. IT’S A THE TONE FOR WHO IS TRYING TO GET THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. WHOSE ON THE TRAJECTORY FOR THE FINAL BUT OF THE SEASON. OR LEADING INTO FALL. >>Brad: WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT TOKYO 2020. YOU WANT TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION ON THE COACHES AT USA CYCLING, LOOKING AT THE OLYMPICS SELECTIONS. THERE ARE SOME AUTOMATIC SELECTIONS TO GET YOU INTO THE PROGRAM OR THE NATIONAL TEAM. THEY WILL CERTAINLY BE LOOKING TO IMPRESS AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. ALONG LINE OF TALENT. KARIN RIVERA IN 2018, IT WAS SO GREAT TO SEE HER FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG IN YOUR. SOMETIMES YOU SEE THIS JERSEY AND THE RISERS DON’T GET A CHANCE BUT SHE SPENT PLENTY OF TIME IN THE JERSEY THIS YEAR. >>Lauren: AND WE DIDN’T SEE AN EVEN MUCH LAST IN 2017 WHEN SHE WON BECAUSE SHE’S MORE A TIME TRIAL PACIFIC SO SHE JUST HIT A COUPLE OF THOSE CAME TIME TRIALS AND I WAS TEAMMATES WITH MEGAN IN 2012 WHEN SHE WON HER FIRST NATIONAL TITLE. AND G WILCOX AND THAT WAS IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE. IT’S BEEN FUN TO SEE THIS PROGRESSION OF THE PELOTON. CHRISTINA GOKEY-SMITH JUST OFF TO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN. WE SAW HER RIDING AT THE FRONT EARLY ON. >>Brad: WE ARE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THE RIDERS WHO WORKED EARLY WILL START TO DROP TOWARD THE BACK AND FADE A LITTLE BIT. WE HAVEN’T SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF CHASING FROM THIS FIELD. THEY ARE TAKING IT EASY. >>Lauren: THAT IS THE NATURE OF SHERROD. >>Brad: LOOK AT THE SKY. RESTING UP AGAINST THE FIRE HYDRANT. DON’T DO ANY MORE WORK THAN YOU NEED TO. >>Lauren: GET HALFWAY UP THE HILL AND STOP. >>Brad: THAT IS HOW FAR I WOULD MAKE IT. HEAD BOBBING SIDE TO SIDE ON THE WAY UP. TRYING TO GET UP AND OVER THE TOP, ONE MORE TIME, TRYING TO SURVIVE ONE MORE LAP. >>Lauren: JUST START GOING UP. >>Brad: TRYING TO MINIMIZE THE STEEPNESS BY GOING SIDE TO SIDE. RIDING PERPENDICULAR TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD INSTEAD OF PARALLEL. >>Lauren: YOU CAN SEE AYESHA STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HER GET UP AND OVER THIS CLIMB. PUTTING IN A GOOD FIGHT TODAY. ERICA CARNEY, AS WELL. IT IS SO HARD TO GET UP AND OVER. IT’S A THREE MINUTE EFFORT. IT’S ABOUT 2 1/2 MINUTES TOO MUCH FOR ANY SPRINTER. >>Brad: HANGING IN THERE, HANGING TOUGH, REFUSING TO GIVE UP THAT IS HOW YOU STAY IN A RACE LIKE THIS. ERICA CARNEY, WORKING UP TO THE FRONT, AND WE SAW ERIC ON THE FRONT FOR THREE QUARTERS OF THE LAP BUT WHEN THEY GET ONTO THE CLIMB, CARNEY STARTS TO DROP BACK. AGAIN, THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED. THERE ARE NO EXPECTATIONS FOR ERICA CARNEY TO BE AT THE FRONT. >>Lauren: SHE WOULD BE REPRESENTATIVE AT THE FRONT EARLY AND YEAH, IT’S BASICALLY YOU KNOW, HOWEVER LONG YOU CAN HANG ON. AND SHE WILL PROBABLY PULL THE PIN PRETTY SOON. I CAN’T IMAGINE HER ROLLING AROUND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE LAPS, JUST ROLLING AROUND. LAST YEAR, OR TWO YEARS AGO, EXCUSE ME, I WAS IN THE TEAM CAR UP AND OVER THE CLIMB AND YOU’RE CAUGHT BEHIND SOME RIDERS AND THEN YOU GET TO PASS THEM ON THE DISSENT AND IT IS VERY HAIRY, I HOPE THE DIRECTORS ARE LOOKING AT THE LIVE STREAM WHILE THEY’RE DRIVING. BECAUSE, YOU ARE LITERALLY ONE FOOT AWAY FROM THE RIDERS A DESCENDING THIS ROAD, YOU KNOW, AT SPEEDS OF 40 MILES AN HOUR. >>Brad: DRIVING A CAR IS A SKILL WITHIN ITSELF. IS A SPECIAL LICENSE YOU HAVE TO GET. THAT ANYONE CAN DRIVE IN THE PELOTON. YOU HAVE TO PASS SOME CLASSES AND COURSE IS ON SAFE DRIVING IN THE RACE BUT YOU REALLY HAVE TO TRUST YOUR DIRECTOR, DRIVING THE CAR. THEY GET REAL CLOSE UP THERE. THERE’S A LOT OF TRUST INVOLVED IN CYCLING. THE RIDERS AROUND YOU, THE MOTO, AND THE TEAM CARS. >>Lauren: 100%. I WAS ALWAYS COMFORTABLE GOING BACK TO THE CARAVAN AND GETTING A BOTTLE FROM THE TEAM CAR. AND THEN, WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE A TEAM CAR I REALIZED THE RESPONSIBILITY YOU HAVE DRIVING THIS VEHICLE BUT THE GOOD THING IS THE CYCLISTS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AS A DRIVER AND YOU HAVE THIS LIKE UNWRITTEN RULE THAT YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU SHOULD FLOW BACK THERE. AND THEY CAN MOVE, THEY ARE MORE AGILE THAN YOU ARE IN THE CAR. AS LONG AS YOU’RE PREDICTABLE THEY CAN WORK AROUND YOU. >>Brad: X RIDERS ARE THE BEST DRIVERS. THEY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THEY KNOW WHERE TO EXPECT THE RIDERS UP THERE IN THE GROUP. THE BREAK, THE PALATINE, THEY ROLLED BY. THEY WILL SEE THEM OFF TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE ON THE PARKWAY HERE AS THE GAP HAS NOW GONE UP OVER FOUR MINUTES. 37 MILES TO GO. THE 2019 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS , A QUICK BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. >>Brad: THANK YOU FOR HANGING WITH US ON THE LIVE STREAM. WE GO BACK TO THE BREAK OF TWO. THE GAP IS CONTINUING TO GROW. THESE TWO REFUSING TO GIVE UP. AT ONE POINT THIS WAS DOWN UNDER 20 SECONDS. IT HAS GONE UP TO ABOUT 35 AND NOW IT SOUNDS LIKE THE PELOTON MIGHT BE STARTING TO CHASE. WE WILL SEE IF WE CAN GET A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE GROUP. RACE RADIO IS REPORTING THAT THE PACE IS PICKING UP. NOW THEY ARE SAYING 3:10 IS THE TIME GET. BRINGING BACK TIME. >>Lauren: YOU START GETTING IN THE FINAL LAPS, AT SOME POINT KATY, THEY HAVE TO GO HARDER ON THE CLIMB TO TRY TO WEAR DOWN THESE SPRINTERS AND START SEEING WHAT SHAKES OUT. >>Brad: THIS RACE HAS BEEN, I WON’T CALL IT EASY BUT I WILL SAY RELATIVELY EASY, COMPARED TO HOW HARD IT COULD’VE BEEN, IF THE BIG TEAMS HIT THE FRONT EARLY. WE HAVEN’T SEEN THAT, WE HAVEN’T SEEN RALLIES OR SHOW AIRS GOING TO THE FRONT. WE HAVEN’T AND KATIE HALL DRIVING THE PACE. >>Lauren: I TALKED TO LEAH AND KATY, LEAH THOMAS AND THEY DISCUSSED THE NEED AND DESIRE TO KIND OF MAKE THIS RACE HARDER ON THE FRONT. TO PUT KAREN, RUTH, ALEXIS, UNDER PRESSURE. YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO WIN THIS RACE. >>Brad: 36 MILES TO GO. SHOULD BE PLENTY OF TIME . THE FIELD THINKS IT’S PLENTY OF TIME, OBVIOUSLY. THIS IS HOW IT STARTS. TWO RIDERS AWAY. STARLA TEDDERGREEN TRYING TO STAY COOL. >>Brad: THE GAP IS MAINTAINING OVER THREE MINUTES FOR THE TWO LEADERS AS WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE TO KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. ELITE WOMEN PUTTING ON A SHOW IN THE FRONT. I LOVE BEING RIGHT THIS. WE WERE TALKING EARLIER IN THE DAY ABOUT THIS BEING ALL IN FOR THESE TWO AND THIS RACE WILL AN ONE OF TWO WAYS. THEY WILL BE ON THE PODIUM OR OFF THE BACK OF THE RACE AT THE END OF THE DAY. >>Lauren: THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE BREAK AS YOU SETTLE DOWN AND YOU GET INTO A RHYTHM AND YOU CAN ALMOST GET LIKE A SECOND WIND AND SECOND EFFORT AND ACTUALLY PUT THOSE THAT THINK THEY CAN MANAGE THE BREAK UNDER MORE PRESSURE. YOU NEVER KNOW. >>Brad: AT THIS POINT, ARE THE RIDERS THE BREAKAWAY THINKING ABOUT THE FINISH? I MEAN, DOES THE THOUGHT CREEP INTO YOUR HEAD AT ANY POINT? HEY, THIS MIGHT WORK? >>Lauren: NOT YET. NOT UNTIL THE LAST LAP , UP AND OVER SHERROD. BUT AT THIS POINT THEY ARE DEFINITELY STILL THINKING ABOUT , MANAGING THEIR EFFORTS AND KNOWING WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE ON THE BREAK? AND YEAH, HOPEFULLY TALK TO TAD AGAIN. AND CONTINUE EATING AND DRINKING AND JUST SEEING HOW LONG THEY CAN KEEP OUT THERE. >>Brad: 35 MILES TO GO. HALFWAY THROUGH THE RACE. A LITTLE OVER 70 MILES OF RACING. ANOTHER HALF OF THIS RACE TO GO. FOLKS AT HOME, IF YOU’RE NEW TO THIS PORT, LOOKING AT THESE TWO AND SAYING TWO LEADERS OFF THE FRONT, WHY WOULDN’T YOU GO INTO BREAKAWAY. IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO WIN A RACE. BUT TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGY, TELL ME ABOUT WHY YOU GO INTO A BREAKAWAY, THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A BREAKAWAY? >>Lauren: YOU WANT TO GO INTO A BREAK IF YOU CAN IF THAT’S THE TEAM PLAN TO PUT OTHER TEAMS OTHER PRESSURE. TO MAKE THEM TRY TO CHASE YOU DOWN AND HOPEFULLY YOUR TEAMMATE IS BEHIND THOSE TEAMS, TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THEIR WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING BY YOU SIT THERE, NOT DOING ANY WORK, AND YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY, IF THESE RIDERS ARE CAUGHT , MAYBE YOU HAVE A COUNTERATTACK, MAYBE THEY DON’T HAVE ENERGY TO WORK FOR THEIR RIDER, OR, YOU ARE BETH ANN ORTON AND THIS IS YOUR BEST CHANCE AT A WIN, TO GET UP THE ROAD AND SEPARATE FROM THOSE RIDERS IT MIGHT BE FASTER THAN YOU. AND THIS IS HER BEST WAY, HER BEST CHANCE FOR A WIN. >>Brad: THERE ARE DIFFERENT MOTIVATIONS. EACH RIDER AND TEAM WILL HAVE THEIR EACH GROUP OF REASONS FOR WANTING TO GET INTO THIS MOVE AND AS YOU SAID, FOR SOME IT’S FOR THE TEAM AND FOR SOME IT IS INDIVIDUAL GLORY. >>Lauren: ACKLEY. >>Brad: IT IS CONTINUING TO HEAT UP OUT THERE ON THE COURSE. THE RIDERS WILL BE LOOKING FOR THE FEED ZONE MORE AND MORE. I WANT TO GO BACK OUT TO ELIZABETH WHOSE HANGING OUT IN THE FEED ZONE. >>Reporter: A COMPLETE ATMOSPHERE SHIFT. LAST CHECK IN, YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER WE WERE UP ON SHARON HILL AND THAT WAS THE PARTIES ON. A LOT OF FANS CHEERING, WAVING THEIR COWBELLS, IT IS ALL ABOUT BUSINESS. WE ARE AT THE SPEED SO NOW AND I WILL TURN THE CAMERA AROUND AND SHOW YOU WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE. A LITTLE BIT OF THE DIFFERENT THEMES AND A FEW MINUTES AGO AS THESE WOMENSWEAR LAPPING BY US. THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN ALONG THE STREET HERE, PASSING OUT VERY IMPORTANT ESSENTIALS FOR THESE WOMEN TO REFUEL AND RE- ENERGIZE. WE SAW THEM HOLDING UP BAGS OF ICE THAT THESE WOMEN COULD USE, WATER BOTTLES, PROTEIN BARS, THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THEM ON TRACK. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE NOW AND THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE AT THIS SPEED ZONE. IT IS VERY QUIET HERE. VERY FOCUSED. YOU CAN FEEL THE ENERGY, FEEL THAT IN THE ATMOSPHERE. BACK TO YOU. >>Brad: ALL BUSINESS. THEY HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT JOB TO DO. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE READY WHEN THE RIDERS COME THROUGH. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE READY FOR THE FEED. IF YOU MISSED THE FEED, IF THEY CAN’T GET THE BOTTLE OR THE BAG ARE LOOKING FOR, YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER LAUGH UNTIL YOU GET IT. >>Lauren: OR YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE PELOTON AND PUT YOUR HAT IN THE AIR WITH A BOTTLE WHICH INDICATES TO THE RACE DIRECTOR TO SAY HEY, MAYBE THIS RIDER NEEDS TO TALK TO THEIR CAR. WHAT THEY DO IS CALL THE CAR OUT OF THE LINE, OUT OF ORDER, THE CAR WILL COME UP BEHIND THE RACE DIRECTORS CAR AND THE RIDER CAN FADE BACK TO THE VEHICLE AND PICK UP A BOTTLE FOR THE RIDER. AND FOR THE TEAM OR FOR THEMSELVES. >>Brad: 83 DEGREES AND THE FORECAST HIGH IS 92 IN KNOXVILLE. AT THIS POINT THEY ARE FEELING THE HEAT. THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS TO GET REALLY HOT. 75 AND NOT SO BAD, 80 GETS HOTTER BUT THE HUMIDITY IS THE BIG THING. WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE RACE TO MAINTAIN THAT? WE TALKED ABOUT ICE, THE WATER, TRY TO DUMP IT OVER YOUR HEAD AND TAKING ON NUTRITION, IS THERE A BEST PRACTICE IN TERMS OF TRYING TO STAY COOL? IS THERE A STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE? >>Lauren: YOU NAILED IT. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO ? HAVE A SLUSHY DRINK ALSO. >>Brad: INTERESTING. SLIGHTLY ICED DRINK? >>Lauren: YEAH, A LITTLE BIT SLUSHY. TRYING TO COOL THE TEMPERATURE INTERNALLY AS WELL. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THAT’S ABOUT IT. AND THEN IT IS MANAGING YOUR MENTAL CAPACITY OF DEALING WITH THE HEAT AND EVERYBODY ELSE’S OUT HERE DEALING WITH THE EXACT SAME THING. HOPEFULLY TALKING TO YOUR TEAMMATES AND SAYING WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. IT’S FINE, IT’S NO BIG DEAL. YOU PLAY LITTLE GAMES AND TALK ABOUT MAN, IT’S WONDERFUL, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY, IT’S SO COOL. >>Brad: SOME OF MY FAVORITE ANSWERS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER, A STANDARD QUESTION, IT’S LIKE HOW’S YOUR FORM, THERE TIRED OF ANSWERING THE QUESTION AND THEY SAY WE ALL RACE IN THE SAME CONDITIONS. IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER FOR ME BECAUSE WE ARE ALL FREEZING IN THE SAME WEATHER. THEY ARE HEADING INTO THE OLD CITY. DOWNTOWN, KNOXVILLE. >>Lauren: BETH ANN LOOKS GREAT. NICE PEDAL STROKE. NO HEAD MOVEMENT. NICE AND STEADY IN THE UPPER BODY. SAME THING WITH STARLA. PEDALING ALONG, TAPPING ALONG. THEY LOOK VERY COMFORTABLE. >>Brad: THEY DO LOOK VERY GOOD IN THE BREAKAWAY. FAIR AS FAR AS WE ARE 33 MILES TO GO A LITTLE HALFWAY IN, THEY ARE LOOKING FRESH ON THE FRONT. >>Lauren: IS THAT THE POKER FACE? YOU LOOK GREAT. >>Brad: WHAT YOU LOOK FOR WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LOOKING FRESH? WHAT MAKES YOU LOOK FRESHER NOT FRESH? >>Lauren: IF YOU LOOK FATIGUED YOU CAN SEE THE HEAD DROP, HEAD BOBBLE, SHOULDERS GO SIDE TO SIDE, THE BODY GETS FATIGUED AND THE PEDAL STROKE MIGHT GET MESSY. STARTING TO LOOK AROUND AND THAT’S KIND OF A TELLTALE SIGN OF THEIR NOT IS FOCUSED ANYMORE OR DRIVEN AND WAITING FOR THE GROUP TO CATCH THEM OR ANYTHING TO GET THEM OUT OF THE SITUATION AT THE MOMENT. >>Brad: YOUR BACK SHOULD BE BASICALLY AS STILL AS POSSIBLE. YOU WANT TO SEE A LOT OF MOVEMENT IN THE UPPER OR LOWER BACK. >>Lauren: A LOT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ROAD RACING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING. IN THE ROAD RACE YOU DEFTLY WANT TO BE AS STILL AS POSSIBLE. PUT ALL YOUR ENERGY INTO YOUR LEGG . >>Brad: THAT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT IN THE CLIMB. THEY’RE USING THE HANDLEBARS TO TORQUE MORE POWER OUT OF EACH PEDAL STROKE. BUT ON THE FLAT SECTIONS IF YOU SEE MOVING ALONG ON TOP THAT’S A BAD SIGN. IT SHOWS THEY ARE STARTING TO FATIGUE. BACK THROUGH THE LINE, ONE MORE TIME, UP THAT TINY LITTLE KICKER TO GET UP ON THE FINISHING STRETCH. THEY WILL ROLL THROUGH THE LINE WITH A 3:40 TIME GAP. AT SOME POINT, THIS GAP WILL HAVE TO START TRENDING DOWN. THE BIG TEAMS, BIG RIDERS WILL GET UP TO THE FRONT , IF THERE’S ANYONE LEFT BACK IN THE GROUP. I GUESS THERE ARE RIDERS , MAYBE SOME BIG RIDERS DROPPING FOR THE BACK THAT I WOULD THINK THE BIG TEAMS SHOULD STILL HAVE A TRAIN TO PUT UP TO THE FRONT. >>Lauren: WE ARE AT THE POINT NOW I THINK LIKE WE SAW ON THE PARKWAY THERE WAS A BIG GROUP OFF THE BACK. TO ME, THAT IS THE PACES STARTING TO PICK UP ON SHERROD, FOR SURE. EVERY LAP YOU WILL HAVE THE GROUPS 30 TO POP OFF THE BACK AND GOING DOWN TO THE FRONT RIDERS. AND THAT WILL ALSO BRING DOWN THE GAP TO STARLA AND BETH. >>Brad: A GREAT WEEKEND OF RACING IN KNOXVILLE. WE HAD THE CRITERIUM AND TIME TRIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AND OUR PARENT CHAMPION SLIPS AND I WANT TO START WITH THE TIME TRIAL ON THURSDAY. IT SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME AGO. THEY SPREAD IT OUT BETWEEN THE TIME TRIAL, THE CRIT AND ROAD RACE. THEY CAN GO IN ALL THREE. LOOK HERE AT CHLOE DYGERT OWEN AND AMBER NEBEN. THE MEN HAD A TOUGH DAY AS WELL, IT WAS ALSO HOT ON TIME TRIAL STAY ON THURSDAY WITH A LONG OUT AND BACK TIME TRIAL. WE HAD WERE THE WINNERS ALSO SOME AMATEURS GETTING TO A CHANCE TO TRY THE COURSE. A TOUGH COURSE FOR AN AMATEUR RIDER. AND THERE’S THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY HERE IN KNOXVILLE. >>Brad: THE CRITERIUM LAST NIGHT WAS WON BY EMMA WHITE. THIS WAS THE CIRCUIT RACE IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. A DIFFERENT STYLE OF RACING. THIS WAS FOR SPRINTERS WHERE EMMA WHITE IS THE WIN. NOT ONLY THE ELITE BUT THE UNDER 23 CHAMPION. KENDALL RYAN WAS THIRD ON FRIDAY NIGHT. >>Lauren: SHE IS JUST OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK. >>Brad: JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO SHE WOULD BEEN UNABLE. AND THEN THE MEN, WE SAW TRAVIS McCABE. HE OUT KICKED A BUNCH OF THE LINE IN REPEAT WINS. HE ZIPS UP THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY ONE MORE TIME. >>Lauren: YOU CAN SEE HIS FACE., TO MEANT TO HIM. >>Brad: A BIG WIN FOR HIM. NOW HE LOOKS AHEAD TO THE 2020 SEASON. FIGURING OUT WHAT HE WILL DO IN HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER ON THE BIKES. SO McCABE WINS FOR THE MEN AND AMMO WHITE WINS FOR THE WOMEN. A GREAT RUN FOR HER. THAT IS HUGE FOR HER, A YOUNG RIDER. A GREAT RIDE FOR KENDALL RYAN AS WELL. PICK OUT TO LIVE IMAGES. THE WOMEN’S PELOTON IS ROLLING THROUGH DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. STILL NO SENSE OF URGENCY. WE’RE SEEING THE BIG TEAMS MOVING UP. >>Lauren: WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OFF THE FRONT. I DIDN’T SUE THEY ARE. IT’S GOOD TO SEE THINGS ARE STARTING TO SHAPE UP. >>Brad: SOME RIDERS ARE LEAVING THE PELOTON BEHIND, TRYING TO CHASE THOSE TWO RIDERS OF THE ROAD. NOW WE HAVE A BRIDGE GROUP . THREE GROUPS ON THE ROAD. THE BREAKAWAY, THE CHASE AND THE PELOTON. >>Lauren: RALLY AND SUPERMINT. MAINTAINING THE FRONT. TAYLER IS UP THERE NOW. SHEPHERDING RUTH AROUND A LITTLE BIT. I THINK NOW THESE LAST COUPLE LAPS, IT’S GAME ON. >>Brad: BACK UP TO THE LEADERS. THE FAMILIAR DICHOTOMY OF STYLE. BETH ANN ORTON IN THE BLUE AND STARLA TEDDERGREEN ENDING UP IN THE BLACK AND GREEN JERSEY. THEY ARE JUST ABOUT TO THE TOP OF THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. >>Lauren: MAYBE BETH ANN ORTON IS MORE COMFORTABLE SITTING DOWN LIKE THAT. BUT NOT THE EFFORT , MORE OF A TIME TRIAL FEELING. THE SENSE WERE STARLA IS A SPRINTER, STANDING UP. FEELS MORE NORMAL AND CASUAL TO HER. >>Brad: THESE TWO RIDERS HAVE 31 MILES TO GO. THEY WILL WORK THEIR WAY BACK DOWN INTO DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. WE CONTINUE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS , WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. >>Brad: THANK YOU FOR HANGING WITH US FOR OUR WEB VIEWERS. WE BREAK FOR THE TELEVISION AUDIENCE. ANOTHER TIME CHECK, WHEN THEY GET TO THE TOP, WE DO THINK THE CHASING IS RESTARTING BACK IN THE FIELD. WE SAW GROUP OF FIVE RIDERS OFF THE FRONT AND WE WILL GET A MOTO AND DID A CAMERA WITH HIM AND IDENTIFY THOSE RIDERS BECAUSE NOW IT IS STARTING BACK IN THE FIELD. FIVE RIDER SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. YOU MIGHT SENSE THESE RIDERS ARE STARTING TO GET FATIGUED UP THE ROAD AND NOW IS MY TIME TO GO. WE WILL THE IF THEY GO OVER THE TOP OF THESE TWO OR THEY CAN JOIN THEM AND SIT IN. GOOD INSIGHTS ON TWITTER FROM CYCLING FANS AROUND THE WORLD. KEEP SENDING THOSE THOUGHTS AND LET US KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. LAUREN DOES NOT KNOW HER TWITTER HANDLE. I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT. LET’S GET HER SOME MORE FOLLOWERS. SHE NEEDS TO BE ON TWITTER MORE. ALTHOUGH, THE KIDS ARE TELLING ME NOW THAT TWITTER MIGHT BE ON THE WAY OUT. >>Lauren: IS IT INSTAGRAM NOW? I DON’T KNOW. I’M JUST TRYING TO KEEP UP. >>Brad: OLD DOGS LIKE US, WE ARE STILL ON THE TWEETER. [ LAUGHTER ] >>Lauren: BETH VAUGHN IS NOT AS COMFORTABLE ON THE DISSENT OF STARLA. A MORE CONSERVATIVE RIDER, BETH ANN, HAD A GAP OFF THE BACK. GIVING HERSELF A BREAK. PUTTING HER HAND BEHIND HER BACK LIKE THAT. KIND OF SHAKING IT OUT, KEEP HER SHOULDERS RELAX, YOU KIND OF GET STUCK ON THE BREAK. YOU DON’T GET A CHANCE TO MOVE AROUND SO YEAH, SHAKE IT OUT ON THE DISSENT. >>Brad: THE ACTION AND TEMPERATURE ARE HEATING UP AND THE FIELD IS TRYING TO CHASE THESE TWO DOWN AND THE TEMPERATURE IS CONTINUING TO CLIMB. WE ARE GETTING CLOSER TO 90 DEGREES WHICH WE EXPECT. MEANWHILE, FIVE RIDERS HAVE LEFT THE BIG GROUP BEHIND. THEY ARE TRYING TO JOIN THEM TO MAKE IT SEVEN UP THE ROAD. IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE SAW THE ATTACK START HAPPENING. LAST TIME WE SAW A SMALL GROUP SEPARATING OFF THE FRONT. >>Lauren: IT WILL BE FUN TO SEE THAT GROUP AND SEE WHO WE ARE WORKING WITH AND WHO IS TRYING TO SHAKE THINGS UP. >>Brad: THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE RIDER, HARDLY ANY WIND. A LIGHT BREEZE FROM THE SOUTH SOUTHWEST. THAT WILL MAKE THINGS EASIER OUT THERE. IT WAS HOT AND WINDY, IT WOULD BE TOO TOUGH. >>Lauren: RIDING IN AN OVEN. >>Brad: BETH IS GRABBING A BOTTLE, STARLA, ALERTING HER STAFF MEMBER, WHAT SHE’S LOOKING FOR. SHE GETS RID OF THE BOTTLE. A NICE PICKUP. >>Lauren: DROP THE BOTTLE REAL QUICK. PICK UP SOMETHING ELSE AND BETH ANN HAD A GEL OR GOO ATTACHED TO HER BOTTLE AND PULLED THAT OFF REAL FAST. GET THAT IN HER SYSTEM AND YET. PICK OF THE BOTTLE. >>Brad: THEY HAVE TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT WITH THE BOTTLE. YOU DON’T HOLD IT STEADY. YOU CAN SEE THE ARM GOES WITH THE RIDER. YOU WANT TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT. IF YOU HOLD IT TIGHT IT COULD OUNCE THE BOTTLE. IS A TOUGH WHEN THEY CONDENSE, I WOULD IMAGINE THEY ARE WET. DO THEY WANT TO WIPE THEM OFF? >>Lauren: THEY WILL TRY BUT I WILL GET AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE SO THEY ARE HOLDING IT AND HANDING IT TO ME AND I HAVE MY BODY TO CATCH IT. OTHERWISE, YOU HAVE GLOVES AND YOU KNOW, THE CHANCES OF MISSING THE BOTTOM ARE PRETTY GOOD. THEY WILL TRY TO WIPE IT DOWN BUT WHEN YOU HAVE FIVE OR SIX RIDERS YOU’RE TRYING TO GET BOTTLES TO AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE OR EVEN YOU, IT GETS IMMEDIATELY SLIPPERY IN THE HUMIDITY. YOU CAN SEE BETH ANN STRETCHING OUT A LITTLE BIT. THEY’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF WORK. OUT HERE FOR MOST OF THE RACE. TRYING TO STRETCH IT OUT. AND AGAIN, SHE HAS SETTLED IN. >>Brad: NO MATTER HOW THIS ENDS FOR BETH ANN ORTON AND STARLA TEDDERGREEN YOU CAN CALL THIS A SUCCESSFUL DAY. THEY GOT INTO THE BREAK OF THE DAY. IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, USUALLY YOU HAVE ONE MAJOR BREAK OF THE DAY THAT SPANS THE MAJORITY OF THE DAY AND WE DIDN’T SEE A LOT OF BACK-AND- FORTH EARLY ON. AND EARLY BREAK STAYED AWAY. >>Lauren: YEAH, THEY WILL DEFINITELY EARN THEIR HAMBURGERS TONIGHT. >>Brad: THERE WILL BE SOME CELEBRATION AT THE END OF THE RACE FOR SURE. A LOT OF RIDERS WILL HAVE A LITTLE GAP AFTER THE THE SCHEDULE. IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING READY TO GO TO EUROPE, AMERICAN RIDERS WILL GET A BLOCK OFF OF RACING HERE BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO RACING AT THE END OF THE SEASON. >>Lauren: THEY WILL GO TO SUPER WEEK NEXT. >>Brad: A LOT OF RIDERS GOING TO CANADA FOR A BLOCK OF RACING UP THERE. >>Lauren: A LOT OF CRITERIUM RACES AND A CLASSIC IS COMING UP. THESE RIDERS ARE KICKING OFF THE SECOND PART OF THE SEASON NOW. THEY’VE RAISED THIS SPRING IN CALIFORNIA, ARKANSAS, TOUR OF AMERICA, DAIRYLAND, WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND YEAH, NOW THEY ARE STARTING UP THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON. >>Brad: A LOT OF RACING IN THE UNITED STATES AND A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES, A LOT, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT A PROFESSIONAL. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PRO TO RACE. THIS A GREAT CALENDAR THAT WILL SHOW RACES NEAR YOU, THERE’S A RACE GOING ON WITHIN PROBABLY ONE HOUR OF YOU PROBABLY EVERY WEEKEND. THEY CATER TO AMATEURS SO IF YOU WANT TO START RACING, CHECK IT OUT. THERE’S A GREAT PAGE AT USA CYCLING. >>Lauren: I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOME CLINICS, ROAD CLINICS, GRAVEL CLINICS, A LOT OF FUN TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE LOVE TO RIDE BIKES. NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE AND’S STARTS IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, GO TO YOUR LOCAL BIKE SHOP AND START THERE. WHATEVER BIKE YOU WANT TO RIDE AND THERE’S USUALLY A GROUP RIDE YOU CAN JOIN. LIKE BRAD SAID, THERE ARE RACES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. USUALLY IN YOUR COMMUNITY. AND AS FAR AS YOU WANT TO TRAVEL YOU CAN RAISE YOUR BIKE ALL OVER THE U.S. >>Brad: STARLA TEDDERGREEN TAKING ON NUTRITION. IT IS ABOUT CALORIES, ELECTROLYTES, MAYBE SOME CAFFEINE AT THIS POINT. WITH THE NETPAC? >>Lauren: TOWARDS THE END OF THE EFFORTS, THE END OF THE RACE, CAFFEINE WILL BE A NICE BOOST. THE SECOND BIT OF ENERGY THAT YOU CAN GET, THEY HAVE CALORIES IN THEIR BOTTLES AT THIS POINT. THEY ARE STARTING TO GET, STARTING TO EMPTY THEIR POCKETS ON THE BACK OF THE JERSEY. USUALLY THOSE LAST COUPLE OF GELS WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF CAFFEINE TO PUSH YOU THROUGH TO THE END QUICK. >>Brad: I THINK WE’VE IDENTIFIED THOSE RIDERS, HEIDI FRANZ IS ONE FOR RALLY PRO CYCLING, LINDSAY GOLDMAN AS WELL AND ERICA CLEVENGER. MAKING THEIR WAY UP, THESE ARE THREE MAJOR TEAMS REPRESENTED, RALLY, SUPERMINT AND SHO-AIR 2020. >>Lauren: THERE IN A GREAT SPOT IN RACING. LINDSAY AS WELL, BEING VERY SMART TODAY. >>Brad: THE GAP IS 2:30. NOW WE ARE STARTING TO GET INTO THE TEAM TACTICS BEING PLAYED. IT’S NOW ABOUT 15 OR 20 SECONDS FROM THE CHASE BACK TO THE FIELD. NOT THAT FAR OFF THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. YOU WILL SEE AGAIN, A BETTER LOOK AT THE GAP ON THE PARKWAY. A UNIQUE PART OF THIS COURSE WITH THE OUT AND BACK. HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE ORGANIZERS. CLOSING DOWN A PARKWAY LIKE THAT FOR THE ENTIRE DAY IS NOT AN EASY THING TO DO. THEY DID A GREAT JOB HERE IN KNOXVILLE. ALL OVER KNOXVILLE, NOT JUST DOWNTOWN. >>Lauren: THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, COMING OUT TO THE RACE, GETTING HERE ON SHERROD ROAD , CHEERING EVERYONE ON. >>Brad: IF YOU ARE WATCHING AT HOME IN KNOXVILLE OR NEAR KNOXVILLE, COME DOWN AND WATCH IN PERSON. YOU SEE THINGS THAT YOU CAN’T QUITE SEE ON TV. THE FEELING OF THE RIDERS FLYING BOW, THE FEEL FOR THIS WEEK, HOW HARD THEY ARE WORKING ON THAT SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. >>Lauren: I LIKE TO WATCH THE CARAVAN, ALL THE BIKES ON THE CAR, THE STAFF IN THE CAR, IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SEE EVERY DAY. AND TO BE THAT CLOSE AND WATCH THEM GO BY, THE B THEY GO BY, IT’S SOMETHING UNIQUE. >>Brad: TALK ABOUT INTERESTING WAYS TO STAY COOL , WE HAD A TWEET TALKING ABOUT A MAN WOULD SHOWER IN HIS KIT, TAKE A COLD SHOWER BEFORE THE RACE AND WALK RIGHT DOWN AND START RACING. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT INTERESTING WAYS TO STAY COOL. >>Lauren: I HAVE SEEN A SWIMMING POOL FULL OF ICE WATER THAT I DID PARTAKEN BUT IT WAS POST RACE, NOT PRERACE. I DON’T KNOW HOW I WOULD WANT TO RACE THIS LONG IN A WET JERSEY TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. >>Brad: IT’S NOT AS HUMID IF YOU SHOWER IN YOUR KIDS. >>Lauren: 100% HUMIDITY. >>Brad: YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THE WATER CAN EVAPORATE INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. I THOUGHT IT WAS EASY IF YOU JUST UNZIP THE JERSEY AND YOU’RE GOOD. >>Brad: SOME RIDERS PUT THEIR JERSEY IN A COOLER OF ICE.>>Lauren: SOME TEAMS WILL HAVE AN ICE FAST PRERACE AS WELL AND THIS IS TO DO THE SAME THING, TO KEEP THAT CORE TEMPERATURE IS COOL AS POSSIBLE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO DO THE BEST COOLING WAY POSSIBLE BUT ONCE YOU’RE OUT THERE YOU KIND OF, YOU’RE IN THE ELEMENTS AND NOT MUCH YOU COULD DO BESIDES ICE SOCKS. >>Brad: IT WAS A BREAK A FIVE, WE HAD DEBBIE MILNE AND KENDALL RYAN IN THE BREAKAWAY, MILNE AND RYAN DROPPED OUT AND LEFT THREE UP THERE. >>Lauren: DEBBIE MILNE WAS MY FIRST TEAMMATE IN MISSISSIPPI. IT’S GOOD TO SEE HER STILL RACING. SHE IS HERE WITH HER DAUGHTER, CAITLIN, THEY RACED THE CRIT FRIDAY NIGHT AND I THINK THAT’S AMAZING TO HAVE A MOTHER- DAUGHTER DUO AND SHE’S BASICALLY TRYING TO TEACH CAITLIN BIKE RACING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND TO BE A NATIONAL CHAMPION. A SPECIAL FEELING. >>Brad: LET’S FIND THE LAST MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO IN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WITH HIS SISTERS, PLENTY OF TIMES. WE’VE HAD BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND WE’VE HAD — BUT NOT SURE THE LAST TIME WE HAD A PARA AND CHILD RACING TEAM OUT THERE.>>Lauren: BETH ANN IS LOOKING NICE AND CALM. RIDING ALONG. A SUNDAY STROLL FOR HER. GOOD POKER FACE. GOOD RIDE FOR HER. GOOD TO SEE HER ON GOOD FORM AND RIDING OUT THERE IN THE BREAK. >>Brad: 2:15 FOR THE CHASERS. THEY ARE STARTING TO GET TIME ON THIS BREAK. REMEMBER, THIS GAP HAS GONE OVER FOUR MINUTES AT ONE POINT. AND THEY ARE STARTING TO GET MORE TIME OVER AT THE PELOTON. THEY WERE DANGLING OFF THE FRONT BUT THIS CHASE OF THREE RIDERS IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF GETTING A MOTO. RIGHT NOW WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO BRING YOU TIME GAPS. >>Lauren: LINDSAY IS PROBABLY NOT DOING ANY WORK. SITTING ON, LETTING HEIDI BRING THEM UP TO HER TEAMMATE, APPEARED TO STARLA, IT WILL BE, IF THEY CATCH, TAD IS PROBABLY SAYING, WHO’S IN THE BREAK, AND WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT COMING UP TO THEM. >>Brad: 26 MILES TO GO. A LITTLE BIT OF ENCOURAGEMENT, LETTING THEM KNOW ABOUT THE GAP. IT IS COMING DOWN. THEY ARE TWO MINUTES AHEAD OF THE PELOTON. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS FROM THE 2019 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS . WELCOME BACK, THE LEADERS ARE ROLLING BACK, IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL HERE IN KNOXVILLE AS THE CHASERS OF STARTED COMING OUT OF THE FIELD. THE GAP IS COMING DOWN. PRETTY SOON THESE WRITERS ARE GOING TO HAVE THE FIELD IN THEIR REARVIEW MIRROR. THE PELOTON IS STARTING TO CHASE HIM DOWN BUT SO FAR, STARLA TEDDERGREEN AND BETH ANN ORTON ARE DOING A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THAT GAP UP. THEY WENT UP AND OVER FOUR MINUTES, HALFWAY THROUGH THE RACE, AND JUST RECENTLY THE FIELD STARTED CHASING, THE LAST CHECK WAS 2:15. WE WILL GET A MORE ACCURATE TIME GAP. >>Brad: THEY ARE TRYING TO TELL THE STORY ABOUT THE BREAKAWAY. THEY HAVE THREE MORE LAPS OF THE CIRCUIT HERE. THROUGH MORE TIMES UP THE CLIMB. BETH ANN ORTON TAKES ON SOME WATER TRYING TO STAY COOL. WATER DOWN THE BACK OF THE JERSEY. I DON’T KNOW HOW COOL THAT BOTTLE IS, HOW FRESH IT IS. >>Lauren: MAYBE THAT IS THE WHEN SHE DOES PICKED UP. >>Brad: A GREAT LOOK AT THE PELOTON UP ABOVE. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE DRONE FLYING OVER THE RIDERS. WE WILL SEE THE GAP COME DOWN AND DOWN AND DOWN. AND WE WILL GET THE AERIAL SHOT SHOWING THE GAP. IT WILL BE A GOOD LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE RACE. NOT A LOT OF URGENCY AT THE FRONT. LOOK AT THE SHAPE OF THE FIELD. THEY ARE ALL SPREAD OUT, NO TEAM HAS TAKEN CHARGE. SO IT LOOKS CALM BACK IN THE GROUP. EVEN THOUGH THEY NOW HAVE TWO GROUPS AWAY. THERE ARE THREE RIDERS IN THE GAP. AND THREE UP THE ROAD. THE PELOTON SEEMS COMFORTABLE. >>Lauren: I THINK SO. WE ACTUALLY JUST SAW JULIE WALK BY. SO SHE IS DONE. JOB DONE. OUT OF THE RACE. NOW CHEERING ON HER TEAMMATES. STARLIN THE BREAK. HAD SOME BUMPING RIGHT THERE. TWO RIDERS GOING UP THE HILL. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO GET FATIGUED. STARTING TO JUST GET MORE COMFORTABLE OR UNCOMFORTABLE BEING THAT CLOSE IN THE PELOTON.>>Brad: I SAW JULIE, SHE REALLY ESTABLISHED BREAKAWAY. SHE DID THE WORK EARLY ON. AND WAS DROPPED OUT OF THE BREAKAWAY AFTER STARLA AND BETH ANN GOT UP THERE. BUT A GREAT RUN. SHE DID HER JOB EARLY ON. >>Lauren: SETTING THE TONE FOR THE TEAM. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY. >>Brad: 1:25, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SEEN THE GAP GO UNDER TWO. THIS IS A BIG TURNING POINT IN THE RACE. NOW THE GAP IS TRENDING DOWN. ALL DAY, IT HAS BEEN TRENDING UP. THEY WERE ADDING TIME, EVERY TIME YOU GET A TIME CHECK, ANOTHER FEW SECONDS BUT NOW WE ARE GETTING LITTLE CHUNKS OF TIME TAKEN OUT. >>Lauren: EACH LAP GOING UP SHERROD WILL START PUTTING THE GAP BACK TOGETHER. THE COURSE WILL DO IT, DO ITS WORK. FOR MOST OF THE TEAMS, ANYWAY, THEY DON’T HAVE TO DO MUCH WORK TO BRING BACK THE BREAK, THE COURSE WILL DO IT FOR THEM. >>Brad: THIS IS WHERE THE LEADERS ARE. THEY HAVE JUST GONE OVER THE BRIDGE. AND NOW THEY WILL START THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. YOU CAN SEE THE BEND, THAT IS THE TOP OF THE CLIMB. AND THE STRAIGHT DESCENT DOWN UNTIL THEY MAKE THAT LEFT-HAND BEND BACK OUT INTO THE CITY. BETH ANN ORTON OUT OF THE SADDLE. SHE WAS IN THE SADDLE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS RACE. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE SHE’S SPENDING MORE TIME OUT OF THE SADDLE ON THE CLIMB TODAY. >>Lauren: THAT IS FATIGUE , A TELLTALE SIGN THAT THINGS ARE WEIGHING. YOU CAN SEE STARLA OVER THE FRONT HANDLEBARS, JUST ANY BIT OF EFFORT THAT SHE CAN GET, ANY HELP SHE CAN GET FOR HER LEGS RIGHT NOW, JUST DOING WHATEVER SHE CAN. >>Brad: YOU JUST HAVE TO SURVIVE UP AND OVER THE CLIMB. THE REST OF THE COURSE IS NOT TOO BAD. THE REST OF THE COURSE AROUND HERE IS RELATIVELY EASY. THERE’S A COUPLE UPS AND DOWNS WHEN THEY GET INTO DOWNTOWN, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT IS LAP WRITING, ASIDE FROM THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. >>Lauren: THERE ARE SOME KICKERS. THE FEED ZONE, THE OVERPASS, EXITING BACK INTO TOWN, BEFORE THE START FINISHES ANOTHER. THERE IS OUR SUPER FAN. >>Brad: I LOVE TO SEE THE SIGNS OF THERE, AS WELL. AND THE PARTY IS STARTING TO BUILD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. >>Lauren: MORE AND MORE RIDERS WE CAN SEE WALKING IN FRONT OF US. JUST SEEING THEM LEFT AND RIGHT OUT OF THE BACK. YOU KNOW, THAT SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT THIS COURSE, HOW HARD IT IS. >>Brad: LOOK AT THIS, ALL THE BIG TEAMS ARE STARTING TO COME TO THE FRONT. HERE COMES RALLY UP THE OUTSIDE. WE SEE THE BILLS DOLMENS JERSEY, THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CLIMES AS — >>Lauren: YOU CAN SEE KATIE HALL IS BACK THERE. THEY ARE DEFINITELY GIVING US, THIS WILL SPIT OUT SO MANY PEOPLE. THIS WILL START TO BE DECISIVE PEOPLE AT THE FRONT. REALLY MAKING THE MOVE, LIZA RICH HAD OAK, THIS IS NOT AN EFFORT THAT YOU CAN JUST SIT DOWN AND GET THROUGH. YOU CAN SEE TAYLER IS REALLY PUSHING IT OVER THE HILL FOR SURE. EVERYTHING SHE’S GOT. THE BIG NAMES COME TO THE FRONT AND HIT THE GAS. IF YOU AREN’T IN THE FIRST 20 SPOTS YOU MADE A HUGE MISTAKE HERE. NOW TAYLER WHILE WILL TRY TO SPLIT THE SCREW. SHE WANTS TO GET THIS DOWN TO THE COMPETITORS ONLY , ONLY THE TOUGH NEED APPLY. >>Lauren: THIS IS THE SECOND KICKER OVER THE TOP. WHEN YOU THINK YOU WILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK AND WHEN YOUR LEGS ARE SCREAMING AT YOU, SHE’S GOING AGAIN. YOU CAN SEE CHLOE DYGERT, LEAH THOMAS. >>Brad: THE LEADERS ARE DESCENDING DOWN, THEY’VE ALREADY MADE IT UP AND OVER. THE OTHER THING THIS WOULD DO IS CAUSE A SMALLER SELECTION AT THE FRONT. ABLE TO SEND FASTER. NOT BEING IN A BIG GROUP. THIS WILL COME DOWN TO 10 OR 15 RIDERS THAT CAN STAY IN THIS MOVE. THIS RACE IS BEING WON AND LOST IN FRONT OF OUR EYES FOR A LOT OF WRITERS. THIS IS A CRUCIAL MOMENT IN THE RACE. YOU HAVE TO GO WITH THIS GROUP BECAUSE THIS GAP WILL GET BIGGER AND BIGGER AND BIGGER. IF YOU’RE OFF THE BACK OF THIS GROUP YOU ARE WAIVING YOUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOODBYE. THERE’S ONLY 10 RIDERS AT THE FRONT AND NOW THIS DESCEND , IT IS THE ONE CHANCE AT CATCHING ON IF YOU HAVE A 10 SECOND GAP TO THE BACK OF THE GROUP AND HOPEFULLY NOBODY IS PUSHING THE PACE. A GOOD REMINDER OF HOW DEEP THE TALENT FIELD IS OF AMERICAN CYCLING. SEEING THE BIG PROS COMING TO THE FRONT. THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MANY GREAT RIDERS WE HAVE. >>Lauren: IS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE THE DEPTH, FOR SURE. >>Brad: TEDDERGREEN AND BETH ANN ORTON ARE UP IN THE FRONT. THIS IS STARLA TEDDERGREEN, NUMBER 22. AND THE GAP IS STILL COMING DOWN. GPS SHOWS 2:10 BUT I GUESS THAT IS SMALLER NEXT TIME WE GET A CHECK. >>Lauren: I WONDER IF THEY WILL SEE WHAT DAMAGE IS DONE IN THE BACK GROUP OR IF THEY WILL KEEP WRITING HARD ALL THE WAY. AND CATCH THE GROUP. TO GIVE IT ALL THE WAY BACK UNTIL THE START FINISH AND HIT IT AGAIN? >>Brad: BACK TO THE PELOTON, TAYLER WILES IS DESCENDING LIKE A MAD WOMAN. THAT’S THE GROUP RIGHT THERE. THAT IS YOUR BRACE FOR THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. WE SAID YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE SELECTION AND MAYBE THE SPLIT WITH THREE LAPS TO GO UP AND OVER THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. WE KNEW WOULD BE DECIDED THERE BUT WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT LAP THEY WOULD ATTACK. SO MAYBE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHO’S IN THIS GROUP IS WHO’S NOT IN THE SCREW. WEIRD DURING OUR BEST TO DO A FULL INVENTORY. IDENTIFYING RIDERS ON THE FRONT. I SEE ALEXIS RYAN, HER BLACK JERSEY MAKING AN APPEARANCE. I DON’T THINK SKYLAR SCHNEIDER IS IN HERE. I ONLY SEE ONE BOWLS DOLMEN GERMAN. THERE’S KAREN RIVERA ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE. I THINK SHE’S BEHIND THE SECOND TRUCK RIDER, HUGE ADVANTAGE TO HAVE A TEAMMATE IN THE SITUATION. THE OLD ONE TO FROM TREK- SEGAFREDO. >>Lauren: EVERYONE IS TAKING INVENTORY. WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. WE WILL PUT IN AN ATTACK. WE ARE RACING NOW. RACING FORWARD. >>Brad: 1:15. AND KAREN RIVERA SAYS LET’S GET TO IT. LET’S GET THE DONE. THAT IS TAYLER WILES ON THE FRONT. KATIE HALL SECOND, KAREN RIVERA, IF YOU HAVE THOSE THREE RIDERS AT THE FRONT OF THE GROUP, YOU KNOW SOMETHINGS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. ALEXIS RYAN MR. FEET. >>Lauren: THAT’S TOUGH. HOPEFULLY I DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY WILL LET THE CARS THROUGH OR HOW BIG THE GAP IS, BUT IF THEY DON’T LET THE CAR THROUGH TO GET BACK AND FEED THAT WILL BE PROBLEMATIC. THAT WAS A QUICK CHAT, YOU WANT TO GO, YES, HERE SHE GOES. >>Brad: YOU DON’T ATTACK IN THE FEED ZONE BUT IT’S FRESH ONCE YOU GET THROUGH. TREK-SEGAFREDO LAUNCHES NOW REMEMBER, IT WAS TAYLER WILES WHO CAUSED THE INITIAL SPLIT. THIS IS EXCELLENT TEAM RACING FROM TREK-SEGAFREDO WITH ONLY TWO RIDERS IN THIS RACE. TAKE A LOOK AT YOU TAYLER WILES, LOOK OVER, RUTH SAYS HAVE A GOOD TIME. I’M GOING UP THE ROAD. GREAT ATTACK. A QUICK JUMP. THAT IS HOW YOU DOING. DON’T WAIT AROUND, DON’T WAIT FOR ANYONE ELSE, TRY TO CATCH THE FIELD OFF GUARD. SO NOW RUTH WYNDER IS THIRD ON THE ROAD. THERE ARE TWO UP THERE WITH BETH ANN ORTON AND STARLA TEDDERGREEN. >>Lauren: RUTH HAS DONE SUCH GREAT WORK. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WITH RUTH, BASICALLY TAKING HER FATE IN HER HOME HANDS THIS YEAR AND BRIDGE UP TO THE GROUP. MAYBE ROTATE ONE OR TWO, TAKE UP QUICK BREATH AND GO AGAIN. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO WILL WORK TOGETHER AND CHASE THIS DOWN. >>Brad: AWESOME, AGGRESSIVE RACING. I LOVE STYLE. TREK-SEGAFREDO IS NOT AFRAID TO TAKE GAMBLES TODAY. WE SAW THE EARLY BREAKS FROM HAGENS BERMAN SUPERMINT BUT THEY DEFINITELY HAD A PLAN. TAYLER WILES AND RUTH WINDER EXECUTED THIS PERFECTLY. WE HAVE TO SEE IF WINDER HAS THE LEGS TO FINISH THE JOB AT 21 MILES TO GO. >>Lauren: IF ANYONE DOES, SHE DOES. >>Brad: A LOT OF RIDERS ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DECISION IN THE SELECTION, SAYING DO I TRY TO CHASE WINDER DOWN? SHE IS A THREAT IF SHE GETS THE ROOM THAT SHE NEEDS, RUTH WINDER COULD BE ON HER WAY TO A SOLO BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF RECENT AGO AT 21 MILES LEFT IN THE 2018 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL PRO ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT IS HEATING UP IN KNOXVILLE. THERE SHE IS. >>Brad: THERE IS THE PELOTON, AN ABBREVIATED PELOTON. THAT CAN’T BE MORE THAN 30 RIDERS IN THAT GROUP. PROBABLY LESS. >>Lauren: ALL THAT WORK THAT TAYLER DID, DEFINITELY DECIMATED THE PELOTON OF WHAT EVER WAS LEFT. IF YOU ARE HANGING ON, YOU WERE DONE AFTER THAT EFFORT. >>Brad: TAYLER WILES GOT RID OF ANYONE WHO WAS HANGING ON. SHE SAID IF YOU ARE A HEAVY HITTER COME TO THE FRONT NOW. RAISE YOUR HAND. SHE WAS LOOKING FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST WITH THAT ATTACK. A GOOD LOOK FROM CYCLISTS, THAT’S A COOL PERSPECTIVE. A COUPLE RIDERS IN THE GROUP OFF THE BACK. OFF TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. AS LENDER GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS HERE. THERE IS A LITTLE BRIDGE ATTEMPT COMING UP BEHIND HER. WE WILL GET AN IDEA ON THOSE RIDERS PIC IT LOOKS LIKE SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, WE WILL CALLED ABOUT 10 IN THE GAP, TRYING TO GET UP TO WIN. >>Lauren: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THE BIGGER GROUP CATCHES ON. WHATEVER TEAMMATE, YOU WILL SEND THEM TO THE FRONT AND DEFINITELY CHASE IS DOWN. YOU DO NOT WANT RUTH TO HAVE ANY TIME ON YOU AT ALL. YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE HER ANY LEASH. >>Brad: WINDER IS A DANGEROUS RIDER. THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE SHE SHINES. SHE’S NOT A SPRINTER. SHE’S NOT THE FAST CLOSER FOR THE TEAM, BUT SHE IS A POWER RIDER. RUTH WINDER TRYING TO MAKE HER WAY ACROSS THE GAP TO THE TWO LEADERS. IN THE 2019 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP . THE TREK- SEGAFREDO TEAM, RUTH WINDER AND TAYLER WILES HAVE BLOWN IT APART. THEY BECAME THE AGGRESSORS THE LAST TIME UP THE SHERROD ROAD HILL. YOU CAN SEE THEM UP THE ROAD. IT’S A LOT EASIER TO CHASE A GROUP THAT YOU CAN SEE. TELL ME ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A CHASE EFFORT OUT HERE, ALTHOUGH WINDER PROBABLY ISN’T WORRIED ABOUT THEM UP THE ROAD. WHAT IS HER THOUGHT PROCESS NOW?>>Lauren: SHE’S NOT WORRIED BUT SHE WOULD LOVE TO CONNECT WITH THEM , IT GIVES YOU A LITTLE BIT OF MOTIVATION, SOMETHING TO FOCUS ON UP THE ROAD. WHAT LOOKS LIKE HAPPENED TO HER, HONESTLY FROM BEHIND, WITH THESE RIDERS, AND SHE SHOULD PROBABLY LOOK OVER HER SHOULDER BUT I LOVE THAT RUTH IS NOT AFRAID TO TAKE IT TO THE RACE. JUST RACE FORWARD. WE RACED TOGETHER AT — A COUPLE YEARS AGO IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SHE STRUCK OUT OF THE PELOTON AND WAS SOLO AT 50 MILES TO GO. AND WON THE RACE. THIS IS DEFINITELY A GOOD EFFORT FOR RUTH AND NOT A BAD MOVE. >>Brad: EVEN IF SHE’S CAUGHT BY THE RIDERS BEHIND HER WHICH WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY SHE HAS SUCCEEDED IN FORCING THOSE RIDERS TO CHASE HER. MEANWHILE, HER TEAMMATE, TAYLER WILES IS HITTING BACK IN THE ROOT, LETTING THE OTHERS CHASE HER DOWN. NECK AND FORTH, FOR ONLY HAVING TWO RIDERS IN THIS RACE, THEY’RE PLAYING THIS ABOUT AS WELL AS THEY CAN. >>Lauren: AGREED. >>Brad: 19 MILES TO GO. THEY WILL BE SWALLOWED UP EVENTUALLY, LET’S BE VERY CLEAR, A BRICK WAY LIKE THIS, THEY KNEW WHEN THEY WENT OFF THE FRONT, OVER TWO HOURS TO GO, THAT A SMALL CHANCE OF MAKING THIS WORK ALL THE WAY TO THE LINE. IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT WINNING THE RACE, SOMETIMES IT’S ABOUT LETTING THE TEAM UP LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT WITH JULIE EARLY ON BUT THESE TWO RIDERS , THEIR JOB IS DONE. THEY DID BUT THEY NEEDED TO DO. THEY TRIED TO DRAW SOME RIDERS OUT AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH DISTANCE TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE OFF THE FRONT. BUT THEY HAVE HAD A GOOD RIDE AT THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. >>Lauren: AND GREAT FOR THEM FOR BEING OUT THERE THAT LONG. THEY SET UP THEIR TEAM IS PERFECTLY. I’M GUESSING THIS IS LILY WILLIAMS, I’M NOT SURE, BUT PUTTING IN THAT EFFORT AND SETTING HER UP REALLY WELL AND MAKING IT ACROSS THE BREAK. SO THEY ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO TODAY. DROP PEOPLE OUT. YOU KNOW, TRY TO ESTABLISH A BREAK. THIS IS REALLY GOOD FOR RUTH TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF RAKE. SHE WILL ENJOY THAT. >>Brad: THAT IS SHAYNA PALLAS , THE 2020 RIDER, NUMBER 66. AND THERE ARE THE TWO LEADERS OF THE ROAD, THEY ARE ABOUT TO SWALLOW UP. A GREAT RIDE FOR LILY WILLIAMS. SECOND PLACE FRIDAY NIGHT AND NOW WILLIAMS IS IN THE FRONT GROUP. >>Lauren: SHE WAS IN THE TOP 10 LAST YEAR AND SHE KNOWS WITH THIS RACE FEELS LIKE. SHE’S ONE OF MY PICKS FOR TODAY. SHE’S HAD A GOOD YEAR THIS YEAR. SHAYNA PALLAS IS ANOTHER GREAT RIDER, SUPERSTRONG, I DON’T KNOW IF CHLOE CENTER UP TO MONITOR THINGS. OR IF THEY GET A GAP TO SIT ON AND SEE WHAT SHAKES OUT. BUT AGAIN, RUTH WILL BE APPRECIATIVE OF IN A LITTLE BIT OF BREAK THAT SHE CAN TAKE AND HELP AND NOW AT THIS POINT, LILY MIGHT SIT ON AND MAKE RUTH TRY TO BRIDGE THE GAP TO STARLA. AND DO ALL THE WORK POSSIBLE AND SET LILY UP. THIS IS REALLY GOOD RACING. >>Brad: A GREAT EXAMPLE OF TEAM TACTICS. WE TALKED ABOUT TREK-SEGAFREDO AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAGENS BERMAN SUPERMINT IS DOING. IT’S A LONGER GAME FOR THEM, SETTING STARLA TEDDERGREEN AND JULIE KULIECZA UP EARLY UP THE ROAD BUT NOW WHEN LILY WILLIAMS GETS UP HERE THEY WILL LAUNCH HER. >>Lauren: IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD. >>Brad: SHE WAS A ONE MILE RUNNER AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY. COMES FROM A FAMILY OF HIKERS. HER MOTHER WAS A FAMOUS BICYCLIST IN THE U.S. HAS GOOD GENETICS AND HER FAMILY. THIS IS A LITTLE LONGER THAN ONE MILE, ALTHOUGH. >>Brad: WHAT YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN WITH THIS GROUP OF TWO WHEN THOSE THREE JOIN THEM? WILL THEY HANG ON? IS THERE A CHANCE THAT TEDDERGREEN AND ORTON CAN STAY IN THE GROUP? >>Lauren: IF STARLEY HAS ANYTHING LEFT SHE WILL KIND OF BURY HERSELF FOR LILY AND NOT KNOWING THE GAP BETWEEN LILY AND THIS GROUP AND THE NEXT GROUP, YOU KNOW, SHE WILL JUST PUSH THAT PACE AS HARD AS POSSIBLE FOR LILY. AND THEN SHE WILL EXPLODE OR YOU KNOW, IF SHE HAS ANYTHING LEFT. SHE JUST LOOKED BACKED DOWN AND SEES THAT LILY IS THERE AND PROBABLY WILL GO TO THE FRONT NOW. EVERYONE ELSE NOW SHOULD PROBABLY LET HER RIDE. YOU KNOW, BETH ANN PROBABLY WILL HANG ON AT THIS POINT. MAYBE RUTH WILL PULL THROUGH. MAYBE SHAYNA, PROBABLY NOT SHAYNA BUT YET. >>Brad: A TOUGH SITUATION. A LOT OF PROS I TALKED TO YESTERDAY TALKED ABOUT THIS EXACT SITUATION WHERE YOU GET INTO A BREAK WHERE EVERYONE LOOKS TO THE WORLD TOUR RIDER BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE SAYING LOOK, WE DON’T HAVE A FULL TEAM. YOU HAVE SIX OR SEVEN RIDERS ON A CONTINENTAL OR AMERICAN DOMESTIC ELITE TEAM RACING HERE BUT FOR THE WORLD RIDERS, YOU ARE NOT A WORLD TOUR TEAM BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE WORLD TOUR SQUAD. YOU CAN’T LOOK TO THESE RIDERS AND SAY, YOU SHOULD BE BRINGING THIS BACK OR YOU SHOULD BE DOING THE WORK, RUTH WINDER HAS NO SUPPORT , TAYLER WILES DID WHAT SHE COULD. >>Lauren: TAYLER WILL BE SITTING AT. I BET SHE WILL GO AGAIN ON THE CLIMB. YOU KNOW, RUTH PULLED OFF TO SEE IF ANYONE WOULD WORK WITH HER. SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF PEOPLE HAVE ANY LEGS OR WANT TO GIVE IT A GO OR SAY NO, WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE YOU UP THE ROAD. >>Brad: BACK TO THE REMAINDER OF THE PELOTON. >>Lauren: THE BIGGER GROUP CAUGHT ON TO WHAT TAYLER HAD PULLED OVER THE TOP OF THE CLIMB WITH HER. >>Brad: NICE TO SEE EMMA LANGLEY IN THEIR. A LOT OF RIDERS HAPPY THAT THEY MADE THE SELECTION. HAPPY THAT THEY SURVIVED THAT ATTACK UP THE CLIMB. THAT IS A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR A LOT OF RIDERS. >>Lauren: FOR SURE. AND THEY WILL PREPARE FOR IT AGAIN ON THIS PART OF THE COURSE. A SICKLY. CHANT TO A LITTLE GAP IS OPENING UP. >>Lauren: YOU PLAY A LITTLE GAME. >>Brad: TRYING TO TAKE LILY WILLIAMS OFF THE BACK. >>Lauren: FOR SURE. MAKE THEM STAY AT THE FRONT, PUT THEM IN FRONT OF YOU. YEAH, SOME TACT. >>Brad: TRYING TO GET INTO THE HEAD OF LILY WILLIAMS . THEY ARE OUTNUMBERED, SO, PALLAS JUST GAPS HER OFF A LITTLE BIT OFF THE BACK. ARE THEY STARTING TO PIC FAVORITES? >>Lauren: THERE IS NO TELLING. I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD PLAY GAMES YET. THAT’S MORE TOWARDS THE LAST MILE OR TWO. YET. >>Brad: I’M SURE THAT SHAYNA’S BROTHER IS WATCHING THIS RACE. >>Lauren: SHAYNA DOESN’T HAVE A RIGHT NOW. >>Brad: SHE’S HAVING TROUBLE. >>Lauren: AND RALLY IS NOT IN THERE. >>Brad: YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF ORANGE JERSEYS AT THE FRONT FOR AT LEAST — AT LEAST THE ORANGE JERSEYS THAT ARE LEFT UP AT THE FRONT. TWO LAPS TO GO. 16 MORE MILES, TWO MORE TIMES AROUND THE CIRCUIT. AND HERE’S HAGENS BERMAN SUPERMINT UP ON THE RADIO. NOT A LOT OF RALLY JERSEYS. I’M LOOKING FOR THE ORANGE KITS. I’M SURE THAT EMMA WHITE IS IN HERE. >>Lauren: HEIDI FRANZ, EMMA, MAYBE SUMMER. >>Brad: NOT SEEING A SENSE OF URGENCY. THERE’S KAREN RIVERA ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE. I THINK AMBERTON EVEN — THE RED JERSEY. HEIDI FRANZ DOING THE WORK UP AT THE FRONT. THERE’S ALEXIS RYAN ON THE LEFT- HAND SIDE. SHE HAS MADE THE SELECTION. WHAT ABOUT THE MILLIGAN COLLEGE RIDER? IS IT KRYSTAL BURNHAM? TO GET INTO THIS GROUP, TO MAKE THIS SELECTION, WAY TO GO. SO, GREAT LOOK AT THE PELOTON. WE GO BACK UP TO THE LEADERS WITH TEDDERGREEN, ORTON, WILLIAMS AND WINDER. THE FOUR RIDERS THAT HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM THE FIELD. IT WAS TEDDERGREEN AND ORTON, THE ORIGINAL BREAKAWAY RIDERS. AND TWO MORE. JOINING THEM. UP THE ROAD. THERE’S A SPECIAL RACE FOR A LOT OF AMERICAN RIDERS, RETURNING HOME, A LOT OF PRIDE IN RACING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. FRIENDS AND FAMILY, GET THE CHANCE TO CHEER YOU ON. A CHANCE YOU DON’T GET A WHOLE LOT BECAUSE YOU ARE TRAVELING ALL OVER THE WORLD SO IT’S SPECIAL WHEN FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN COME OUT TO WATCH. WE SAID ELIZABETH IS IN THE FIELD AND HAS SOME FAMILY MEMBERS WITH HER. >>Reporter: WE’RE BACK IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. WE ARE ON THE CORNER NOW OF GAY STREET WITH FANS HERE WHO HAVE A SWEET SPOT. CHEERING ON THE WOMEN AS THEY COME ZIPPING AROUND THIS CORNER HERE. THEY HAVE THEIR COWBELLS, LOUD VOICES CHEERING FOR THEM, A BIG GROUP OF FANS. THERE IS NO BIGGER FAN THAN YOUR MOM. RIGHT? I WOULD TO INTRODUCE YOU GUYS TO THIS WOMAN. >>MY DAUGHTER CHLOE, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW SHE DOES TODAY. TWO LAPS TO GO. >>Reporter: WE JUST WATCHED HER. SHE WAS IN THE PACK THAT CAME TO SIT BY. WHAT IS ALIKE AS HER MOM WATCHING HER? >>I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU THE EXCITEMENT. JUST FOR HER, KNOWING HOW NERVOUS AND HOW BAD SHE WANTS THIS. SHE’S A WARRIOR. THAT WHOLE TEAM IS GOOD. THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER. AND IT’S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE HERE. KNOXVILLE, IT IS GORGEOUS. EVERYONE AS HONEST. WHAT A GREAT RACE DAY, WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO BE HERE NOW. >>Reporter: CHEERING LOUD AND PROUD. AS WELL IS ANY OTHER PEOPLE. HERE ON GAY STREET, BACK TO YOU. >>Brad: BIKE RACING PARENTS ARE A SPECIAL BREED. THE TRAVEL, WATCHING YOUR KID, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE A TOUGH THING TO WATCH. >>Lauren: IT IS SPECIAL WHEN THEY COME. >>Brad: THIS IS LILY WILLIAMS AND RUTH WINDER, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE DROPPED THE OTHER RIDERS IN THE GROUP. NOW THE TWO LEADERS ON THE ROAD, WILLIAMS IN SECOND POSITION AND RUTH WINDER ON THE FRONT IN THE BLUE JERSEY. >>Lauren: THIS IS NOT AT ATTACK , THIS IS AN EFFORT, GOING UP THE HILL, UP SHERROD AT HER PACE AND RUTH WINDER’S PACE IS VERY HARD TO FOLLOW. >>Brad: WILLIAMS GETS CAPPED OFF THE BACK. UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE SHORT RAKE BUT WE WILL KEEP OUR EYE ON THE TWO RIDERS OF THE ROAD. RUTH WINDER AND LILY WILLIAMS, TRYING TO GET AWAY. WINDER ON THE ATTACK. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. 15 MILES TO GO AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. >>Brad: THANK YOU FOR HANGING WITH US. LILY WILLIAMS GETTING DROPPED AND NO SHAME IN GETTING DROPPED BY RUTH WINDER ON A CLIMB LIKE THIS . >>Lauren: RUTH WAS ACTUALLY IN THE PINK JERSEY LAST YEAR SO SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS HOW TO GO UPHILL. SHE’S FIT AND GETTING READY FOR THIS YEAR. SO LILY, SHE’S TRYING TO HANG ON. IF SHE CAN JUST MANAGE THAT GAP , MAYBE SHE CAN CATCH BACK ON ON THE DESCENT. MAYBE THROUGH THE FEED ZONE. >>Brad: HAS SHE GONE TOO EARLY? DOES SHE WANT TO BE ALONE ? >>Lauren: IT’S A LONG WAYS OUT. BUT YEAH, IF ANYONE CAN DO IT IT WILL BE RUTH THAT IT WILL BE INTERESTING IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT MANY RIDERS LEFT IN THE TEAM , YOU NEED TO NOW START TO TALKING TO THE REST OF YOUR COMPETITORS. THIS IS THE ONE TIME YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND TRY TO BRING HER BACK. BUT DO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH THEIR COMPETITOR TO BRING BACK YOU KNOW, RUTH, AND MAYBE GIVE YOUR COMPETITOR A CHANCE AT WINNING AS WELL? IT’S A HARD CALL. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU’RE FEELING ON THE DAY AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND HOW MUCH EFFORT YOU WANT TO PUT OUT. >>Brad: IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR LILY WILLIAMS TO STAY CALM. YOU HAVE TO SCRAMBLE TO GET UP TO RUTH WINDER. YOU NEED TO GET THERE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER BUT DON’T BURN ALL YOUR MATCHES JUST TO GET TO HER BECAUSE IT WILL NOT DO YOU GOOD IF YOU GET UP THERE AND YOU’RE OUT OF MATCHES. >>Lauren: WELL, YEAH, YOU WANT TO GET THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THERE IS SOME ANXIETY IF I’M LILY, YOU KNOW, — >>Brad: YOU ARE NOT FEELING GREAT. >>Lauren: YOU’RE NOT. YOU WANT TO SHUT IT DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. >>Brad: WELCOME BACK , LOCAL BROADCAST COVERAGE IN THE UNITED STATES. >>Brad: RUTH WINDER ON A SOLO ATTACK FOR THE TREK-SEGAFREDO TEAM. SHE LOOKS FOR A STARS & STRIPES JERSEY HERE IN KNOXVILLE. HER TEAMMATE, TAYLER WILES ON THE HILL, THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE MOVE OF THE DAY. >>Lauren: A GREAT MOVE FOR LONG WAYS OUT. MAYBE UNEXPECTED FOR MOST OF THESE RIDERS. THEY WILL LOOK PRETTY SMART IF X. >>Brad: AND NOW IT IS TIME TRIAL ROAD. THIS IS A ONE RIDER RACE FOR HER. SHE DOESN’T CARE WHAT’S BEHIND, SHE ONLY CARES WHAT’S IN FRONT, THE FINISH LINE. ONE LAP TO GO. X TIME, ONE MORE TIME AROUND THAT EIGHT MILE CIRCUIT. SHE HAS A LINE. WINDER BELIEVES SHE CAN DO IT. >>Lauren: I BELIEVE, AS WELL. SHE’S A STRONG RIDER. SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO PUT HERSELF IN THE PAIN CAVE AND HANG OUT. SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS HOW TO SUFFER. THAT’S THE REASON SHE’S ON TRACK AND YES, HONESTLY, IF ANYONE CAN DO IT IT WILL BE RUTH. >>Brad: ONLY A FEW SECONDS OF THE FRONT. THERE IS LILY WILLIAMS, ABOUT TO REJOIN, REMEMBER, SHE GOT DROPPED ON THE CLIMB, MENTALLY THAT WILL BE TOUGH FOR WILLIAMS, THE LAST TIME UP. NOW WINDER KNOWS THAT SHE CAN DROP LILY WILLIAMS UP SHERROD ROAD. WITH A STICK IN THEIR MINDS? DO YOU START THINKING ABOUT THE LAST FEW LAPS? ARE YOU SIZING UP YOUR COMPETITORS? >>Lauren: 100%. BUT LILY UNDERSTANDS SHE MIGHT HAVE MORE WEIGHT ON RUTH AND RUTH HAS TO DO MORE WORK TO STAY AWAY FROM THE LEAGUE OF THAT’S THE CASE. AND YOU KNOW, YOU SEE WHAT A GAP LILY MADE BACK TO RUTH. I IMAGINE RUTH WILL LET HER CONNECT AND THEY WILL HAVE A QUICK TRUCE AND I WOULD IMAGINE THEY WOULD LIKE TO WORK TOGETHER , FOR SURE, PROBABLY THROUGH TO THE LAST LAP. >>Brad: I SAW RUTH WINDER LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FOR LILY WILLIAMS. YOU SAY THAT SHE WILL SLOW UP A LITTLE BIT AND LET HER GET UP THERE AND THEY WILL WORK TOGETHER? WE TALKED ABOUT DRAFTING EARLY ON, TRYING TO SAVE ENERGY BY DRAFTING OFF THE RIDER IN FRONT OF YOU. IT’S ABOUT 30% ENERGY SAVINGS IF YOU CAN SIT RIGHT BEHIND THAT RIDER IN FRONT OF YOU. SO ONCE THEY LINKUP, THEY WILL TAKE TURNS BEING THAT LEAD RIDER, EVEN THOUGH , TECHNICALLY, THEY ARE OPPONENTS, TWO RIDERS WORKING TOGETHER LIKE TEAMMATES. >>Lauren: DEPENDING ON WHERE THE GAP IS BY LILY TO THE GROUP, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE GROUP, ALL THIS, YOU KIND OF ASSESS, A QUICK LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER, THAT’S A GOOD GAP. >>Brad: THESE TWO ARE ROLLING. RUTH WINDER AND LILY WILLIAMS, LOOKING GREAT OFF THE FRONT. >>Lauren: I AM LITERALLY ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. >>Brad: THE WIND IS PICKING UP HERE IN DOWNTOWN. IT HAS BEEN ALMOST COMPLETELY CALM FOR MOST OF THE DAY, TODAY, BUT WE ARE FEELING A SLIGHT BREEZE. IT WILL BE A HAD CROSSWIND AS THEY HIT THE FINISH LINE ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT PROTECTED BY BUILDINGS AND RELATIVELY SHORT, TOO, MAKING A QUICK LEFT HAND TURN. >>Lauren: NOT MUCH REPRIEVE ON ANY OF THE DOWNHILL SECTIONS THAT YOU USUALLY WOULD LIKE, THE WIND IN YOUR FACE AND YOU HAVE TO PUSH ON THE PEDALS. >>Lauren: WINDER IS LOOKING REALLY, THE FRONT. SHE CERTAINLY LOOKS FRESH. I’M SURE SHE DOESN’T FEEL RUSH. A VERY EFFICIENT PEDAL STROKE SO FAR. >>Lauren: THEY HAVE OLIVIA DYLAN DRIVING BEHIND THEM. I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE ANY RADIOCOMMUNICATION. BUT YOU KNOW, OLIVIA IS A CRAFTY INDIVIDUAL AS WELL. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE SOMEBODY IN THE CAR BEHIND, WHICH SOME OF THESE RIDERS HAVE TO SHARE A CAR WITH COMPETITORS. AND TAYLER AND RUTH HAVE THEIR OWN CAR WHICH IS NOT AN ADVANTAGE BUT A NICE COMFORT TO HAVE. ALMOST MATCHING PEDAL STROKE FOR PEDAL STROKE. >>Brad: WILLIAMS GETS A LITTLE BREAK BECAUSE SHE HAD LOT OF TWO — SHE HAD TO CHASE UP THERE. >>Lauren: NO, NO BREAK AT THIS POINT. NO. NO, NO SITTING ON. >>Brad: GET RIGHT WORK? >>Lauren: EXACTLY. ‘S THE END OF THE RACE. NO MORE RELAXING AND ME HELPING YOU. >>Brad: WILLIAMS NEEDS TO GET TO THE FRONT PRETTY SOON. I MENTION WINDER IS FRUSTRATED. >>Lauren: MAYBE NOT FRUSTRATED, BUT YOU KNOW, SHE WILL SEE SOMEONE TRYING TO COME ACROSS AND YOU KNOW, HEY, LOOK, YOU GOTTA DO YOUR FAIR SHARE OF THE WORK. I WILL NOT TAKE YOU TO THE LINE.>>Brad: YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, RIGHT? YOU HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE OTHER RIDERS SHOES. >>Lauren: YEAH. >>Brad: I WONDERFULLY HIM SO JUST THAT ON HERE? WINDER IS MOVING OVER TO THE SIDE, TRYING TO GET WILLIAMS TO TAKE OVER. SHE’S NOT SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT DOING SO. >>Lauren: YEAH. >>Brad: SOMETIMES YOU GET RIDERS APOLOGIZING SAYING SORRY, I GOT DIRECTION FROM MY DIRECTOR NOT TO DO ANY WORK AND THAT’S ALL I CAN DO HERE. WE WILL TAKE ONE MORE SHORT BREAK HERE ON THE LOCAL BROADCAST AS WE KEEP AN EYE ON THESE TWO RIDERS UP THE ROAD. WORTH WINDER AND LILY WILLIAMS TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM THE FIELD. 12 MILES TO GO TO THE FINISH LINE . >>Brad: AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC IN THESE TWO HERE. NO LOVE LOST BETWEEN THESE TWO AT THIS POINT. THERE WAS AN ELEMENT OF TRYING TO SURVIVE EARLY ON BUT NOW IT’S ABOUT WINNING THE RACE. 35 SECONDS IS THE TIME GAP. >>Lauren: I WONDER IF THAT WAS LINDSAY GOLDMAN TRY TO COME ACROSS WHEN WE WERE LOOKING ACROSS TO THE PELOTON AND SAW SOME OF STRIKING OUT. IT WAS DEFINITELY A HAGENS BERMAN RIDER. CURIOUS IF IT’S LINDSAY GOLDMAN OR WHAT WE GOT. >>Brad: GOLDMAN IS TRYING TO COME ACROSS A GAP. >>Lauren: GOOD RIDE FOR HER, SHE’S MAKING CONTACT AND I WOULD IMAGINE , I WILL PUT HER TO WORK AND THAT LILY SIT ON. THEY ARE DEFTLY, THAT HAS BEEN THERE WAY TO DO IT, HAVE TWO OF THE BREAK AND IT DOESN’T LIKE –>>Brad: SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE LEGS TO GO ACROSS. A GREAT STORY FOR LINDSAY GOLDMAN THIS YEAR. ONE OF THE OWNER OPERATOR RIDERS ON THE TEAM. THE OWNER OF THE TEAM BUT ALSO A RIDER, A FULL SCHEDULE, EVERY TIME WE SEE THE TEAM WE SEE AND SIEGELMAN RACING. >>Lauren: SHE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME OF THE TRAINER. THAT IS HER HAPPY PLACE. AND SHE GETS OUT HERE AND IS ABLE TO RACE. VERY COMPETITIVELY AGAINST THE SPONGE. >>Brad: THE GROUP IS GETTING BIGGER. I THINK THEY LET SOME RIDERS COME BACK AND PIC I SHOULDN’T SAY LET THEM, BUT THEY MADE THEIR WAY BACK UP. >>Brad: 55 SECONDS IS THE NEW TIME GAP. CHASED DOWN BY THIS GROUP, RIGHT HERE. THREE RIDERS INSIDE THE TOP FOUR, RALLY HAS ONE IN THE MIX AT THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. AND THAT IS WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT, A LOT OF OPEN ROAD AS THEY TRY TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE BACK OF THE GROUP OF TWO. >>Lauren: ERICA CLEVENGER IS UP THERE, WORKING FOR HER SHOW YOUR TEAM, SHE’S BECOME A VERY STRONG RIDER. KRISTA, A GOOD CLIMBER, SITTING ON HER WHEEL, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THEY ARE ABLE TO BRING THIS BACK FOR THEIR RIDER THERE PICKING FOR THE WIN. >>Brad: WE ARE HAVING A BIG TEAM, IT BECOMES A BIG ADVANTAGE. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE SELECTION BUT AT THIS POINT IF YOU HAVE THREE OR FOUR RIDERS BACK IN THE FIELD THAT CAN WORK TOGETHER, ON THE FRONT TO BRING THIS BACK, A HUGE ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, THEN YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR STAR RIDER. WHOEVER YOU PICK TO BE THE LEADER TODAY, WHOEVER THE STRONGER RIDER ON THE TEAM IS, EVERYONE ELSE WILL SACRIFICE THEIR RIDE FOR THAT ONE RIDER. THEY ALL HAD A PRERACE MEETING AND A PLAN COMING INTO THIS ONE. SOMETIMES THAT IS THROWN OUT THE WINDOW IN A RACE LIKE THIS BUT FOR THE MOST PART THEY KNOW WHO THE LEADER IS TODAY. >>Lauren: NO SITTING BACK , SITTING IN THE PELOTON, YOU GET TO THE FRONT AND WORK. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT SHO-AIR IS DOING FOR CHLOE I IMAGINE. AND RALLY IS TENTATIVELY PUTTING THAT RIDER UP THERE , THEY DON’T HAVE NEAR THE NUMBERS LEFT, MAYBE SHO-AIR DOES, THEY WILL STICK A RIDER IN AND SAY WE WANT TO HELP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH WHAT WE’VE GOT. AND SEE WHAT WE CAN BRING BACK. >>Brad: WE TALKED ABOUT THE DIRECTORS EARLY IN THE RACE. THE COACHES IN PRO CYCLING, GIVING THE TEAM A PLAN AND SOMETIMES CALLING THE SHOTS OVER THE RADIO ON THE ROAD. TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH GOES INTO THE DYNAMICS OF RACING? THE AUTONOMY TO MAKE CALLS, IF YOU ARE FEELING LIKE SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE DIRECTOR TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO? >>Lauren: 100%. USUALLY HE WILL HAVE A CAPTAIN ON THE ROAD, YOU HAVE A PLAN, PLAN A, PLAN B, AND YOU HAVE THE CAPTAIN ON THE ROAD THAT CAN, IF IT ALL GOES SOUTH YOU CAN JUST SAY HEY, THIS RIDER WILL MAKE THE CALL ON THE ROAD. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BACK THAT RIDER AND WORST-CASE SCENARIO YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE TEAM CAR , QUICKLY, AND HAVE A QUICK CHAT WITH THE DIRECTOR, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A RADIO FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND TALK IT OUT. IF YOU HAVE A RADIO, YOU DON’T WANT TO MUCH TALK ON THE RADIO, YOU WANT THAT ONE PERSON COMMUNICATING BACK AND FORTH AND KEEP IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE. IS HARD NOT TO JUST RIDE YOUR BIKE. >>Brad: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE. YOU MAKE THE CALL AND EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE CALL. IF YOU CHANGE THE PLAN, IT ONLY WORKS IF THE PLAN CHANGES FOR EVERYONE ON THE SQUAD. >>Lauren: A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CAN MAYBE CHANGE YOUR MIND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WORKS FOR THE TEAM BUT YOU HOPE NOT. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE PROFESSIONAL AND RACING WITH A TEAM. >>Brad: IS IT HARD TO RIDE FOR A TEAM? EVERYBODY, THIS IS PROBABLY THE ONE RACE OUT OF ANY THAT YOU WANT THE INDIVIDUAL GLORY. RIGHT? YOU GET THAT JERSEY. IS THERE AN ELEMENT OF WANTING TO WIN INDIVIDUALLY? >>Lauren: IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL AND TEAM PLAYER IT MIGHT ENTER YOUR MIND BUT IT QUICKLY GOES OUT BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT YOU DO. YOU WORK FOR YOUR RIDER, YOU WERE SIGNED ON FOR THIS ROLE AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO. YOU BEEN DOING THIS ALL YOUR. SO YEAH, YOU DON’T WANT TO TRY AND MESS THAT UP ANYTIME. BY BEING GREEDY. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE GREEDY. >>Brad: HAVING A JERSEY IS NICE AND HAVING A JOB IS THAT HER. >>Lauren: EXACTLY. >>Brad: IT DOESN’T DO YOU MUCH GOOD IF YOU ARE SITTING AT HOME ON THE COUCH WATCHING ON THE LIVE STREAM. IT IS A GOOD WAY TO FIND YOURSELF WITHOUT A CONTRACT IF YOU START RACING AGAINST THE TEAM FOR PERSONAL WORRY. WHAT ABOUT SURE 2020 ON THE ONTO THE FIELD? THEY’RE STARTING TO AMASS THE RIDERS THERE FEELING THREATENED BY THIS GROUP UP THE ROAD. >>Lauren: THEY SHOULD . THESE ARE POTENTIAL WINNERS. SO YEAH, THEY DEFINITELY WANT TO MANAGE THAT GAP. BRING IT DOWN. I IMAGINE THEY WILL GET IT CLOSE AND SEND WHATEVER THEIR TOP RIDER IS ACROSS THE TOP OF THE CLIMB. YEAH, THAT WILL BE ABOUT IT. WHEN YOU GET TO THE CLIMB, THAT’S IT. UNLESS, I CAN’T IMAGINE THEY’RE NOT — THEY WON’T TRY TO SLOWLY BRING IT BACK. >>Brad: TIME CHECK FROM THE MOTOR, WITH THE WHITE WORD, 55 SECONDS. WHICH IN BY GRAZING IS USUALLY NOT A WHOLE LOT OF TIME BUT WITH ONLY NINE MILES OF RACING TO GO IT’S A GOOD GAP. WHAT POINT YOU START GETTING NERVOUS IF YOU’RE IN THE PELOTON? WHEN IS IT A POINT OF NO RETURN AT ABOUT FIVE MILES TO GO? WHAT IS YOUR DO OR DIE TIME GAP?>>Lauren: I WILL SAY WHEN THEY GET ON JAMES WHITE PARKWAY, THAT IS WHEN YOU WILL WANT IT REALLY CLOSE. IF YOU HAVE ANY TEAMMATES LEFT, THAT IS WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WORK TOGETHER, BRING IT BACK. AFTER THAT, YOU WILL START HAVING RIDERS, THE ONE OFF, THE AMBER NEBEN, TRYING TO GO SOLO, SO ALL BETS ARE OFF AFTER THEN FOR ME AND MY TEAM. >>Brad: THE CROWD IS STARTING TO BUILD IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. THE ATMOSPHERE IS GETTING MORE ENERGETIC. THE FANS ARE ARRIVING TO WELCOME THE PELOTON. I WANT TO GO DOWN AND LOOK AT THE ATMOSPHERE ALONG THE START FINISH STRETCH. >>Reporter: CHECKING IN FROM DOWNTOWN, BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THE WOMEN WILL COME SOARING BY. AS THEY COMPLETE THE LAST LAP OF THE RACE. WE ARE COUNTING DOWN TO THE END OF THE RACE, COUNTING DOWN TO WHEN IT IS OVER AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHER FANS WHO ARE GATHERED OUT HERE. FANS LINED UP HERE AROUND THE CORNER OF GAY STREET, WAITING FOR THE WOMEN TO WAKE HER WAY AROUND THE CORNER. SOME OF THEM HAVE LINED UP HERE SINCE THE START OF THE RACE, OTHERS ARE COMING IN AND JOINING IN ON THE ACTION. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY BE COMING AROUND THE CORNER HERE VERY SHORTLY, WE ARE WAITING FOR THEM TO COME AROUND HERE. WE WILL STICK WITH IT FOR A MINUTE AND SEE IF THEY COME AROUND. HERE THEY COME. PEOPLE ARE CHEERING. LISTEN TO THE SCREAMS. KNOXVILLE IS CERTAINLY GETTING LOUD FOR THESE WOMEN. THEY HAVE THEIR COWBELLS OUT AND THEY ARE CHEERING, ONE LAP TO GO. BACK TO YOU. >>Brad: ONE MORE TIME ON THE CIRCUIT. WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO FLICK THE ELBOW TO GET WILLIAMS UP TO THE FRONT. IS NOT IN A BIG HURRY TO MOVE UP. I LOVE RACING AND KNOXVILLE. WE WILL BE BACK HERE IN TWO YEARS IN MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT KNOXVILLE IS THE NON-CYCLING FANS WHICH ARE BECOMING CYCLING FANS. >>Lauren: AND ENERGY BOOST FOR RUTH AND LILY. IT PROPELS YOU OUT. >>Brad: THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET DOWN HERE IN KNOXVILLE AND ENJOY THE RACE. >>Brad: SHO-AIR 2020 CONTINUES ON THE FRONT. GOLDMAN IS BACK IN THE MIX. >>Lauren: PUSHING THE PACE. THEY WILL SEND IT AS HARD AS THEY CAN. SEND WHATEVER HIS LEFT, WHOEVER THE RIDERS CAN BE, GO OVER THE TOP AND TRY TO WATCH CHLOE, I CAN IMAGINE, OVER-THE-TOP OF SHERROD. >>Brad: SHO-AIR 2020 HAS A GREAT SET UP. BUT FIRST THEY HAVE TO BRING BACK RUTH WENDER AND LILY WILLIAMS OF THE ROAD, IT DOESN’T DO MUCH GOOD TO HAVE ONE OF THE BEST TIME TRIALIST IN THE WORLD IF SHE STARTS TO MIMIC DOWN WHEN SHE GOES AWAY OFF THE FRONT. >>Lauren: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF RUTH HAS MUCH LEFT TO PUSH IT OVER THE CLIMB. THIS YOU WANT TO SEPARATE FROM ALI? THAT SHE FLOAT A LITTLE BIT AND STAY WITH FULLY AND TRY TWO YEARS HAS MUCH IS POSSIBLE? >>Brad: THE ARE ABOUT TO START THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB FOR THE FINAL TIME OF THE RACE. BACK TIME TO HIT THE LINE THEY ARE IN AND DONE. REMEMBER, RUTH WINDER DROPPED LILY WILLIAMS ON THE CLIMB SO THE GOAL FOR WILLIAMS IS JUST SURVIVE. STAY IN CONTACT WITH RUTH WINDER. RUTH WINDER HAS TO MAKE A DECISION. THIS YOU WANT KEEP LILY WILLIAMS OR GET RID OF HER? >>Lauren: OF LALIGA STRAPPED, WILL SHE MAKE THE CONTACT AGAIN AND SPEND THE ENERGY TO BRIDGE BACKUP? BEFORE THE FEED ZONE? >>Brad: WILLIAMS DESCENDS A LITTLE FASTER. IT’S A SHORT DOWNHILL. A SHORT CLIMB BUT THE STEEPNESS IS WHAT GETS YOU. >>Lauren: AND DAVENPORT ROAD OPENS UP A LITTLE BIT. IT’S NOT AS TECHNICAL AS SHERROD. SO I THINK LILY CAN TUCK IN AND TRY TO BASICALLY BRIDGE BACK THE GAP TO RUTH. IF THAT’S THE CASE. >>Brad: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT LILY WILLIAMS CAN DO OR CHANGE? THERE’S NO FREE WATTS BUT IS OR ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO HOLD ON? OR IS IT JUST A MENTAL GAME? >>Lauren: THIS IS IT. THE LAST LAP . >>Lauren: HERE GOES WINDER. IF YOU SEE RUTH WINDER GETTING OUT OF THE SADDLE THAT MUST BE TOUGH MENTALLY, KNOWING THAT THAT ACCELERATION IS COMING. YOU CAN SEE IT BEFORE YOU FEEL IT. >>Lauren: AND YOU CAN SEE RUTH SIT BACK DOWN. SO HARD. LILY IS LOOKING BACK TO SEE WHAT IS LEFT. >>Brad: EVEN WINDER, GOING ACROSS THE ROAD. SO PELOTON SHOULD BE STARTING TO CLIMB PRETTY SOON AS WIN WILL GO UP AND OVER-THE-TOP WITHOUT LILY WILLIAMS WHO IS SUFFERING ON THIS CLIMB. MEANWHILE, PALATINE ON THE LIPS FIND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. THIS IS ALMOST THE EXACT SAME WAY THEY WENT UP AND OVER THIS CLIMB WITH TWO LAPS TO GO AND WILLIAMS GOT BACK LAST LAP SO LET’S SEE IF IT HAPPENS TIME. THE BROKEN FIELD TO THE LEFT MAKES ME THINK THERE WILL NOT BE A BIG CONCERTED EFFORT IN THE CHASE BEHIND THEM. THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR RUTH WINDER AND LILY WILLIAMS . >>Lauren: THERE’S NO MORE TEAMS NOW, IT’S JUST YOU AND YOUR COMPETITORS AND WHATEVER’S LEFT. COME OVER THE TOP AND HOW WELL ARE YOU GOING TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING BACK RUTH? WHAT IS THE TIME GAP TO RUTH? >>Lauren: CATHERINE AMANN HANGING TOUGH AT THE BACK. WE GO BACK TO WORTH WINDER . THE TREK-SEGAFREDO TEAM. WINDER IS UP AND OVER. >>Lauren: NOT YET. THERE IS ONE KICKER. >>Brad: IT’S LIKE RIDING WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND THEY SAY THE SUMMIT IS JUST OVER THE HILL. I CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW THIS CLIMB FEELS. THE LAST TIME UP. IT WILL FEEL GOOD TO PUT THIS BEHIND THEM UNTIL NEXT YEAR. 364 DAYS FROM NOW THEY WILL BE BACK HERE RACING ON SHERROD ROAD WITH THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. >>Lauren: RUTH IS ONE OF THE BEST DESCENDERS IN THE WORLD. SHE CAN GO UPHILL FAST AND SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS HOW TO GO DOWNHILL FAST AS WELL. >>Brad: SHE WILL TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GET PEDAL STROKES AND. THERE IS VERY LITTLE COASTING IN THE LAST SEVEN MILES OF RACING. YOU ARE PUTTING IN EFFORT ANYTIME YOU CAN. SHE WILL BE CLOSE TO MAXING OUT THE GEARING ON THE WAY DOWN. STARTING TO SPIN OUT AND GO INTO THE TALK. >>Brad: TRYING TO GET AS LOW AS POSSIBLE, USE THIS HILL TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. NOT QUITE GOING INTO A SUPER TALK, YOU CAN SEE WHY, THERE ARE BUMPS ON THE ROAD. NOT THE PLACE YOU WANT TO GO DOWNHILL LITTLE CONTROL OF THE BIKE. >>Lauren: THIS IS NOT — SHE TAKES IT JUST FINE. A LITTLE KICK HER OVER TO THE FEED ZONE. TRYING TO LOOK BACK AND SEE WHAT THE GAP IS, THE GROUP. >>Brad: SHE WAS PART OF THAT OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL TEAM BACK THE 2016 OLYMPICS. THEY PICKED UP A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE KNOW THAT SHE HAS A GOOD, CYST AND EFFORT. >>Lauren: AND SHE CAME OVER TO THE ROAD AND HAD SOME BURNOUT. JUST FROM ALL THE WORK THAT GOES IN TO MAKING THE OLYMPIC TEAM AND ALL THE WORK IT TAKES TO GET A MEDAL. AND SHE CAME OVER TO THE ROAD AND FELL BACK IN LOVE WITH IT AND IS OBVIOUSLY TURNED THE CORNER AND IS DOING VERY WELL. >>Brad: SOMETIMES IT’S A TOUGH DECISION. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE GREAT IN MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES, RACING ON THE TRACK, THE OLYMPICS, OBVIOUSLY, DIFFERENT EVENTS, BUT ROAD CYCLING OFFERS MAY BE A MORE STABLE INCOME. YOU CAN RACE YEAR-ROUND, A LITTLE MORE, THE OPTION OF SALARY WITH A TRADE TEAM. A TOUGH DECISION FOR A LOT OF RIDERS. EVERYONE WANTS TO GO TO THE OLYMPICS BUT IT’S A BIG COMMITMENT. >>Lauren: HOW DO YOU SAY NO IF YOU GET THAT INVITATION TO GO AND TRY? >>Brad: SIX MILES TO GO. >>Lauren: SOMETIMES YOU THINK THE CAMERAMAN IS THE ONE MORE TIME GUY. LET ME KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW CLOSE IT IS, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE THEM BUT THAT GAP MIGHT BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. >>Brad: HER SHOULDER IS STARTING TO WHACK A LITTLE BIT SIDE-BY-SIDE, SHE IS STARTING TO FEEL THE EFFORT. MEANWHILE, THE CHASE EFFORT BEHIND HER. THAT IS LILY WILLIAMS IN THE GROOVE, NUMBER 21. WILLIAMS HAS COME BACK INTO THE FOLD. YOU SEE THE DEFENDING CHAMPION IN FRONT OF HER, NUMBER ONE, RIVERA IS THERE AND TAYLER WILES IS WAITING AT THE BACK, NUMBER 41, REMEMBER, SHE STARTED THIS BREAK TO SET UP RUTH WINDER , IF WINDER COMES BACK, WILES IS IN THE MIX. KAREN RIVERA MOVING TO THE FRONT AS WELL. FEELING SOMETHING MIGHT BE COMING. THAT’S KATIE HALL. >>Lauren: EMMA WHITE, SHE WAS ON THE PODIUM LAST YEAR AND SHE KNOWS WITH THIS PART OF THE RACE FEELS LIKE AND HOW TO GET TO THE FINISH. YOU CAN SEE THEM ALL LOOKING AROUND. WANTING TO BRING IT BACK BUT NOT WANTING TO DO 100% WORK. EVERYONE ASKING EACH OTHER, WILL YOU PULL THROUGH? WE NEED EQUAL EFFORT HERE. THERE’S NO POINT IN RACING, IF YOU JUST RACING FOR SECOND. >>Brad: AND NOW CHLOE DYGERT OWEN. THIS IS PERFECT FOR KAREN RIVERA. SHE WANTS TO SPRINTED OUT AT THE END AND USE THE OTHER RISERS TO TRY TO BRING THIS BACK. SHE’S LOOKING AT SHO-AIR 2020 SAYING YOU BETTER GO GET RUTH WINDER OTHERWISE WE’RE RACING FOR SECOND PLACE. AND CHLOE IS ONE OF THE BEST RIDERS IN THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. >>Lauren: SHE WILL HAVE TO GO DEEP TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE. TAYLER IS BACK IN THERE. THAT’S GOOD. FOR THE TEAM. SHE CAN MONITOR THINGS. AND COVER ANYTHING THAT, ANYONE WHO WILL TRY TO ATTACK EARLY. ALEXIS RYAN, LEAH THOMAS. LINDSAY GOLDMAN. EMILY NEWSOM. CHRISTABEL. IF I WAS CHRISTABEL I WOULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT AND WORK FOR EMMA. 100%. >>Brad: I’M NOT SURE WHY RALLY WOULD KEEP A RIDER AT THE BACK.>>Lauren: EMMA IS WORKING. YOU CALL UP YOUR TEAM IT, YOU GO TO THE FRONT AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR THERE. >>Brad: AMBER NEBEN IS ANOTHER BIG THREAT. FIVE MILES TO GO. NOT A LOT OF TIME FOR A RIDER LIKE AMBER NEBEN, NOT A LOT OF DISTANCE. SHE IS USED TO MAYBE A 20 MILE TIME TRIAL EFFORT BUT FIVE MILES IS NOT A LOT OF DISTANCE. >>Lauren: I THINK THEY WILL KNOW, I THINK REAL QUICK, WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT, IF YOU STRIKEOUT, HOW FAR YOU CAN HOLD IT. THE EARLIER SHE GOES, THE BETTER. VERSUS LIKE A CHLOE WHO STILL HAS THE POWER TO BE THERE AND PUNCH OVER THE FINISH. >>Brad: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLYMPIC AND TRADE TEAM, ROAD, TRACK, REMEMBER CHLOE AND RUTH WERE ON THE PURSUIT SQUAD TOGETHER. HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER. IT’S KIND OF LIKE CHASING DOWN A TEAMMATE, THEY HAD THAT BOND OF BEING ON THE OLYMPIC SQUAD TOGETHER BUT ALL THAT GOES OUT THE WINDOW AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. >>Lauren: YOU ARE EXACT THE RIGHT. >>Brad: FOUR MILES TO GO. WINDER, KEEPING HER EYES ON THE ROAD. DOES A GOOD LOOK AT THE GAP AS THE CAMERA PULLS BACK. YOU CAN SEE THE PELOTON OR WHAT IS LEFT OF THE PELOTON. WE WILL START CALLING AT THE CHASE. JUST BARELY KEEPING HER INSIGHT. FOUR MILES TO GO WITH EACH PASSING METER THIS IS A CAN BETTER AND BETTER FOR RUTH WINDER. >>Lauren: IT IS. THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WILL PULL THIS BACK AND YOU KNOW, NO ONE PERSON WILL DO ALL THAT EFFORT. AGAIN, I WOULD PUT KRISTA BELL AT THE FRONT IMMEDIATELY. >>Brad: THAT WOULD BE HUGE FOR THAT TEAM, TRACK BIKES, THEY MADE THEIR EFFORT, A GOOD EFFORT OF PUTTING THE SQUAD TOGETHER. I’M SURE THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE DESIGNING A STARS & STRIPES JERSEY PROBABLY THE PROBABLY HAVE ONE ON DECK IN WATERLOO. >>Lauren: TREK IS REALLY WORKING ON WOMEN’S CYCLING. THEY’VE HIRED A CAPTAIN, IT HAS BEEN FUN TO SEE EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE STEPPED UP AND PAVING THE WAY AND ASKING THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY TO DO THE SAME. >>Brad: THEY’VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF INTEGRATING WOMEN’S AND MEN’S TEAMS TOGETHER AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY GET THAT EQUAL TREATMENT ACROSS BOTH TEAMS. >>Lauren: AND OTHER TEAM ‘S RALLY. IT WAS FUN TO BE PART OF THAT PROGRAM WHEN IT WAS — AND THE WOMEN RACED AND THEY CAN GO BACK AND GET FEEDBACK TO THE MEN ON WHEN TO SPRINT, WHAT THE WIND IS DOING, WHAT IT FEELS LIKE, YOU ARE RIDING THE SAME EQUIPMENT. IT WAS ALWAYS LIKE A BROTHER SISTER RELATIONSHIP WHEN WE HAD THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAMS IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. >>Brad: THE TREK-SEGAFREDO GUYS ARE RACING LATER TONIGHT. WE WILL SEE THEM IN JUST A BIT. I’M SURE THAT RUTH AND TAYLER WILL HAVE SOME INSIGHTS FOR THOSE GUYS. HERE GOES KAREN RIVERA UP THE RIGHT SIDE. RIVERA ON THE ATTACK. THE DEFENDING CHAMPION, NUMBER ONE, GETS TO THE FRONT AND SAYS WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE TWO. 25 SECONDS, FOUR MILES TO GO. WHEN YOU SEE RIDERS LIKE THIS DARTING TO ATTACK, YOU KNOW THEY ARE NERVOUS. >>Lauren: CHLOE KEEPS GOING. YOU HAVE ALEXIS SITTING ON BOTH OF THEM, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN. >>Lauren: CHLOE IN THE DARK BLUE, FOR SHO-AIR 2020. ALEXIS RYAN, NUMBER 31. SECOND IN THE LINE. AND NUMBER ONE, DEFENDING CHAMPION, KAREN RIVERA IN THERE AS WELL. HERE COMES LILY WILLIAMS. REJOINING. >>Lauren: CHLOE WEAVING BACK AND FORTH SAYING HEY, YOU WANT TO ATTACK, LET’S GO. I WILL NOT DO ALL THE WORK MYSELF. >>Brad: LEAH THOMAS. AT THE BACK, THERE. THESE ARE THE HEAVY HITTERS OF WOMEN’S CYCLING IN THE UNITED STATES. THE BEST OF THE BEST. THEY MADE THE SELECTION AT THE FRONT AS THEY DESPERATELY TRY TO CHASE DOWN RUTH WINDER. >>Lauren: IF THEY DON’T START TO WORK TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN ATTACK AND YOU WILL CLOSE THE GAP A LITTLE BIT THAT IF YOU SIT UP AND LOOK AT EACH OTHER IT WILL GO BACK OUT AGAIN. SO IT’S JUST WHO WILL BE THE ONE TO BRING IT BACK OR DOES IT STAY AWAY? >>Brad: RUTH WINDER VERSUS THE WORLD AND THE WORLD NEEDS TO COOPERATE IF THEY WANT TO BRING HER BACK SO EVEN THOUGH AGAIN, THEY ARE ON DIFFERENT TEAMS NOW, NOW CHLOE DYGERT OWEN, ALEXIS RYAN, KAREN RIVERA, THEY’LL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. TAKE SOME POLES AND TAKE TURNS BECAUSE OTHERWISE RUTH WILL RIDE AWAY FROM THIS ONE AND SIP UP A STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. THAT IS WHAT ARE AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN. THEY HAVE HER INSIGHT. AROUND THREE MILES TO GO, THE GAP IS DOWN TO 15, THIS LOOKS BETTER FOR THIS FIELD. >>Lauren: WHO WILL STRIKEOUT? >>Brad: AMBER NEBEN, ATTACKING, RIVERA, NOT CAUGHT OFF GUARD. ABLE TO RESPOND. RIVERA GETS ON THE WHEEL. AND NOW THERE ARE TWO MILES TO GO. THIS WILL COME RIGHT DOWN TO THE WIRE OR RUTH WINDER. THERE’S THE 3K MARKER. YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE PAIN SHE’S GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. >>Lauren: EVERY ONE THAT SHE SEES, SHE IS PRAYING FOR THE NEXT ONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. >>Brad: NEBEN, THE TIME TRIAL CHAMPION, SHE ALREADY HAS ONE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY AND NOW SHE WANTS ANOTHER. RIVERA IS SITTING ON HER WILL, CHLOE, NUMBER 53, THEN TAYLER WILES, KATIE HALL, LEAH THOMAS, EMMA WHITE, AND THEN WE HAVE JUSTINE, EMILY NEWSOM, GOOD RIDE FOR NEWSOM. >>Lauren: LINDSAY GOLDMAN. CHLOE IS JUMPING ON EVERYTHING UP. SHE SHOULD PROBABLY LET ONE OR TWO GET IN FRONT OF HER AND CALM DOWN A LITTLE BIT. BUT YEAH, SHE’S DEFINITELY COVERING AND COUNTERING. >>Brad: IS THIS WHAT THEY NEED? DO YOU START ATTACKING TO LIFT THE PACE? >>Lauren: 100%. NO ONE WANTS TO BE THE ONE TO BRING IT BACK. YOU KNOW, EVERY TIME THEY DO THAT IT KIND OF REESTABLISHES THE GAP FOR RUTH. RUTH IS JUST STAYING STEADY AND THEY ARE BACK THERE NOT PLAYING GAMES WITH EACH OTHER. >>Brad: AN AWESOME WAY TO END THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. WATCHING RUTH WINDER TRYING TO HOLD OFF THE FIELD OF INCREDIBLY TALENTED RIDERS. >>Lauren: GREAT RACING. >>Brad: IF THIS PAYS OFF FOR RUTH WINDER THIS WILL BE — >>Lauren: THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE . >>Brad: IT WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THE TREK-SEGAFREDO TEAM. THIS PLAYED OUT ABOUT 25 MINUTES AGO. >>Lauren: SETTING THE PACE, SPLITTING IT APART. >>Brad: 15 SECONDS, THE GAP FROM WINTER TO THE FRONT OF THE CHASERS. THAT WILL KEEP COMING DOWN. SHE WILL NOT WIN THE RACE BY 15 SECONDS. IF SHE WINS IT WILL BE BY JUST A FEW. IT WILL BE A CLOSE ONE ON THE LINE. LEIGH ANN GANZAR AS WELL, NUMBER 26, JUST GOT A LOOK AT HER. SHE IS INSIDE THE FINAL MILE. GAP IS DOWN TO 10 SECONDS. IT WILL BE A TIGHT ONE IN KNOXVILLE. THE FIELD HAS TO SAY FOCUSED BEHIND RUTH WINDER. THEY CAN’T THROW IN THE TOWEL AND SAY WE HAVE HER BECAUSE YOU DON’T. >>Lauren: THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE LAST ATTACKS CHLOE WILL DO. SHE WILL LOOK AROUND. SEE WHO IS FOLLOWING. EVERYBODY IS SCRAMBLING TO BE ON HER WHEELS. KNOWING HOW HARD SHE CAN GO. >>Brad: AND TAYLER WILES IS STARTING TO MOVE UP TO THE FRONT OF THE GROUP. JUST CAUGHT MADELINE BEMIS AS WELL. MILLIGAN COLLEGE RIDER, HANGING TOUGH. GREAT RIDE. INSIDE 1K TO GO. WINDER IS STILL AWAY. REMEMBER, THERE ARE TWO KICKERS UP TO THE FINISH LINE. TWO SHORT LITTLE CLIMBS WITH A LEFT-HAND TURN, A LITTLE OVER 100 METERS FROM THE LINE. THAT WILL BE TOUGH FOR WINDER. RIVERA IS THERE IN POSITION. EMMA WHITE. >>Brad: GANZAR, DRAGGING HER BACK. HERE COMES WILES, UP TO THE FRONT. THE SECOND TREK-SEGAFREDO RIDER. RIVERA GETS ON TOP OF THAT. SAYS I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO. THIS IS A MAD DASH TO THE FINISH. THE RACE TO THE PEDAL. TWO MORE LEFT-HANDERS. >>Lauren: EVERYTHING RUTH HAS NOW. LAYING IT ALL OUT THERE. >>Brad: HERE COMES RIVERA. SHE HAS EMMA WHITE ON HER WHEEL. WINDER WILL HAVE A GAP INTO THE FINAL TURN. SHE HAS THE FINISH LINE IN SIGHT. RIVERA. 100 METERS. TRYING TO GET THERE. SHE WILL NOT DO IT. RUTH WINDER IS THE NEW U.S. PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPION. >>Lauren: WHAT A GREAT RIDE FOR HER, AGAIN. >>Brad: AN UNBELIEVABLE RIDE FOR TREK FIGUEREDO, SHE SOLOS TO VICTORY, ATTACKING OFF THE FRONT WITH AN EXCELLENT SET UP. PERFECT TEAMWORK FOR THE TWO RIDER SQUAD. AND RUTH WINDER HAS STARS & STRIPES. >>Lauren: DISBELIEF I THINK. THAT IS GREAT TO SEE FORMER WINNERS, GOOD FRIENDS. >>Brad: REMEMBER, SHE WAS A BIG PART OF RIVERA’S WIN LAST YEAR. THEY ARE CELEBRATING AFTER SHE WON SO IF SHE HAD TO LOSE TO ANYONE, I IMAGINE RUTH WINDER IS A GOOD ONE TO LOSE TWO BECAUSE SHE WAS A BIG PART OF HELPING RIVERA WIN LAST YEAR. NOW RIVERA DIDN’T HELP HER THIS YEAR BUT IF YOU HAVE TO LOSE TO SOMETHING IT IS NICE TO LOSE TO THE RIDER THAT YOU LIKE. SO RUTH WINDER WITH A GREAT RIDE, HAS THE GAP, ALL THE CREDIT IN THE WORLD TO RIVERA, AT LEAST TRYING TO GET TO THE FRONT, TRYING TO PUT IN THE EFFORT TO BRING WINDER BACK BUT SHE WILL BE SECOND PLACE WITH EMMA WHITE THIRD ON THE DAY, A CLOSE SPRINT. BUT IT WAS ALL ABOUT RUTH WINDER. WE WILL SEE THEM COOLING DOWN HERE IN JUST A BIT AS WE GET READY FOR THE MEN’S RACE COMING UP NEXT. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK FROM KNOXVILLE AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL TUCK ABOUT THE WOMEN’S RACE, WRAPPING UP. CONGRATULATIONS, RUTH WINDER, THE NEW NATIONAL CHAMPION. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. >>Brad: THE TREK-SEGAFREDO TEAM IS FINDING VICTORY. RUTH WINDOW SOLOS TO VICTORY THANKS TO THE WORK OF TAYLER WILES. >>Lauren: GREAT MOVE IKE TAYLER. GOING UP THE CLIMB AS HARD AS POSSIBLE AND SETTING THE PACE AND BREAKING THE FIELD APART WHEN IT COUNTED. >>Brad: TEXTBOOK RACING. YOU COULDN’T HAVE WRITTEN A BETTER PLAN. >>Lauren: I THINK THAT RUTH WOULD’VE LIKED TO OF GONE A LITTLE LATER. >>Brad: IT MUST BE A GREAT FEELING WHEN THE PLAN COMES TOGETHER AND WORKS. YOU COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT BUT WHEN YOU EXECUTE PERFECTLY WHAT’S IT LIKE? >>Lauren: A GREAT FEELING. SHE HAD A LITTLE DISBELIEF LIKE YEAH, THIS JUST HAPPENED. IT’S SPECTACULAR. >>Brad: IT TAKES A WHILE TO SAID AND THAT YOU WILL BE WEARING THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. SHE WILL START WEARING IT IMMEDIATELY, HEADING TOWARDS HER NEXT RACE. AND SHE WILL HAVE IT SEASON UNTIL THE NEXT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. RIVERA SECOND PLACE, EMMA WHITE, OUR TOP UNDER 23 RIDER IN THIRD SO SHE WILL BE THE CHAMPION. EMMA LANGLEY, GREAT RIDE FOR SEVENTH PLACE. FOR THE UNKNOWN WOMEN’S RACING TEAM. SHERROD SAME AS LAST YEAR. >>Brad: WE WILL SEE IF SHE CAN IMPROVE NEXT YEAR. WORKING UP BUT HAS A CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND AND NOW WE WILL SEE HER IN THE PODIUM AS THIRD. >>Lauren: I THINK ABBY IS CRYING FOR HER. SO EXCITED. >>Brad: WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AS OUR RIDERS CELEBRATE. WE WILL TRY TO GRAB A WORD WITH THE WINDER WHEN WE COME BACK . STICK AROUND. IF YOU’RE WATCHING ON THE WEB WE HAD TO TAKE A BREAK FOR THE TELEVISION COVERAGE AND WE WILL STAY WITH THOUGH WINNERS. AN EMOTIONAL DAY, THIS OF ALL RACES I IMAGINE MEANS A LOT. THE OLYMPICS IS PROBABLY UP THERE IN TERMS OF LIFE EXPERIENCES, BUT, WINNING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HAS ITS OWN LITTLE CACHET. >>Lauren: A TOUGH FIELD AND SUCH GREAT TEAMWORK BY TAYLER AND HAVING THE TWO OF THEM HERE , THERE’S A LOT OF SITUATIONS, UNDERDOG SITUATIONS, THIS IS A GREAT RIDE FOR RUTH. GOOD FOR HER GOING INTO THE — CHEESE ON GOOD FORM. HER BOYFRIEND IS HERE. HE IS DEFINITELY WORKING ON HER BIKE AND MAKING SURE IT’S READY TO GO. THIS IS A GREAT WIN FOR RUTH. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, DOING ALL THE WORK LAST YEAR, SHE’S BEEN A TEAMMATE FOR SO MANY OTHERS AND NOW TODAY IS HER DAY. >>Brad: I’M SO EXCITED THAT WE WILL SEE THAT. IT WILL BE AWESOME. >>Lauren: THAT WILL BE GREAT TO SEE, I IMAGINE, TREK PROBABLY HAS THAT JERSEY MADE UP. >>Brad: I’M SURE THEY WILL DO A GREAT JOB. THEY HAVE A GREAT-LOOKING KIT IN THE PELOTON. NO OFFENSE TO THE GUYS, BUT THE WOMEN’S KIT IS BETTER THAN THE MEN’S KIT, IN MY OPINION. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PRO TO ENJOY RIDING BIKES. IT’S NICE TO SEE FOLKS COMING DOWN ON THEIR BIKES, THE BEST BIKE IS THE BIKE YOU GOT. THE MEDIUM MUSH AROUND OUR CHAMPION AS SHE JUST CROSSED THE LINE. NOW THE DUTIES OF A CHAMPION, THE PHOTOS, THE INTERVIEWS, THE QUESTIONS, THIS WILL BE SAME IN KNOXVILLE. >>Lauren: ALL THE WORK YOU HAVE TO DO, THE PHOTOS, THE INTERVIEWS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE FUN PART. >>Brad: IT WAS A GREAT DAY IN KNOXVILLE AND WERE ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH, THE MEN ARE COMING UP NEXT. IF IT’S LIKE WHAT WE SAW IN THE WOMEN’S RACE IT WILL BE EXCITING. HOW ARE THINGS DOWN ON THE START LINE? >>Reporter: WE ARE STANDING IN THE PRESS BOX. WE JUST FOUND OUT WHO WAS THE CHAMPION, THE WINNER OF THE RACE, WE ARE STILL WAITING TO TUCK TO HER NOW, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WE WERE REALLY ALL FEELING THE EXCITEMENT AS SHE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE. SHE WAS CROWNED THE CHAMPION. LOTS OF EXCITEMENT, A LOT OF CHAIRS, AND LOTS OF ENERGY, YOU CAN HEAR THEM CHEERING AGAIN. TAKE A LIST AND. GIVING HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. A LOT OF TEARS, BACK TO YOU. >>Brad: AN AMAZING DAY OUT THERE FOR THE TREK-SEGAFREDO TEAM. IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN WHAT WE SAW FROM THAT SQUAD. RUTH WINDER GOES ON THE ATTACK, SET UP BY YOUR TEAMMATE, SHOW IF TEAMWORK AS WINDER SHOCKS THE FIELD. NOT A SHOCK TO ANY AMERICAN CYCLING FANS BUT SHE WILL BE WEARING THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING IS, LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE IN KNOXVILLE , PRO MEN, COMING UP, WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US, CONGRATULATIONS TO RUTH WINDER, THE NEW CHAMPION. >>THE 2019 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS STORM INTO DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE TODAY AS WE CROWN NEW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WITH THE STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS FOR THE 2020 SEASON WITH AN INCREDIBLE WOMEN’S RACE JUST WRAPPING UP AND NOW WE GET READY FOR THE MEN’S COMPETITION AS WE WE HEAR FROM OUR SECOND EXCITING RACE OF THE DAY. THE WOMEN’S RACE WAS EXCEPTIONAL AND TEXTBOOK RACING FROM THE TEAM AND OUR WINNER RUTH WINDER. >> I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE ATTRITION AND WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING TODAY IN THE MEN’S RACE. >>THIS IS BY FAR ONE OF THE HARDEST COURSES WE HAVE HAD AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A LONG TIME. THAT’S GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WOMEN’S RACE THAT JUST WRAPPED UP. EARLY ATTACKS CAME FROM THE SUPER TEAM. IS THERE EVENTUALLY JOINED BY THEIR TEAMMATES AND THEY HAD SAID TO HOP ON BY AND WE WILL STAY WITH YOU AS LONG AS WE CAN AND SHE EVENTUALLY GOT DROPPED OUT OF THE GROUP LEAVING THEM ALONG THE WINNING MOVE BUT SETTING UP THE WINNING MOVE. TAYLER WILES GOES ON THE ATTACK UP AND OVER. BEFORE EVENTUALLY SHE CAME BACK ALLOWING RUTH WINDER TO LAUNCH NEXT. >>THE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS OF THE RACE SHE DROPPED FROM THE SIDE AND BROUGHT HER BACK AND RUTH WINDER BASICALLY ENDED UP GOING UP SOLO AND WHAT A DAY FOR HER STICKING OUT THE ENTIRE EVEN. >> THE TWO ROAD WELL TOGETHER UP THE ROAD AND THEY DID THE BEST THAT THEY COULD. BUT EVENTUALLY RUTH WINDER HAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO WILLIAMS BECAUSE SHE HAD TO GO OUT ON HER OWN WITH THE FINAL TIME OF THE SHERROD HILL ROAD AND SHE SAID THIS WILL BE THE LAST I WILL SEE OF YOU AND SHE LEFT WILLIAMS BEHIND WHO EVENTUALLY WENT BACK TO THE GROUP AND THEN THE CHASE WAS ON BACK IN THE FIELD AND THEY HAD TO WORK WITH THE GROUP TOGETHER. >>AND THEN YOU HAVE TO SEE WHO WILL BREATHE ONE TO GET BACK BUT NOBODY WANTED TO STICK THEIR NOSE OUT THERE AND BRING THE SOLO RIDER TO BRING ALL OF THE COURSE BACK. >>THIS WAS A HUGE GAMBLE TO GO UP THE FRONT FROM SO FAR OUT AND SHE DID NOT KNOW HOW MUCH SHE HAD LEFT IN THE TANK BUT SHE HAD TO BELIEVE SHE HAD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE. THE GAMBLE PAID OFF FOR PELOTON TODAY GOING ONE OF TWO WAYS FOR HER AND LUCKILY IT WAS A GOOD WAY AS SHE HAD A GOOD GAP HEADING AROUND THE FINAL TURN. NOW PUTTING IN A HARD CHARGE FOR THE LAST 400 METERS BUT WITHOUT ENOUGH REAL ESTATE TO CATCH UP TO RUTH WINDER. JUST BEHIND HER WITH THE DEFENDING CHAMPION.>>FINISHING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF DISBELIEF AS THEY WERE RIGHT THERE TO SAY THAT YES HE DID IT AND CONGRATULATIONS. A GOOD RIDER. >>AS THEY WENT THIRD AND FOURTH BOTH UNDER 23 RIDERS ALONG WITH THE UNDER 23 RIDERS IN THE RESULTS ENDING UP IN FIFTH PLACE AND WITH THOMAS ON SIXTH ON THE DAY AND THEN SEVENTH PLACE FOR THE UNKNOWN RACING TEAM WITH AN IMPRESSIVE RIDE FOR EVERYONE IN THE GROUP JUST MAKE INTO THE FINISH LINE WITH AN IMPRESSIVE DAY. WE ARE GETTING READY FOR THE PRO-MEN’S RACE COMING UP NEXT AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE WOULD HEAR FROM THE TOP COMPETITORS ON THE FRONT ROW. WE WILL HAVE MORE NATIONAL COVERAGE OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>>>GATHERING ON THE START LINE AS THEY GET READY TO DO BATTLE WITH THE STARS AND STRIPES AND A SPECIAL RACE TODAY FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS JERSEY. ANY UNIQUE PART TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO GET TO WHERE THE SPECIAL JERSEY FOR BASICALLY THE NEXT CALENDAR YEAR INTO THE NEXT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THE WINNER TODAY WILL HAVE REFRESH JERSEY STARTING TOMORROW MORNING IS THERE TAKING THE DAY OFF TOMORROW BUT IT IS AN HONOR TO WHERE THE STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS. >>I WOULD BE SLEEPING IN IT TONIGHT AS WELL. >>IT’S A GREAT FEELING AND IT CAN MAKE OR BREAK A CAREER AND WE CERTAINLY SEE PLENTY OF CAREERS MADE HERE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN EARN YOUR CONTRACT FOR THE 2020 SEASON AND THE NATIONAL PODIUM WOULD CERTAINLY GO A LONG WAY.>>CERTAINLY YOU ON THAT TRAJECTORY WE CAN RACE THE ONE DAY RACE AND IT DEFINITELY SETS YOU UP AND ANYBODY THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PICKING FAVORITES DEFINITELY PUTS YOU AS A FRONTRUNNER TO BE SIGNED FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR AS WELL. >>WITH EVERYBODY WATCHING AROUND THE WORLD ALONG WITH THEIR AFFILIATES ACROSS THE STATE ARE THRILLED TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE WITH PRETTY MUCH EVERY CONTINENT TUNING INTO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE STREAM AND IN FRONT OF SOME NEW CYCLING FANS ON TELEVISION HERE IN TENNESSEE. >>I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. >>YOU HAVE BEEN AWESOME AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET INTO THIS PRO-MEN’S RACE WITH HEAT COMING OFF OF THE PAVEMENT IS PRETTY MUCH THE HOTTEST TIME OF DAY TO ROLL OUT. THE MEN WOULD BE USED FOR A TOUGH ONE HERE THIS AFTERNOON. >>THEY HAD FROM THE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AND THE LAST THING IN THE AFTERNOON.>> PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH KNOW ALL ABOUT THE HEAT AND THEY KNOW THAT IT’S SERIOUS TO GO OUTSIDE. BUT THEY HAVE THAT ASSIGNED TIME. WITH THE 1:00 START LOCAL TIME HERE IN THE FRONT ROW. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE BIG STARS IN THIS RACE AS THIS WILL BE THE TEAM AND THE RIDER TO WATCH TODAY. ONE OF THE BIGGEST SQUADS IN THE RACE TODAY.>>THEY WOULD BE THERE FOR THE ENTIRE RACE AS ONE OF THE FAVORITES FOR SURE TO PLAY FOLLOW-UP. >>THERE IS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION. ALONG WITH THE ACTION HOT WITH A LOT OF YOUNG WRITERS ON THAT SQUAD>>HIS BROTHER WAS THERE AT THE FINISH LINE. ALONG WITH THE WIN. >>THE FORMER CHAMPION ON THE LEFT AND TRAVIS McKAY ON THE RIGHT. THERE RETURNING WITH THE JERSEY WITH THE PRO CYCLING OCCASION THAT HAS JUST COME OFF OF A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HERE IN KNOXVILLE ON FRIDAY. THEY HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY AND THEY’RE HAPPY TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT THEY ARE MORE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ROAD RACE AND HE REALLY WANTS TO WIN. >>THEY DEFINITELY KNOW WHAT IT WOULD FEEL LIKE. >>NOW IN THE FRONT ROW WEARING THE GREEN AND YELLOW JERSEYS AS WELL. A YOUNG TEAM EVERYONE IS UNDER THE AGE OF 25. ONE OF THE MOST RECKLESS SQUADS IN THE FIELD AND WE EXPECT TO SEE A LOT AND I’M SURE WE’LL SEE IT AGAIN IN THE ROAD RACE. >>ON FRIDAY NIGHT THEY WERE REALLY ATTACKING ON THE FRONT AND OFF THE FRONT AND REALLY THEY HAD QUITE A BIT OF ENERGY. SO I’M ANXIOUS TO SEE A VERSION OF THAT. >>THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YOUNG RIDERS WITH THE BEST AMERICANS IN THE WORLD. EVERYONE COMES BACK CALLING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE TOP TIER YOU SPEND A LOT OF THEIR YEARS IN SAFETY AND THEN THEY ONLY COME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES TWO TIMES PER YEAR FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT’S A CHANCE TO BREAK AGAINST THE BIG-NAME RIDERS.>>I’M SURE THAT SHE HAD A CUP WILL IN FOR TODAY. >>& SAW THEM THROUGH WITH THE WOMEN’S RACE FOR THE START OF THE JERSEY AND THERE WILL ALSO BE TWO RIDERS ALONG WITH HIS TEAMMATE. >>THEY DO KNOW HOW TO BE AT THE END OF THE ROW AS THEY HAVE PULLED UP TO THE FRONT ROW. THESE ARE THE ONLY ONES I THINK HAVE 17 OR 18 PLAY ALONG THE LAST FINISHER WITH LESS THAN 20 GUYS FINISHING THE RACE LAST YEAR. THESE ARE DIFFERENT RESULTS FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FROM EARLIER THIS WEEKEND. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOT OF THE GREEN AND YELLOW JERSEYS. IT IS A GREAT DAY OUT HERE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT’S ALWAYS AN HONOR TO GET CALLED UP FOR THE FRONT ROW FOR THE START HERE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE COLLECT CALL UPS. RECOGNIZING THE TOP RUNNERS IN THE FIELD OF THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS AND THE KIND OF SHOW OFF TO THE FANS DOWN THERE. >>MOST OF THE RIDERS IN THE FIELD TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE WATCHING FOR. THEY HAVE THEIR MARK AND THEY’RE READY TO RACE FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. 100 TO RIDERS FROM 23 TEAMS REPRESENTED ON THE LINE AND LET’S PAUSE FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.>>OH, SAY, CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT, WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAIL’D AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS, THRO’ THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCH’D, WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THRO’ THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. O SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? >>HERE IN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE WITH THE PRO-MEN WITH A LONG AND HOT ONE. WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO TOP 9 DEGREES AND THEN DO SEE THE COUNTER OVER THE TOP RIGHT SIDE OF THE PICTURE WITH 15 LAPS AROUND THE CIRCUIT AND FOR MOST RIDERS THAT MEANS 15 TIMES UP THE AT BOOK SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. >> 118 MILES IF ANYONE IS WONDERING WHAT THE LAPSE WILL BE TODAY. IT WILL BE OUT THERE FOR A WHILE.>>LOOKING NICE AND CALM UP IN THE FRONT WITH JOHNNY BROWN ALL OF THE PRESSURE ON THE WORLD NOT ONLY AS A DEFENDING CHAMPION BUT A NATIVE SON OF TENNESSEE. CERTAINLY LOOKING TO REPEAT THIS YEAR. >>HE HAS A LOT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS HERE WHICH IS CERTAINLY HELPFUL TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE. MAYBE HE CAN FIND SOME CALM AND RELAX AND REALLY JUST ENJOY THIS MOMENT AND ENJOY THE LAST DAY YESTERDAY IN HIS STARS & STRIPES. MAYBE HE CAN REPEAT. >>HE HAD SOME INJURIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND HE IS LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON THAT AND MAYBE LOOKING FOR REDO IN THE STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS. >>FOR SURE. PROPELLING HIM INTO THE SECOND PART OF THE TEAM.>>ALSO WITH THE EDUCATION FIRST TEAM LIKE WE SAW HIM ON THE FINISH LINE LAST YEAR WELCOMING HIS BROTHER BACK AND WHEN GUYS LIKE NATE AROUND DON’T FINISH THE RACE IT TELLS YOU HOW DIFFICULT THE CONDITIONS ARE HERE.>>WHEN THERE ARE ONLY EIGHT TEAM RIDERS THAT FINISHED THE RACE, THAT IS INTENSE. THAT IS ATTRITION. >>THERE GETTING DOWN TO THE LINE AS WE GET UNDERWAY HERE AT THE 2019 PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS. WINNING FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE AND NOW THE GET THE CHANCE TO RACE FOR IT.>>WE WILL SEE WHO THE FIRST TWO COMING OUT OF THE GROUP IS BUT WE’RE NOT IN TULSA BIG OF A HURRY TO GET OFF THE RIDERS IN THE FRONT BUT WE KNOW THEY HAVE A LOT OF RACING IN FRONT OF THEM OR AT LEAST FOUR HOURS IN BATTLE. IT WILL BE A LONG DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR THESE GUYS BUT THERE USED TO IT AND MOST OF THESE GUYS TRAIN FOR FOUR OR FIVE HOURS PER DAY. THE AVERAGE ROAD RACE EASILY SPANS FOUR HOURS ON THE BIKE. IT’S MORE THAN A DAY OF RACING. THERE’S A LOT OF PREP THAT GOES IN BEFORE AND RECOVERY THAT GOES IN AFTER. TAKE ME THROUGH DAY ONE OF THESE RIDERS ACHING UP ON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MORNING. WHAT DO YOU DO? >>I DON’T THINK MANY OF THESE GUYS SLEPT AT ALL MUCH LAST NIGHT. HAVING THE THOUGHT OF CHRISTMAS JERSEY IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS NIGHT YOU JUST COULD NOT SLEEP. I COULD NOT SLEEP WELL BECAUSE I WAS EXCITED TO SEE WHAT WOULD PLAY OUT TODAY. PROBABLY NOT A LOT OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT AND TRYING TO GET UP AND KEEP THE NERVES UP BE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND MAYBE NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT THE RACE UNTIL IT’S A CUP OF HOURS BEFORE. AND THEN YOU START TO PLAY IN YOUR MIND THE POSSIBILITIES OF TODAY AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD. FIST. BECAUSE HE WILL BE OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME TODAY AND THEN YOU HAVE ALREADY STARTED THE FUELING PROCESS ONE DAY AHEAD OF TIME AND THE HYDRATION PROCESS. THESE GUYS ARE PROFESSIONALS AND THIS IS WHAT THEY DO. USUALLY THEY SPEND MOST OF THEIR TRAINING DAYS UP TO SIX HOURS. SO THEY WILL BE USED TO THE DISTANCE BUT MAYBE NOT THE HEAT SO MUCH. I’M CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THIS WILL PLAY OUT TODAY. IF IT’S ANYTHING LIKE LAST YEAR, IT WILL BE A HARD ONE. >>WHAT WOULD. FIST BE? BACON AND EGGS ARE EGG McMUFFIN’S?>>PROBABLY SOMETHING SIMPLE. RICE AND EGGS. YOU WANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE AND NOT TOO MUCH FIBER AND MAYBE OATMEAL. YOUR NERVES ARE KEYED UP AND YOU DON’T NEED ANYTHING IN HIS STOMACH UPSET YOUR STOMACH. WE KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE. RICE AND EGGS AND SOY SAUCE MAYBE AND VERY MINIMAL. DUE TO UPSET YOUR STOMACH AT ALL. >>THAT TIMING AND ENERGY TO HAVE IT RELEASE AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME THERE’S LITTLE BIT OF A SCIENCE TO THAT. >>A LOT OF THESE GUYS WILL HAVE SOME RICE PRODUCT TODAY IN THEIR POCKET LIKE A LITTLE RICE PACKET THAT COULD BE SWEET OR SAVORY. HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF PEANUT BUTTER IN IT OR COCONUT MILK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT OR LITTLE HAM AND SCALLION SAVORY TOWARD THE END OF THE RACE SINCE THEY’RE GOING DEEP AND LONG TODAY AND SOMETIMES YOU GET TIRED OF THE SWEET GEL AND STRAWBERRY AND PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATEY STUFF ANYONE SOMETHING MORE SAVORY TOWARD THE END OF THE DAY. IN BRINGING IN FIVE RIDERS WITH THE KEY ABOUT THEIR WEIGHT THIS WEEK WITH NO BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SQUAD. THEY WILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE FREEDOM TO ROLL OUT THE FRONT AND IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT. THIS HAD WORKED OUT PRETTY WELL FOR THE SUPER MEN’S TEAM GETTING UP THERE IN THE FINALE. >>THEY SET THE TONE EARLY. >>NOBODY GOES WITH HIM. THIS IS A TOUGH SITUATION AND IT LOOKS LIKE ONE IS MAYBE STARTING TO DANGLE OFF THE SIDE OF THE FIELD. THIS ONE WANT SOME COMPANY ON THE ROAD AND LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DYNAMICS OF THE BREAKAWAY AND WHY YOU GO INTO THE BREAKAWAY RIGHT NOW. THIS GUY GETTING OFF THE FRONT IS HE THE RACE LEADER OR WILL HE WIN THE RACE?>>AT THE MOMENT HE IS THE RACE LEADER LIKE WE ARE SHOWING HE HAS 118 MILES SO WE PROBABLY WILL NOT BE PICKING HIM TO BE OUT THERE ALL DAY AND TO WIN THE RAYS. HE WILL PROBABLY BE OUT HERE TO SET UP THE TEAMMATES THAT ARE IN THE PELOTON TO SIT UP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OR TO FLOAT AROUND AS MUCH TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE OTHER TEAMS AND CHASE THEM BACK OR THESE OF THE TWO OR THREE GUYS WOULD COME ACROSS BECAUSE HE DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO BE UP THERE BY YOURSELF. WHATEVER TO GET UP THERE TO REPRESENT YOUR SPONSORS. >>MISSION ACCOMPLISHED GETTING OFF THE FRONT EARLY ALONG WITH THE RIDER HERE FOR THE TEAM OUT OF CALIFORNIA. AND NOW HE WILL DESCEND DOWN INTO WHAT WE CALL THE SUPER TALKIES WHICH IS BASICALLY RESTING ON THE TOP TUBE OF THE BIKE AND SORT OF PUTTING HIS CHEST OVER THE FRONT OF THE HANDLEBARS TRYING TO GET AS AERODYNAMIC AS POSSIBLE.>>WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OUT IN THE FIELD SO NOW WE WANT TO GO DOWN TO MARSHALL TO FINISH UP HER HE IS ALONG THE COURSE.>>WITH THE START TIME HERE ON 115 AND ONCE YOU GET THE WATER BREAK RIGHT AFTER THE WOMEN’S RACE THE MEN ARE NOW STARTING AND WE’RE STARTING TO KEEP SOME FANS COMING OUT WITH THE NATIVE OF KNOXVILLE AND HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO SEE THIS? >>I’M VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS IN PERSON. I HEARD WE WILL BE DOING THIS FOR COUPLE OF MORE YEARS NOW IN KNOXVILLE. >>THESE GUYS WHIPPING BY AND WHAT MADE YOU COME WANT TO COME OUT TO SEE IT? >>THE EXCITEMENT OF BEING DOWNTOWN TO SEE THEM COMPETING IN THE RACE. >>IS IT COOL TO SEE A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE IN YOUR HOMETOWN? >>VERY EXCITING. I HAVE GROWN UP HERE AND THE CHANGES IN GROWTH HAVE BEEN AMAZING. >>EVERYONE THAT I HAVE TALKED TO THAT IS FROM KNOXVILLE LOVES THAT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE RIGHT HERE IN BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE.>>THERE PUTTING KNOXVILLE ON THE MAP FOR SURE. THERE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WATCHING THE RACE TODAY AND IT’S 88 DEGREES OUT THERE WITH HARDLY ANY WIND AND JUST A FEW CLOUDS IN THE SKY. IT WILL BE HOT WITH TEMPERATURES CLIMBING A BIT OUT THERE TODAY BUT PRETTY CLOSE TO THE HIGH FORECAST FOR TODAY. >>KNOXVILLE IS THE HOME OF THE WINNINGEST NCAA COACH AND THEY HAD SOME OLYMPIAN TRACK ATHLETES COME OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. KNOXVILLE IS USED TO HIGH- CALIBER ATHLETES COME INTO TOWN. >>A SPORTS TOWN FOR SURE IS HOME TO THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AND ALSO HOME OF THE BIGGEST BASKETBALL IN THE WORLD AT THE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM.>>PEYTON MANNING PLAYED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND WENT ON TO BE A GREAT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER NOW RETIRED.>> NOW THEY WILL TELL THE STORY ABOUT RUTH WINDER AND SOMEBODY ELSE OUT THERE TODAY THE NEXT GREAT CHAMPION TO COME OUT OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. >>IT WAS A GREAT FINISH TO THE RACE WITH GOOD TEAM TACTICS PLAYING OUT AND SO CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE AS THEY TRIED TO CHASE THEM DOWN WITH AN EXCITING FINISH. I EXPECTED TO BE JUST THE SAME. >>NOW WITH THE 22nd GAP AND LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE CIRCUIT OUT THERE TODAY. THEY START AND FINISH IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE BUT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GET OUT OF DOWNTOWN WERE THE WAYS RACES REALLY WON AND LOST. THERE TWO KEY PARTS. THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AND THE PARKWAY IN THE BACK WHICH IS A DOUBLE BACK SECTION AND THEY HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE THE BREAKAWAY AND SEE THE SITUATION UP THE ROAD ON THE COURSE. THIS IS NOT AN EASY CIRCUIT. >>SHERROD ROAD WILL BE THE MOST DIFFICULT CLIMB OF THE DAY BUT YOU GET DOWN TO THE PARKWAY AND THEN THERE ARE COUPLE OF KICKERS ON THE BACKSIDE THAT JUST UP A LITTLE BIT MORE OUT OF YOUR LEGS AND THEN WITH THE CLINT AVENUE UPHILL FINISH LEADING INTO THE LEFT-HAND TURN AND THE DOWNHILL FINISH. PRETTY DYNAMIC AND TECHNICAL AT THE END AFTER YOU HAVE JUST SLOB JULIE THROUGH MOST OF THIS. >>THIS IS A UNIQUE FINISH THAT COMES ABOUT 150 METERS BEFORE THE FINISH LINE AND THEN THE DOWNHILL RUN FOR THE LINE. A LOT OF THE RACES THAT WE HAVE SEEN HAVE BEEN TO THE FINAL CORNER LIKE THE CRITERIA ON FRIDAY AND NOT A LOT OF SPACE HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE CORNER. A TECHNICAL FINISH COULD COME INTO PLAY. >>QUITE A DIFFERENT QUOTE UNQUOTE SPRINT FINISH. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO BE PRETTY SAVVY TO POSITION YOURSELF AND RIGHT NOW WHAT WE THINK IS TO BE FIRST OUT OF THE CORNER.>>THERE 115 MILES AWAY FROM WEARING ABOUT THE FINAL CORNER ALTHOUGH THEY WILL SEE IT 14 MORE TIMES AS THEY COMPLETE THE LAPSE IN CIRCUITS OUT THERE ON THE ROAD. A LOT OF RIDERS WOULD JUST BE HANGING AT THE BACK FOR THE GOOD PART OF THE DAY TODAY TRYING TO STAY CALM AND TRYING TO NOT GET DRAWN INTO THE EARLY ATTACKS. THEY KNOW IT WILL BE A LONG RACE OF ATTRITION. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE LEGS AND THE FITNESS YOU CAN REALLY JUST SIT IN THE RACE FOR MOST OF THE DAY AND THE RIDERS GOING UP FRONT OTHER GUYS THAT NEED TO AND THEY HOPE TO CATCH THE FIELD OFF GUARD. IF YOU’RE CONFIDENT IN YOUR FITNESS AND YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST RIDERS OUT HERE THEN YOU DON’T NEED TO PANIC ABOUT THE EARLY BREAKAWAYS. >>YES AND WE CAN SEE HOW MANY TEAMS ARE HERE TO COVER AND KILL AND MONITOR THESE BRAKES. WITH THE WOMEN’S RACE THERE WERE BASICALLY THREE TEAMS THE HAD THE NUMBERS TO ORGANIZE AND CHASE THAT BACK. BUT I’M NOT SO SURE WITH THE MEN’S RACE WHO HAS THE BIGGEST TEAM AND IF IT’S A RACE TO LOSE. >>THE SAME CONCEPT APPLIES WITH THE PRO TEAM VERSUS CONTINENTAL. THIS IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL TEAMS THAT HAVE A TOP LEVEL LICENSE IN THE WORLD AND THE PRO- CONTINENTAL TEAMS ARE BASICALLY A STEP BELOW THAT TO TAKE ONE STEP DOWN WITH MLB AND AA AND AAA AND IN CYCLING WE HAVE WORLD TOUR AND CONTINENTAL. A LOT OF THE AAA TEAMS AND PRO- CONTINENTAL TEAMS LOOK TO THE WORLD TOUR TEAMS TO BE THE LEADER. THEY SAY YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK HERE BUT THE TEAMS DON’T ALWAYS HAVE A FULL ROSTER WHICH WILL COME INTO PLAY TODAY. MEANWHILE THIS IS THE RED WHITE AND BLUE TEAM WITH THE NEW RIDER BLOWING UP AND THIS TIME IT IS CHRISTOPHER CRAIG. JOINED BY EDDIE ANDERSON NUMBER TWO THERE. FOR THE ACTION TEAM. WITH ONE OF THE BIGGER ROSTER THEY COME IN WITH EIGHT OF THE RIDERS THAT WE WILL SEE TODAY. RALLYING OUT WITH THE BIGGEST SQUAD WITH NINE. THE WILDLIFE GENERATION IS ALSO FIELDING NINE ALTHOUGH THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM IS ALL UNDER 25. THAT’S ANOTHER TYPE OF TEAM IN THESE RACES. WITH BIRMINGHAM THEIR GENERATION RIDERS. >>ALSO THE JELLY BELLY TEAM WITH THEIR DIRECTOR. >>IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT PROGRAM CONTINUING WITH THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR IN THE SPORT AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH THE NEW CROP OF WILDLIFE GENERATION RIDERS. ANDERSON OUT OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, TAKING THE EARLY POLLS UP IN THE FRONT. CHRISTOPHER CRAIG IS WORKING TOGETHER LIKE TWO TEAMMATES AS THEY GET INTO THE BREAKAWAY AND THEY BOTH WANT TO DO THE SAME THING WITH THE SAME GOAL IN MIND OF GETTING INTO THE BREAKAWAY. THERE IS SOME COOPERATION AMONGST OPPONENTS AND A LITTLE COLLUSION BETWEEN THESE TWO BUT IT’S A NORMAL STRATEGY AND A COMMON PART OF THE SPORT TO HAVE DIFFERENT TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER FOR COMMON GOAL. >>YOU CAN SEE BASICALLY THE GROUP BEHIND THEM AND THE PELOTON AND MAYBE DON’T WANT TO LETTER ROLL OUT JUST YET BUT MAYBE BRING IT BACK OR MONITOR TO SEE WHO IT IS AND MAYBE THERE IS ANOTHER TEAM THAT WANTED TO BE UP THERE BUT IS NOT AND IS TRYING TO GET THERE BUT BASICALLY BRINGING THE ENTIRE GROUP WITH THEM. >>THE BREAKAWAY WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT AND MOST NOTABLY WE’RE LOOKING AT EVERY MAJOR TEAM THAT NEEDS TO BE REPRESENTED IN THE BREAKAWAY. IF THERE IS A TEAM THAT DOES NOT HAVE A RIDER GOING UP THE ROAD THEY WILL PUT ALL THE GUYS UP FRONT TO CHASE IT BACK. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BREAKAWAY WOULD TALK ABOUT THE SMALL GROUPS GOING OUT INTO FRONT AND WE WILL SEE IF YOU BREAKAWAYS TODAY BEFORE THE BIG BREAK OF THE DAY AND TYPICALLY THESE PLAY OUT WITH AN ALMOST FORMULAIC METHOD TO THE WAY THAT THESE DAYS GO WHERE YOU HAVE THE EARLY ATTACK AND THEY STRUGGLED TO GET THE BREAKAWAY GOING AND MAYBE A QUARTER OF THE WAY INTO THE RACE WE FINALLY SEEK AWAY AND WE SEE IT GO AWAY FOR GOOD PORTION OF THE DAY AND THEN THE FIELD STARTS TO CHASE THEM BACK. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THEY CANNOT STAY AWAY AND IT’S MAYBE ONE OUT OF EVERY 200 RACES AND IT’S THAT GAMBLE THEY HAVE TO TAKE BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THEY WAIT TO STAY BACK IN THE GROUP THAT THEY DON’T HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING IN A HEAD-TO-HEAD SPRINT WITH A LOT OF RIDERS ON THE FIELD SO THEY WANT TO GET AWAY FROM THEM TO WIN ON THEIR OWN. >>THAT IS THE QUESTION WHEN YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE BREAKAWAY DEFINITELY GAVE AN EFFORT. YOU NEVER KNOW. >>IT’S NOT EVERY 200 RACES THAT YOU HAVE A BREAKAWAY BUT THERE IS A ONE IN 200 SHOT THAT THE BREAKAWAY MAKES IT WORK. THIS IS OUR EDUCATION FIRST TEAM AND THEY ARE VERY POPULAR TEAM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WITH A LOT OF BIG STARS ON THE SQUAD ANY TALK ABOUT NATE BROWN LAST YEAR AT THE FINISH LINE LOOKING FOR RIDERS OUT THERE TODAY. >>DEFINITELY LOW TO GO WITH A LOT OF GOOD WORK LAST YEAR TRYING TO BRING BACK THE CHASE AND THE LET HIM SIT IN TODAY AND I WOULD IMAGINE HE WOULD BE A GOOD PICK FOR THE FINISH OF TODAY. >>ALSO WAS SEAN BENNETT ON THE ROSTER WITH ONLY FOUR IN FIRST TEAM. >>THEY WILL HAVE TO MONITOR WHAT EFFORT THEY WANT TO GIVE HER WHAT BREAKAWAY THEY WANT TO BE IN. THEY WILL GET OUT THERE AND MAKE THE EFFORT TO KEEP THE BREAK OUT.>>THIS IS BENNETT IN THE FRONT WITH THE RIDERS IN GREEN AND YELLOW. THESE GUYS ARE DOING A NICE JOB TO GET THE SPLIT AND IT’S VERY SIMILAR TO THE WOMEN’S RACE BUT AND IT’S JUST TWO GUYS. WE ASK THIS BUT IS TWO ENOUGH LOOKING AT THE BREAKAWAY. I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD WANT MORE RIDERS WITH THEM. >>YOU WOULD WANT AT LEAST TO HAVE A CHANCE TO KEEP ANYTHING AWAY AND ANYTHING BIGGER OR SMALLER THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH MANPOWER.>>A LITTLE ELBOW FLICK RIGHT NOW FLICKING HIS RIGHT ELBOW OUT TO THE SIDE. IS VERY SUBTLE AND THAT WAS THE INTERNATIONAL SIDE AND BIKE RACING THAT IT IS YOUR TURN TO TAKE OVER LEADING THE GROUP AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO BLOCKING THE WIND FOR ANOTHER RIDER. EVEN FOR CALM DAY WHEN THEY’RE MOVING THROUGH THE AIR AND CREATING THAT LOWER PRESSURE AIR POCKET PUNCHING THROUGH THE WIND AND THEN THE GUY IN GREEN AND YELLOW CAN SIT RIGHT BEHIND HIM AND SAVE ABOUT 30% OF HIS ENERGY. THEY ONLY NEED TO DO ABOUT 70% OF THE WORK FOR THE FIRST GUY BUT THEY WILL TRADE OFF BECAUSE THEY BOTH WANT TO GET AWAY. IF THEY TAKE TURNS BEING A LEADER IN LIFTER OVERALL SPEED TOGETHER. >>WITH HIS FOREARMS ON THE BARS AND HE WAS JUST HANGING OVER THE SHIFTERS AND NOW HE IS BACK IN THE DROP. HE IS TRYING TO FIND HIS RHYTHM AND GET COMFORTABLE. I IMAGINE HE THINKS HE WILL BE OUT THERE FOR A BIT TODAY. >>IT’S AN ACQUIRED SKILL TO LEARN HOW TO DRAFT LIKE THAT AND RIDE SO CLOSE TOGETHER AND FIND THE SWEET SPOT. SOMETIMES THE SWEET SPOT SHIFTS WHERE THE WIND IS COMING FROM AND IF YOU HAVE A CROSSWIND YOU MAY WANT TO BE A LITTLE TO THE SIDE TO USE THE RIDER TO BLOCK THE WIND. >>YOU MAY BE MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE BREAK THEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK. CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING 25 MILES PER HOUR LEFT AND RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU AND MAYBE YOU COULD TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THE BAR TO EAT OR DRINK AND DEFINITELY THAT’S WITH THE PROFESSIONALS WHY THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. IT’S AN ACQUIRED SKILL AND THE MORE YOU PRACTICE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. >>YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE PROS OUT THERE. BENNETT WILL LEAD THE GUYS THROUGH TAKING A LOOK OVER THE SHOULDER BUT NOT SEEING MUCH BEHIND HIM AS PROJECT ECHELON LEADS UP THE FRONT OF THE PELOTON WITH THE BLOOD BRIGHT BLUE JERSEYS UP BEHIND THEM. >>A LOT OF THE GUYS WERE DOWN IN TUCSON FOR THE TRAINING AND THEY GOT TO MEET A LOT OF THE GUYS IS REALLY STANDUP GENTLEMAN WITH GOOD TEAM AND A GOOD CALL.>>THE TEAM IS DEDICATED TO REINTEGRATING VETERANS BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. CYCLING IS ONE OF THE OUTLETS TO HELP VETERANS RETURNING HOME WITH THAT TRANSITION BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. WITH 111 MILES TO GO AND IT’S NOT EVEN A HARD DAY FOR THESE GUYS. PRETTY AMAZING WHAT THEY DO OUT THERE BUT WHAT MAKES IT AMAZING IS THE COMPETITION AND THE HEAT. >>AND ALSO SHERROD . CAN MAKE FOR A LONG DAY. >>WE TALK A LOT ABOUT DISTANCE WITH MILES TO GO ON THE COUNTER BUT A LOT OF THESE GUYS TRAIN ON TIME AND THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE MILEAGE SO MUCH. WHAT IS A TYPICAL TRAINING LOAD LIKE? TAKE ME THROUGH NORMAL WEEK OF TRAINING WITH A HEAVY TRAINING BLOCK AND YOU GET A HOUSE SOMEWHERE ALTITUDE AND WHAT DOES A WEEK OF TRAINING LOOK LIKE? WHAT DO YOU DO EACH DAY? >>A FORMER PROFESSIONAL RETIRED LAST YEAR AND THEY HAD ASKED WHERE IT WAS NEVER REALLY BASED ON MILES BECAUSE IF YOU SAY I WILL GO 23 MILES TODAY COULD BE FLAT OR UP A MOUNTAIN. SO WE USUALLY TRAIN BASED ON TIME AND THEN YOUR ANYWHERE FROM A SHORT WEEK WOULD BE 12 HOURS UP TO A BIG WEEK FOR THE WOMEN WITH 25 HOURS. THE MEN A COUPLE OF HOURS MORE PER WEEK. AND YOU HAVE ANYTHING FROM A LONG RIDE OF FIVE OR SIX HOURS TO A SHORT AND INTENSE RIDE OF TWO HOURS WAS SOME REALLY HARD EFFORT. >>WE WILL FIND OUT WHO PUT THE TRAINING IN TODAY AS THEY ARE UNDERWAY ALREADY WITH 110 MILES TO GO AND A LITTLE UNDER FOUR HOURS OF RACING TO GO. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK FROM HERE IN KNOXVILLE AS THEY TRIED TO ESCAPE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>BACK UP TO THE BREAKAWAY WAS BENNETT AND HECTOR. WE WILL BE TAKING SOME BREAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR THE LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS AND THEN WE WILL REJOINED THEM TRYING TO GET THE RACE IN FRONT OF AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. SO THANKS FOR STAYING WITH US THOSE OF YOU ON THE WEB STREAM. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT GOING SOLO OFF THE FRONT AS A GUY THAT IS NOT AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS. >>EXACTLY AND WHEN YOU HAVE A DIRECTOR LIKE MY CREED BACKING YOU AND LETTING THESE GUYS HAVE THE REINS TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE THEIR BIKES. I TALKED TO HIM YESTERDAY AND HE SAID A LOT OF BEING OUT HERE IS LEARNING THE SKILLS AND THE TACTICS OF ACTUALLY RACING AND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE AND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO FAIL AND TO SUCCEED. AND THEY HAVE GIVEN HIM THAT PLATFORM TO DO IT AND TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. >>YOU KNOW IS A FORMER PRO THAT YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET ALONG GREAT WITH YOUR DIRECTOR BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY MORE THAN A DIRECTOR TO THESE RIDERS. >>THERE WERE DEFINITELY RACING FOR ALL THE BIG TEAMS BACK IN HIS DAY AND HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IT TAKES TO TRAIN FOR YOUR TEAM LEADER AND HE CREATED A GREAT CULTURE OFF THE BIKE THAT THERE IS LIFE OUTSIDE OF CYCLING AND YOU COULD EASILY GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE AND EQUATE WINS WITH HAPPINESS. HE DEFINITELY JUST WANTS THEM TO GROW AND EXPERIENCE THIS AND EXPERIENCE LIFE AND GROW UP. WHILE YOU ARE RACING YOUR BIKE. >>THE WINNING IS ONLY A SMALL PART OF BEING A SUCCESSFUL BIKE RACER.>>EXACTLY. >>SEAN BENNETT ON THE WAY UP AFTER THE BIG CLIMB OF THE DAY HERE IN KNOXVILLE. AND YOU SEE THE PRODUCTS POKING OUT OF THE BACK JERSEY OF THESE TWO GUYS AND WE TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DOLLARS GOING INTO RESEARCH FOR NUTRITION BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY SOMETIMES A BANANA IS A BEST CHOICE.>>I’M SURE THEY HAVE GOT WAY MORE THAN A BANANA BACK THERE. THE PROBABLY HAVE SOME GOOD GEL AND RICE CAKES MADE FOR HIM AND GOOD REAL FOOD ONCE IN A WHILE IS NICE TO HAVE ON A BIKE AS WELL.>>IMPORTANT TO STAY FED AND HYDRATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY AND IT’S EASY TO FALL BEHIND ON EATING AND DRINKING BECAUSE IT’S SO HARD BUT WHEN YOU ARE DEEP IN THE BOX AND WE HAVE ALL WORKED OUT TO THE POINT WHERE EATING A SANDWICH RIGHT NOW SOUNDS TERRIBLE BUT YOU HAVE TO FORCE YOURSELF TO EAT. >>ALSO AT THE RIGHT TIME DEFENDING RIGHT THERE AND YOU WILL NOT REACHING YOUR BACK POCKET AT THAT POINT GOING UP SHERROD YOU WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THE BAR THERE. THERE ONLY CERTAIN SPOTS ON THE COURSE WERE YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THAT OR THAT THE VEHICLE BEHIND YOU IN THE CARAVAN WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE UP AND YOU CAN GO BACK IN THE GROUP TO PICK UP FOOD AS WELL. >>THEY WILL GO THROUGH A LOT OF GELS AND BOTTLES HERE TODAY. THIS IS A FRENCH TERM FOR THE HELPER ON THE TEAM AND WHAT IS THEIR ROLE? >>THEY HAVE MANY ROLES TO BE HONEST. NOT ONLY DO THEY GIVE YOU QUICK MASSAGE AT THE END OF THE DAY BUT TO KEEP THE BLOOD FLOW GOING BUT THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF MAKING ALL OF THE BOTTLES FOR THE DAY AND FOOD FOR THE RIDERS PRE-AND POST RACE AND SOMETIMES THEY MAKE FOOD FOR THE DIRECTOR OF MECHANICS AND THERE ALSO THERE PRE-AND POST RACE TO GIVE YOU A TOWEL TO WIPE OFF OR A RECOVERY DRINK. AND ALSO THE SHOULDER THAT YOU MAY NEED TO CONSOLE. SOMETIMES THEY ARE YOUR SHRINK. YOU GO TO THE MASSAGE ROOM AND GET ON THE TABLE AND THEY PROBABLY KNOW MORE THAN THE DIRECTORS WOULD EVER KNOW. >>THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE IN THE SPORT. USUALLY THE FIRST UP ON THE LAST TO GO TO BED ALONG WITH THE MECHANICS. >>THE LEAST BUSY PART OF THE DAY’S LECTURE DURING THE RACE. >>THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH TO DO WHILE I’LL THERE OUT THERE RIDING BUT THEY’RE PROBABLY PREPARING THE POST RACE FOOD SO THEY HAVE A LITTLE TIME OFF HERE. THAT IS A ROLE USUALLY PAID FOR BY THE TRADE TEAMS AND YOU SEE SPONSORS ON ALL OF THESE GUYS JERSEYS. THEY HAVE CONTRACTS AND SALARIES TO RIDE THESE BIKES AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE ONLY AMERICAN RIDERS ARE ALLOWED TO RIDE HERE AND THEY HAVE RIDERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. BUT ONLY THE AMERICAN RIDERS ARE ALLOWED TO COME RACE HERE IN KNOXVILLE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR FULL TEAM RACING WITH YOU LAST YEAR ON THE ALL AMERICAN SQUAD. RALLY IS NOT ALL-AMERICAN BUT THEY HAVE A LOT OF AMERICANS. AND THEN HE CAN TALK ABOUT TEAMS THAT MAY ONLY HAVE TWO RIDERS ON THE TEAM COMING HERE TO KNOXVILLE. NOW BACK UP TO THE FRONT AS WE TAKE A LOOK AROUND WAITING FOR THE NEXT BIG ATTACK TO COME. >>THEY ARE JUST PULLING OFF THE RALLY AS A MATTER OF FACT. >>USING THE WORD ATTACK QUITE A BIT THROUGHOUT THE DAY WHEN A RIDE ROSE AWAY OFF THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. ATTACK IS HOW YOU START THE BREAKAWAY. WE LEARNED ABOUT THE BREAKAWAY JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. ATTACKING MEANS YOU ARE LEAVING THE GROUP TO GET OUT AND AWAY. HOW TO START A BREAKAWAY AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A BREAKAWAY GOING IN A RACE LIKE THIS? >>SOMETIMES SOME OF THE RIDERS COLLUDE TOGETHER AND MAYBE THEY WANT TO SEPARATE FROM THE FIELD BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT HAVE A STRONG SPRINTER OR SOMEONE THAT MAY NOT HAVE ROAD AROUND THE ENTIRE GROUP IN THE FINISH. THESE GUYS MAY SAY YOU WANT TO BREAK OR GO THROUGH IT BUT LET’S TRY TO DO THIS TOGETHER. YOU KIND OF GET NEAR THE FRONT AND USE THE PACE OF THE PELOTON AS A SLINGSHOT AND KIND OF JUMP OUT NEAR THE PELOTON TO GET THE QUICK SEPARATION THAT PEOPLE CANNOT JUST FOLLOW YOU AS YOU TRY TO SEPARATE FROM THE PELOTON. >>SEE THE RIDE ON THE FRONT GIVING THE ROUND AND ROUND SIGN? HE IS TRYING TO GET EVERYBODY TO WORK TOGETHER AND HE IS ENCOURAGING THE RIDERS TO GET THE RHYTHM AND FIND THE ROTATION AND ALL GET ON THE SAME PAGE ASAP. THIS IS AN INTERESTING PART OF THE RACE WITH THESE GUYS ALL WORKING TOGETHER WITH A SMALL RACE AND THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME GOAL TRYING TO GIVE THEMSELVES MORE TIME AWAY AND THERE ALL COOPERATING FOR NOW. >>BOTH OF THEM ARE WORKING AND LET’S GET THIS ESTABLISHED FURTHER UP THE ROAD MAYBE ONE OR 2 MINUTES WITH BOTH OF THEM WORKING IT’S AN UNWRITTEN STATEMENT THAT THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND WE WOULD LIKE YOUR HELP AS WELL. WE WILL NOT HAVE JUST ONE PERSON SITTING IN THE BACK. >>ALONG WITH THE JAMES WHITE PARKWAY BEFORE THEY MAKE THEIR WAY BACK SO THESE GUYS ARE TRYING TO GET SOMETHING STARTED AND THIS IS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION JOHNNY BROWN MAKING IT INTO THE FIRST BREAKAWAY OF THE DAY. WE WILL TAKE IT SHORT BREAK AND WILL BE RIGHT BACK FROM KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE WITH THE 2019 USA MEN’S CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>A LITTLE BIT OF A DOUBLE PACE LINE GOING ON. THEY GOT INTO THIS ONE PRETTY QUICKLY AND THEY DID NOT WASTE A LOT OF TIME. I SEE ONE FROM RALEIGH AND ONE FROM ARAPAHOE RESOURCES AND PROJECT ECHELON IS COMING UP TO THE FRONT AS WELL. THIS IS A NEW KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE RESIDENT WHO HAD COME FROM WISCONSIN AND NOW CALLS KNOXVILLE HOME. >>MAYBE HE KNEW AHEAD OF TIME THAT KNOXVILLE WOULD BE HOME OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THE NEXT FEW YEARS. >>THIS WILL BE THE MOVE OF THE DAY AND THEY GOT STARTED QUICKLY HERE KNOXVILLE. >>IT’S GOOD TO GET UP THE ROAD AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN KEEP IT ESTABLISHED AND KIND OF GET INTO A RHYTHM WITH THE GROUP THAT YOU GET UP THE ROAD WITH AND START THE COMMUNICATION NOW TO WORK WELL TOGETHER AND COMMIT TO IT AND LET’S SEE IF WE CAN JUST MAKE IT STAY AWAY FOR A BIT.>>STRINGING OUT A LITTLE BIT HERE BUT THEY’RE LOOKING PRETTY COMFORTABLE AT THAT GROUP UP THE ROAD.>>THE ACTION IS NONSTOP HERE IN KNOXVILLE WITH A COUPLE OF ATTACKS COMING OUT OF THE FIELD AND BEFORE WE LEFT FOR BREAK THERE WAS A SMALL GROUP UP THE ROAD NOW WITH MORE RIDERS TRYING TO GO AND HAVE OPEN THE FLOODGATES FOR THE RACING HERE TODAY.>>LET’S HAVE SOME FUN AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY AND WE WILL SEE AND GET THESE GUYS UP THE ROAD AND THEN THERE’S HAVE FINALLY SETTLED DOWN AND THEY’RE STARTING TO SETTLE INTO THE RACING.>>I SEE A LOT OF RIDERS MORE THAN HAPPY TO HANG OUT AT THE BACK KNOWING IT WILL BE A LONG RACE. AS THEY WERE BACK WITH DEFINITELY A PRERACE FAVORITE ON THE PODIUM HERE LAST YEAR IN SECOND PLACE. HE WILL LOOK TO MOVE UP ONE SPOT THIS YEAR. >>THE CRASH DID NOT AFFECT HIM TOO MUCH. THEY DID PRETTY WELL ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND A LITTLE BIT LESS TODAY AND SO WE WILL SEE HOW HE DOES TODAY.>>THE KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE OWN ADOPTED SON HERE IN KNOXVILLE. RIDING WITH THE PROJECT ECHELON TEAM AND IT’S GOOD TO SEE THE BREAK WITH THE HEAVY HITTERS.>>I THINK IT’S INTERESTING THAT THE FIELD WOULD LET BRANDON McNULTY IN THE BREAK. >>IF HE DOES WORK YOU BE A GOOD GUY TO HAVE AS ONE OF THE TOP TIME TRAVELERS TO HAVE UP AT THE FRONT. >>IT WOULD BE A GOOD ENGINE TO HAVE IN THE CONVERSATION. ALONG WITH THE WILDLIFE GENERATION TEAM. >>BIG BEN WOLF. >>ALONG WITH JOHNNY BROWN. >>IS THAT HIS BROTHER? >>YES IT IS.>>MEGAN IS AN UP-AND-COMING PRO-RIDER STILL 18 YEARS OLD AND RACING FOR RALLY.>>MEGAN IS THE UNDER 23 CHAMPION AND WON AND HANKER STAFF LAST WEEK AS A JUNIOR CHAMPION. INTERESTING TO SEE NUMBER ONE UP IN THE BREAKAWAY HERE.>>I LIKE THE MIX A LOT ACTUALLY. BRANDON McNULTY IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN SUCH A STRONG RIDER AND KNOWS HOW TO RIDE OR BREAK. THIS IS GOOD FOR RALLY.>>THERE PRETTY GOOD IN MAKE UP THE RIDERS UP HERE AS WELL AS ALL OF THE GUYS ARE DEFINITELY CAPABLE OF PUTTING IN BIG EFFORTS AND BIG ENGINES IN HERE. IF YOU ARE IN THE BREAKAWAY RIGHT NOW YOU MAY BE LIKING THE WAY THINGS ARE PLAYING OUT FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SO FAR. >>SURE AND WHY NOT. BIG BEN HAS SO MUCH WORK WITH A REALLY GREAT CRAFT. >>BROWN COMING UP TO THE FRONT HERE IN THE YELLOW SLIDING IN. THEY HAVE 20 SECONDS OVER THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. I AM WATCHING WHERE THE FIRST RIDER IS COMING BACK INTO THE ROTATION AND I THINK THERE ARE A FEW PASSAGES IN THE BREAKAWAY. I PROBABLY WOULD NOT DO A WHOLE LOT OF WORK IN THIS BREAK BUT THERE PLENTY OF GUYS THAT ARE FULLY CAPABLE CAPABLE OF KEEPING THE BREAKAWAY.>>REALLY YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROLL THROUGH EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE JUST TO KEEP IT ESTABLISHED UNMOTIVATED AND TO KEEP EVERYBODY ROLLING. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PULL THROUGH EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT YOU HAVE GUYS APPEAR DURING THE WORK WANTING TO BE UP HERE.>>WITH A PLAN FOR HIS SQUAD THAT MAY NOT INVOLVE A BREAKAWAY GOING IN TODAY. THIS COULD VERY WELL BE TACTICS LAID OUT FOR PROJECT ECHELON. HE IS NOT GOING TO HELP FIRST BUT IN THE EVENT THAT THIS BREAKAWAY STAYS AWAY TO MAKE IT TO THE LINE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. WE SAW TWO RIDERS GO AWAY EARLIER AND WE KNEW IT WAS NOT ENOUGH AND WE WONDER IF THIS MAY BE TOO MANY RIDERS ALTHOUGH THEY SEEM TO BE PRETTY NIMBLE IN THE GROUP.>>THEY WILL PROBABLY JUST ROLL THIS ANOTHER LAP OR TWO OR SOMEONE MAY COME ACROSS. >>ALONG WITH JOHNNY BROWN EXCHANGING SOME WORDS WITH BEN WOLF UP AT THE FRONT. THEY ARE MAKING A PLAN AND IT MAY BE TO LET THE GROUP OR GET A FEEL ON IF YOU WANT TO GO AGAIN OR IF YOU’RE WILLING TO DO WORK.>>THEY ARE NOT TOO KEEN ON STAYING OUT. >>NOAH GRANIGAN WILL TRY TO SET IT UP FOR TRAVIS WHO HAD NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT TODAY. THIS IS THE MAN FOR THE PRO CYCLING TEAM. >>HE IS A DANGEROUS RIDER BECAUSE HE CAN WIN FROM THE SPRINT AND HANDLE THE ATTRITION TODAY AND HE LIVES IN ARIZONA. DEFINITELY A RIDER FOR TODAY. ESPECIALLY AS THEY DID SO GREAT ON FRIDAY NIGHT WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND HE CERTAINLY HAS THE MOMENTUM.>>THESE GUYS ALREADY ARE TRYING TO COOL OFF WITH THE BOTTLE AS YOU SEE THEM DROPPING COLD WATER DOWN THE BACK AND TAKING A SIP IN THE MOUTH AS WELL. BEAUTIFUL IMAGES FROM OUR CAMERAS HERE IN KNOXVILLE. THE COLORS HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SITES IN ALL OF SPORTS. YOU SEE THEM FLYING BY. >>ALL OF THE DIFFERENT COLORS IT IS QUITE THE PARADE TO SEE IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO COME DOWN AND CHECK IT OUT AND GET THESE NEUTRAL COLORS ALONG WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ALL OF THE DIRECTORS FOLLOWING BEHIND THEM. IT’S QUITE A SIGHT. >>RIDERS HEADING OVER THE RIVER NOW ALMOST AS SOON AS THEY GET TO THE OTHER SIDE IS DARK CLIMBING UP THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AND LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE BIG CLIMES OF THE DAY. IT’S NOT LONG BUT IT IS STEEP. YOU CAN SEE THE RUNNER AT THE ELEVATION GAIN ABOVE SEA LEVEL WITH THE AVERAGE GRADIENT OF 6% AND IT GOES UP TO 11 AND 12 AND 13% AND THEN TOPS UP AROUND 11 FEET AND THEN AT ONE POINT HE GOES TO 23% ON THE GRADE WITH A COUPLE OF STEEP CUPCAKES ON THE CLIMB AND IT’S NOT EASY TO GET UP ONCE LET ALONE 15 TIMES FOR THE PRO-MEN AND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO SEND SOME OF OUR REPORTERS OUT TO HAVE A GO AT IT EARLIER THIS WEEK.>>WHAT YEAR ARE WE IN? >>I DON’T KNOW.>>WHAT ABOUT THE PADDLE.>>ARE YOU COASTING OR PEDALING?>>I LIKE SITTING AT THE ANCHOR DESK BETTER WITH YOU. >>THIS IS ANCHOR BONDING RIGHT HERE.>>THERE IS NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT WHERE THAT BIKE IS. HAVE A GOOD ONE. >>OKAY THANKS.>>DO YOU SEE ANY OTHER ANCHORS GOING TO THIS LEVEL?>>YES! >>WE ONLY HAVE THAT MUCH ROOM TO GO.>>SORRY.. HERE WE GO. IS THIS A CHALLENGE? >>I DID NOT READ THE RULES. >>READY?>>WE GOT THIS AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN. WE ARE SO GOOD. >>THAT IS ONE WAY TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AND THIS IS ANOTHER WAY. YOU CANNOT SAY THE ANCHORS ARE NOT DEDICATED TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COVERAGE HERE. >>NOT MANY PEOPLE WOULD TRY THAT ON A REGULAR BIKE MUCH LESS A TANDEM. >>LET’S TRY AFTER THE RACE TODAY. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET THAT DONE THIS EVENING. >>YOU ARE PEDDLING AND I GOT THE ENGINE. I WOULD JUST SIT ON THE BACK.>>THESE TWO ARE STILL ROLLING OFF THE PHONE AS THEY MADE THE ATTACK ON THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AS THEY GIVE THEMSELVES A LITTLE BIT OF SPACE BUT IT’S EASY TO FALL NOT FAR BEHIND THEM BUT THIS IS HOW THE BREAKAWAY STARTS. IT STARTS WITH A CRACK AND THEN IT GETS A GOOD AND BIGGER. >>THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT SHERROD IS THE RUN-IN BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET TO THE BRIDGE IT’S ALL THE WAY UPHILL UNTIL THE UPPER CLIMB STARTS. ONCE YOU GET ACROSS THE BRIDGE THEN YOU START TO PUSH ON THE PETALS AND TRY TO KEEP THAT POSITION GOING INTO THE CLIMB. YOU ALREADY START THE CLIMB A BIT FATIGUED AND ONTO THE PETALS. >>THESE ARE SOME GREAT FANS OUT HERE AND KNOXVILLE AS WELL. THEY HAVE CERTAINLY EMBRACED THE EVENT WITH OPEN ARMS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. EXCITING NEWS THIS WEEK THAT WILL BE BACK HERE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF THE PRO-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RIGHT HERE IN KNOXVILLE AND I HOPE THEY KEEP THE CLIMB ON THE COURSE. >>I KNOW 103 GUYS OUT THERE DON’T. NICE TO WATCH FROM BEHIND THE TV SCREEN. >>I DID IT LAST YEAR AND I’M GLAD I’M NOT DOING IT THE THIS YEAR. I WAS MESSAGING ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO HAD A SAME COACHES ME AND ANY THE EXACT WORKOUT HE WAS PUTTING HER THROUGH AND I DID NOT WISH THAT ON ANYBODY. >>THE GENERATION RIDER KINGSOLVER NUMBER 56 TAKE A LOOK OFF THE FRONT. AND NOW GOING IN AND WORKING HIS WAY DOWN ON THE DISSENT. HE IS OUT OF UTAH WITH THE NEW OLD TEAM WITH THE WILDLIFE GENERATION SQUAD THERE WAS A TEAM CALLED THE JELLY BELLY CYCLING TEAM THAT RAN FOR 23 YEARS OF THE LONGEST RUNNING SINGLE SPONSORSHIP AND AMERICAN CYCLING AND THAT DEAL ENDED THE END OF THIS YEAR AND THE WILDLIFE FOUNDATION CAME ALONG TO SAVE THE PROGRAM AT THE LAST MINUTE AND IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO DISBAND BUT A LAST-MINUTE INFUSION ALLOW THE PROGRAM TO CONTINUE SO THEY WENT OUT AND DECIDED TO SHIFT THE FOCUS TO DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF RIDERS AND IT’S GOOD TO HAVE THE PROGRAM STILL ON THE ROAD. >>THEY DID A LOT OF WORK RINGING CYCLING TO THE MASSES. >>WE HAVE BEEN HONORED TO BRING SO MUCH COVERAGE TO AMERICAN CYCLING AND IT’S MORE THAN JUST HAVING THE TEAMS BUT THEY’RE ABLE TO WORK ON THE WEEKLY CYCLING SHOWED TO DO OUR BEST TO HELP IMPROVE SOME OF THE LIVE COVERAGE AS WELL. A BIG THINGS TO THE WILDLIFE GENERATION TEAM THAT DO GREAT JOB NOT JUST FOR THE TEAM BEFORE AMERICAN CYCLING.>>IT’S GREAT AND NOW YOU HAVE THIS PROGRAM THAT IS RIGHT IN YOUR FEET AND FACEBOOK AND IT COMES RIGHT TO YOU AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEEK IT OUT AND IT GIVES YOU AN UPDATE ON EVERY DISCIPLINE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING AND BMX AND ROAD AND CROSS. I THINK IT’S GREAT TO COVER EVERYTHING. >>YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THOSE UPDATES ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK AND WILL BE HEADING TO LOS ANGELES FROM HERE TO OUR UPDATED SHOW. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK HERE FROM KNOXVILLE WITH 100 MILES OF RACING TO GO FOR THESE TWO OFF THE FRONT AND WILL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS.>>LOOKING AT NATE BROWN AND EDDIE ANDERSON OFF OF THE FRONT HERE. THE BROTHER OF THE DEFENDING CHAMP JOHNNY BROWN AS WE SAW THEM WELCOME HIM BACK TO THE FINISH LINE LAST YEAR. THIS IS ONE OF THE RIDERS THAT DID NOT QUITE MAKE IT TO THE FINISH IN 2018 AND WE WILL SEE IF YOU MAKE A SET THIS YEAR IN 2019. >>HE WAS THERE TO WELCOME HIS BROTHER OFF THE FINISH LINE. >>I DON’T WANT TO ANSWER TO MOM AFTER THAT. >>NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT AT DINNER.>>HE MUST LOOK GREAT. YOU SEE THE ICE PACKS IN THE BACK OF THEIR JERSEYS WITH THOSE HOLDERS ON THE NET. THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS ON TWITTER LIKE YOU JUST ANSWERED ABOUT THE RIDERS THAT ARE NOT HERE AND NOT EVERY AMERICAN RIDE RACES AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE SOME HAVE OBLIGATIONS AND TOUR DE FRANCE CAN BE CUTTING IT CLOSE TO GO BACK AND RACE THE TOUR. >>THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE THE GRAND PRIX IN ITALY AND MAYBE YOU CANNOT TURN AROUND AND STILL BE SET OR READY FOR THIS. THOSE GRANTORS DEFINITELY TAKE A LOT OUT OF THESE GUYS AND THEN TO TURN AROUND AND MAYBE DO FRIENDS IS PRETTY UNHEARD OF. SOME OF THESE GUYS ARE HAVING SOME DOWNTIME ARE STARTING UP HURT TWO OF THE SEASON.>>YOU CANNOT BE GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND. YOU HAVE TO TARGET CERTAIN EVENTS AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GOOD SHOT AT WINNING OR YOU DON’T BELIEVE YOU WILL HAVE A GOOD PERFORMANCE AT NATIONALS AND A LOT OF LAYERS SAY WHY DO IT BACK HOME. 15 SECONDS IS THE TIME CAST HERE FOR YOUR TWO RIDERS OFF TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE. THEY DID A U-TURN ON JAMES WHITE PARKWAY AND THEY’RE STARTING TO WORK THEIR WAY BACK. >>ATTACK GOING INTO THE TURN WHICH IS TRICKY BECAUSE IT’S NOT A NORMAL TURN AND PART OF A ROAD THAT WAS FLAT SOMETHING WITH A LITTLE BANK AND GETTING WATER RIGHT DOWN THE HILL. BUT THIS IS JUST CONNECTING TWO ROADS SO IT’S A LITTLE BIT TRICKY FOR THEM TO NAVIGATE AT SPEED. >>THIS U-TURN WAS NOT MADE FOR TURNAROUND AS THEY NAVIGATE SAFELY THIS TIME AND THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE MUCH BETTER LOSING IT COUPLE OF SECONDS TAKING IT EASY IN THE CORNER. >>THAT’S RIGHT THEY HAVE NINE MILES TO GO. >>THEY WILL NOT BE LOST ON THE U-TURN OF LAP NUMBER TWO. THAT’S FOR SURE. ANDERSON UP THERE WITH A LITTLE ELBOW FLICK WHICH TELLS THE RIDE BUT BEHIND HIM IT’S HIS TURN TO COME TO THE FRONT AND SO NATE BROWN TAKES OVER AS A LEADER WITH A LOT OF NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION OUT THERE. >>IT’S AN EASY WAY FOR THEM TO COMMUNICATE AND THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN RACING LONG ENOUGH AND KNOWING THAT THEY WILL PULL 28 TO 30 SECONDS AND THEN COOL OFF.>>IT’S MOSTLY JUST ABOUT KEEPING THE ROTATIONS MOVE AND RIGHT THERE YOU SEE THE ELBOW FLICK AND JOHNNY BROWN GOES AROUND THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE BUT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT SIDE TO ROTATE THROUGH WORKING OUT THEIR RHYTHM YOU CAN WATCH FOR THAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY. >>AND ON THE OTHER SIDE USUALLY IF THE WIND IS BLOWING IN A CERTAIN DIRECTION YOU KNOW TO PULL OFF LEFT OR RIGHT BASED ON THE WIND DIRECTION BECAUSE THE GUY BEHIND YOU WOULD OFFSET TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT. HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO COME AROUND THE LEFT BUT HE CAME AROUND THE RIGHT SO THE WIND WAS FLUCTUATING A LITTLE BIT OR SLIGHT WIND OR WHATEVER IT IS OUT THERE. >>THEY SAY WE CANNOT BE THE ONLY TWO GUYS GETTING OFF THE FRONT OF THE RACE BUT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR MORE RIDERS TO COME UP AND JOIN THEM. THE DANGER THERE IS THAT THE ENTIRE FIELD COMES UP TO JOIN THEM. SO YOU DON’T WANT TO BE STUCK OUT THERE WITH JUST TWO GUYS AN EMAIL TO HAVE FOUR OR FIVE RIDERS IN THE BREAKAWAY BECAUSE THEY COULD TAKE A SHORTER POLE AS THE LEAD GUIDER IN THE FIRST RIDER UP IN THE FRONT BECAUSE YOU ARE PULLING THE OTHER RIDERS ALONG AND CREATING THE DRAFT BACK BEHIND. THEY DON’T WANT TO DO IT WHICH IS TWO GUYS BECAUSE YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE FIVE OR SIX LOCOMOTIVES UP ON THE TRAIN RATHER THAN JUST TWO ENGINES. THOSE TWO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK BUT IT WON’T LAST FOR LONG AND THIS IS NOW CALLED THE COUNTERATTACK WE SEE THE BREAKAWAY COME BACK. WHY DO ATTACK NOW? THE BREAKAWAY HAS GONE AND HAS JUST COME BACK AND WHY IS THE REASON FOR ATTACKING AFTER BREAKAWAY GETS CAUGHT? >>YOU STILL WANT TO GET IN THERE AND YOUR TEAMMATES HAVE DONE ALL OF THIS WORK AND SOMEONE HAS BROUGHT IT BACK SEE SEND ANOTHER RIDER AT THE EXACT SAME TIME WHEN THEY MAKE THAT CONNECTION AND IT KIND OF MAKES THEM MENTALLY JUST A LITTLE BIT TO SAY HERE WE GO AGAIN CHASING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN AND HE DID ALL OF THE WORK FOR THE LAST HALF HALF LAP TO CHASE THIS BACK AND THEN YOU GET TO THE FRONT AND YOU HAVE TO DO MORE CHASING AND THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTERATTACK.>>THE NEXT BRIDGE GROUP IS ON THE WAY UP HERE AS WELL TO JOIN THESE GUYS WITH A LOT OF RIDERS GOING ACROSS THE GAP AND ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT THESE TWO JERSEYS WITH EF EDUCATION FIRST UP THE ROAD. >>YOU SEE SOME GAPS WAS SOMEBODY ATTACKING A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND LETTING THINGS GO AND TRYING TO GET THAT SEPARATION HOWEVER THEY CAN.>>BROWN OUT OF THE SADDLE HERE UP IN FRONT.>>I CANNOT TELL IF IT’S PART OF BRINGING THAT BACK BUT I’M GUESSING THAT PROJECT ECHELON HAS A COUPLE OF MORE RIDERS TO NOT BACK. MAYBE THEY MISSED IT OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE IN THERE BUT THEY JUST BRING IT BACK AND HAVE A TEAMMATE READY TO GO FOR THE NEXT ATTACK.>>THEY ARE ABOUT TO MAKE THEIR WAY BACK DOWNTOWN AND THEN THEY WILL HIT SHERROD ROAD ONE MORE TIME. LET’S GO TO MARSHALL HUGHES WHO FOUND HIS WAY TO THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB. >>IT IS HOT AND TOASTY AND RIGHT HERE ON SHERROD ROAD IT IS STEEP . THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO HAVE SOME FELLOWS MAKING SOME NOISE AND IT’S A PARTY HERE ON SHERROD ROAD. MAKING SOME NOISE RIGHT HERE. SHOW ME THE ATMOSPHERE HERE. >>IT’S AWESOME. >>IT IS AWESOME. >>HE HAS THE AMERICAN FLAG AND THESE GUYS ARE MOTIVATED AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY UP THE MONSTER THAT IS SHERROD ROAD. WE SEND IT BACK TO YOU. >>WE MAY BE IN THE WRONG PLACE HERE IN THE BROADCAST BOOTH. >>I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD HANDLE THE STIMULUS UP THERE. ISN’T JIMMY DEAN’S A SAUSAGE? >>IT’S A WORLD-FAMOUS GENERALLY JIMMY DEAN. NOW THAN IT TO HAVE HIM BE THE FIELD RUNNER. >>THAT WOULD BE OUTSTANDING. >>HOW IS THE ATMOSPHERE?>>IT WAS AWESOME. >>THE POWER TO CREATE ANOTHER BREAK BUT THE REALLY WANT TO KEEP THE PACE HOT AND KEEP THE RACE HARD.>>THEY WILL DEFINITELY HAVE SOME OF THE MOST FIT GUYS IN THIS RACE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT RAW NATURAL TALENT IN THE HIGH-END FITNESS. THESE ARE THE GUYS THAT KEEP OFF THE CHARTS WHEN THEY GO INTO THE LAB AND DO PHYSICALS AND TESTS. THESE ARE AN INCREDIBLE GROUP OF ATHLETES THAT ARE REALLY THE BEST IN THE WORLD. >>100% WITH THE RALLY IN FRONT AT THE MOMENT.>>THE RALLY WITH NINE RIDERS IN THIS RACE. PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE OF THOSE GUYS IS CAPABLE OF THIS RACE. >>GAVIN WAS IN THE BREAK LAST YEAR WITH A REALLY GOOD RACE AND ROBIN WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE PODIUM. BRANDON McNULTY IS SO GOOD. HE’S SUCH A GOOD RIDER. A YOUNG RIDE. >>IF JOHN MURPHY CAN SURVIVE IN THE GROUP HE MAY BE ABLE TO SPRINT OUT AT THE END AND HE IS AN UNDERRATED RIDE FOR SURE AS A DARK HORSE TODAY. AND THESE GUYS CAN WRITE ON THE FRONT ALL DAY. >>EMERSON WAS AT HOME FOR A WHILE WITH THE RESET AND I’M NOT SURE HOW HE WILL BE RIDING TODAY. >>>>THIS IS RALLY GETTING A LOOK OFF THE PATRICK IN THE ORANGE JERSEY. WITH THE TEAM IN THE WHITE WITH THE NEON BIKE RIGHT BEHIND HIM AND THEN ANOTHER PROJECT ECHELON RIDER WITH THE BLACK SHORTS THERE WITH THE WHITE STRIPES ON THIS SIZE.>>I WONDER FOR THE CAR FOR RALEIGH. IS IT JONAS TODAY? THAT’S ALWAYS A GOOD DIRECTOR TO HAVE IN YOUR EAR. SOME OF THESE OTHER TEAMS YOU CAN GET SOME STELLAR EXPERIENCE IN THE CAR HELPING YOU OUT WITH EXACTLY HOW THIS SHOULD FEEL OR PLAY OUT AND WHAT YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE FOR THE DAY.>>SO MUCH OF THIS COMES DOWN TO THE TACTICS AND A LOT OF IT IS DICTATED BY THE DIRECTORS EITHER BEFORE OR DURING THE RACE AND WE DO HAVE TWO WAY RADIO COMMUNICATION WITH THE RIDERS. THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE TEAMMATES AND THE DIRECTORS BACK IN THE CAR. LEADING UP THE CLIMB AND YOU CAN SEE HOW IT’S TEMPTING TO CARRY A LOT OF SPEED INTO THE UPHILL BUT IT GETS SCRUBBED OFF TO QUICKLY WHEN THEY HIT THE LAST TWO KICKERS BEFORE GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE. >>THERE SETTING A PACE THAT IS MANAGEABLE FOR THE DAY. AND WON’T WANT TO PUSH IT TOO HARD UP THE FINISHING CLIMB. RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER THEY WILL BE OUT THERE FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME IF THE PELOTON LETS THEM STAY OUT . THEY WOULD JUST MANAGE THE EFFORT AND BE AS STEADY AS POSSIBLE SEE WILL HAVE EACH RIDE IN THE BREAK BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY PULL THROUGH. 96 MILES. SOMETIMES THEY ROLL IT WITH A GREAT GAP GOING ACROSS THE LINE AND A LOT OF IT IS UP TO THE RESPONSE OF THE FIELD. I THINK THIS IS PROJECT ECHELON UP AT THE FRONT TRYING TO SLOW THE GROUP DOWN WITH THE GUY UP THE ROAD. AND HE WILL TRY TO SET A LIGHT TEMPO UP THE FRONT OF THE FIELD AND IT’S CALLED BLOCKING ANY CANNOT SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES BUT YOU CAN GO UP AND SET THE FALLS TEMPO UP THERE A MILE OR TWO OUR PER HOUR SLOWER THAN A NORMAL CHANCE TO GET AWAY. >>YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO GO UP THERE AND HIT THE BRAKES. I HAVE HAD IT HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE AND I DID NOT HAVE A CHOICE WORDS FOR THAT RIDE WHEN THEY DID THAT TO ME. YOU CAN GO UP THERE AND ASSESS THE SITUATION AND SEE WHO’S RIDING AND JUST BE AWARE OF ANY ATTACKS TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO THIS GROUP OF GUYS. >>NOW BACK IN FOR THE WHOLE CYCLING TEAM. THIS KID WAS AWESOME THIS WEEKEND. >>IT’S GREAT TO SEE HE KNOWS HIS LIMITS AND HE KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE OUT THERE. ESPECIALLY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN OR HOW YOU CAN TURN THAT DATE INTO YOUR DAY. I IMAGINE GORDON FRAZIER IN THE CAR WITH FLOYD IS A CRAFTY RIDER AS WELL. >>HE IS ONE OF THESE GUYS THAT REALLY HAS THE VISION FOR THE BIKE RACE AND HE CAN SEE THINGS THAT OTHERS CANNOT. HE ABSOLUTELY HAS THAT EYE FOR THE RACE AND HE JUST KNOWS WHEN SOMETHING WILL. OR WILL NOT WORK AND IT ALWAYS AMAZES ME WITH THE BREAK LOOSE BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT. >>I ALWAYS LIKE TO SEE WHEN THEY GET FIRED UP WHICH IS PRETTY RARE BECAUSE THEY’RE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK AND THEY HAVE SEEN ALL TYPES OF RACING. IT’S FUN TO SEE THEM GET FIRED UP.>>THE ROAD IS STARTING TO GO UPHILL ONCE AGAIN AS THESE FIVE HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH COOPER AND HUFFMAN HOLDING ANOTHER 32nd GAP AND WE WILL STEP AWAY BRIEFLY FROM KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE AND WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.>>>> WELCOME BACK AND THEY ARE ON SHERROD ROAD AS THE CROWD CHEERS THEM ON WITH THE RALLY RIDERS SITTING AT THE BACK AS A BIG STAR THERE. AS THEY SIT UP AND GET SOMETHING DOWN THE BACK OF THE JERSEY ALONG WITH WILL COOPER AND NOT ALONG WITH GAGE WITH THE EVOLO TEAM AND PROJECT ECHELON WITH ERIC HILL. 20 SECONDS IS THE TIME GAP RIGHT NOW. NOT A TON OF TIME WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A 94 MILE RACE. BUT IT’S ENOUGH TO CALL IT A BREAKAWAY. >>ANY TIME YOU GET SEPARATION FROM THE FIELD YOU WILL TAKE IT.>>THE TEMPERATURE BREAKING 90 DEGREES JUST NOW. >>LAST YEAR THERE WAS A RAINSTORM THROUGH THE MEN’S RACE AND THEN THE SUN CAME OUT AND THEN IT WAS EVEN WARMER THAN IT IS NOW LIKE A NICE HOT SAUNA. THOSE POOR GUYS HAD TO RACE THROUGH IT.>>AS THEY SAY WE ALL RACE IN THE THE SAME CONDITIONS. >>THAT’S TRUE. SINGLE FILE ON THE WAY DOWN. TALK ABOUT TRUSTING THE RIDERS AROUND YOU BECAUSE THERE IS MAYBE NO MORE TRUST IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS RIDING AT 35+ MILES PER HOUR WITH ONE GUY JUST A COUPLE OF INCHES IN FRONT OF YOU. >>100% AND KNOWING THAT THESE ARE ALL PROFESSIONALS YOU KIND OF ASSUME THAT RISK AND LOOKED DOWN AND TRY TO NOT EVEN TOUCH YOUR BRAKES KNOWING THAT YOU KNOW THE COURSE AND THE GUY IN FRONT OF YOU KNOWS THE COURSE AND YOU HOPE THEY DON’T HAVE A MOMENT OF SOME SORT OF MOVEMENT AND YOU JUST HAVE TO STAY COOL AND JUST STAY CALM IN THE UPPER BODY AND KEEP THAT NICE AND RELAXED BECAUSE AS SOON AS YOU TENSE UP YOUR ARMS YOU WILL GROUP THE BARS TOO TIGHT AND IT COULD BE A PRETTY DANGEROUS SITUATION. >>JUST A COUPLE OF SECONDS OF LAPS AND ATTENTION CAN CHANGE THE RACE OUT HERE. >>ESPECIALLY ONE DAY RACE LIKE TODAY WAS SO MUCH DEPENDING ON LOOK AND POSITIONING. SOMETIMES IT’S PRETTY DANGEROUS COMING THROUGH WITH THIS MANY GUYS BUT YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO HOLD TO THE LEFT AND STAY OUT OF THE WAY WITH NO NEED TO BE OUT THERE OR YOU COULD GO BACK AND GO BACK TO THE TEAM CART AS HE DID THROUGH THE AIR WITH THESE RIDERS AND GO BACK TO THE CAR AND GRAB A COUPLE OF BOTTLES FOR EVERYBODY BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE IT QUICK BECAUSE IT’S A LONG LINE. YOU COULD GO BACK AND GET THREE BOTTLES IN YOUR BACK POCKET OR FOUR OR FIVE IN THE FRONT OF YOUR JERSEY AND ANOTHER TWO IN THE BACK OF YOUR JERSEY RIGHT BEHIND YOUR HEAD AND THEN YOU FINISH OFF WITH ONE LAST BOTTLE FROM THE TEAM TO PROPEL YOU BACK INTO THE PELOTON AND PUT IT IN YOUR FRONT BOTTLE CASE TO BE AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE TO DELIVER IT THE BOTTLE. IT’S LIKE PLACING IT IN ORDER. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE.>>AND THEN THEY BRING IT BACK. IT SOUNDS LIKE UP IN THE FRONT THEY ARE COMING BACK TOGETHER WITH THE CHASE OF FIVE THAT IS ABOUT TO BE SWALLOWED UP HERE SO WE WILL HIT THE RESET BUTTON AND WATCH FOR THE COUNTERATTACK AND SEE IF ANYONE ELSE WILL GO OVER THE TOP OF THE MOVE AND WHO WOULD BE THE NEXT RIDER TO HIT OUT. WITH THE SWING AND OVER. >>THAT’S WHAT THEY WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT AND IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF THEM EVEN AT THE FRONT. THE SAY THAT IS THE SAFEST PLACE AND IT HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY AND YOU FORGET TO LOOK DOWN OUR NOTICE SOMETHING. >>NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS BUT LET’S GO BACK AND LOOK AND I THINK HE WAS TRYING TO AVOID THE CRACK IN THE ROAD HERE. THAT IS WHERE THE NEW PAVEMENT COMES WITH THE OLD PAVEMENT AND THERE’S A BIG LIFT AND THEY WANTED TO AVOID IT BUT HE SAW HOW BIG THE LIFT WAS AND HE HAD TO CORRECT HIS LINE. IT WAS EITHER THAT OR CRASH. >>IT WAS KIND OF A LITTLE HANDOUT. >>WHEN YOU MISS YOUR EXIT YOU HAVE TO SQUEEZE OVER AND SOMEONE TO GET TO YOUR EXIT. >>SORRY FOR CUTTING YOU OFF. IT WAS NOT ON PURPOSE. >>HE HAS SOME EXPERIENCE RACING AND A DISCIPLINED AND CYCLING CALLED CYCLE CROSS AND HE DID A LOT OF RACING BEFORE HE MOVED OVER TO THE ROADS WITH EF EDUCATION FIRST AND SO HE KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE HIS BIKE.>> WITH THAT BIG ATTACK HERE GOING ALL THE WAY OVER THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. HE DOES THAT TO KEEP OTHER RIDERS OFF OF HIS WILL AND HE DOES NOT WANT TO DRAG THE WHOLE FILLED SO MOVING OVER TO THE SIDE TO GET THE OPEN LINE AND THEN PREVENTING ANYONE FROM JUMPING ONTO YOUR WHEEL. >>WHAT IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO SEPARATE FROM THE GROUP? HE IS SAFELY ON THE LEFT SIDE AND CONTINUES TO JUMP TO THE LEFT SIDE. IT’S NOT EASY FOR ANYBODY TO JUMP INTO THE DRAFT AND FOLLOW HIM. HE WANTS TO MAKE THIS DIFFICULT.>>GATEWAY AT THE BACK.>>AND THAT IS GAVIN, RALEIGH UNITED HEALTHCARE RIDER. GOING SOLO OFF THE FRONT WITH A LOT OF ORANGE JERSEYS UP THE ROAD TODAY BECAUSE THEY CAN. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OF MANY RALLY RIDERS UP HERE. >>COMING FROM FORT COLLINS AND THE BOULDER AREA HE HAD A BIT OF ALTITUDE TRAINING LIVING THERE. DOWN HERE HE FEELS PRETTY GOOD AND PRETTY FRESH TO PUT THE EARPIECE BACK IN AND HEAR WHAT EVERYONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS. SOMETIMES IT JUST FALLS OUT. >>SOMETIMES YOU SEE THE RIDERS RIPPED THE EARPIECE OUT LATE THE RACE WHEN A DIRECTORS MAYBE GIVING THEM INSIGHTS OR INFORMATION THAT THEY DON’T WANT. DOES THAT EVER GET ANNOYING HAVING THE TALKING IN YOUR EAR AS WE ARE TALKING TO PEOPLE CONSTANTLY?>>NO. USUALLY YOU TIP IT TO YOUR EAR BECAUSE IT GETS SO SWEATY IT COULD JUST POP OUT AND SOMETIMES THE TIP FAILS AS WELL. I CANNOT IMAGINE HE TOOK IT OUT . JONAS WILL BE SUPER CALM ON THE RADIO. HE PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE MUCH TO SAY RIGHT NOW BUT MAYBE ONE OR TWO WORDS AT MOST. THEY KEEP IT MINIMUM EVEN AT THE POINT IN THE RACE WHEN THINGS ARE GOING REALLY HARD AND HE MAY BE OFF THE FRONT BUT YOU STILL WANT TO KEEP IT NICE AND CALM BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT THE ATHLETE TO GET ANY MORE WORKED UP THAN THEY ALREADY ARE. THERE PUSHING THE LIMITS DOING THE BEST THEY CAN AND YOU DON’T NEED TO MOTIVATE THEM ANYMORE THAN THEY ARE ALREADY MOTIVATED. BASICALLY WITH INFORMATION. >>WITH THE LIGHT BLUE AND BLACK JERSEYS GETTING UP TO THE FRONT THIS IS A TEAM THAT HAD A GREAT YEAR HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT IS LOOKING TO BREAK THROUGH TO THAT NEXT LEVEL AND TO GO UP AGAINST THESE WORLD TOUR GUYS. THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ELEVATE SQUAD TO GET UP INTO THE BREAKAWAY. AND KYLE SWANSON. YOU SEE VELUS RIDER GAINING UP THE LEFT SIDE AND IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF ENERGY TO MOVE UP THE OUTSIDE. >> YOU SEE HOW BIG THE GROUP IS AT THE BACK AND IT WILL TAKE YOU A WHILE TO GET TO THE FRONT. THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS BASICALLY SWIMMING UPSTREAM ENTERS FILLING IN THE GAPS IN THE HOSE AND CIRCLING AND BEING PATIENT FOR MOVING UP AND IF YOU MOVE UP TO THE OUTSIDE LIKE HE WAS DOING YOU GET A LITTLE EXTRA ENERGY THAT YOU MAY NOT PLAN ON SPENDING BUT IT IS A QUICK WAY TO GET UP THERE AND MAYBE NEED TO GO UP AND MONITOR ANY NEED TO BE UP THERE AND MAYBE IT’S THE TEAM CART AS YOU GET BACK TO THE FRONT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. >>WE ALWAYS SAY NEAR THE FRONT BUT NOT AT THE FRONT.>>EXACTLY. >>YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A DRAFT IN FRONT OF YOU BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE CAUGHT AT THE BACK OF THE GROUP. THERE IS A LITTLE CHANGE IN THE PAVEMENT AND THEY CORRECTED IT SO QUICKLY. >>THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT BEING AT THE BACK IS YOU CANNOT DICTATE WHERE YOU GO AND YOU CANNOT SEE IN FRONT OF YOU SO YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE GUYS IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST THE WHEEL DESCENDING SHERROD BUT THERE ALSO POTHOLES THEY MAY HAVE TO NAVIGATE OR BUNNY HOP OVER. >>IT’S ALSO GETTING GAPPED OFF IF THE GUY IN FRONT OF YOU LOSES A GAP AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY GETTING AROUND. >>AND IT LOSES ENERGY, EXACTLY.>>MANION SWANSON AND I THINK THAT IS JOHNNY BROWNBACK UPFRONT.>>MAYBE HE IS NOT FEELING SO FRESH IF HE IS SPENDING OF THIS ENERGY OUT IN THE BREAK TRYING TO REPRESENT HIS TEAM ON THE EARLY SIDE OF THINGS AND JUST REPRESENTING AND SAVING ONE OF THE RIDERS FIELDING PRESSURE FOR THE WIN TODAY.>>THE RIDERS LIKE IAN GARRISON THAT HAD A GREAT YEAR THIS YEAR AND SEAN QUINN ON THE SQUAD AS WELL HAS HAD SOME GOOD RESULTS IN EUROPE. THEY WILL RIDE FOR THE STRONGEST GUY AND THERE IS NO GIVEN IF YOU ARE THE DEFENDING CHAMPION BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT AUTOMATICALLY THE LEADER FOR THE TEAM. >>I ALWAYS FIND IT HARD TO GO BACK AND DEFEND THE JERSEY OR THE TITLE OR THE VICTORY BECAUSE EACH YEAR IS DIFFERENT AND THE RIDERS ARE DIFFERENT AND TEAMS ARE DIFFERENT AND SO YOUR SEASON IS DIFFERENT AND IT WAS NEVER EASY TO GO BACK TO DEFEND THE WIN.>>THESE GUYS GOING INTO THE TALK AND IT’S MORE EFFICIENT FOR THEM TO GET INTO THIS POSITION OR THEY THINK THEN PADDLING ON THE WAY DOWN BUT INSTEAD OF PEDDLING THEY TRY TO BE AS AERODYNAMIC AS POSSIBLE. BUT THESE ARE ONLY FOR THE PROFESSIONALS AND DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME. THIS IS BEST LEFT TO PEOPLE WHO GET A PAYCHECK FOR RACING A BICYCLE AND UNLESS YOU GET A PAYCHECK I RECOMMEND YOU LEAVE IT UP TO THE PROFESSIONALS. >>EVEN THEN SOMETIMES I DON’T SEE IT AS BEING WORTH IT. FIRST INTERNET BANK UP ON THE FIELD WITH ANOTHER TEAM PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT THIS YEAR AS THESE GUYS HAVE REALLY MADE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES HERE IN 2019. WE SAW THEM GET AWAY OFF THE FRONT FOR A WHILE AND THEN IN THE BREAKAWAY WITH SOME EARLY ACTION HERE AND THEY FIND THEMSELVES UP ON THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. WE HAVE SOME GREAT CHAMPIONS HERE IN THE MEN’S RACE WITH JOHNNY BROWN LAST YEAR AND A GREAT CHAMP IN THE STARS-AND- STRIPES JERSEYS BACK IN 2017 ALONG WITH GREG DANIEL WHO MADE HIS CAREER AS THE JUMP TO WORLD TOUR AFTER THAT. THEN BACK IN 2015 REMEMBER THE GREAT VICTORY FROM BACK IN 2014 AND REALLY GREAT CHAMPIONS HERE AT THE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS. AND STILL RACING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. THEY ARE NOT MAKING THIS ONE EASY TODAY FOR SHARE. >>SOMETIMES YOU MAKE A LITTLE MOVE JUST TO SEE IF ANYBODY SEPARATES OR HOW PEOPLE REACT. SOMETIMES IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A GAME JUST TO MAYBE SHIFT A COUPLE OF POUNDS RIGHT BEHIND SOMEBODY. ARE YOU DOING SOMETHING BACK THERE? AM I SUPPOSED TO COVER THIS? AND THEN YOU COME AROUND LIKE I AM JUST SHIFTING. >>ANY FAKE RADIO CALLS? LOOKING AT HIM RIGHT NOW. AND THERE IS CERTAINLY A MENTAL ELEMENT TO THE SPORT OF CYCLING. THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF POSTURING AND WE TALK ABOUT THE POKER FACE AND THE BREAKAWAY AND THEY’RE TRYING TO READ YOU AT ALL TIMES. THEY TRIED TO LOOK FOR JUST A LITTLE SIGN OF WEAKNESS SO IF YOU ARE FOR EXAMPLE RIDING IN A BREAKAWAY YOU WANT TO BE STRONG AND MAKE THEM BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE LAKES. EVEN IF YOU ARE SUFFERING ANY TRY NOT TO SHOW IT. >>AND THE OTHER CHEF MATCH IS THE PRERACE GAME PLAN. YOU COULD TRY TO ASSUME WHAT EVERY TEAM WILL DO AND WHO WILL BE THE STRONGEST RIDER BUT YOU JUST NEVER KNOW SAY SET UP YOUR PLAN BASED ON WHAT YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN AND THAT IS PART OF THE CHEST PIECE THAT YOU PUT OUT THERE AND THEN YOU HAVE PLAN B AND THE RIDE ON THE ROAD TO MAKE THE CALL. AND THE OTHER GAMES I COULD TALK ABOUT THAT WE CAN PLAY WITHIN THE RACE WITH THE MONEY DETAILS YOU CAN KIND OF MESS AROUND WITH SOMEBODY WITH A POKER FACE OR YOU CAN ACT LIKE YOU ARE SUFFERING WHEN YOU ARE NOT REALLY HURTING AT ALL>>THEY MAY GETTING INTO PLANS F AND G HERE TODAY ESPECIALLY WITH THESE TEAMS FALLING VICTIM TO UP IN FRONT WITH A LOT OF RIDERS HERE TODAY. >>FROM START TO FINISH IT’S A REALLY LONG ONE FROM THE RIDERS.>>YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE RACE JUST WITH THE SHAPE OF THE GROUP AND IN THE LONG LINE WE KNOW THEY’RE DRIVING THE PACE UP IN FRONT WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RESET UP ON THE BRIDGE. WE WILL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RESET OURSELVES AND WE WILL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AS THEY COMPLETE ANOTHER LAP WITH 87 MILES HERE TO GO WITH MORE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING UP.>>>>A QUICK BREAK FOR OUR TV AND BACK TO OUR STREAMING COVERAGE NOW AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY OUTSIDE WITH A LOT OF RIDERS AT THE BACK OF THE RACE AND THIS IS HARD. >>THIS IS A START AND FINISH LINE AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS MECHANICAL OR JUST TRYING TO HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF A GRIEVE TO CATCH BACK UP TO THE GROUP BUT IT’S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE LEADING THIS YEAR.>>MICHAEL GARRISON IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE RIDERS THAT WE WOULD EXPECT TO BE IN THE MIX HERE. THE ACTION TEAM AS WE SAID JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY WILL AT LEAST MAKE IT THROUGH HALFWAY OF THE RACE TODAY UNLESS THEY PUT IN A HUGE EFFORT UP ON THE FRONT TO MAKE THESE BIG GIGS EARLY ON. >>THEY HAVE DEFINITELY SET THE STANDARD FOR TEAM THAT WILL HIRE GOOD RIDERS AND HAVE THE RIDERS THAT CAN WIN THE RACES AS WELL. IT HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN SEE THOSE RIDERS GO ON TO THE WORLD TOUR AND TO TALK ABOUT THOSE RIDERS AS PART OF THE PROCESS GOING TO THAT PROGRAM. TRAVIS IS SETTING A GOOD PACE. >>THIS MIGHT BE GRAHAM AGAIN. OR MAYBE IT IS TRAVIS. I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. OUT ALONG THE FRONT WITH A GOOD CALL. WELCOME BACK TO THE SHERROD ROAD CLIENT BEING DOMINATED BY ALEX HOWES OF THE EDUCATION FIRST-TEAM OFF THE FRONT RIGHT NOW OUT OF NEDERLAND, COLORADO. ONE OF THE PRERACE FAVORITES AS McKAY WAS UP IN THE FRONT IS NOW WITH 86 MILES TO GO THE CREAM IS ALREADY RISING TO THE TOP. >>THAT IS NOT GOING TO FEEL GOOD FOR HIM AND HIS LEGS AFTER LEADING IT IN THE CLIMB MOST OF THE WAY UP THE CLIMB.>>MAYBE SOME OF THE RIDERS ARE TRYING TO FOLLOW BUT NOT BEING ABLE TO COVER. MAYBE THEY WILL JUST BIDE THEIR TIME AND TRY TO MAKE UP THE GROUND ON THE DEFENSE. >>AFTER THIS EARLY ATTACKING IT WILL DEFINITELY CONFUSE A LOT OF RIDERS AS THEY WOULD FOLLOW ALEX IN THE LAST SIX LAPS BUT THEY DEFINITELY DID NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR THIS. THAT IS AN EXCITING RIDER TO WATCH AND NOT AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS OR GAMBLES BUT HE DOES IT TO HAVE FUN ON THE BIKE. >>100%. >>IT’S VERY EASY TO GET BURNED OUT ON THE SPORT WHERE WE GET INTO THE MINUTE DETAILS OF TUNING YOUR BODY TO JUST THE RIGHT LEVEL OF FITNESS AND IT IS EASY TO GET BURNED OUT AS AN ELITE ATHLETE. >>IF YOU DON’T TAKE A BREAK OR COME UP FOR AIR YOU COULD DEFINITELY GET CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF TRAINING AS YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT THING AND TRYING TO GET BETTER AND SOMETIMES YOU PLATEAU AND YOU CANNOT KEEP GOING IN THE FORWARD MOMENTUM ALL THE TIME. THERE’S DEFINITELY THE PLATEAU ANY HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK AND RESET AND GO A LITTLE BIT BACKWARDS TO CONTINUE GOING FORWARD.’S NEW THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BIKE HANDLERS IN THE DEAL AS THEY COME ACROSS WITH THE EUROPEAN PROSE FOR THE BIKE HANDLING SKILLS AND THE AMERICANS OR MAYBE NOT THE BEST KNOWN BUT WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO HANDLE IT AS WELL. I KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT IN EUROPE. >>IN THE U.S. THE ROAD IS MUCH BIGGER SHE CAN HAVE A LITTLE MORE SPACE BETWEEN THE PELOTON BUT WHEN YOU GET OVER TO BELGIUM AND HOLLAND AND THOSE ROADS ARE AS BIG AS ONE LANE HERE IN THE U.S. AND YOU CAN STICK TWO GUYS ON THE ROAD ANY HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THAT. >>THIS IS ANOTHER TOUGH PART OF BEING A PRO CYCLIST BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO TO EUROPE IT’S A HUGE LIFESTYLE CHANGE AND WHEN HE STARTED RACING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN EUROPE AWAY FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND IT’S NOT A FAMILIAR SITUATION AND IT’S PRETTY UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN HE GO OVER THE FIRST FEW TIMES. >>ALL THE LANGUAGE AND ROAD SIGNAGE IS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU ARE OUT TRAINING AND GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE. YOU DON’T KNOW IT ANY OF THE LABELS ARE AND YOU ARE AWAY FROM HOME AND YOU DON’T KNOW THE ROADS OR THE ROADS AND IT TAKES A LOT OF GLYCOGEN BECAUSE YOU ARE USING YOUR BRAIN SO MUCH MORE AND YOU DON’T REALIZE IT. IT IS QUITE THE COMMITMENT TO BE OVER THERE AND WILL GO OVER FOR SIX OR SEVEN WEEKS AT A TIME WHICH IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME AND YOU WOULD OFTEN GO THROUGH EASTER FOR THE ONE DAY RACES AND USUALLY THEY ARE VERY INTENSE ONE DATABASES AND VERY LONG. AND THE WEATHER IS TYPICALLY BAD AND THE ROADS ARE REALLY SMALL. SO EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. SO YOU TRY TO REACH OUT TO FAMILY WHEN YOU CAN ENTER START MAKING THOSE CONNECTIONS AND BEING COMFORTABLE IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND THEN HE STARTED TO GO BACK THE NEXT YEAR AND IT GETS A LITTLE BIT EASIER AND A LOT OF THESE GUYS HAVE SECOND HOMES OR RENTALS IN JNANA SO THEY HAVE A PLACE TO ESCAPE TO AND YOU’RE NOT ALWAYS AROUND THE TEAM. SOMETIMES YOU NEED A BREAK. IT IS QUITE THE ADJUSTMENT ANY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND HOW TO HAVE YOUR TIME AND SPACE TO RESET WHILE YOU ARE THERE. >>A LOT OF THESE GUYS WILL SORT OF DEVELOP CYCLING FAMILIES OVER IN EUROPE AND WE SEE A LOT OF RIDERS BASED IN TORONTO, SPAIN AND A LOT OF AMERICANS GO OVER THERE AND MAKE THAT THEIR BASE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE FORMING A LITTLE TRIBE OVER THERE. I KNOW ALEX HAS A PRETTY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOME OF HIS AMERICAN TEAMMATES AND YOU’RE NOT ALWAYS TRAINING WITH YOUR TEAMMATES. >>THEN YOU GET USED TO THE CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT ANY START PICKING UP ON THAT AND ENJOYING THOSE ENVIRONMENTS. IT COMES LIKE YOUR SECOND HOME. IT JUST BECOMES SECOND NATURE AND YOU GET MORE USED TO IT. THEN YOU KEEP GOING OVER THERE AND THE MORE HE CAN LEARN AND EXPECT AN EMBRACE BEING OVER THERE THE BETTER OFF YOU WILL BE AS AN AMERICAN GOING TO EUROPE. >>WHAT DID YOU MISS MOST ABOUT THE UNITED STATES WHEN YOU’RE OVERSEAS RACING? YOU CANNOT FIND IN EUROPE THAT THEY JUST CANNOT WAIT TO GET HOME.>>IT’S A GOOD QUESTION BUT I GUESS I KIND OF GOT COMFORTABLE. >>YOU ARE PRETTY COMFORTABLE.>>MORE THAN ANYTHING JUST HAVING A BREAK FROM EVERYBODY AND FROM THE TEAM ENVIRONMENT AND JUST HAVING MY OWN SPACE I DID NOT REALLY HAVE MY OWN SPACE WHICH WAS OKAY BECAUSE AT THE SIX AND SEVEN AND EIGHT WE MARK THAT WAS THE BREAKER AND YOU NEED TO GO HOME AND HAVE A RESET. >>THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. >>NOW RALLY IS SENDING ONE RIDER UP THE ROAD NOW IN ON THE WAY BACK AS THEY WILL TRY TO REDOUBLE HIS EFFORTS HERE TO JOIN THE RALLY RIDE. AND WE WILL SEE WHO THIS IS AND IT MAY BE CARPENTER AGAIN. AND EVOLO RIDER WILL COME UP TO JOIN THEM AS WELL. ALEX HOWES WAY BACK UP ONTO THE WHEEL ALONG WITH THE FIRST INTERNET BANK JERSEY COMING ACROSS THE GAP AS WELL. >>THAT IS THE SECOND TIME ROBIN HAS ATTACKED HIM FROM THE CORNER WITH HIS FAVORITE SPOT. >>MAYBE HE WENT TO GET AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE IN CASE ANYONE ELSE HAS A PROBLEM IN THAT CORNER. >>THIS WOULD BE THE NEXT TEAM TO TRY TO COME ACROSS THE GAP SO THEY WILL HAVE ONE WITH THE BREAKAWAY AND THAT WILL MAKE IT FIVE AND THIS IS HOW IT STARTS WITH YOU GUYS ROLLING AWAY OFF THE FRONT.>>EVENTUALLY IT’S KIND OF THE ELASTIC THE GOES OUT AND COMES BACK AND EITHER THERE IS FATIGUE OR YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE BREAK BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL STICK. >>MORE RIDERS LIKE WHAT THEY SEE UP THE ROAD SO WE MAY HAVE THE BIG BREAKAWAY OF THE DATE WITH 83 MILES TO GO. WAS STEP AWAY QUICKLY HEAR FROM KNOXVILLE AND WHEN YOU COME BACK WE WILL HAVE THE BREAKAWAY TRYING TO ESCAPE THE FIELD.>>FIVE IS A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER WITH A FEW MORE RIDERS IN THE GAP ON THE WAY UP. >>THEY WILL GET TO YOU. JUST KEEP ROLLING. EVERYBODY IS HERE. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE A GOOD PACE ANY SEE ROBIN REALLY PUSHING ON THE PETAL ON THE PEDAL AND HE WILL FLICK AND ELBOW AND ASK THESE RIDERS TO GET THIS ROLLING. >>HE WILL TURN IT OVER MEANWHILE THEY WILL LOAD UP ON BOTTLES HERE IS ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS IN CYCLING AND I LOVE TO SEE THIS.>>I NEVER MINDED BEING IN THE PELOTON NP GOAL THOUGHT IT WAS A LITTLE BIT DANGEROUS BUT I NEVER MINDED IT AND I TRUSTED THAT THE DRIVER WAS PHYSICAL AROUND THE CARS AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT AND TO DRIVE SAFELY. SO RIGHT THERE HE GIVES A LITTLE BIT OF A PUSH WITH THE LEFT-HAND OFF TO SLINGSHOT HIM BACK INTO THE PELOTON AND TAKE IT RIGHT BACK UP TO THE FRONT TO WHOEVER HE WILL TAKE IT TO ANY SEE THE BOTTLES IN THE FRONT OF HIS JERSEY AS WELL. PLACING THE ORDER. >>THAT IS AS OLD AS THE SPORT OF CYCLING AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME ATTEMPTS AT INNOVATION HERE AND FOR A WHILE THEY WERE WEARING SPECIAL REST AND THEY WOULD TRY TO TAKE THOSE OFF AND BRING THOSE BOTTLES BACK. GREAT JOB THERE BRINGING THE BOTTLES IN IS THE MOST POPULAR GUY ON THE TEAM FOR THE NEXT FIVE INNINGS. >>HONESTLY I ENJOYED THAT ROLE. >>>>WELCOME BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD AS THEY TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT TO DO WITH THE RIDERS UP THE ROAD IS THE TEMPERATURES CONTINUED TO CLIMB AND IT IS GETTING HOTTER AND HOTTER OUT THERE. NOW THIS IS THE EVOLO TEAM BACK AT THE TEAM CAR AND HE IS TAKING BOTTLES FROM HIS DIRECTOR AND HE WILL BE TAKING THESE UP TO HIS TEAMMATES AND HE STUFF AS MANY BOTTLES AND YOU CAN AS THE WATER BOTTLES AND THEY WILL ALSO TRY TO BRING SOME ICE UP TO HIS TEAMMATES TO STAY COOL. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE TEAM. >>IT’S NOT AN EASY JOB TO WHERE YOU ARE TRYING TO PUSH THE GAS PEDAL AND YOU HAVE THE CAR TO THE RIGHT ANY HAVE TO BE MENTAL OF THAT YOU ALSO NEED TO KEEP THE GAP OF THE RIDERS TO THE BACK OF THE PELOTON AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE. WHILE YOU ARE HANDING OUT BOTTLES AND TALKING TO THE RIDE AS WELL THERE’S A WHOLE LOT GOING ON.>>IT’S A VERY IMPRESSIVE SKILL TO DO WITH THOSE DRIVERS TO OUT THERE. BACK UP TO THE BREAKAWAY WITH THESE GUYS IN THE SINGLE FINAL LINE AND THEY GOT IT ALL WORKED OUT NOW TACKED ONTO THE BACK WEARING NUMBER 155 AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN HIS TEAM JERSEY HERE IN THE U.S..>>YOU CAN KIND OF SEE MARTY DROPPING HIS HEAD.>>HE REALIZED IT’S A LONG DAY TODAY BUT HE IS IN WITH A LOT OF POWERFUL RIDERS AND A LOT OF TIMES THE NUMBERS THE RIDERS RECEIVE AND THE SERIES OF NUMBERS THAT THE TEAM ASSIGNS THEIR BASICALLY AND 10 NUMBER BLOCKS AND IT CAN BE ONE THROUGH EIGHT BUT THEY WERE 11 TONIGHT TEAM AND 21 THROUGH 24 AS THEY ARE KIND OF GROUP TOGETHER AND TYPICALLY IN A STAGE RACE HE WOULD GIVE YOUR TEAM LEADER THE LOWEST NUMBER THAT ENDS IN ONE AND SOMETIMES IT’S AN INDICATION FOR WHO THEY ARE RIDING FOR AND WHO THE GOOD GUYS ON THE TEAM ARE. THERE ARE A FEW NUMBER ONES IN THE BREAKAWAY UP THE ROAD. >>GET OUT THERE AND TAKE THE CHANCE AND MAYBE SAY HEY TO THE GUYS THAT MAY SAY I WILL SEND YOU MY RESUME AND YOU CAN GIVE IT TO YOUR DIRECTOR.>>AND THERE ARE YOUR FIVE NAMES . I DID NOT THINK I WOULD BE SAYING THESE NAMES THIS EARLY IN THE RACE. >>DEFINITELY NOT I JUST THOUGHT THEY WERE OUT THERE AGAIN AND IT JUST SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH THE TEAM RACE AND THEY REMIND ME A LOT OF THE WOMEN’S TEAM AND I JUST REALLY ENJOY THEM PUTTING IT OUT THERE TO RACE THEIR BRIGHT AND GIVING THAT EFFORT TO LEARN ALL OF THEIR LIMITS.>>IN WITH THE GERMAN BASED TEAMMATE ON THE CONTINENTAL SQUAD HAVING COME OVER FROM THE NOW DEFUNCT CYCLIST SPORTS TEAM BASED IN THE UNITED STATES LAST YEAR AND WAS ALSO ON THE LUPUS RACING TEAM TWO YEARS BEFORE THAT LOOKING TO BREAK OUT FROM THE CONTINENTAL RANKS. OLIVER HAS BEEN RACING A LOT IN EUROPE THIS YEAR AND SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH HIS GERMAN TEAM WITH A LOT OF GERMAN CONTINENTAL RACES I’M SURE IT’S NICE FOR HIM TO GET BACK HOME TO AN AMERICAN RACE. >>IT’S A GOOD LEADER AND FOR HIM TO HAVE THAT? VARIANCE AND IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO COME HOME. JUST LIKE THEY SAID THE OTHER NIGHT JUST TO GET A FEELING FOR THE U.S. ALL-TIME BECAUSE THEY RACED A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. SO HE IS OUT HERE AND HE GOT HIMSELF IN A GOOD POSITION. >>40 SECONDS FOR THIS BREAKAWAY WITH FIVE UP THE ROAD AND THESE GUYS ARE DOING GREAT. NOW THEY JUST HAVE TO HOLD IT FOR 80 MORE MILES. >>VERY EASY. NO PROBLEM. >>IF ANYONE CAN DO IT THIS GROUP OF FIVE IS A PRETTY GOOD CHOICE. ANOTHER LOOK AT THE APPROACH TO THE FINISH LINE AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE DEEP KICKER BEFORE THE FINISH. THIS COULD GO A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS IF YOU HAVE FIVE GUYS IN THE LINE TOGETHER.>> 100%. ONCE IT STARTS GETTING TOWARD THE END OF THE RACE YOU CAN SEE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO RIDE STRONG AND YOU CAN START TO LOOK AT YOUR COMPATRIOTS HERE AND SEE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND AND WHO WILL GO ALONG AND YOU START PLAYING THAT TACTIC IN YOUR HEAD OF HOW CAN A WIN FROM THIS BREAK.>>>>WITH THE TIME GAP THEY MAY LET IT GO OUT A LITTLE BIT.>>THIS MAYBE A SUSTAINED BREAKAWAY OF THE DAY.>>SEE HOW MUCH THEY’RE WILLING TO GIVE THE BREAKAWAY CLIMBING UP TO 4 MINUTES AND THEN THEY START TO CHASE IT BACK WITH THE NUMBER OUT THERE THAT THE TEAMS ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE BREAK AND THAT IS PROBABLY UP TO THE DIRECTORS AND THE CARD TO SAY IT IS TIME TO START CHASING BACK.>>WHEREVER YOU ARE AROUND THE WORLD WE HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE COVERAGE OF OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THRILLED TO BRING YOU WIRE-TO-WIRE LIVE COVERAGE ON A WEB STREAM AND WORKING WITH OUR BROADCAST PARTNERS HERE IN KNOXVILLE. AND ACROSS THE STATE IN TENNESSEE AS WELL. WE WELCOME EVERYONE HERE TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WHETHER YOU ARE WATCHING ON YOUR BIG SCREEN OR WATCHING ON YOUR PHONE WHILE WALKING THROUGH TARGET. WELCOME TO KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.>>LET US KNOW WHO YOU ARE PICKING FOR FAVORITE OR IF YOU WANT US TO MENTION SOMEBODY. I AM STILL LEARNING THE MEN’S PELOTON AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND IT HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN TO STUDY UP ON THESE GUYS . WE HAVE A POLICE OFFICER STANDING IN FRONT AND SHAKING THEIR HEADS AT ALL OF THE DRIVES CARS DRIVING PAST. >>IT MUST BE HARD TO BE AN OFFICER IN TOWN WATCHING THE CARS AND THE RIDERS BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. NOT EVERY DAY GET THE ROADS CLOSED AND THE SPEED LIMITS LISTED. IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THEY HAD A STACK OF LIGHT FOR THE RED LIGHT CAMERA AND THEY HAD TO TURN IT OFF AND ALL OF THE RIDERS WERE TRIGGERING THE CAMERAS AS WELL SO THEY HAD TO GET RID OF THOSE ON MONDAY MORNING. >>AS THE RIDERS MAKE THEIR WAY UP SHERROD ROAD I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM ON THE BIKE AS WE MOUNTED THE CAMERA ON THE BIKE WITH AMATEUR RIDER EARLIER TODAY ON THE WAY UP. IT’S REALLY HARD TO KEEP YOUR BIKE GOING IN A STRAIGHT LINE UPHILL. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME CLIMBING STRATEGIES FOR SOME AMATEUR RIDERS THAT MAY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR RIDING. >>GOING UP THE HILL IS SO STEEP AND USUALLY YOU ARE TRYING TO KEEP A SMALL GEAR AND TRYING TO THEN YOUR LEGS IS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO KEEP THAT MOMENTUM. THE BIGGER GEARS THAT YOU HAVE THE HARDER IT IS TO STEER YOUR BIKE BECAUSE YOU ARE WORKING ON A LEG SO MUCH AND YOU SEE THE WHEEL GOING BACK AND FORTH. THEN ONCE YOU RUN OUT OF GEARS YOU STAND UP AND USE YOUR WEIGHT OVER THE PEDALS TO CONTINUE YOUR MOMENTUM. >>AND THE SLOWER YOU GO THE HARDER IT IS TO CONTROL YOUR BIKE AT THE FAST TO GO THAN THE MORE STABLE YOU FEEL ONCE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE BIKE. WHEN YOU START TO SLOW DOWN TO GET CLOSER AND CLOSER YOU WANT TO START TURNING THE HANDLEBAR AND YOU FEEL THIS NATURAL INCLINATION TO KEEP YOURSELF UPRIGHT. >>IT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT HEAVIER THAN THE SPIKES. >>THE AVERAGE WEIGHT OF THESE BIKES IS 15 POUNDS.>>AND IF YOU WANTED TO GO TO A BIKE SHOP AND BUY ONE OF THESE RETAIL IT WOULD EASILY GO OVER $10,000.>>AND THAT IS JUST THE BIKE. >>BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A $10,000 CARBON MACHINE TO ENJOY RIDING TO BUT YOU THEY COULD DO IT ON THE SCHWINN TANDEM IF YOU WANTED TO.>>WHICH WE ARE DOING LATER. >>IRD RESERVED THE BIKE. >>GOOD. I NEEDED TO GET SOME TRAINING IN TODAY>>WITH A LITTLE FEED ON HILL AS JOHNNY BROWN WAS GOING UP AND OVER SALUTING THE CROWD IN HIS NEW HOMETOWN. THEY ARE BIG JOHNNY BROWN FANS HERE AND IT’S AWESOME TO SEE HIM WINNING IN KNOXVILLE. >>THE CROWD HAS HELPED SO MUCH WITH YOUR ENERGY LEVELS AND YOU SOUGHT COMING THROUGH FROM START TO FINISH AND THEN HE GO UP HERE ALMOST TO THE POP AND THERE IS THE CROWD AND YOU WANT THEM TO CHEER YOU ON BUT IT HOPE SO MUCH TO GET YOU OVER THE HUMP AND IT JUST KEEPS YOU HAPPY TO WHERE YOU CANNOT EVEN HEAR YOURSELF IS ALSO VERY NICE THING AS WELL.>>AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GET RIGHT BACK TO FOCUSING ON THE DOWNHILL WITH NOT A LOT OF TIME TO REVEL IN THE CROWD AT THE TOP. >>UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO STOP WHICH THEY’RE NOT GOING TO DO. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK SPEED IS LIKE ON THE WAY DOWN? MAXIMUM SPEED TODAY? >>IT HAS BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE I HAD WRITTEN A DISSENT AND I’M NOT QUITE SURE BUT I WOULD SAY 44. THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING WAS STANDOUT YEARS AND I IMAGINE SOME GUYS WILL GET THE SUPER TALK AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO GO REALLY FAST. THE ONLY REASON I EVER LOVE CLIMBING IS TO GO DOWN THE HILL. SO MANY PEOPLE WANTED TO GO UP AND I WANTED TO GO UP AND OVER SO I COULD THEN GO DOWN. >>THE BEST PART OF CLIMBING IS THE DISSENT. >>NOW THE TIME GAP UP TO 1 MINUTE FOR THESE GUYS UP THE ROAD THANKS IN PART TO SOME OF THE BIG POLLS BEING PUT ON THE FRONT WITH ROBIN CARPENTER AND ALEX TOWNES AND GABE CHECK. TIME WILL ROLL BY TO GIVE THE UPDATE ON THE GAP BETWEEN THEM AND THE REST OF THE FIELD AND THEY GET ONE MINUTE AS WELL. BACK TO THE FEED ZONE HERE. WITH THE FEED. WITH ONE OF THE BEST LEAD OUTS IN THE WORLD AND WITH ONE THIRD. SO WE WILL SEE.>>WITH THE UNTRADITIONAL RUN INTO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER THE RACE IN KANSAS CALLED 200 MILES AND I DON’T RIDE ON PAVED ROADS BUT DIRT ROADS AND STREAM CROSSINGS WE HAVE TO GET OFF WITH ONE OF THE HARDEST ONE DAY RACES IN THE WORLD AND CERTAINLY A DIFFERENT STYLE OF RACING. WE ALMOST NEVER SEE WORLD TOUR RIDERS IN THAT TYPE OF RACING BUT THIS YEAR THE AMERICAN CYCLING STANCES STARTING TO CHANGE WITH MORE GRAVEL RACING AND MORE GRAVEL RIDING AND THIS YEAR THE WORLD TOUR PROS GOT IN ON THE ACTION. >>WE TALK ABOUT KEEPING IT FRESH AND THESE GUYS WILL PROBABLY LIKE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO MIX IT UP WITH ANOTHER WAY OF TRAINING TO GO OUT AND DO 200 MILES AND SOMETIMES IT GETS TIRING TO DO THAT ON YOUR ROAD BIKE YEAR AFTER YEAR KNOWING THAT YOU WILL PUT UP FOUR TOUR DEFENSES AND ITALIANA. SO THIS IS KIND OF THAT SECRET TRAINING WITH THE RACE NERVES BUT IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT THAT REALLY HAS NO CONSEQUENCE IF YOU WIN OR LOSE. >>I HEAR IT ALL THE TIME THAT A HAPPY RIDER IS A FAST WRITER HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS ENJOYING RIDING YOUR BIKE BECAUSE WILL AS SOON AS IT BECOMES A JOB YOUR PERFORMANCE TAKES A DIP. >>I WOULD NOT LIKE TO DO 200 MILES ON A GRAVEL RACE EVER.>>CERTAINLY GOOD TRAINING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE LOOKING LIKE A WALK IN THE PARK. >>THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THE LEVEL OF TALENT IN THIS RACE. >>WITH THE TWO ROLLING INCLINES IN KANSAS. BUT IT’S NOT AS MANY AS STEEP AS WHAT THEY HAVE HERE ON SHERROD ROAD . HERE’S ROBIN CARPENTER NUMBER 11 IN THE ORANGE JERSEY WITH THE RALLY CYCLING TEAM OUT OF SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA AND YOU SEE HIM RESTING HIS FOREARMS UP ON THE HANDLEBAR WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT POSITION THAN THE GUY IN SECOND BASE. >>HE JUST HAS ANOTHER ARM AND HAND POSITION AND A LITTLE DANGEROUS WITHOUT ANYTHING TO HOLD ONTO REALLY BUT JUST RESTING YOUR UPPER BODY AND PULLING IN YOUR SHOULDERS A LITTLE BIT AND PULLING IN YOUR FOREARMS AND CLOSING OFF THAT FRONTAL AREA AND YOU’RE OUT THERE DOING THE WORK BUT YOU’RE DOING THAT MOST AERODYNAMIC EASIEST WORK AS POSSIBLE BY BEING IN THAT POSITION AND THEN YOU MOVE YOUR HANDS TO THE HOOD AND THEN NOW HE IS IN THE DROP KEEPING THAT MOVEMENT GOING AROUND AND KEEP YOUR UPPER BODY NICE AND RELAXED AND KEEP THE SPACE OPEN SO THAT YOU CAN BREATHE AND JUST TRY TO TAKE EVERY LITTLE 1% ADVANTAGE TO STAY RESTED AND READY AND AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE ON THE BIKE.>>DEAR HANDS GET TIRED OUT THERE? DEAR ARMS START TO GET SORE? >>YES, FOR SURE. BECAUSE YOU ARE TRYING TO STAY WITH THIS SMALL GROUP AND SINCE IT IS A SMALL GROUP TO RELAX AT THE BACK, YOU’RE KIND OF STUCK IN THIS POSITION. ONCE YOU GET TO THE BACK YOU CAN TAKE A WATER BOTTLE AND MAYBE THAT’S WHEN YOU DRINK OR EAT OR WHEN YOU COULD KIND OF SIT UP AND STRETCH OUT YOUR SHOULDERS A LITTLE BIT SOMETIMES HER HANDS GO NUMB BECAUSE HER SHOULDERS AND BACK ARE SO TIGHT. I WOULD GET BACK THERE AND EVEN STRETCH OUT WIDER SOMETHING. THAT’S NOT UNHEARD OF. >>THESE POSITIONS ARE MADE FOR GOING FAST AND THE COMFORT IS A VERY SMALL PART OF THAT EQUATION. >>100 PERCENT.>>AND THE BIKES ARE CERTAINLY NOT DESIGNED FOR COMFORT BUT THEY’RE PRETTY STIFF . >>EVEN NOW WITH THE DISC BRAKES AND HAVING A FATTER TIRE IT IS A LITTLE BIT MORE SUPPLE AND A LITTLE MORE FORGIVING ON THE ROAD BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE A LITTLE BIT LESS TIRE PRESSURE THAN THE SMALLER WITH TIRE WITH THE RIM BREAK.>>IT’S LIKE HOW CAN IT BE THE ONLY ONE RIDING THE RIM BREAK UP HERE IN THE FRONT. JOHNNY BROWN HAD EARNED THE NICKNAME JOHNNY KNOXVILLE LAST YEAR AFTER WINNING HERE IN KNOXVILLE AND THEY JOB HIM DUBBED HIM JOHNNY KNOXVILLE ON THE PODIUM AND THAT NAME IS STICKING WITH THE FANS HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. HE NEVER HAS TO BUY BEER IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. >>THEY TAUGHT ME THAT BUT THAT WAS NOT TRUE. THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE TO BUY BEER IN BELGIUM AND I WAS CELEBRATING BECAUSE IT’S WHERE THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD IS. BUT NO. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. >>YOU HAVE TO BRING YOUR WINNERS TROPHY WITH YOU. >>I GUESS SO. WHICH I WOULD GLADLY DO. >>THESE GUYS ARE ROLLING AWAY WITH THE GAP OVER A MINUTE JUST ABOUT 1 MINUTE 5 SECONDS SO FAR AS THEY CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THE WAY OFF THE FRONT OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD AND WILL BE RIGHT BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>WIDE-OPEN ACROSS THE BRIDGE AND LUCKILY NOT A LOT OF WIND BUT LAST TWO THERE WAS A LITTLE MORE WITH THE STORM ROLLING IN BRIEFLY AND A FEW GUSTS OF WIND IN THE MEN’S RACE A PRETTY DEAD OUT THERE TODAY. >>AND THEN FIVE OR SIX TIMES IN RAIN AND CHANGE THE DYNAMIC OF THE DISSENT TO SHAKE THINGS UP FOR SURE.>>THE GAP IS UP TO 1 MINUTE 30 NOW. SLOWLY BUT SURELY TACKING ON A FEW SECONDS EVERY TIME WE GET A CHECK>>LET IT ROLL OUT AND EVERYONE WILL CREATE FOR THE BREAK AND THE RIDE. TO REFUEL WITH A FRESH AND COLD BOTTLE. >>NICE TO SEE THEM PUTTING THE OLD BOTTLES BACK INTO THE CAR AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GOOD PLACE TO GET RID OF HER BOTTLES YOU COULD TOSS THEM TO FAN OR SOMETHING BUT HERE ON THE PARKWAY OBVIOUS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO DUMP IT. SO THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP KNOXVILLE BEEN HERE SO WITH THE BOTTLE BACK IN THE CAR. >>IT’S AWKWARD TO THROW A BOTTLE INTO THE NOT HAS A LITTLE DRINK AND IT’S I THINK IT’S RUDE TO THROW IT IN THEIR LAP BUT I GUESS THAT’S JUST WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO AND THAT DIRECTORS USED TO IT AND IT DOES NOT MATTER. >>HOW CLOSE THESE CARS ARE BUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE RIDERS REALLY TRUST MICHAEL CREDE. >>>>YES. >>REMEMBER WHAT WE SAW EARLIER FROM THE EVOLO CAR BRINGING BOTTLES AND ICE UP TO HIS RIDERS IN THE PELOTON BUT NOW THEY SENT THE RIDE AHEAD BETWEEN THE BREAK IN THE FIELD. >>THE BREAKAWAY CONTINUES TO GAIN TIME WITH 90 SECONDS UP THE ROAD FOR THESE FIVE GUYS THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE DEFENDING CHAMPION WEARING NUMBER ONE ON HIS BACK AND BACK IN KNOXVILLE FROM KNOXVILLE WITH THE WINNER HERE LAST YEAR TRYING TO WIN A LITTLE DIFFERENT WAY THIS YEAR OUT OF THE BREAKAWAY. >>THE LEAST REPRESENTED TEAMS IN THE BREAKAWAY AND HE KNOWS HE WILL NOT BE THE STRONGEST RIDER AFTER SOME ILLNESS AND INJURY. AND OF SACRIFICING WHATEVER CHANCE HE WOULD HAVE TO REPRESENT THE TEAM IN THE BREAK.>>>>NOW WITH A MOUTHFUL OF FOOD AND I IMAGINE IT WOULD FEEL SUPER FAST TO BE BACK ON THE ROAD AFTER RIDING ON 200 MILES OF GRAVEL. >>THAT’S RIGHT AND YOU GO FROM WHAT BASICALLY COULD FEEL LIKE RIDING AND GRAVEL OR SAND TO THE SUPER SLEEK AND FAST BICYCLE AND IT FEELS REALLY GOOD.>>THEY TALK ABOUT HOW UNCOMFORTABLE THESE BIKES CAN BE BUT THEY’RE ALSO INCREDIBLY FAST MACHINE AND IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH AERODYNAMICS COME INTO PLAY WHEN HE TOOK UP TALK ABOUT WHAT FLOWS THE SLOWS THE RIDE DOWN AND THE RESISTANCE OF THE TIRE IS WHAT ACTUALLY SLOWS YOU DOWN. THAT THE MAJORITY OF WHAT STOPS USE JUST WIND RESISTANCE. >>EXACTLY AND NOT JUST BEING TOTALLY UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE YOU’RE ON THE BIKE EVERY SINGLE DAY AND YOUR BODY ADAPTS TO THE POSITION EACH IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE POSITION AND YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SADDLE HEIGHT AND IN THE BAR HEIGHT AND ALSO THE LENGTH. THERE PRETTY STRETCHED OUT AND PRETTY FAR BENT OVER AND OVER TIME YOU GET USED TO THAT POSITION THAT’S WHY THESE ARE SO SPECIFIC TO THEM WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BIKE CHANGE EARLIER AND YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT A NEUTRAL BIKE BECAUSE IT COULD BE KIND OF THAT SET UP BUT NOT 100 PERCENT. YOUR BODY IMMEDIATELY FEELS THIS AND IT KIND OF REACTS AND IT’S NOT A GREAT FEELING BUT SOMETHING IS A LITTLE BIT OFF. >>EVERY SINGLE CONTACT POINT HAS FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT ADJUSTMENTS YOU CAN MAKE TO IT. TALKING ABOUT THE HANDLEBARS AND THE ROTATION OF THE HANDLEBARS AND THE LENGTH OF THE STEM AND WHERE THE SHIFTERS ARE ON THE HANDLEBAR AND WHERE THE HOOD ON TOP COULD GO ON THE BAR AND HOW WIDE THE BARS ARE AND HOW DEEP THE CROSSES AND THE BEND IN THE BAR. >>THE TILT OF THE HOOD IN OUR OUT AND THEN YOU HAVE YOUR FOOT CONTACT WITH THE PEDAL AND THE CLEAT PLACEMENT LEFT AND RIGHT AND THEN YOUR SADDLE POSITION AND THE TILT OF THE SADDLE. ALL OF THESE SMALL DETAILS AND THESE GUYS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE SADDLE HEIGHT IS AND THE REACH DOWN TO THE MILLIMETER AND IT’S SOMETHING YOU DEFINITELY LEARN AND ADAPT OVER TIME AND HE MAY START OUT STRUGGLING FOR THE FIRST TIME AND MAY BE PRETTY UP RIGHT. AND THEN AS YOU RIDE MORE AND BECOME MORE REPERCUSSION AGES BECOME MORE AGGRESSIVE UNTIL YOU’RE IN THIS POSITION. >>IT’S IMPORTANT WHEN YOU START TO WRITE NOT MIMIC THE PRO POSITION BECAUSE THIS IS MADE FOR ONE PURPOSE AND ONE PURPOSE ONLY AND THIS IS FOR GUYS WHO RIDE THEIR BIKE A LOT DURING THE YEAR. DAN TRY TO MIMIC IT AT HOME BUT WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO FIND A GOOD FIT ARE IN YOUR TOWN THE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE BIKE. >>FOR SURE. HE MAY HAVE SOME KNEE PROBLEMS AND HE MAY NOT KNOW WHY ARE SOME BACK PAIN AND IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH SEEING A PROFESSIONAL AND GETTING THE BIKE FIXED AND KNOWING YOUR BODY AND WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF. AND IT CHANGES EVERY TIME AND I HAVE GONE FROM VERY AGGRESSIVE AND HAVE GOTTEN MORE CONSERVATIVE AND BROUGHT IT BACK IN ALONG WITH DIFFERENT BIKES THAT FEEL DIFFERENT SO I MOVED THE POSITION EVER SO SLIGHTLY. IT’S JUST SUCH A PERSONAL TOUCH . EACH BIKE IS UNIQUE TO EACH PERSON. >>ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES WITH AMATEURS AS THEY GET THE WRONG SIZE BIKE. MY HANDS ARE NUMBER SOMETHING IS UNCOMFORTABLE AND IT BOILS DOWN TO THE WRONG SIDE FRAME TO GET THAT RIGHT. IMAGINE RUNNING A MARATHON WITH THE WRONG SIZE OF SHOES ON. >>CYCLING SHOULD NOT BE PAINFUL AT ALL. IT’S EASILY FIXABLE. IT’S WORTH TALKING TO YOUR BIKE SHOP ABOUT.>>IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAINFUL UNLESS YOU TRY TO RIDE SHERROD ROAD 15 TIMES AND THAT WOULD BE PAINFUL NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.>>MAYBE YOU SPRINTING TO THE TOP OF A BIG HILL.>>THIS IS FLOYD UP WITH THE PELOTON IS THE GET A GOOD FRAME KEEPING THEIR EYE ON THINGS MAKING THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN HERE THESE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. YOU SEE EVOLO WAY FAR BACK IN THE GREEN AND YELLOW JERSEYS AS THEY DO A GREAT JOB FOLLOWING THOSE GUYS AROUND. THEY WILL NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR THE FRONT OF THE RACE BECAUSE THEY ARE NEAR THE BREAKAWAY. RIGHT NOW THEY’RE JUST SITTING BACK AND LETTING HIM HAVE HIS RIGHT IN THE BREAKAWAY. THAT WANT TO HELP THIS FIELDER PELOTON CHASE THEM DOWN. RIGHT NOW EVOLO CAN AFFORD TO SIT BACK A LITTLE BIT IN THE GROUP . >> THE PELOTON WILL PROBABLY JUST LET THIS RIDER TO LITTLE BIT OF WORK AND MAYBE HE PULLS OFF AND THEN THESE RIDERS WILL COME UP TO THE FRONT AND START WORKING ARE HELPING AS WELL TO MANAGE THE GAP AT THE MOMENT WE WOULD JUST LET HIM DO THE WORK AND MAYBE SIT DOWN WITH THE RALLY RIDER A LITTLE BIT MANAGING THINGS AS WELL.>>1 MINUTE 30 SECONDS IS THE TIME GAP WITH NINE SECONDS TO GO ACROSS THE LINE AND IT’S ONLY SEVEN MORE MILES. >> I LOVE HEARING THE SOUND OF THE PELOTON ROLLING BY. YOU HEAR THE CARBON WHEELS IN THE HIGH PRESSURE TIRES INFLATED AS THEY ROLL BY WITH HIS BUZZ THAT YOU JUST NEVER HEAR ANYWHERE ELSE. >>IT’S ITS OWN UNIQUE SOUND. AND IT ALMOST MAKES YOU FEEL THAT MUCH FASTER BECAUSE YOU DON’T TRAIN ON THESE WHEELS. THESE ARE SUPERLIGHT AND SAVE THEM FOR RACE DAY WITH TUBULAR TIRES THAT YOU HAVE GLUED ON TO THE RIM OF THE WHEEL AND THESE ARE DEFINITELY RACE SPECIFIC AND YOU ALWAYS GET THESE ON YOUR BIKE AND IT’S A GOOD FEELING TO PICK THAT BIKE UP AND TO SEE HOW LIGHT IT IS AND WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. >>I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE BIKE RACE IN PERSON AND IF YOU ARE IN KNOXVILLE YOU HAVE TIME TO GET DOWN HERE. YOU REALLY HAVE THE FEEL FOR THE DRAFTING COMING OFF OF THE PELOTON AND THEY GET THESE BIG BREEZE ROLLING THROUGH AND YOU CAN FEEL HOW MUCH THE GROUP IS PUSHING OUT OF THE WAY. >>YOU CAN GET DOWN THERE BY THE FENCE AND YOU COULD GET A LITTLE BIT BLOWN AWAY. SAME THING WITH THESE GUYS STANDING UP THERE WITH THE WIND THAT THEY PUSH AROUND THEM AND IT’S QUITE THE SENSATION AND SEEING ALL OF THE CARS BEHIND THEM AND ALL OF THE BIKES ON THE CARS AND THE NEUTRAL CARS ALONG WITH THE RACE DIRECTOR IN THERE AND IT’S QUITE THE SITE.>>1 MINUTE 35 IS THE TIME GAP AS THEY ADD ANOTHER FEW SECONDS HERE. IT’S NICE TO SEE THE AMERICAN FLAG BEING REPRESENTED. AS THESE GUYS MAKE THEIR WAY UP AND OVER WE ALREADY SHOWED YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN AN AMATEUR GOES UP THE PEDAL CLIMB NOW WE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND A LITTLE SMOOTHER ALONG THE FRONT BUT NOT FULLY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC WHEN OUR CREW GOT OUT THERE SO THEY HAD TO TAKE IT A LITTLE BIT EASIER BUT YOU COULD SEE HOW FAST IT LOOKS FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW PROSPECTIVE. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE TURNS BUT MOST OF THESE GUYS WILL COME OUT AND RECON THE COURSE ON THE WAY DOWN. YOU DO SOME OF THESE CLAIMS AND THE SENSE AS A PROFESSIONAL IT’S HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM AND YOU DON’T REALLY REMEMBER THE DISSENT FROM LAST YEAR SO SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND GET YOURSELF A REFRESHER BEFORE GETTING BACK IN THE RACE. >>I IMAGINE THAT MOST OF THESE RACERS CAME OUT YESTERDAY MORNING TO GET THE REFRESHER LIKE YOU SAID. BUT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE ROADS ARE SO OPEN TO TRAFFIC. SO THAT WHEN YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF PEDAL YOU HAVE TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN. IT TAKES A COUPLE OF LAPS WITHIN THE RACE TO GET USED TO THE RIGHT-HAND TURN RIGHT HERE. IT COMES OR BOTTOMS OUT THERE AND YOU CAN SLAM ME DOWN ONTO THE BIKE ESPECIALLY CARRYING SO MUCH SPEED. I ALWAYS FEEL WITH TWO OF THE MOTORCYCLES FOLLOWING THE RACE AS THEY DO A GREAT JOB WITH SOME OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS HERE. AND THEY ARE SHOWING 43 OR 44 OR 45 MILES PER HOUR ON THE WAY DOWN. TRY DOING THAT HOLDING A 30 POUND CAMERA ON YOUR SHOULDER.>>WITH SOME GUYS OFF TO THE SIDE AS BROWN WILL GIVE HIMSELF A LITTLE BIT OF SEPARATION JUST TO GET THE CLEAN LINE HERE. TAKING THOSE CORNERS AT SPEED AND REALLY PUSHING IT RIGHT TO THE LIMIT. THESE GUYS KNOW EXACTLY HOW FAST THEY CAN GO AND HOW MUCH THEY CAN CORNER AND HOW FAR OVER THEY CAN LEAN. THEY’RE PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR BIKES IN TERMS OF THE TIRE PRESSURE THEY ARE RUNNING IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST THING THAT AFFECTS YOUR GRIP. >>THEY GO FROM ONE TO THE OTHER BUT THEY DON’T REALLY MAKE CONTACT WITH THE CONCRETE PATCH THAT MAKES THE CURB BECAUSE IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT SERVICE AND THAT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A LIFT. YOU DON’T WANT TO GET OFF THE ASPHALT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IF IT HAPPENS IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD BUT BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY TO TAKE IT FROM ONE SIDE TO ANOTHER AND JUST TO KNOW THE EXACT SPEED TO TAKE THE CORNERS. THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN RACING BIKES FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY KNOW HOW FAR THEY CAN LEAN IT OVER BEFORE IT STARTS TO SLIDE OFF AND ACTUALLY WE HAD SLID THE TIRE JUST A LITTLE BIT LIKE THAT IS THE LIMIT AND NOW LET’S GET OFF THE LIMIT A LITTLE BIT. I KNOW THESE GUYS CAN FIND THE LIMIT FOR SURE AND THEY HALF.>> TELL ME ABOUT THIS NOW? >>IN THAT BAG THEY WILL HAVE A WATER BOTTLE AND THERE IS USUALLY SOME FOOD IN THERE OR GOUT OR FRESH BOTTLE OR TWO AND YOU GET IT ALL IN THE BAGS YOU CAN PICK IT ALL UP AT ONCE. IT’S A LITTLE AWKWARD TO GRAB OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AT A SPEED LIKE THAT AND IT’S SOMETHING YOU DEFINITELY LEARNED OVER TIME. AND YOU CAN WRAP IT AROUND YOUR HEAD AND YOUR SHOULDER HALFWAY SO THAT COUNTERWEIGHT IS NOT BOBBING AROUND ON YOUR BIKE WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO PEDAL AND MOVE FORWARD AND YOU SEE AROUND THE FRONT THAT IT IS ODD TO BE PEDDLING WITH THE BAG AROUND YOU SO HE JUST GOES TO THE BACK AND GETS ALL OF HIS SNACKS OUT OF THERE OR WHATEVER HE WANTS AND IT WILL PRICE IT UP HERE IN A MINUTE UNLESS THEY’RE GOING AT A PRETTY BIG PLACE. >>THAT IS A HUGE I SACK FOR A HOT DAY AS THEY STEP BACK TO THE BACK OF HIS JERSEY AND ONCE HE EMPTIES IT OUT HE WILL DUMP IT OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD FOR A FAN TO PICK UP. NOW CONTINUING TO EMPTY HIS LUNCH BACK WE WILL TAKE A QUICK LUNCH BREAK HERE AND TAKE A SHORT BREAK FROM OUR LIVE COVERAGE AND WILL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS.>>>>IS THE GET EVEN CLOSER TO THE GUARD. >>PAT WAS A FORMER RACER SO HE DEFINITELY KNOWS THE SENSATIONS OUT THERE AS WELL. >>IS THE TALONS WOULD SAY. NOTICE HOW HE KICKED THE SIDE SO THEY COULD GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE CAR.>>IT’S JUST ANOTHER SAFETY PRECAUTION TO TAKE WITH THE RIDERS ALONG THE CAR GOING 30 MILES PER HOUR. >>THEY TAKE TURNS COMING UP TO THE BREAKAWAY WITH THE OFFICIAL IN THIS RACE THAT IS KIND OF A REFEREE BUT YOU HAVE TO BE CALLED FORWARD BEFORE YOUR TEAM 10 SERVICE OUT OF THE BREAKAWAY SO WHEN THEY RAISE THEIR HANDS THEY THEN RADIO TO ALL OF THE TEAM DIRECTORS WITH A SPECIAL RADIO IN THE CAR THAT THEY ONLY HEAR THE COMMISSAR ON AND YOU CANNOT GO TO THE BREAKAWAY UNTIL THEY LET YOU. YOU NEVER SEE TWO CARS TOGETHER BECAUSE IT’S ONE AT A TIME GOING TO THE BACK OF THE GROUP AND THEN YOU’RE READY TO CALL IT FORWARD. >>KIND OF THE REFEREE ON THE ROAD TO MONITOR OF HIS BECAUSE IT IS A MOVING THE VEHICLE. YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY SAFE OUT THERE.>>WE WANT TO GO BACK AS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE DIRECTORS AND THE TEAM CARD. I ALWAYS COMPARE THEM TO A COACH BUT YOU GUYS ALSO HAVE COACHES IS PRO CYCLISTS AND EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIRECTOR AND A COACH?>>THE DIRECTOR IS IN CHARGE OF THE TEAM AND THE TEAM DYNAMIC ON THE ROAD AND YOUR COACH WHO WILL GET YOU FIXED AND WHO YOU TALK TO PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE OFTEN DAY TODAY REGARDING YOUR TRAINING AND YOUR NUTRITION AT A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU’RE GETTING HIRED ON AS A TEAM WITH A LOT OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR AND YOUR COACH TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FITNESS AND HOW YOUR TRAINING IS GOING AND WHAT THE TEAM PLAN IS AND HOW TO HAVE THE RIDER AS READY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE TEAM GOES WHILE ALSO TRYING TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL GOALS FOR SAID WRITER RIDER. IT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR AND THE RIDERS. >>THAT’S BE ON THE SAME PAGE TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON GOAL. THROW IN OUR MECHANICS AND IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL RACING TEAM. >>HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS ON A BIG TEAM? LET’S HEATHER RILEY UNITED HEALTHCARE AS A TEAM LIKE THAT AND WHAT DOES THE BACK END OF THE TEAM LOOK LIKE? >>FOR THE FULL SQUAD YOU MAY HAVE AT LEAST TWO MECHANICS AND PROBABLY TWO DIRECTORS WITH TWO TEAM CARS IN THE CARAVAN LIKELY. AND THE USUALLY HAVE SOME OF THE MANAGEMENT ALONG WITH MEDIA AS WELL. SO IT IS QUITE THE PRODUCTION AND THE STAFF DEFINITELY PAYS ATTENTION AND THE ONLY HAVE SO MUCH TIME IN THE DAY AND THEY WILL FINISH THE RACE AT 6:00. CAN YOU IMAGINE TURNING AROUND AND DOING THIS TOMORROW AND TRYING TO GET THE RIDERS CLEANING ALL OF THESE HUNDREDS OF BOTTLES THAT THEY HAVE HAD THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND CLEANING OUT THE CAR AND FILLING UP THE CAR WITH GAS AND HAVING IT ALL CLEANED AND READY IN RACE READY. MAY BE WILL CHANGE OUT THE CASSETTE IN THE BACK WHEEL WITH A DIFFERENT WILL CHOICE AND A DIFFERENT BIKE AND WHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THURSDAY. THERE SO MANY MOVING PARTS WITHIN RACING AND IT’S NOT JUST RACING YOUR BIKE BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE PREPARATION GOING ON PRE-AND POST RACE. >>WITH OUR MEDIA DAY HAD A LOT OF INTERVIEWS WITH THE RIDERS AND I ALWAYS RESPECT THEM FOR COMING DOWN THE DAY BEFORE A BIG RACE IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE THEY TRIED TO FOCUS AND GET PREPARED ANY NEVER WANT TO THROW OFF YOUR PREPARATION OVER THEM. SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. >>YESTERDAY WAS A LOT OF FUN HAVING ALL OF THESE SPECTACULAR ATHLETES COME OUT AND RIDE BIKES WITH THE KIDS. >>WE HAD OLYMPIC DAY EARLIER THIS WEEK WITH A CHANCE TO GET OUR KIDS RIDING WITH SOME OF THE TEAM USA RIDERS AND OLYMPIAN. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO FOLLOW ALONG ON THE LIVE VIDEO STREAM OR WATCHING ON TV ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE BE SURE TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AS THEIR LIVE TWEETING THE RACE AND THEY WILL BE LIVE TWEETING ALL OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND U.S. PROS OUR OFFICIAL HASHTAG THIS WEEKEND WITH THE U.S. PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS. BE SURE TO TAG THE TWEETS SO THAT WE CAN SEE THEM AND HASHTAG JOHNNY BROWN. HOW ABOUT THAT ONE.>>IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE NUMBER ONE AT THE RACE WITH THE DEFENDING CHAMPION ALWAYS GETTING NUMBER ONE AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY COULD BE THE BEST PLACE RIDE OR THE FAVORITE COMING IN.>>IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO HAVE THOSE LOW NUMBERS. GIVES YOU LITTLE BIT OF STEEP STREET CRED.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>WE TALK ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT GOES INTO THE TEAM BUT THERE IS ALSO THE INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE RACE WITH SO MANY VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TO MAKE A RACE LIKE THIS HAPPEN BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE MARSHALS TO MAKE SURE IT IS CLOSED AND YOU WILL SEE THE COMMISSAR AND OUR TV CREW OUT THERE WITH CAMERAS ON THE BIKE. IT TAKES A LOT TO PUT ON A BIKE RACE LIKE THIS. >>AND ALL OF THESE BARRIERS THAT THE NEED TO STRING UP ALL OF THE SIGNS. YOU ARE RIGHT THAT IT IS SUCH A PRODUCTION. AS A RIDE I MADE SURE TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS IN THE CORNERS THAT TRY TO MARSHAL PEOPLE ACROSS THE STREET SAFELY. WITHOUT THEM THESE RACES DON’T HAPPEN. >>IT WOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE WITHOUT THE FANS AND WE WOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE WITHOUT THE RIDERS. WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH ALL OF THESE YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT.>>IT’S MY PLEASURE.>>I HAVE MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF WATCHING YOU BURY YOURSELF AND SUFFER OUT THERE FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT. NICE TO HAVE YOU ON THE SIDE OF THE FENCE THIS YEAR. >>IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE FENCE DOWN.>>AND A BIG THANKS TO OUR TV CREW DOING A GREAT JOB BRINGING US A LONG DAY OF COVERAGE HERE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. AND JUST DOING A GREAT JOB WITH THE ROAD RACE OUT THERE TODAY. THESE GUYS DO A GREAT JOB AS WELL STUFFING THE BREAKAWAY WITH 65 MILES OF RACING TO GO AND THIS WILL BE FLOYD’S OF LEADVILLE UP IN THE FRONT. NOW AT THE SECOND WILL AND SECOND POSITION IN THE GROUP WITH THE BIG PRERACE FAVORITE AS A WINNER ON FRIDAY AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IS HE NERVOUS HERE? >>JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS POOR GUY DOING ALL OF THIS WORK. SO SORRY FOR HIM. MAYBE TRAVIS HAS INTENTIONS OF HITTING OUT AGAIN ON SHERROD LIKE HE DID A COUPLE OF LAPS AGO. I DON’T THINK HE’S GETTING NERVOUS. I THINK IT’S MORE RIDING AND REPRESENTING AT THIS MOMENT.>>IT’S STILL A BIG GROUP REMAINING AS THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN RID OF MANY RIDERS HERE WAS 64 MILES TO GO. MOST GUYS SURVIVING. >>THERE PROBABLY KEEPING A CONSISTENT PACE. THEY HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT ON THE CLIMB WHICH NATURALLY GETS IT OUT OF THE GAP.>>SOME OF THE JERSEYS OF THESE GUYS JUST TRYING TO MAXIMIZE ANY COOLING CHANCES THAT THEY CAN GET.>>THEY MAY ACTUALLY BE ON THE FRONT BUT EITHER WAY THEY’RE SWINGING OUT SINGLE FILE AND I LIKE TO WATCH THE RIDERS AT THE BACK OF THE GROUP BECAUSE SOMETIMES IS THE BEST STORY IN THE RACE AND THEY MAY NOT BE TRYING TO HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE AT THE BACK. >>YOU HAVE SUCH A GOOD RESULT TODAY OVER THE UNKNOWN RIDERS IN THE WOMEN’S RACE. YOU KNOW THAT STORY AND IT’S FUN TO HEAR WHAT BECOMES OF THEM.>>BACK ONTO THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AS THEY POP OUT TO THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE THERE. AGAIN THE DEFENDING CHAMPION HERE AFTER AN INCREDIBLE CAMPAIGN IN 2018 HERE IN KNOXVILLE. THIS GUY REALLY CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND WE KNEW HE HAD NATURAL TALENT BUT HE SHOCKS THIS DEAL AND HE WENT AWAY LAST YEAR. >>I WAS SURPRISED YOU WENT OUT AND WAS ABLE TO STICK A SOLO BUT IF ANYONE KNEW IT OF COURSE IT WOULD BE JOHNNY. >>WE SAW HOW HE WAS GOING 110% FOR THE LAST 15 OR 20 KILOMETERS OF RACING WITH AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY FOR HIM GREETED BY HIS FAMILY ON THE FINISH LINE AS THEY WERE ABLE TO POST UP WITH A BIG WIN FOR HIM IN HIS ADOPTED HOMETOWN HERE IN KNOXVILLE. GREAT FOR TENNESSEE BOY. AND NOW BACK IN THE RACE THIS YEAR HE IS HOPING TO HANG IN A LITTLE BIT LONGER THAN LAST YEAR. WITH THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY READY TO GO AND THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST THAT GOOD. >>IT’S A BOLD MOVE BUT IT WAS OBVIOUSLY A GOOD MOVE FOR THEM. >>140th IN A TIME GAP FOR THESE GUYS. AGAIN LOOKING AT CARPENTER BROWN>>IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE JUST NATURALLY SITTING THESE GUYS OUT OFF THE BACK.>>PRETTY INCREDIBLE FANS HERE IN KNOXVILLE AS WELL. THESE GUYS ARE ON THEIR WAY UP ALMOST TO THE TOP OF THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AND WORKING THE WAY BACK DOWN AND WE WILL WORK OUR WAY THROUGH A BREAK AND COME BACK WITH MORE LIVE ACTION FROM KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE WITH THE SPECIAL ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>VISIT EVER GET EASIER ON THE WAY DOWN? YOU GET MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE DEFENSES YOU GO THROUGH THE RACE. A LITTLE MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE LINE? >>DEFINITELY AND YOU KNOW PRETTY WELL NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE PELOTON. YOU ARE SUPER COMFORTABLE WITH THE DISSENT EVEN AS TIED AT AS IT IS AND YOU CANNOT REALLY SEE AROUND THE CORNERS WHEN HE GONE TO THE SHADE LIKE THAT. YOU ARE FINE WITH THE DISSENT BUT IT’S MORE ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE IN THE PELOTON BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE GAPS CAN REACT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT BUT USUALLY YOU ARE VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THE DISSENT AND HOW IT IS PLAYING OUT.>>GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE EXTRA ROOM AS IT IS RIGHT CHOICE FOR THESE GUYS. >>MAYBE NOT SO COMFORTABLE DEFENDING FOR WHATEVER REASON. THERE IS NO LOSS IN GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF A GAP LIKE THAT AND YOU WILL GET IT EASILY. >>THEY LEARNED WITH THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A PRO DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN DEFEND WELL. WAS ALSO PRETTY ROUGH DEFENDING IN CALIFORNIA. >>I WAS BAFFLED BY THAT AND I COULD NOT TELL IF THAT GUY WAS THAT BAD OR IF HE WAS MESSING AROUND. >>HE WAS COMING OFF SOME BAD CRASHES AND NEVER GOT THE CONFIDENCE BACK WITH TWO BACK- TO-BACK CRASHES. ONCE YOU SHAKE YOUR CONFIDENCE IT’S TOUGH TO GET BACK. HE HAD BETTER HAVE HIS CONFIDENCE TODAY. >>HE TOOK IT ALL THE WAY TO THE GRASS AND JUST UNBELIEVABLE. UP AND OVER SHERROD ROAD ONE MORE TIME AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND IT NEVER GETS EASIER BUT EACH TIME ON THE WAY UP AND OVER. >>I WOULD THINK TOWARD THE END OF THE RACE THAT THEY WOULD THINK IT GOT STEEPER AT SOME POINT.>>WITH STILL 62 MILES OF RACING HERE TO GOES WE GET INTO THE MIDWAY PORTION OF THE RACE AND NOW IT STARTS TO FIND A LITTLE ONE ACTION WITH THE FIELD GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH THOSE GUYS UP THE ROAD AND WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE IN THE PELOTON RIGHT NOW? IS IT HARD TO WAIT OUT A SITUATION LIKE THIS ONCE HE MADE A DECISION THAT YOU ARE NOT CHASING? BUCCOS TO YOUR HEAD IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE GUYS BACK IN THE BUNCH AND WHAT IS GOING TO THEIR HEAD RIGHT NOW? >>NOT NECESSARILY HARD TO WAY BUT YOU DO KIND OF LOSE A LITTLE BIT OF FOCUS. SOMETIMES YOU STEP BACK AND HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR BUDDY. BUT YOU DON’T REALLY WANT TO DO THAT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE TAKE NOTICE OF THAT AND THEN THEY WAIT FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK OR COUNTERATTACK OUT OF THE GROUP. REALLY IN THE PELOTON YOU JUST HAVE TO STAY FOCUSED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY KEEP THE HYDRATION THEN TRY AND STAY COOL OR CONSERVE YOUR ENERGY AND DON’T BE RIDING AROUND THE FRONT BUT MAYBE HAVE A QUICK CONVERSATION WITH YOUR TEAM CAR AND DIRECTOR AND REASSESS AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ON POINT WITH THE GAME PLAN. JUST ON LALIT TO SLEEP AT THIS POINT. YOU NEED TO STAY ATTENTIVE.>> THESE GUYS BACK UP TO WORK IN THE BREAKAWAY WITH THE PELOTON AND THE BREAK ROLLING BACK TO THE FEED ZONE PRETTY SOON WHERE THEY ARE TAKING BOTTLES AND FEEDS ALL DAY AND LET’S GO TO MARSHALL IN THE FEED ZONE.>>WE WERE OVER ON SHERIDAN ROAD EARLIER AND THAT WAS ABOUT HOW ROWDY YOU CAN GET AN HERE TELL ABOUT THE QUIETNESS. YOU HAVE TO HEAR YOUR TEAMMATES ASKING ABOUT WATER FOR ICE WITH THESE TWO MAIN THINGS THAT THESE CYCLISTS ARE WANTING AND THEIR CRUISING WITH TEMPERATURES AROUND 90 DEGREES. IT’S TOASTY OUT HERE AND IT CAN BE CRUCIAL IF YOU DROP A WATER BOTTLE OR ACCIDENTALLY DROP ICE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY AROUND A FULL LOT BEFORE HE CAN GET BACK TO THIS FEED ZONE AND GET THE GOODS. RIGHT NOW EACH TEAM HAS VOLUNTEERS HANDING OUT WATER BOTTLES AND ICE FOR THE ROAD RACE FOR THE MEN TODAY.>>HOW MUCH CAN YOU REQUEST FOR YOUR TEAM? IS IT AS YOU WANT SOMETHING OTHER THAN ICE OR WATER? CAN YOU GET A COKE MAYBE? >>FOR SURE. YOU DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK AROUND TO GET WHATEVER YOU NEED OUT OF THE FEED ZONE BUT YOU COULD TALK ON THE RADIO AND TALK TO YOUR DIRECTOR AND SARAH NEEDED COKE OR MIX OR SOME SOMETHING WERE LITERALLY YOU TAKE THE ORDER OF YOUR TEAMMATES AND IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. YOU HAVE TIME AND PLENTY OF SPACE TO DO THIS WITH PLENTY OF ROOM AND STRAIGHT ROAD TO GO BACK TO YOUR TEAM CAR AND HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND GET WHATEVER YOU NEED SPECIFICALLY. THE FEED ZONE IS DEFINITELY THE BUSINESS SECTION OF RACING WHERE SHERROD IS MORE HAPPY-GO-LUCKY WITH THE FANS AND ALL OF THAT . THERE IS A LOT GOING ON RIGHT THERE AND IT’S PRETTY TENSE. SOMETIMES THEY FIGHT FOR THEIR POSITION AND SOMETIMES YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST OR THE LAST AND THE SEASON DEPENDING ON THE COURSE AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. LIKE YOU SAID, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO YELL AT YOUR ASSISTANT OR VICE VERSA. THEY WILL HAVE THREE OPTIONS. WATER OR MIX OR ICE. >>THERE IS NO PIÑA COLADA REQUEST ANYTHING LIKE THAT. >>YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU DON’T THROW A FIT. >>GUYS IN THE BREAKAWAY WERE WORKING VERY WELL IN THE SINGLE FILE LINE AS WE WATCH THE ROTATION HAPPENING CONSTANTLY ON THE WAY IN. TO SHOW YOU WHAT EXPLAINS ABOUT THE DRAFTING WITH SOME FLUID DYNAMICS SCIENTISTS AND YOU CAN SEE THE PERCENTAGE OF THE WORKLOAD AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THE AIR MOVES AROUND THE RIDERS IN A SINGLE FILE LINE AND THE GRAPHIC ON THE LEFT SHOWS WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE TOGETHER AND THE GRAPHIC ON THE RIGHT SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU START TO LET BETWEEN THE RIDERS. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THEY STAY IN THAT SINGLE FILE LINE AND STAY ORGANIZED SO THAT THEY CAN TRY TO MINIMIZE THE WORK AND IT SHOWS YOU THE PRESSURE COEFFICIENT WHICH IS HOW MUCH AIR IS MOVING THROUGH. YOU CAN SEE THEM PUSHING THE AIR OUT OF THE WAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING BEHIND THE RIDE IN FRONT OF YOU.>>YES AND WE SAID IT WAS EASIER RIGHT HERE. >>IT’S A PRETTY AMAZING FEELING WHEN YOU GET THE DRAW FOR THE FIRST TIME AND BEFORE YOU START SWINGING OUT ANY FEEL THE WIND HIT YOUR FACE BUT YOU DON’T REALLY REALIZE HOW MUCH ENERGY YOU ARE SAVING BY BEING DRAFTED AND IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND.>>BACKUP FOR THE RALLY UNITED HEALTHCARE TEAM CAR. AND ROBIN SAYS THAT WHILE YOU ARE HERE I WILL USE ONE OF THESE BOTTLES TO DUMP ON MY HEAD. YOU HOPE IT’S WATER. DID YOU EVER MISS?>>HAPPENED ONCE THE GAME A COKE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS WATER. IT WAS PRETTY STICKY. >>CERTAINLY NOT IDEAL. >>THE HANDLEBAR OFF THE FRONT WILL HAVE THE SPEED AND DISTANCE AND YOU WILL SEE THEIR HEART RATE ON THERE AND THEY CAN MEASURE THE POWER THEY ARE CREATING WITH EACH MEASURE STROKE WITH A BETTER MEASUREMENT OF HOW MUCH WORK YOU ARE DOING. THEY DON’T CARE AS MUCH ABOUT THE SPEED BUT INSTEAD THEM AND MEASURE POWER. THEY ALSO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING BUT WHEN YOU GO OUT FOR THE TRAINING RIDE YOU CAN PLUG THE ROUTE IN THE TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FOR THOSE COMPUTERS. >>NO YOU CAN PUT IN THE GPS AND I WOULD CIRCLE THE CITY FOR A LONG TIME JUST TRYING TO GET BACK HOME BUT NOT KNOWING WHAT DIRECTION AWAY FROM HOME.>>THEY WILL MOSTLY USE THIS TO MONITOR THEIR EFFORTS TO STAY STEADY.>>TRYING TO LOAD UP AND STAY COOL HERE. AND AGAIN WE SEE EVERY RIDE TAKING TURNS FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK AND STAYING IN THE CONSTANT. CASE ROTATION.>>EVERYBODY DOING AN EQUAL SHARE OF WORK.>>AT THIS POINT IN THE RACE OUT CANNOT IMAGINE THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF STRATEGY BECAUSE THEY PRETTY MUCH KNOW THE PLAN. DOES IT EVER GET FUN IN THE EARPIECE OR DO YOU EVER HAVE ANY JOKES IN YOUR EAR OR ANY FAVORITE TUNES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? >>NO BUT I HAD A DIRECTOR WHEN I WAS RACING THE TOUR DE FLANDRES. HE DECIDED TO TELL ME THERE WAS A BREWERY TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND IT REALLY THREW ME OFF SO LESS IS MORE. IF THERE IS NO NEED TO TALK DON’T TALK IN THE RADIO.>>THEY MAY ASK IF ANYONE EVER COMES TO YOUR OFFICE AND RANDOMLY CRACKS JOKES. YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR JOKES. >>IF ANYTHING, AS YOU ARE PULLING OFF YOU MAY TALK TO THE BREAKAWAY RIDERS THAT YOU ARE WITH AND ALL OF THESE RIDERS KNOW EACH OTHER FROM YEARS PAST AND HAVE PROBABLY RACED WITH EACH OTHER OR AGAINST EACH OTHER SOME. A QUICK LITTLE BANTER IS ACTUALLY A LOT OF FUN. OTHER THAN THAT, YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE. >>CRACKING JOKES WITH YOUR TEAMMATE AND I ALWAYS LOVE TO SEE AFTER THE RACE AND THE FIRST THING THEY DO IS GET ON THE RADIO TO TELL THE TEAMMATES THEY HAVE WON. THAN THE FIRST THING THEY WANT TO DO IS UP DATE THE TEAMMATES ON THE RADIO.>>ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS I HAD AND I WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO THE END OF THE CLIMB FOR HER AS SHE MAKES IT OVER THE TOP AND ATTACKS OVER THE TOP AND I COULD HEAR ONCE THEY GOT DOWN TO THE FLAT I COULD HEAR THE DIRECTOR TELLING HER TO GO AND I COULD HEAR THE ANTICIPATION IN RACHEL’S VOICE. I KNEW THAT I WAS IN THE DROP GROUP AND I KNEW THAT KATIE WAS WINNING AND THAT IT WAS SUCH AN AMAZING FEELING EVEN IN THE DROP GROUP AND I JUST HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE BEING PART OF IT AND IT WAS AMAZING.>>ALEX HOWES WITH HIS BANANA. BACK AFTER BACK. THEY WERE TALKING EARLIER AS THEY WENT UP THE PEDAL TIME AS IT’S SURELY A NEW ONE. >>THIS IS THE FOOD THAT PEOPLE FILMED THE BEST. >>THERE IS DEFINITELY A REAL FOOD REVOLUTION GOING ON WITH A LOT MORE RIDERS GETTING AWAY FROM THE NUTRITION PROCESS AND SOMETIMES IS EASY WITH A LOT OF RICE CAKES COMING OUT IN THE PROFESSIONAL PELOTON A FEW YEARS AGO AS A STANDARD. >> YES USUALLY I WOULD TREND 8- 0 BECAUSE YOU ARE RACING ANY NEED TO GET THE CALORIES AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOU DO TAKE IN THAT NUTRIENT DENSE GOO OR JOE OR THESE BLOCKS. >>DO YOU GET TIRED OF EATING THE STUFF? >>EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU GO TO A DIFFERENT TEAM AND SWAP OUT BRANDS BECAUSE IT’S BASICALLY THE SAME STUFF BUT A DIFFERENT PRODUCT TASTE. THAT’S ALWAYS LITTLE MIXUP AS WELL TO CHANGE IT UP A LITTLE BIT.>>PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS AMAZED TO SEE HOW MUCH THESE RIDERS EAT AND IT WOULD NOT BE UNCOMMON TO COME ACROSS THESE RIDERS WITH THE SNICKERS AND COKE AT A GAS STATION. >>YOU SEE IT A LOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS THEY HAVE BEEN OUT FOR THREE OR FOUR HOURS AND YOUR FURNACE IS HOT. PUT IN WHATEVER YOU WANT. WE WOULD ALWAYS GO OUT TO DINNER AND WHEN YOU’RE ORDERING TWO ENTRIES AND THE WAITRESS LOOKS AT YOU LIKE I DON’T THINK YOU EAT ALL THAT BUT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AND THEY’RE USUALLY SURPRISED WHEN WE CLEAN OUR PLATES. >>’S ALL ABOUT GETTING ENOUGH CALORIES AND WHEN HE HAVE A MULTI-DAY STAGE RACE AND SOMETIMES IT’S TROUBLE JUST TO EAT ENOUGH WITH THE DIRECTORS FORCING YOU TO EAT. >>ARE YOU HAVE BEEN SUPER FOCUSED AND SPECIFIC AND STRICT WITH YOUR DIET AND NOW YOU CAN LET OFF SOME STEAM AND HAVE A HAMBURGER FRENCH FRIES OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE A HANKERING FOR.>>WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE REAL FOOD ON THE BIKE? TO DO HAVE ANYTHING YOU CRAVED OR TAKE OUT ON TRAINING NIGHT? >>I REALLY ENJOY AT THE FOUR AND 5 ARE MARK SOMETHING SAVORY INSTEAD OF SWEET SO I WOULD DO THE RICE CAKE WITH A PIECE OF HIM SOME SCALLIONS TO MAKE SET UP. IT WAS A TASTY DELIGHT. >>SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT AFTER FOUR HOURS OF SUGARY DRINKS. >>IT GOES TO STRAIGHT TO IN-N- OUT. >>THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THESE SKINNY FIVE PERCENT BODY FAT GUYS JUST SCARFING IT DOWN WITH A CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE RIDING IS MUCH AS THEY DO YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT. >>YOU COULD WRECK YOUR STOMACH BUT YOU JUST DON’T CARE. IT’S WORTH IT.>>BACK TO THE LINE WITH SEVEN LAPS TO GO AND 56 MILES OF RACING BETWEEN THESE GUYS ON THE FINISH LINE. ALEX IS TUCKED IN ON THE FRONT. FOR ALL OF THESE CYCLING FANS OUT HERE THAT FOLLOWED THE ARROW BAR CONTROVERSY WITH NO CONTROVERSY HERE WITH NO AERO BARS HERE ALLOWED IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. IF YOU ARE A TRIATHLON FAN YOU MAY KNOW THE EXTENDERS GOING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE HANDLEBARS AS THEY HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN THE GRAVEL RACING RACING 200 MILES SOME DIFFERENT OPTIONS TO REST YOUR HANDS AND CONTROL THE BIKE. BUT THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED IN ROAD RACING. THEY ALLOW IT IN TIME TRAVEL ONLY. MOSTLY BECAUSE HE HAVE ZERO CONTROL OF THE BIKE WITH THESE HANDLEBARS. >>IT’S DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO BE THIS CLOSE TO EACH OTHER WITH YOUR HANDS ON THE BRAKES.>>IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF THE SPORT BUT BROKEN BONES WILL HAPPEN THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER.>>WITH A LOT OF ASPHALT. >>AND THE CRAZY PART IS YOU MAKE GET RIGHT BACK UP AND SAY TO PUT ME BACK IN. SIGN ME UP FOR ANOTHER ONE.>> EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF A RACE IMMEDIATELY THE RIDERS TRY TO GET UP AND GET FIXED UP AND GET MOVING. TAKE ME THROUGH THAT PROCESS. OBVIOUSLY DON’T PLAN ON CRASHING BUT HOW QUICKLY DOES IT SAID IN AND WHAT IS IT LIKE.>>ONE EXAMPLE WAS CRASHING IN SAN LUIS IN ARGENTINA AND IT WAS MAYBE 20 5K OR A 140 K DAY AND WE WENT FOR THE FIRST SPRINT AND RELATED OUT 100 DEGREES OUTSIDE. BASICALLY JUST GOT BACK UP AND LOOK OVER YOUR BIKE WITH THE MECHANICS THERE PRETTY FAST ANY HAVE TO STAY CALM AND GIVE YOURSELF THAT QUICK DEFINITE THAT NOTHING IS BROKEN OR NOTHING IS LIFE-THREATENING BUT MAYBE YOU LOST SOME SKIN AND IT HURTS BUT SUCH IS LIFE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE BARS ARE STRAIGHT MAYBE WITH THE WHEEL CHANGE AND GET BACK ON YOUR BIKE AND ASSESS WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE ONCE YOU GET BACK ON YOUR BIKE. STAY CALM BECAUSE THEY WILL HELP TO BRING YOU BACK UP TO THE GROUP. THEN YOU JUST GET BACK IN THERE. AND THEN IT’S USUALLY AFTER THE RACE WHEN THE PAIN REALLY SAID SINCE HE HAD BETTER TAKE SOME IBUPROFEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE YOU GET IN THE SHOWER.>>INCREDIBLE ATHLETES IS THE TOUGHEST OF THE TOUGH WORKING THEIR WAY UP NOW WITH 1 MINUTE 45 FOR THESE GUYS AND WILL STEP AWAY SHORTLY AND BE RIGHT BACK FROM KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.>> THESE GUYS ARE MAKING IT UP TO THE TOP OF THE PEDAL CLIMB WITH THE LITTLE BIT OF SEPARATION ON THE BACK. BUT THEY SHOULD BE FINE TO GET BACK IN HERE. AS CARPENTER SETS THE TEMPO UP THE FRONT. I ANOTHER HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS WATCHING FROM HOME. HELLO AND THINGS TO ALL OF THE STRUGGLING FAMILIES THAT GOT THESE GUYS WHERE THEY ARE TODAY. BEHIND EVERY CYCLIST IS A LOT OF PEOPLE GETTING THEM TO THESE PROFESSIONAL RANKS HERE. CYCLING PARENTS HAVE IT WAY WORSE. YOU HAVE TO GO TO EUROPE. >>THEY MAY SAY WITH YOUR TRAINING PARTNERS BACK HOME AS THEY HAVE BEEN SO MANY IN MY CAREER WITH A LOT OF GROUP RUNS AND PEOPLE WANTED TO GO OUT WITH THESE EFFORTS. THOSE ARE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS IN LIFE AND THEY JUST WANT TO BE PART OF THE PROCESS AND YOU GET TO BRING HOME A JERSEY OR A REALLY GOOD STORY BACK TO THEM AND THEY ARE DEFINITELY PART OF THE PROCESS TO GO HOME AND HAVE THE COMMUNITY TO HELP YOU.>>THERE ARE SO MANY RIDERS THAT JUST NEED THAT EXTRA PUSH AND THAT EXTRA SUPPORT AND TO TAKE YOU OVER THE EDGE. I KNOW YOU SPENT SOME TIME WITH THE HOMESTRETCH FOUNDATION WHICH IS DESIGNED TO GIVE THOSE RIDERS THE OPPORTUNITY. >>I WAS A GENERAL MANAGER AND TWO YEARS PRIOR I WAS A MENTOR AND THE COMMUNITY IN TUCSON, ARIZONA IS PHENOMENAL AND THE GROUP RIDES ARE AMAZING AND IT’S ONE OF THE TOP NOTCH PLACES IN THE U.S. IN THE WINTER. >>THE LEADERS ARE ON THE WAY DOWN FROM THE BIG TIME HAVING JUST GONE UP AND OVER WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SEPARATION AND THEY WILL COME BACK TOGETHER. MOMENTS AGO I COUPLE OF RIDERS WERE TOUCHING WHEELS IN THE PELOTON. TAKE A LOOK WITH THE RIGHT-HAND TURN AS THE GET CAUGHT JUST ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CORNER HERE WITH NO MAJOR INJURIES OUT OF THIS GROUP A COUPLE OF RIDERS GOT TANGLED UP AS THEY ALSO WENT DOWN WITH THE UNLUCKY THIRD TEAM AS YOU SEE THAT ONE UPSIDE DOWN ON THE BACK OF BRANDON McNULTY AND THEY DO THAT TO WARD OFF SOME OF THE BACK LED BAD LUCK ASSOCIATED WITH THAT NUMBER. >>ANY SEE HOW THEY WILL NOT REALLY RUSH TO GET BACK UP THERE WERE TO JUMP UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH THE STOP AND THE GET OUT AND LOOK OVER. YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO WRITE ON A CRAMPED BIKE PURSUANT TO GIVE THAT QUICK ASSESSMENT WITH PLENTY OF ROAD HERE FOR DAVIN TO GET BACK INTO THE GROOVE AND HE LOOKED PRETTY MUCH OKAY HOPEFULLY.>>WAS ONE OF THE MORE EXPERIENCED CYCLISTS AND WHAT YOU DO AFTER CRASH AND YOU HAVE TO STAY CALM AND THAT THE MECHANIC DO THEIR JOB. IT’S EASY TO PANIC AND SAY I NEED MY WHEEL NOW AND WE HAVE TO DO THIS. WITH THE PROS KNOW ANY JUST NEED TO LET THEM DO THEIR WORK AND YELLING AT THEM WILL NOT MAKE IT GO FASTER HELP ANYBODY SUGGEST A COMMON GET BACK IN THE GROUP AS SOON AS YOU CAN. >>RULE NUMBER ONE IS TO NOT FREAK OUT. >>WHICH IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT IS SOMETIMES HARD TO DO WHEN YOU SEE YOUR GROUP RIDING AWAY FROM YOU AND YOU FEEL GOOD AND YOU ARE UPSET ABOUT THE CRASH AND MAYBE IT WAS FOR DUMB REASON LIKE A LAPSE IN JUDGMENT OUR TENSION INSIDE TEMPERS CAN RUN HIGH WHEN HE HAVE CRASHES LIKE THAT. >>AS THEY WERE KIND OF MOVING TO THE BACK OF THE PELOTON AND THIS IS A REASON WHY DON’T DO THAT BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN LOSE THAT FOCUS AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT THEN HAPPENS.>>WE HAVE CERTAINLY SEEN RIDERS EXCHANGING WORDS WHILE STILL ON THE GROUND TRYING TO BLAME EACH OTHER FOR CAUSING THE CRASH. >>WHAT GOOD WILL THAT DO. >>THERE STILL ON THE GROUND. >>YOU NEED TO GET UP AND GET MOVING AND FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT.>> AT THE BACK OF THE PELOTON WITH A COUPLE OF RIDERS COMING UNGLUED AND TRYING TO GET ON AFTER THEM SHERROD ROAD CLIENT. NOT THE BEST PLACE TO BE BUT WE DID SEE SOME PEOPLE WITH THE GOAL OFF TO THE SIDE HITTING THE BOTTLES IN SOME OF THE CYCLING FANS HERE SETTING UP A TINY SOCCER GOAL TO TRY TO ENSURE ENCOURAGE RIDERS WITH THEIR BOTTLES. >>THAT’S A GREAT WAY TO GET SOUVENIRS. >>THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING. >>THEY HAVE BEEN TO A COUPLE OF THESE.>> BACK UP TO THE BACK OF THE PELOTON WITH THE GATE MAIN GROUP AND THE RED CARD WITH THE NEUTRAL SUPPORT CARD WITH THE TEAM MECHANICS. THERE ARE ALSO NEUTRAL MECHANICS IN THIS RACE. IF YOUR TEAM CAR CANNOT GET TO YOU OR YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET SERVICE WITH YOUR TEAM, THE NEUTRAL CARS ARE PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS THERE WITH THE FIRST CAR AND IF FOR SOME REASON YOUR TEAM CANNOT GET YOU THERE IS A CAR THERE TO HELP EVERY RIDER IN THIS RACE. IT’S NOT IDEAL TO TAKE NEUTRAL SERVICE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO STAY ON THE TEAM WHEEL BUT IT’S BETTER THAN NOT GETTING A WHEEL AT ALL. >>IF IT’S A TIGHT SITUATION YOU WILL DO IT YOU CAN TO TAKE FROM THE NEUTRAL CAR AND EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THEY HAVE WATER IN THERE IF YOU ARE IN THE BREAK AND FOR WHATEVER REASON IF YOUR TEAM CARD CANNOT GET UP TO YOU, YOU CAN PUT YOUR HAND UP AND HAVE A QUICK CONVERSATION . THESE GUYS HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK. THEY GO TO ALL OF THE RACES IN THE U.S. AND THE ROAD RACES AND THE STAGE RACES. THEY KNOW MOST OF THESE RIDERS AND HOW TO QUICKLY CHANGE A WILL OR A BIKE CHANGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE.>>JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR THE MECHANICS THEY TRAINED TO DO THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND IT HAS GOTTEN A LOT TOUGHER IN RECENT YEARS TO BE A NEUTRAL MECHANIC IN THE PELOTON AND THE STANDARDS HAVE STARTED TO DEVIATE. THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREAKS AND THIS IS WHERE THE BREAKERS AROUND THE HUB SIMILAR TO THE TYPE OF BREAKS WHICH IS A LITTLE HEAVIER WITH THE DISC BRAKE AND YOU CAN ARGUE IT IS DANGEROUS AS WELL. HE WON’T GET INTO THAT ARGUMENT TODAY BUT I NOTICED A FOUR GUYS ON THE BREAK HOUSING ONLY GUYS RIDING THE RIM BREAK. IF THE NEUTRAL CAR COMES UP AND YOU ARE RIDING A DISC BRAKE, THERE IS NO COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN THESE TWO.>>I AM NO MECHANIC THAT I BELIEVE THEY HAVE DIFFERENT SIZED ROTORS AS WELL. THAT COULD ALSO CAUSE A PROBLEM OR A DELAY IN ANY CHANGE. A LOT OF TIMES A LOT OF THESE TEAMS NOWADAYS IF THERE IS A WHEEL ISSUE THEY WILL GET A WHOLE NEW BIKE BECAUSE IT CAN BE QUICKER THAN TRYING TO TAKE OUT THE WHEEL ALTOGETHER.>>CONSTANT INNOVATION IN THE NAME OF SEARCHING FOR SPEED AND AERODYNAMICS. AND SOMETIMES JUST SELLING MORE GEAR BUT THAT’S A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION.>>IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH THE BICYCLES HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. A LOT OF PEOPLE MAYBE WITH AN OLD SCHWINN HANGING IN THE GARAGE THINK HOW MUCH COULD YOU CHANGE YOUR BICYCLE. IT’S ONE OF THE MORE SIMPLE INVENTIONS OUT THERE WITH TWO WHEELS ON A CHAIN AND ONE WITH THE FRAME. BUT IT’S AMAZING THE TECHNOLOGY GOING INTO THIS. THESE RIDERS HAVE ELECTRONIC GROUP SETS ON THEIR BIKE AND INSTEAD OF USING CABLE TO SHIFT THE GEAR LIKE YOU WOULD ON PRETTY MUCH EVERY BIKE IN THE WORLD BUT YOU PULL ON THE CABLE BY SHIFTING ON THE HANDLEBARS AND NOW THEY USE THE WIRELESS ELECTRONIC SIGNAL THAT GOES DOWN TO HER TYNER MOTOR THAT MOVES OVER AND THAT’S REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE THEM CHARGING THEIR BIKES AND RUNNING OUT OF BATTERIES AND IT CAUSES PROBLEMS FOR THE RIDERS ALONG WITH THE RACE FOR THE DRIVE 10 AND IT IS A BETTER SHIFT AND MOST OF THE RIDERS AGREE THAT IT IS WITH THE DIAL- IN. >>WE WERE TALKING TO ONE OF THE MECHANICS LAST NIGHT AND I WAS WATCHING THE OTHER DAY HOW HE HAD HIS CELL PHONE NEAR THE FRONT AND HE SAID I WAS UPDATING THE FIRMWARE AND I THOUGHT, WOW. I’M A LITTLE LOST ON THAT. I PREFER MECHANICAL RIGHT NOW. JUST ONE MORE THING TO PLUG-IN THAT I WILL FORGET. >>I HAVE NOT CHARGED MY WIRELESS HEADPHONES IN TWO USE. LET ALONE THE CHANCES OF CHARGING MY BIKE ARE PRETTY SLIM.>>FLOYD’S PRO CYCLING BACK ON THE FRONT WITH THE ARROW ADVANTAGE THERE. OR MAYBE JUST PRAYING THAT THIS WILL AND MAXINE. >>JUST WAITING IN THE WINGS. WE SAW HOW GAVIN ENDED UP PULLING OUT OF THE RACE WHICH WAS UNFORTUNATE. HE LOOKED OKAY BUT HE CAME BACK ON THE COURSE AND IT WAS UNFORTUNATE FOR RALEIGH TO SEE HIM OUT OF THE RACE. HE DID SO WELL LAST YEAR. >>ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT GAVIN FOR THE PRO CYCLING TEAM?>>IT’S TOUGH AND NATIONALS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW HOW YOUR BODY WILL RESPOND. YOU CAN HAVE GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS ON THE BIKE.>>I’M ALWAYS AMAZED HOW CONSISTENT YOU GUYS WERE ABLE TO RIDE AND TRAVELING SO MUCH IT REALLY TAKES A LOT OUT OF YOU. THAT’S A WHOLE ANOTHER COMPONENT WITH THE TRAVEL ELEMENT THAT IS A SKILL SET IN ITSELF. >>IT WAS USUALLY PRETTY HIGH ANXIETY FOR ME ANYWAY. I WANTED TO BE THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I DID NOT WANT ANY DELAYS. AND YOU KNOW HOW THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO ACHIEVE THAT. YOU WOULD KEEP THE SWELLING DOWN AND TRY TO STAY HYDRATED. AND JUST GET THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE IT AN EASY AND SLOW DAY AS POSSIBLE. NOW WISH ON GARDNER OFF THE FRONT AND THIS IS GOOD TO SEE. >>GARDNER HAD A GOOD RIDE FOR THE CYCLING TEAM COMING OUT OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. NOW GOING SOLO OFF THE FRONT OF THE FIELD AS THEY TRIED TO MAKE IT ACROSS THE 2 MINUTE GAP WITH SIX UP THE ROAD AS A WIDE WISE MAN ONCE SAID THAT IT WAS A BOLD MOVE.>>WITH THIS WINTER IN TUCSON, ARIZONA AND THERE ARE REALLY GREAT GUY PUTTING IN SOME HARD TRAINING. HOPEFULLY THIS COMES TO FRUITION FOR HIM.>>YOU CANNOT WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY AND JOHN GARTNER IS PLAYING HIS HAND RIGHT NOW SAYING NOTHING WILL HAPPEN IF I JUST SIT BACK IN THIS GROUP. YOU WILL NOT GET TALKED ABOUT BY THE COMMENTATOR AND PELOTON KNOWS IT. THIS IS ANOTHER TEAM TRYING TO GET GUYS UP TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE SPORT WITH NO EXPECTATION FOR THE GATEWAY DIVO RIDER TO GET RESULTS AT THE PRO-RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS. >>THEY DO TRY TO BREAK OUT THE PELOTON AS THEY STRING EVERYTHING OUT BEHIND AND MOST PEOPLE MAY NOT BE TOO HAPPY WITH ALL OF THIS COMMOTION GOING ON AT THE FRONT.>>FIRST INTERNET BANK AND ARAPAHOE RESOURCES NOW UP THE ROAD AND I THINK THIS IS ONE OF HIS TEAMMATES UP THE FRONT.>> THEY WILL CHASE THEM DOWN.>>THEY TRIED TO GO ACROSS THE GAP AS WE KEEP HER EYE ON THEM AS THREE MORE TRIED TO GO UP THE ROAD TO TRY TO MAKE IT EIGHT IN THE BREAKAWAY JOINING FIVE LITERS.>>>>BACK UP TO THE BREAKAWAY. NOW NICE COLD COKE FOR ALL OF HER. THAT WILL BE A GOOD RIDE BACK. >>ABSOLUTELY. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CRASHES. IT WAS PRETTY PAINFUL. >>I KNOW CAN SHAKE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND EVERYONE KNOWS THE FEELING WHEN YOU GET BACK ON. WHEN DOES IT GO AWAY AND WHEN CAN YOU PUT IT BEHIND YOU? >>WE HEADED TEAM TRY TIME TRIAL THE NEXT DAY AND IT HURT SO BAD BECAUSE I THOUGHT I HAD BROKEN A BONE AND THE PRESSURE ON MY SHOULDERS HURT SO BADLY THAT I THOUGHT I HAD BROKEN A BONE BUT I GUESS I DIDN’T AS IT DID NOT CONTINUE. HAD SETTLED IN UNTIL I GOT HOME AND I HAD A CONCUSSION AND I PROBABLY SHOULD NOT HAVE CONTINUED BUT I THINK WE WERE DEFINITELY LEARNING WAY MORE ABOUT CONCUSSIONS IN THESE RECENT YEARS.>>MORE RIDERS ON THE WAY UP AS WE SAW THE WILDLIFE GENERATION PRO CYCLING TEAM. I THINK THIS IS STEPHEN BASSETT THE FIRST BANK WRITER UP ON THE FRONT. GREAT RIDERS AFTER THEY ENDED UP IN SEVENTH PLACE IN THE CRITERIUM ON FRIDAY NIGHT. AS THEY GO BACK UP TO THE LEADERS WORKING THEIR WAY BACK TO THE FINISH LINE. AND I CANNOT IMAGINE THIS BEING A WHOLE LOT OF FUN ON THE WAY UP TO THE LINE EVEN NOT A SHORT. I THINK ROBIN CARPENTER IS HAVING A LITTLE SMILE UP THERE ON THE FRONT. HOW COULD HE NOT BE AFRAID TO CRACK SOME JOKES IN THE BREAKAWAY.>>49 MILES AS THESE GUYS CHARGE THEIR WAY BACK ONTO THE START HERE IN DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. LUCY SIX LAPS TO GO ANY SEE THE CLOCK RUNNING FOR THE LAST TIME IN THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER TWO HOURS 45 MINUTES AND GOING FROM 49 MILES OF RACING TO GO.>>JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR THESE GUYS. >>I THINK SO.>>IT IS TOUGH WORK TO BE A PRO CYCLIST. THAT’S FOR SURE. BUT ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE JOBS THAT YOU CAN HAVE OUT THERE I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY. >>YOU CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD VIA BICYCLE. IT’S NOT A BAD WAY. >>ALL OF THE UNLIMITED NUTRITION GELS THAT YOU WANT.>>AND HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT. AND YOU SEE THE CARS COMING THROUGH GOING BACK OUT TO THE BREAK WITH MARK CREDE COMING THROUGH.>>THIS WILL BE A CHASE EFFORT FORMING IS THERE PUTTING SOME MOTIVES BEHIND THEM WITH A GOOD NUMBER OF RIDERS POPPING OUT TO THE SIDE. THESE GUYS ARE ONLY ONE MINUTE DOWN WITH THE CHASERS AS BASSETT WILL LEAD THEM UP THE FINAL KICKER HERE.>>THEY JUST MIGHT COME BACK TOGETHER AS THEY ARE LOOKING AROUND TOWARD THE FRONT AND NO ONE IS SUPER MOTIVATED AND THIS WILL BE A RESHUFFLE.>>THESE ARE TOO MANY RIDERS TRYING TO JOIN THIS BRIDGE MOVE. >>OR NOT NECESSARILY MOTIVATED OR THE RIGHT MIX AT ALL KINDS OF FACTORS.>>MAY BE TRYING TO LIFT THE TEMPO AND MAYBE NOT TRYING TO GET AWAY AND JOIN THESE GUYS BUT THEY ARE JUST GETTING A LITTLE BIT TOO BIG AND MAYBE THEY SAID TO TONE THIS DOWN A LITTLE BIT.>>ERIC YOUNG TOWARD THE TAIL END OF THAT AND REALLY JUST RIDING THE WAVE AT THE MOMENT. >> A GOOD LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING TOWARD THE BACK OF THE PELOTON. LOOKING AT THE FIELD WITH THE ELEVATION GAIN YOU CAN SEE THE FROM THE FRONT OF THE GROUP TO THE VERY BACK AND SOMETIMES YOU SEE THE ACCELERATION COMING BEFORE YOU FEEL THAT AS THE FIELD CAN ACT LIKE A SLINKY OR A WHIP BUT IT TAKES A WHILE BEFORE THE OTHER END MOVES AND IT RIPPLES TO THE FIELD AND WHEN IT CATCHES UP THROUGH THE BACK CAN BE A RUDE AWAKENING. >>THEN YOU HAVE TO STAND UP AND PUT FORTH THIS EFFORT ARE YOU WILL GET DROPPED. I WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH WHEN IT WAS MY TEAMMATE UP THERE AND THE CLIMBERS THAT WOULD DO SO MUCH BETTER ON THIS HILL THAN I COULD AND I COULD SEE THEM MAKING THE RACE HARD FOR EVERYBODY INCLUDING MYSELF.>>OUT ON THE BACK FOR THE SQUAD WITH THE TEAMMATE UP THE ROAD WITH THE BREAKAWAY.>>AFTER DOING ALL OF THIS WORK UP HERE WITH LOVE FOR THE FANS. >>IT MUST BE POWERED GETTING THE CROWD TO CHEER AND WHEN YOU LIFT A HAND AND GET THE RESPONSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR. WITH TONS OF FANS UP THERE ON THE CLIMB IS THEY’RE NOT GETTING A LOT OF TIME TO LOOK AT IT BUT WE WERE DOCUMENTING SOME OF THE FANS THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH OUR BEST OF FOR SOME OF THE AMERICAN FANS ALONG THE COURT. SO SHOUT OUT HERE ALONG THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIDERS AND WE ALWAYS ENCOURAGE FANS TO GIVE PLENTY OF SPACE AS THESE FANS HAVE BEEN REALLY WELL BEHAVED. >>IT’S NICE TO SEE EVERYBODY DRESSED UP HAVING A GOOD TIME. EVEN SOME TEAMMATES THAT GO OUT TO CHEER ON THEIR TEAMMATES.>>WE WANT TO PUT YOU ON TV BUT WE DON’T WANT YOU TO GO OVER ANY OF THE RIDERS. DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY SEE AT OTHER RACES ON TELEVISION, SHERROD ROAD IS NOT THE BEST PLACE TO RUN ALONGSIDE THE RIDERS . THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH ROOM. >>IT’S A PRETTY SMART MOVE TO HAVE THAT EXTRA BIT OF WATER RIGHT OVER ON THE TOP OF THE HILL. >>A LOT OF TIMES THEY WILL STASH GEAR THROUGHOUT THE COURSE WITH A COUPLE OF SPARE WILLS AT THE TOP OF THE CLIENT OR AT THE BOTTOM IF THEY THINK THERE IS A SECTION WHERE YOU MAY NEED IT AND WE HAVE A REALLY ROUGH ROAD WITH THE TEAMS MAY PUT THE MECHANICS WITH EXTRA WHEELS ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ANTICIPATING IT. >>USUALLY AT THIS POINT IN THE CLIMB THE TEAM CAR IS PRETTY FAR BEHIND AND IT CAN TAKE IT SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME TO GET UP TO YOU FOR ANY MECHANICAL OR WHATEVER YOU MIGHT NEED. THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO HAVE SOMEONE UP THERE THAT COULD RIDE UP TOWARDS AND ANOTHER TRICK IS TO CALL YOUR TEAM CAR UP TO THE FRONT AND TO MAYBE HAVE A QUICK CHAT EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY NOT GO BACK THERE. THE CALLED UP TO THE FRONT AND IT’S ALMOST THE RACE IN THE CARAVAN IS THEY’RE NOT POSITIONED AT THE FRONT UNTIL THE CARS GET BACK IN ORDER WHICH IS AT THE DRIVER’S DISCRETION AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET BACK INTO THE SLOT WHEN THEY MOVE UP TO THE FRONT.>>THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF GAMES TO PLAY EVEN IN THE CARAVANS. >>BACK TO THE BACK WITH THE PROJECT ECHELON RUNNING HERE AT OF IOWA WITH NOT A LOT OF HILLS LIKE THIS ALTHOUGH THEY DO HAVE THE CRITERIUM THERE. THERE ARE SOME SPEED PILLS OUT THERE. THIS IS WHERE THE RIDERS START TO COME UNGLUED. NOW THIRD PLACE IN THE CRITERIUM FRIDAY NIGHT WILL BE THE LATEST CASUALTY. >>THESE ARE BIG GUYS IN THIS FIELD IS DEFINITELY NOT SUITED TO HIM. >>TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF RIDERS AND WOULD KIND OF CLASSIFY RIDERS BY ONE OF THREE CATEGORIES AS A SPRINTER AND A CLIMBER AND ALL AROUND HER. TELL US HOW YOU BECOME A SPRINTER OR CLIMBER.>>YOU MAY LOOK AT SOMEONE LIKE ERIC YOUNG THAT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT BIGGER AND A LITTLE MORE MUSCLE TO THEM AND A LITTLE MORE SCRAPPY AND NOT AFRAID TO BUMP AROUND WITH THE PELOTON VERSUS SOME OF THE OTHER CLIMBERS THAT WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY SMALLER GUYS. AND YOU CAN DEFINITELY SEE THE DIFFERENCE THAT THIS IS THE CLIMBER BUT THAT THEY ARE DEFINITELY THE SPRINTER ON THE BIGGER SIDE OF THINGS IN THE PELOTON . AND FOR YOUR ALL AROUND HER IS THE KIND OF FALL IN THAT CATEGORY BECAUSE HE CAN GET OVER SOME OF THESE CLAIMS WITH THAT FAST TWITCH AT THE END AS WELL. THERE’S DEFINITELY THESE DIFFERENT BODY TYPE IS AND YOU SEE HOW HE IS A BIGGER GUY IS YOUR WORKHORSE AND REALLY GOOD ON THE FLAT AND JUST REALLY GOOD AND ABLE TO PROTECT YOUR RIDE OR YOUR CLIMBER OR YOUR SPRINTER FROM THE WIND AND THEY CAN REALLY PUT OUT A LOT OF POWER FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME. AND WITH A LOT OF POWER AND THEN THE PRIMER CAN HOLD REALLY STRONG POWER GOING UPHILL FOR HOURS. THERE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT BODY TYPES FOR SURE AND IT CAN JUST START TO FALL IN PLACE WHAT YOUR STRENGTHS ARE AND WHAT THE TEAM MAY NEED WHEN YOU GO TO GET SIGNED BY DIRECTOR. >>WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE 100 METER DASH VERSUS THE MARATHON IS A VERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF RUNNER AND ATHLETE ANY DON’T SEE THE 100 METER DASH RUNNERS BRACING IN THE 100 METER DASH. YOU HAVE TO FIND IT AND FOCUS ON IT AND WE HAVE SPRINTERS ON THE CLIMBERS AND HAVE A ROUGH TIME . I AM FEELING FOR ALL OF THE SPRINTERS OUT THERE TODAY. >>IF THEY DON’T GO VERY HARD THEN THEY WOULD DEFINITELY GET OVER THAT AS A SPRINTER. NOW THESE GUYS ARE LOSING A LITTLE BIT OF TIME HERE. WITH MORE OF A BIKE RACE WITH 55 SECONDS WITH 45 MILES TO GO JUST BASICALLY NOTHING. >>EXACTLY. THERE’S SO MUCH RACING TO BE HAD AND WHOEVER IS MANAGING THE GAP MAY BE ABLE TO BRING IT BACK PRETTY FAST IF THEY NEEDED TO. BUT OUT ON THE FRONT IT WAS A LOT OF WORK FOR HIM TODAY AND HE WILL BE REALLY TIRED TONIGHT. >>IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE ARE SOME MORE SPLITS HAPPENING DOWN IN THE FIELD SO WE WILL SEE THE SEPARATION WITH THE BREAKAWAY HIM GOING AROUND THE U-TURN. AND THERE ARE THE CHANGERS RIGHT BEHIND HIM IN THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF THE SCREEN. AND IN BETWEEN THE GAP. AND THESE GUYS WILL SEE THEM ON THEIR WAY DOWN WITH JUST ABOUT ONE MINUTE BETWEEN THE TWO. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THERE BACK IN THE BREAKAWAY. I DON’T KNOW THIS GUY DID ON FRIDAY AFTER SPENDING THE MAJORITY OF THE 90 MINUTE BREAK ON FRIDAY IN THE BREAKAWAY HIM AFTER TAKING A DAY OFF ON SATURDAY AND AND SEND IT RIGHT BACK TO WORK AT THE FRONT OF THE RACE.>>THEY PUT THE TIME TRIAL OR THE ROAD RACE ON SUNDAY BECAUSE OF THE TIME TRIAL ON THURSDAY AND THE CRITERIUM ON FRIDAY. THEN THEY GAVE THE RIDERS THE DAY OFF IN WITH ACTION GETTING INTO THE MIX WITH THINGS STARTING TO HAPPEN UP AT THE FRONT OF THE PELOTON WITH 55 SECONDS IN BETWEEN THE BREAK IN THE FIELD. WE WILL SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE IT UP AS WE KEEP OUR EYE ON THOSE FIVE AS IT IS STARTING TO HEAT UP HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. WILL TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SPLIT IN THE PELOTON. >>>>THERE HAS BEEN A SPLIT IN THE BIG GROUP AND THEY MADE A SELECTION JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT ON YOUR SCREEN WITH A MAJOR SPLIT WITH ABOUT 30 GUYS OUT THE BACK OF THE GROUP ON THE ROAD. >>SIMILAR TO THE WOMEN’S RACE AND WE WONDER IF IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT’S TOLL AND I WONDER IF THEY CAN SO IT BACK TOGETHER AND REGROUP AS THEY COME BACK INTO TOWN. JUST SO WEARING DOWN PROCESS OF THE COURSE AND ATTRITION THAT IS TAKING PLACE. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE PACE IS DEFINITELY STARTING TO PICK UP IN THE GROUP AS THEY’RE MOVING A LITTLE QUICKER AND LIGHTER ON THE PETALS ON THE PEDALS AS THEIR STRINGING UP TO WHOEVER’S OUT IN THE FRONT AND IT IS WORKING AS THEY SPLIT THE PELOTON IN FRONT. >> ALONG WITH MICHAEL HERNANDEZ STANDING UP IT LOOKS LITTLE BIT LIKE YOU STRUGGLING. A LITTLE BIT MORE ATTENTION FOR THESE GUYS TRYING TO MOVE UP AND GETTING INTO A POSITION. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT.>>BACK UP TO THE LEADERS IN A SINGLE FILE LINE HEARING KIM TAKING THE DRAFT OFF OF THE LEAD WRITER BANK. EVERYONE TAKING TURNS WITH NO PASSENGERS IN THE BREAKAWAY AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE FIVE GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKING. THE SPENT A LITTLE TIME AT THE BACK AND THEY MUST BE TIRED AFTER THE DAY IN THE CRITERION ON FRIDAY BUT WE HAVE SEEN HIM TAKING THE HOLD. IT WAS A WHILE AGO THE LAST TIME WAS SO THE GREEN AND YELLOW JERSEY.>>YOU SEE ROBIN GOING BACK FOR A QUICK STRETCH WITH THINGS FILLING IN WITH FATIGUE SETTING IN. AND TRYING TO PREVENT SOME CRAMPING PROBABLY.>>BACK TO THE CHASE. YOU CAN SEE THE GLISTENING LEGS OF THE EVOLO RIDER. WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE MORE COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE RIDERS SHAVE THEIR LEGS. IF THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF MASSAGE AND TRYING TO CLEAN YOUR LEGS AND WITH ROAD RASH TO KEEP IT CLEAN. BUT THE BIGGEST REASON IS JUST THE VANITY ELEMENT FOR SURE. YOU DO A LOT OF WORK TO GET THESE CHISELED LEGS AND YOU WANT TO SHOW THEM OFF. >>YES YOU DO. >>LOGAN IS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH HIS TEAMMATE AND GOING THROUGH WITH THE TACTICS ARE AND COMING NOW TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY AND SEEING HOW EVERYONE IS FEELING. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHEN HE JUST LITERALLY GO UP TO YOUR TEAM IT AND HAVE A QUICK CONVERSATION AND MAYBE THEY TALK ABOUT UNPACKING. AND YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND WHAT SHAKES OUT AND YOU MAY STAND UP AND TRY AGAIN.>>GAUGES BACK AT THE FRONT DOING HIS WORK.>>THAT ANSWERED THAT QUESTION OUT ON FRIEND. >>EXACTLY. A LOT OF FANS HANGING OUT IN THE SHADE. IT HAS BEEN A VERY PLEASANT DAY AND A LITTLE ON THE WARM SIDE AND IMAGINE IT’S HOT OUT THERE FOR THE GUYS WITH THE HEAT COMING OFF THE PAVEMENT. YOU HAVE TO ADD A COUPLE OF DEGREES OF INTENSITY TO TODAY’S EFFORT.>>THESE GUYS ARE EMPTYING THE BOTTLES OUT AND TOSSING THEM OFF ONCE THEY’RE USELESS TO THEM. YOU CAN SEE THE RIDERS USING DIFFERENT COLORED BOTTLES THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND FOR THE EUROPEAN RIDERS IT’S TOUGH TO GET ENOUGH BOTTLES OVER HERE SO SOMETIMES THEY GET THEM FROM USA CYCLING. IF YOU SEE A RIDER USING A BOTTLE THAT DOES NOT HAVE THEIR TEAM COLOR OR TEAM LOGO OR DOES NOT QUITE MATCH WITH THE REST OF THE KIT. >>ALSO IF THEY CAME UP UNUSUALLY THERE IS AN AGREEMENT THAT WE WILL HELP YOU OUT AND BE NICE AS LONG AS YOU CONTINUE TO WORK IN THE BREAK.>>YOU SEE THAT HOME CAR RIGHT BEHIND THE BREAKAWAY DRIVEN BY THE OFFICIAL TO KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS AND ALSO REGULATING THE TRAFFIC IN BETWEEN. THEY CALL THEM THE COMMISSAR. YOU SEE THEM BEHIND THE RUNNER AND ALSO ON THE MOTO OUT THERE KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS.>>THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO KEEP HAPPY WITH THE DIRECTOR. >>AND THIS IS A GROUP YOU DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO TALK TO BUT THEY DO AT THE END OF EACH DAY OF THE STAGE FACE THEY PUT OUT THE COMMUNICATE STAY WITH THESE RESULTS AND ANY FUNDS THEY HAVE LEVIED. >>WANT TO BE RESPECTFUL BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THERE FULL- TIME JOB BUT THEY DO THIS OUT OF THE LOVE OF THEIR HEART AND BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE OUT HERE AS WELL. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT PERSPECTIVE AS WELL AS THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP US AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE AND THERE JUST ENFORCING THE RULES. MAYBE THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO DRAFT A RIDER BACKUP TO THE PELOTON ANY KIND OF LOOK AWAY FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS. YOU PLAY LIKE YOU CANNOT HEAR THEM OR MAYBE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THEM AND THEN THEY KNOW HOW TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT YOU DEFINITELY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. YOU TRY TO BEND THE RULES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT BREAKING THEM. >>PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT UNTIL THE COMMISSAR SAYS YOU NEED TO REAL IT BACK IN. >>YOU NEVER KNOW.>>THIS IS PLAYING INTO HIS HANDS PERFECTLY. THEY HAVE BEEN PRETTY QUIET SO FAR. AND THE LONGER THAT THESE GUYS STAY OUT IN FRONT AND THE BETTER IT IS FOR THOSE GUYS THAT WOULD WANT TO PUT IN THE GOOD PUSH WITH 10 MILES OF RACING WHERE THINGS ARE STARTING TO HEAT UP. RUTH WINDER WENT FROM JUST UNDER ONE LAP OUT . >>YES AND GOING BACK TO TRAVIS I THINK IT WAS MORE TO SUPPORT HIS TEAMMATE TO SUPPORT THE WORK HE WAS DOING. IT’S ALWAYS NICE OF HIM TO BE OUT THERE SUPPORTING THE RIDER.>>THIS IS ONE THAT TRAVIS McCABE HAS BEEN HUNTING FOR A LONG TIME AND IT HAS BEEN HEARTBREAK FOR HIM EVERY YEAR WITH THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. THEY JUST CANNOT SEEM TO PUT TOGETHER THE PERFECT DRIVE AND IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING TO CHASE THE WIN LIKE THIS IT’S WHOLE CAREER.>>THEN MAYBE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN THEY’RE FIRST COMING OUT THEY WERE DEFINITELY THE DYNAMIC DUO. IT LOOKS LIKE HE KIND OF FOUND HIS PLACING AND HAD SUCH A GOOD TOUR OF CALIFORNIA SHOWING AND RACING AND NOW HERE FROM FRIDAY NIGHT WITH A SIGNIFICANT WIN AND THEY DEFINITELY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY ON THE RIGHT TRAJECTORY RIDING WELL TODAY WITH THE LUCK ON THE SIDE WITH THE BREAKAWAY.>>WITH ONE MINUTE UP TO THE BREAKAWAY WITH THESE MOTORCYCLES COMING BY ARE THE MARSHALS THAT MOVE AHEAD BLOCKING INTERSECTIONS AS THEY LEAPFROGGED THE RACE TO KEEP IT AHEAD FOR THE RIDERS. >>AND WHEN THE CARS ARE BEHIND THE RIDERS THEN ONCE THE GAP STARTS TO SHRINK THEN THE RACE DIRECTOR OR THE CHIEF WILL PULL THE CARS OUT AND ASK THEM TO GET OUT OF THE WAY SO THAT THERE IS NO DRAFTING ADVANTAGE AND IT IS SAFE FOR THE RYTAS BACK TO RECONNECT WITH THE BREAKAWAY. MAYBE AFTER THEY GET THROUGH AND THE GAP KEEPS COMING DOWN THEY WILL CALL THE PULL THE CARS DOWN THROUGH THE TWO GAPS WITH THE FRONT GROUP AND THE PELOTON. >>NATURALLY SPLITTING IT OUT. >>WITH SEPARATION IN THE GROUP AS THEY TAKE A LOOK BEHIND TO SEE WHERE THE REST OF THE BREAKAWAY RIDERS ARE. RIGHT NOW IT’S GOING DOWN TO JOHNNY BROWN. AND ROBIN CARPENTER. WITH THE RIDER JUST IN FRONT WITH THE RED AND WHITE JERSEY. AND HOW SWEET WOULD IT BE FOR THAT TEAM TO DOUBLE UP TODAY IN THE WINNING RACE. AND THEY HAVE A COUPLE IN HERE TO GIVE IT A SHOT AT THE FINISH . >>IT THEY WERE DEFINITELY NOT ENJOYING THE TOP OF IT. >>REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CRIME AND THE SPRINTER? THEY DEFINITELY HAVE THE BUILD OF A SPRINTER. >>DROPPING IT DOWN TO GET OVER THE CLIMB AND YOU CAN LOOK DOWN AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND YOU JUST WANT TO STAY CONNECTED TO THE GROUP FOR WHATEVER CHANCE THEY WILL CATCH BACK ON DOWN TO THE SLATS. OR ERIC YOUNG DOWN TOWARDS THE BACK. OLIVER RECONNECTED WHICH WAS JUST REALLY GREAT FOR HIM.>>AS THEY GET BACK TO THE LINE HERE. WITH FLAT RACING FOR THE GERMAN- BASED CONTINENTAL TEAM THAT MOVED OVER TO GERMANY AFTER HIS FATHER SUFFERED A PRETTY BAD BICYCLE ACCIDENT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEY WENT OVER TO GERMANY TO GET TREATMENT. HE FOUND HIMSELF OVER THERE AND HE WAS RETURNING BACK HERE TO THE UNITED STATES JUST FOR THE NATIONALS AND THEN HE WILL HEAD BACK TO GERMANY TO BE WITH HIS FAMILY.>> HERE COMES GAGE BACK IN AND WE THOUGHT WE LOST HIM THERE FOR A SECOND ON THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB BUT HE IS HERE. >>GOOD FOR HIM TO NOT GIVE UP AND NOT JUST GO BACK TO THE PELOTON BUT TO TRY TO RECONNECT. EVEN IF HE JUST GOES TO THE BACK BUT BEING REPRESENTED FOR HIS TEAM OUT THERE IS VERY MOTIVATIONAL FOR THE GUYS IN THE PELOTON. >>IMAGINE THEM ON THE RADIO RIGHT HERE JUST ASKING THEM TO DO THIS WITH ANY POSITIVE INFORMATION OR ENERGY THAT HE CAN GIVE THEM TO STAY CONNECTED TO THIS GROUP RIGHT HERE IN THE ZONE TO GET ANY REST SERVICE BY ONCE THEY GET ON THERE.>>>>THE TIME GAP OUT ONE MINUTE HERE WITH A LITTLE SEPARATION OUT OF THE FIELD COMING FORWARD AND YOU WILL SEE MORE AND MORE OF THESE GAPS AS WE ARE GETTING INTO CRUNCH TIME WITH 37 MILES TO GO AND WE WILL TAKE ONE MORE SHORT BREAK AND KEEP AN EYE ON THESE GUYS AS THE HEAVY HITTERS COME FORWARD AND WE WILL TAKE INVENTORY OF WHO IS HERE AND MAYBE MORE IMPORTANTLY OF WHO IS NOT. 15 GUYS IN THIS GROUP. >>NELSON AND LARRY AND TRAVIS AND A LOT OF THESE NAMES WE HAD . FOR THE GANG UP THERE LOOKING COMFORTABLE BUT NOT DOING ANY OF THE WORK. MAKING IT OVER SHERROD AND NOT HAVING TO CHASE BACK ON. >>THIS IS THEM CATCHING UP TO THE BREAKAWAY SO THEY WILL BRING THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF FIVE BACK AND SO WE SAW THEM AT THE BACK OF THE GROUP WITH THE COUNTERATTACK GOING OVER THE TOP AS THEY HAVE MADE THE CATCH ON THE LEADER ALONG WITH THE BLUE KIT WITH THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF FIVE. THIS IS A BIG TURNING POINT IN THE RACE AS THE BREAKAWAY GETS CAUGHT AND NOW THEY ARE ROLLING AWAY. >>NELSON HAS COME OUT OF THE GROUP WITH EFFORT NOW. AS WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE NAMES OF SOME OF THESE RIDERS SITTING IN AND ASKING FOR SOME OF THEIR EFFORTS NOW.>>THERE IS THE ELBOW FLICK AS HE IS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH WHAT IS BEHIND HIM. >>HE HAS HIS TEAMMATE UP THE ROAD. >>WITH CARPENTER APPEAR WITH NO REASON FOR HIM TO WORK OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN WITH THE YELLOW JERSEY OF THIS TEAM FINALLY MAKING HIS APPEARANCE AT THE FRONT OF THE RACE. THIS MAY BE IT RIGHT HERE. THIS MAY BE THE GROUP WE ARE LOOKING AT WINNING THE RACE TODAY. >>I CAN IMAGINE THAT COMING TOGETHER PRETTY EASILY. THEY MAY START TO LOOK AROUND AND COUNT THEY HAVE. AND HOW EVERYBODY LOOKS AND HOW EVERYBODY IS FEELING.>>>>PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RACING ALONG THE PARKWAY HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. AND MAJOR TURNING POINT IN THE RACE WITH THE INITIAL BREAKAWAY OF FIVE RIDERS HAS BEEN CAUGHT WITH NEW GUYS COMING OUT THE FRONT. AND THE GUY THAT WOULD MAYBE BE CLASSIFIED AS A SPRINTER BUT HE IS BREAKING OUT OF HIS ROLE TODAY. >>IT’S GREAT TO SEE AND MAYBE THEY CAN GET BACK IN AND RECOVER LITTLE BIT AND BE THERE FOR ANOTHER CALENDAR OFF THIS EFFORT HERE.>>RALLY EXCHANGING ROBIN CARPENTER OFF THE FRONT. AS HE TAKES A LOOK BACK AND THESE GUYS HAD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT HIM. I WOULD SAY RIGHT HERE THAT I’M NOT SEEING THEM COMING UP. IF YOU ARE NOT IN THAT SELECTION RIGHT NOW THAN I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TODAY. >>THEY WILL HAVE TO DO A LOT OF SITTING UP AND LOOKING AT EACH OTHER IF THE GROUP WILL COME BACK TO THEM THAT I CANNOT IMAGINE THAT HAPPENING. NOW BACK UP FRONT ALONG WITH JOHNNY BROWN. >>YOU SEE THEIR HEADS BOBBING A LITTLE BIT AS FATIGUE IS DEFINITELY SETTING IN. DOING THE BREAK AND DOING THE WORK. WITH HIS TEAM REPRESENTED OUT THERE HE HAS TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF WHAT HE LET’S GO UP THE ROAD OR WHATEVER HE HAS LEFT. >>GETTING DOWN TO APPOINT WE WON’T HAVE VERY MANY TEAMMATES LEFT HERE. AND THEY WILL START TO THROW RIDERS UP THE ROAD HERE. THEY GOT THREE IN THIS SELECTION SO THEY WILL TRY TO ROLL THIS ONE ANY MAY AS WELL USE NUMBERS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE AT THIS POINT. >>100% ESPECIALLY THESE WORLD TOUR GUYS THAT HAVE A LITTLE MORE IN THEIR LEGS AS FAR AS RACE DAY AND THEY CAN HANDLE THE PRESSURE. SO I NOT START SENDING THEM OFF. >>WE HAD THE FORMER NATIONAL CHAMPION IN THIS GROUP GREG DANIEL BACK IN THE MIX. >>THAT’S GREAT TO SEE.>>NOW SENDING LOGAN OWEN UP THE ROAD IN FOR CARPENTER AND ALLEN THIS IS A VERY GOOD DUO HERE. WITH A NICE VIEW OF THE SKYLINE OVER THE RIVER BUT NO TIME TO ENJOY THE VIEW TODAY. >>I BET LOGAN FEELS PRETTY GOOD AS THEY HAD DONE A LOT OF WORK TO BLOW UP THE FIELD AND TRY TO BRING BACK THE GROUP SO MAYBE HE’S FEELING A BIT FRESH TODAY I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE END OF THE RACE.>>AS THEY ALSO GET UP INTO THE MIX FOR THE FIRST INTERNET BANK CYCLING TEAM AS A LOCAL RIDER FROM TENNESSEE. OUT OF KNOXVILLE AND SO THIS IS HUGE FOR HIM UP THERE AS HE HAS BEEN KNOCKING ON THE DOOR AND WE KNOW HE’S A GREAT RUNNER AND GREAT TALENT BUT THE NATIONALS WOULD BE THE WORLD STAGE FOR HIM WITH THAT CHANCE TO REALLY TAKE CARE OF IT HERE. WITH THE BLUE JERSEY IN THE FIRST BANK CYCLING TEAM.>>STILL WINNING IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. AFTER GRADUATING FOR THE LOCAL KNOXVILLE RESIDENTS.>>HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU THINK WILL BE CHEERING FOR HIM ON THE SIDELINES TODAY? >>I HOPE THEY KNOW WHO HE IS. DON’T THEY REALIZE THAT ONE OF THEIR OWNERS IN THE BREAKAWAY HERE.>> NOW SETTING UP ON FRONT HERE PUSHING THE PACE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A GAP BETWEEN JOHNNY AND STEPHEN. JUST CATCHING HIS LEGS AND WANTING TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON TO MAKE IT A HARD RACE.>>IF YOU WATCH HER WOMEN’S COVERAGE THIS IS THE HUSBAND OF THE OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST FOR THE 2020 TEAM. NOW WITH MORRIS LET’S BACK HERE IN THE GROUP WITH THE FRONT FOUR BUT NOT BY MUCH. THEY MAY COME BACK TOGETHER WITH THESE FOUR GUYS TRYING TO ROLL AWAY.>>LARRY COULD EASILY COME BACK UP IT LOOKS. >>GOING RIGHT THROUGH THESE GUYS WITH THE 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPION NOW RETURNING FROM HIS FRENCH DEPLOYMENT AS HE STICKS HIS NOSE OUT INTO THE WIND. AS ABOUT THE ONLY AMERICAN ON THAT SQUAD WITH NO HELP HERE WITH THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. I KNOW THEY WILL BE HEADING BACK UP TO MICHIGAN AFTER THE RACE SO HE WILL BE ALLEN AND HE HAS NO REASON TO TRY TO SAVE ANY ENERGY. HE’S GETTING TOWARD THE END OF A BLOCK HERE BEFORE HE HEADS HOME TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. HE COULD GO ALLEN IN KNOXVILLE TODAY FOR THE STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS. >>AROUND THE CORNER COMING UP AT THE PASS AND THE CAMERA GUY CANNOT KEEP UP WITH HIM. >>THE BIKES CAN CORNER FASTER BUT IT’S ALSO TOUGH ON THE DEFENSE BECAUSE THE BIKES CAN HANDLE BETTER THAN A MOTORCYCLE AND A LOT OF TIMES THE MOTORCYCLES HAVE TO SPEED AHEAD AND YOU LOSE THE COVERAGE ON THE RIDERS DOING A PRETTY GOOD JOB OFF OF SHERROD ROAD HERE ALONG WITH SOME OF THE BIGGER CLAMS THEY MAY LOSE THE CAMERA ON THE WAY DOWN. >> THESE GUYS JUST RATCHETED UP AND THEY CAN CATCH THE GUYS OFF GUARD FOR A HOT SECOND AND THEY DO A GOOD JOB SWINGING AROUND TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.>>BENNETT AND BASSETT HERE WITH THE FIRST TEAM WITH THE FIRST INTERNET BANK SQUAD. STILL 34 MILES TO GO WHICH IS A LONG WAY FOR THIS SPLIT AND WHEN YOU HAVE THESE 20 GUYS TOGETHER AND HE ALREADY MADE THIS SELECTION WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO CALM DOWN TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF TO KEEP THE PRESSURE AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE? >>I ALSO THINK WITH THE TOP 10 IN THIS STAGE. HE KNOWS HOW TO GO THE LONG DISTANCE TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. IF THEY HAVE THREE GUYS BACK THERE DRAWING OUT SOME OF THESE GUYS THEN LET’S SEE HOW WE CAN SHAKE THINGS UP. I CANNOT IMAGINE THOSE GUYS WANT TO GO TO THE LINE WITH TRAVIS. >>I DON’T THINK ANYONE WOULD WANT TO GO TO THE LINE WITH TRAVIS McCABE AT THIS POINT. THERE WERE A LOT OF GUYS TRYING TO STEER CLEAR FROM HIM BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE FINISH LINE. IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF HIM EARLY ON THEY TRY TO DO IT ON THE CLIENT. THEY KNOW HE IS A GOOD CLIMBER BUT NOT A GREAT CLIMBER AND HE DOES NOT THRIVE THAT HE CAN MAKE IT AND SURVIVE AND IF THEY MAKE IT AS HARD AS THEY CAN THEY CAN GET INTO TROUBLE.>>SETTING THIS PACE IT’S HARD FOR JOHNNY TO HANG ONTO IT AS THEY TRY TO PUSH UP TO THESE GUYS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION. WHICH IS TO CONNECT AND THEN JUST TO SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WITH THESE GUYS. >>WHAT A FEELING ALSO HOW THEY ARE LEADING THE RACE COMING DOWNTOWN INTO KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. THEY HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE LOCAL NEWS WITH PLENTY OF COVERAGE IN THE NEWSPAPER. THEY ARE DEFINITELY CHEERING THEM ON. >>IF THIS IS YOUR HOMETOWN YOU WOULD BE LEADING IT THROUGH THE FINISH. EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AROUND AT THIS MOMENT WHO WILL BE DOING THE WORK AND WHAT EVERYBODY WILL BE LOOKING LIKE. LEANING IN AND WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE AND HOW WILL IT FEEL.>>ALONG WITH THE ELBOW FLICK FOR BRYCE DANIELS BEHIND HIM AND SO THEY KNOW THEY ARE IN TROUBLE AND THAT THEY KNOW THE GUYS ARE TRYING TO SPIN OUT HERE. THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THE SELECTION OFF THE ROAD. >>THERE IS LARRY GOING RIGHT AGAIN. >>A LOT OF THE ACTION RIDERS COMING OFF THE BACK TO FINISH AND I’M SURE THEY ARE DEFINITELY AT THEIR MAXIMUM LEVEL.>>VERY IMPRESSIVE TO SEE JOHNNY BROWN HANGING HERE WITH A LOT OF QUESTION MARKS HANGING INTO THE RACE WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD BE IN THE SAME FORM AS LAST YEAR BUT HE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT PERFECT TODAY. >>IT HAS BEEN FUN TO SEE AND I DID NOT REALIZE HE HAD INJURY OR ILLNESS THIS YEAR. TO KNOW THAT NOW ON TO SEE HIM IN THE BREAK AND TO CONTINUE TO STAY IN THE BREAK AND GET BACK IN THE BREAK ONCE IT SHUFFLES IS IMPRESSIVE.>>>>THEY DO SEEM TO BE DOING FINE WITH ANY PREFERENCE ON A HELMET. THEY DON’T HAVE AS MANY EVENTS.>>I THINK SO. PEOPLE GO BACK AND FORTH ABOUT HOW HOT THE HELMET FEELS BUT AT THIS POINT IN THE DAY, NOTHING WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE. IF YOU COULD GET SOME AERODYNAMIC ADVANTAGE THEN HE MAY AS WELL. SOMETIMES YOU CAN SQUIRT SOME WATER OVER THE HELMET TO GET SOME WATER THROUGH THEIR TO HELP OUT WITH ANY HEAT ISSUES.>>AS THEY SIGNAL IN FOR THE ICE SOCK HERE.>>32 MILES TO GO HERE BACKING UP AND OVER THE TOP OF THE SHERROD ROAD CLIMB AND ONE TOP UP AND OVER AS THEY MAKE IT AND THE SELECTION CONTINUES HERE IN KNOXVILLE AND WILL KEEP HER EYE ON THE RACE AS WE’RE WATCHING LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 PRO CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS. >>>>>>THE RUN-UP TO NATIONALS IS PRETTY GOOD HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH PLENTY OF GOOD FORM. IN THAT’S ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE. I CANNOT BELIEVE I LEFT IT OUT. >>TOWARD THE END OF THE DAY WE’RE STARTING TO GET THERE. >>AS THEY CALL THE RALLY RIDE GREAT DEFENDER. >>THEY WILL MAKE CONNECTION PRETTY FAST.>>CONFIRMING NUMBER 18 OUT TO TACK ON TO THE BACK HERE FOR THE RALLY UNITED HEALTHCARE TEAM.>>THIS IS STARTING TO GET GOOD. THEY START TO PANIC BACK IN THE GROUP. JOYCE IS ON HIS WAY UP.>> WELCOME BACK WITH OUR LIVE COVERAGE HERE OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH A HAVE JUST MADE IT BACK INTO THE GROUP WITH THE GUY ON THE ORANGE JERSEY HERE IN THE BACK JUST JOINING THE GROUP COMING OFF OF THE CLIMB WAS SOME DAREDEVIL DEFENDING ON THE WAY DOWN. JOYCE MADE IT UP TO THE FRONT BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP OF THE CRIME SO THEY GAINED TIME ON THE WAY DOWN. UP AND OVER WITH NUMBER 21 FOR THE EF EDUCATION FIRST TEAM AND THEN JOYCE CAME FLYING BY OUT OF NOWHERE TO REJOIN THESE GUYS. SO THEY WILL DEFEND THE WAY INTO THE BREAK WAY TO MAKE IT FIVE ON THE ROAD. LIVE IMAGES BACK UP TO THE FRONT WITH MORE RIDERS JOINING BROWN AS THEY GO THROUGH THE FEED ZONE WAS LOGAN AND THE OTHER EDUCATION FIRST RIDERS. YOU GUYS MAY RECALL A LITTLE BIT OF A TRUCE HERE IN THE GROUP. >>SOMETIMES YOU ARE NOT QUITE SURE HOW YOUR BODY WILL RESPOND THESE TYPES OF RACES. BUT HONESTLY IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS WORKING FOR HIM.>>PRETTY HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE TWO KNOXVILLE RIDERS IN THIS TAKE AWAY.>>LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. >>LOCAL TALENT ALSO WITH THE MOVE IN THE YELLOW JERSEY OFF TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE.>>WITH TWO RALLY RIDERS TAKING ADVANTAGE WITH ONE OF THE TEAMMATES AND THE BREAKAWAY AND IF YOU OUT ONE OF THE RIDERS WITH YOU HOW WOULD YOU PLAY AND WHAT WOULD BE THE STRATEGY WITH TEAMMATES IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS? THAT SAY IT WILL BE THE BREAK OF THE DAY AND NO ONE ELSE’S COMING UP TO. HOW DO YOU WIN? >>THE VERY FIRST THING THEY SHOULD DO IS HAVE A QUICK CHAT AND AS SOON AS THEY CAN WHEN THINGS SLOW DOWN THEY WOULD PROBABLY CONNECT TO TALK ABOUT WHO IS FEELING GOOD AND THEN HE CAN TALK ABOUT WHO WILL WORK WITH WHO AND YOU MAY WANT ONE PERSON WORKING IN ONE PERSON SITTING HOME. IDEALLY HE MAY HAVE TO HAVE BOTH OF YOU ROLLING THROUGH THE BREAK TO KEEP IT ESTABLISH AND KEEP EVERYONE MOTIVATED. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW YOU HAVE TWO RIDERS IN THE BREAK. >>THEY MAY LET THE RESPONSIBILITY FALL TO THE TEAMS OF EXTRA RIDERS BUT EVERYONE ELSE TO WORK ROSS THEY MAY GET CAUGHT BEHIND. 30 MILES TO GOES WAY TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING AROUND FOR THE STANDOFF SITUATION. >>IT HAS GOTTEN KIND OF BIG FOR THEM SITTING ON THE BACK AND MAYBE THEY NEED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO HAVE A QUICK BIT OF FOOD AND DRINK TO REGROUP AFTER THE EFFORT GOING UP AND OVER. >>THIS WILL BE A GREAT ENGINE ON THE FRONT AND THEY WILL BE PUMPED TO SEE HIM DOING WORK HERE.>>THIS WOULD BE ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM ROLLING OUT. TO KEEP EVERYONE MOTIVATING AND HOLDING ON QUICKLY. IT WILL BE TOUGH TO KEEP THIS OUT UNLESS THEY ALL DECIDE TO WORK TOGETHER. >>THERE WERE PUSHING THEM BACK INTO THE ROTATION HERE AND THAT TELLS ME THERE DONE DOING WORK HERE. AS THEY COME OFF THE FRONT AND JOHNNY BROWN PUSHES BASSETT IN FRONT OF HIM THAT THEY WILL NOT BE TAKING THE TURN. >>REALLY HE PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE MUCH LEFT ANYWAY OR IF THEY’RE SLIDING IN AND HE IS NOT SAYING YOU HAVE TO WORK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO WORK SO IF YOU WANT TO GET IN FRONT OF ME THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. >>WITH NUMBER ONE AS NOW STEPHEN BASSETT AND THE NORMAL ROTATION WOULD GO BEHIND THE GUY IN ORANGE TO THE VERY BACK OF THE ROTATION. THAT TELLS ME THAT THOSE LAST TWO GUYS ARE JUST SITTING ON THE BREAKAWAY AND THEY WILL NOT GO TO THE FRONT BUT THEY’RE TELLING THESE GUYS NOW DO NOT EXPECT TO SEE THAT UP THERE ANY TIME SOON.>>THEY MAY NOT BE ROLLING THROUGH AND EVERYONE MAY NOT BE HAPPY WITH THE BREAK. NOW YOU SEE COLIN COMING UP TO KEEP EVERYBODY MOTIVATED AND MOVED TO DO THE QUICK PULL THROUGH WITH ROBIN. BUT UNLESS EVERYBODY CONTINUES THE EFFORT THEN IT WILL KIND OF FALL APART.>>JOYCE IS WILLING TO GO UP TO WORK.>>YES BUT NOT FOR LONG. >>IT HAS BEEN A VERY SHORT TIME UP THERE ON THE FRONT IS THERE JUST CALLED BEHIND AND REMEMBER BROWN HAS BEEN OUT HERE PRETTY MUCH ALL DAY IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL RIDERS OUT OF THE ORIGINAL BREAKAWAY SO NO SURPRISE TO SEE HIM GETTING FATIGUED HERE. >>I SEE MOST OF THESE GUYS UNDERSTANDING HIM BECAUSE HE PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE MUCH LEFT SO MAYBE A GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENT THAT WE UNDERSTAND YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH LEFT AND YOU COULD HANG OUT AND YOU BETTER NOT ATTACK US IF WE ARE GOING TO SIT UP HERE.>>25 SECONDS BACK TO THE CHASE AND 40 SECONDS BACK TO THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME. THEY ARE TRYING TO BRING THEM BACK BUT HONESTLY, THERE’S A LOT OF TALENT APPEAR IN THE BREAK WITH THIS PERFECT TIMING IN THE RACE WITH 28 LAPS TO GO THIS IS LOOKING LIKE IT MAY BE THE MOVE OF THE DAY. >>THIS SHOULD BE A GREAT GROUP IF THEY COULD ALL WORK TOGETHER AND KEEP EVERYBODY MOTIVATED TO TAKE IT TO THE LINE. IT IS ALWAYS SEE A STRONG GROUP OF GUYS BUT WE WILL SEE. I WONDER WHO’S CHASING FROM BEHIND AND TRYING TO RECONNECT WITH THESE GUYS. >>THERE ALSO PLENTY OF STRONG RIDERS IN THE FIELD AS WELL THAT ARE HOPING THAT THESE GUYS WILL COME BACK AND WILL PROBABLY BE WORKING TO KEEP THEM BACK AS WELL. AS THEY HAD LET THIS GROUP ROLL AWAY AND THESE ARE ALL GUYS WITH A SHOT AT WINNING THE RACE.>> AND YOU SEE HOW MUCH SHUFFLING AND RESHUFFLING GOES INTO A RACE LIKE THIS. >>YOU HAVE TO GET THAT RIGHT MIX. >>THIS CAN BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT WITHOUT THE CONTROL THING AND IT CAN OPEN THE DOOR LITTLE MORE TO THE BREAKAWAY AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE DYNAMICS OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE KIND OF SPECIAL. >>IT IS THE DYNAMICS OF THE RACE AND YOUR LITTLE THROWN OFF BY NOT HAVING YOUR SAME TEAMMATES AND SO IT’S KIND OF LIKE STARTING OVER WITH A NEW TEAM WHEN YOU SHOW UP FOR THIS RACE. WITH WHOEVER ELSE IS IN YOUR AMERICAN TEAMMATES WITH YOU. WHICH IN THIS CASE IS NOBODY. >>THAT CAN GET FRUSTRATING AS WELL OF THE PUT THEIR HAND IN THE AIR COUPLE OF TIMES TO SIGNAL TO SAY WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AND IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING WHEN THEY LOOK TO YOU TO DO THE WORK. I WOULD TELL YOU WHO IS NOT LOOKING TO DO THE WORK IS STEPHEN BASSETT. I LOVE THIS RIDE.>>GOOD FOR HIM AND THESE GUYS SAY THAT I AM MOTIVATED.>>CARPENTERS TRADING OFF FOR HIS TEAMMATE, JOYCE.>>WE WILL GET IN UPDATED CONTRACT BACK BECAUSE I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHERE TRAVIS McCABE IS AND CERTAINLY WHERE THEY ARE MAKING THEIR WAY UP HERE PRETTY SOON. THEY WILL BE IN THE MIX AS WE SAW THEM CLIMBING LAST TIME AND I’M NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED ON THE WAY DOWN. >>YOU COULD IMAGINE THAT LOGAN IS PROBABLY COVERING SOME OF THESE GUYS AS WELL. >>WITH THESE GUYS IN THE CHASE ALONG WITH THOMAS RIVARD AND MAGNER FOR RALLY UNITED HEALTHCARE AND THEN ALONG WITH ANOTHER ROTATION OUT IN FRONT. ALONG WITH THE BROTHER OF JOHNNY BROWN CHASING HIM DOWN.>>THIS IS ONE OF MY GUYS FOR THE DAY AND IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO. WE HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH OF ARAPAHOE. WE SAW HIM IN THE BEGINNING. >>THEY ALSO BROUGHT GREG DANIEL WITH HIM AND THE GROUP MAKE IT A LOT BIGGER AS THE CHASERS JOIN IN. NOW THE TOUCH ON THE WAY DOWN AS THE LAST GUY TO JOIN THE GROUP.>>IF HE CAN GET THERE. >>SO MOST TURNING INTO MORE OF A SELECTION THAN A BREAKAWAY WITH THESE GUYS ROLLING OFF THE FRONT AND ROLLING OFF THE BACK. REALLY WITH THE GROUP OF THE STRONGEST RIDERS REMAINING IN THE RACE AND THEY DID NOT REALLY TRY TO BREAK AWAY IT WAS KIND OF A NATURAL SELECTION.>>ARAPAHOE IS SEMI-LOCAL OUT OF GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA AND IT’S GOOD TO HAVE THEM IN THE MIX AS WELL.>>WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HEAT TRAINING THERE IS A LITTLE ADVANTAGE TO THE TRAINING IN SOUTH CAROLINA BECAUSE WE KNOW A LOT OF THE GUYS WILL STAY DOWN THERE. NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE HEAT OF A KNOXVILLE SUMMER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE.>>IT’S HOT AND WE’RE SITTING HERE RIGHT BESIDE THE COURSE AND SLOWLY MELTING INTO THE ASPHALT. >>LUCKILY THE GUYS ARE ARGUING A LITTLE CLOUD COVER AS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THE CLOUD MOVES THROUGH AND IT FEELS LIKE IT DROPS THE TEMPERATURE SIGNIFICANTLY.>>YOU SEE THEM PULLING OFF AND LOOKING AROUND AND COMING UP AND HE JUST CASUALLY GOES TO THE BACK LIKE MAYBE THEY WILL FORGET ABOUT ME AND I CAN GET BACK HERE AND RECUPERATE A LITTLE BIT. >>A BIG ATTACK FROM ARAPAHOE RESOURCES HERE.>>BRANDON IS ON THE ATTACK AND WHY NOT. MAKE THE CONNECTION OFF THE BACK AND JUST GO RIGHT OFF THE FRONT. MAYBE THEY START TO LOOK AROUND ENOUGH IN DOING THE WORK WITH THE BREAK ESTABLISHED AND THEN YOU COUNTERATTACK EVERYTHING. THEN TO SO SEE WHAT WILL SHUFFLE AND SHAKE OUT. >>AS THEY CONFIRM 137 OFF THE FRONT AS WE TAKE A LOOK BACK BEHIND HIM. I THINK HE IS JUST TRYING TO FORCE ANOTHER SPLIT HERE. AS THEY GET UP TO THE FRONT. BROWN SHIFTS TO THE BACK UP ON THE CHASE GROUP AND NOW HE HITS THE FAN AS THEY COME BACK INTO DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE.>>THEY ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY HERE. >>THIS IS THE EASY COVER FOR ME.>>AS THEY RADIO BACK TO GET THIS ONE. JUST TO LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE THERE. IT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A GROUP AND THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT THEY WOULD SAY AT THE MOMENT OR WHO HE IS COVERING.>>NOW GETTING UP IN AS WELL. I THE GREEN AND YELLOW. AND IT’S NOT ABOUT LEADING THE RACE BUT MAKING SURE YOU’RE NOT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE SLIP. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL COME THAT THEY MAY DICTATE THAT SPEED EVENTUALLY IS IT WILL HAPPEN AND THAT’S WHY THEY SCRAMBLE TO GET TO THE FRONT. THEY DON’T WANT TO LEAD THE RACE RIGHT NOW BUT THEY DO WANT TO MAKE SURE HE IS IN THE FINAL COLLECTION.>>TRAVIS IS IN THE BACK OF THIS GROUP COMING UP JUST NOW BEFORE THE START AND FINISH. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR THIS PELOTON IS EXTREMELY SMALL. >>I HAD HATE TO SAY IT BUT THEY HAVE JUST FALLEN OFF THE BACK OF THIS GROUP. WE JUST SAW McCABE ROLLING THROUGH HERE JUST IN FRONT AND CERTAINLY NOT AN IDEAL POSITION RIGHT NOW BUT THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. THESE GUYS ROLLING THROUGH THE LINE AND LET’S GO BACK OUT ON THE COURT WITH HER FIELD REPORTERS POPPING AROUND KNOXVILLE ALL DAY AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE ON THE ROAD NOW.>>WITH A COUPLE OF LAPS TO GOES WHEN THE FANS REALLY COME INTO PLAY HERE. ANY MOTIVATION I CAN GET FOR THESE RIDERS. FROM THE 15-YEAR-OLD CYCLIST. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR YOU TO SEE THE U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE IN YOUR HOMETOWN?>>IT’S SO COOL. IT’S AN INSPIRATION FOR ME TO SEE MY HEROES HERE. >>HOW ABOUT THESE TWO GUYS FROM KNOXVILLE? >>I’M REALLY LOOKING TO SEE IF WE CAN PULL OFF THE WIN.>>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THESE GUYS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE? >>NOW DECKED OUT IN RED AND WHITE AND BLUE AND BACK TO YOU.>>NOW THIS IS THE IMPACT TO GET BEHIND.>>WITH THIS COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE TO RIDE WITH AND THERE IS ONE EXAMPLE RIGHT THERE AND IT’S PRETTY MOTIVATING. >>I WOULD TELL YOU THAT VON WILL GET THE FIRST AUTOGRAPH AND WE APPRECIATE HIM GETTING DECKED OUT TO COME OUT TO RACE. THESE GUYS ARE CONTINUING TO STRUGGLE AND WE WILL STEP AWAY WITH OUR TELEVISION COVERAGE HERE SHORTLY AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS FROM KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.>>BACK ON WAS STREAMING COVERAGE HERE BRINGING YOU AS CLOSE TO UNINTERRUPTED COVERAGE AS WE CAN. AS THEY TRIED TO GET UP TO BAT. SOUNDS LIKE AN EXPENSIVE JEANS COMPANY. >>AS THEY ARE NOT LETTING ALEX SET THE TONE. AND MATCHING ON THE UPHILL. >>THIS GUY IS NOT AFRAID OF THE WORLD TOUR RIDER AND THEY DON’T CARE WHO ELSE IT IS FOR.>>THE TRY TO MATCH OUT HERE. THIS IS HOW YOU GET THE WORLD TOUR WITH 100% AS THEY MENTION THIS GUY AND THEN THEY START TALKING ABOUT THE NEXT WAVE OF RIDERS AND THIS IS HOW YOU GET NOTICED RATE HERE IS THE ONE FOR THE MONEY.>>EXACT CREEK COMING OUT OF THE CRIME AND IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT IS BOTHERING HIM AND THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING HE CAN GO BACK TO AND BE VERY PROUD OF.>>CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE HAD TWO BACK TO BACK KNOXVILLE WINNERS IN KNOXVILLE? I KNOW IT’S A LITTLE EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT IT WOULD 22 MILES TO GO. BUT HOW COULD IT NOT CROSS YOUR MIND. >>THESE ARE VERY STRONG RIDERS. SO WHY NOT. >>KNOXVILLE’S OWN STEPHEN BASSETT OFF THE FRONT OF THE U.S. PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP HERE IN HIS HOMETOWN OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE ALONG WITH COLORADO’S NUMBER 21 FOR THE EDUCATION FIRST TEAM. TO CAME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO PLAY HERE. >>THIS THE BEST OF THEIR SHOULD DO TO HOPEFULLY COME AWAY WITH NOT ONLY THE WIN BUT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP JERSEY. >>THIS WOULD MEAN A LOT TO ALEX AS WELL. IS A PATRIOTIC GUY FOR SURE AND HE WOULD LOVE TO WHERE THE STARS & STRIPES STRIPS JERSEY RACING IN EUROPE. I KNOW HE WOULD DO THE JERSEY PROUD WITH A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR CYCLING FANS.>>YOU TRIES TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BACK TO HIS FIRST SECOND TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY NOW. THESE GUYS SLOW UP AND THE ADD HIM TO THE LIST. FOR THE WOMEN’S RACE FOR THE 2020 TEAM AFTER THEY NOW MADE IT UP TO THE FRONT OF THE MEN’S RACE.>>NELSON MAY HAVE CRASHED HIMSELF OUT OF THE BREAK OVER IN EUROPE. THIS WILL BE SOME REDEMPTION FOR HIM IF HE CAN CONTINUE TO RIDE AND MAKE IT TO THE LINE.>>TWO WORLD TOUR RIDER THOSE WITH THE EDUCATION FIRST TEAM WITH THIS DOMESTIC DELETE TEAM AND THEY DON’T HAVE THE CONTINENTAL LICENSE. THEY GOT INTO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE OF THE RESULTS AND BEING CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. TO STAY THAT HE IS CARING HIS WEIGHT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. THERE’S AN ELEMENT OF HIM BEING PASSED UP AS THE PRO- CONTINENTAL RIDER THE KIND OF FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS WITH THE PRO-CONTINENTAL THEME WITH A TOUGH JOB MARKET OUT THERE WILL NOT PUT A LITTLE FIRE IN HIS BELLY. HE WOULD JUST SAY TO NOT EVER FORGET ABOUT ME.>>NOW GETTING LOW. WITH THE BIG EFFORT. ALL THREE OF THESE GUYS ARE TRYING TO GET LOW WITH THE DISADVANTAGE HERE AT THE BIGGEST RIDE IN THE BREAKAWAY FOR SURE. >>HE MUST HAVE THE BIGGEST DISADVANTAGE WITH THE BEST ADVANTAGE ON THE FLAT BECAUSE THESE OTHER GUYS ARE LIGHTER WEIGHT TO HOLD THAT SPEED AND PACE ON THE FLAT.>> WRONG WITH THOSE SODIUM TABS.>>WITH THIS POINT IN THE RACE.>>PRETTY AMAZING THAT THIS IS WHAT HE IS THINKING ABOUT NOW. HOW TO WIN WITH THIS GROUP OF GUYS AND HOW TO LOOK AFTER MYSELF GOING INTO THE FINAL LAPS. >>THAT WAS THE ACTION RIDER WITH THE GROUP JOINING THESE GUYS. AND THE LONG WAY TO GO TO MAKE IT UP. MAKING IT INTO THE GAP WITH THIS MOVE. >>WITH FULL COMMITMENT. >>NOW WITH THE CLIMB AND A LOT CAN HAPPEN WITH 20 MILES OF RACING. >>ALL THREE OF THESE GUYS ARE BREAKAWAY RIDERS. >>IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS THE ONE EARNING THE MOST WITH EFFORT TO GET BACK ON WITH THE HEAT AND IT’S HARD TO GET YOUR HEART RATE BACK DOWN AND TO HAVE ANY RECOVERY AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME.’S WE WILL SEE IF THEY WILL LET HIM DO THAT. TO STAY COMMITTED.>>AT THIS POINT THEY PROBABLY DON’T WANT NIELSEN TO GET TOO TIRED.>>YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO KEEP THEM IN AND PULLING THROUGH. AND THERE MAY BE ONE PULL OFF MAYBE TO DO THAT. NOT MUCH MORE THAN THEY WOULD DEFINITELY DRAG YOU. DRAG YOU AROUND TOWN>>AND YOU ARE NOT GETTING A FREE RIDE TO THE FINISH LINE BUT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO DO SOME WORK.>>COMING BACK INTO THE ROTATION.>>I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED AS IT WAS A VERY TALENTED RIDE UP. BUT THESE GUYS ARE NOT LETTING UP ON THE FRONT. THE DO HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF THEM.>>THESE GUYS ARE FLYING.>>THEY TRIED TO KEEP IT AS STEADY AS POSSIBLE OFF THE OFF RAMP. UP THE HILL TO THE RIGHT AND BACK INTO TOWN.>>THEY JUST HIT THE 20 MILE MARKER THERE TAKING THEM DOWN TO 19 TO GO. STARTING TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF LOOKING BACK. AND WE ARE CURIOUS TO KNOW WHERE HE IS IN THE SPLIT. AND THERE HE GOES WITH 30 SECONDS BACK TO THE CHANGE AND 40 SECONDS BACK AS WE COME BACK WITH THE GROUP BEHIND HIM. AND MAYBE HE CAN GO AGAIN OR GET A COUPLE OF GUYS TO COME IN AGAIN BUT OTHER THAN THAT>>NOW COMING BACK TOGETHER WITH ONLY 10 SECONDS WITH THE CHASER AS WE TAKE ONE MORE BREAK HEAR FROM KNOXVILLE AND THESE GUYS TRY TO ROLL THEIR WAY TO THE FINAL 19 MILES OF RACING. WE WILL COME BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS. >>>>THREE LITERS OF THE ROAD HERE KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, DOWN TO THE FINAL 16 MILES OF RACING BEFORE THIS IS WRAPPED UP DOWNTOWN. WE’RE LOOKING AT THESE THREE RIDERS UP THE ROAD TO CHASE TO CATCH THESE THREE GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL WITH THE GROUP ABOUT 40 SECONDS BACK BEHIND THEM. ALONG WITH THE ACTION TEAM BUT IT DID NOT LOOK LIKE THEY WERE MAKING A LOT OF PROGRESS. >>NOW INTO THE BREAK AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE LINE DOWN TO THE NITTY-GRITTY PART TO SEE WHO WILL LAST >>TRIED TO GET THE CAMERA ON THE CHASERS BACK BEHIND TO GIVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT IS GOING ON BACK THERE. AND WHO MAY BE JOINING THE GROUP OF THREE. THAT IS THE ONE MARKER RIGHT THERE OVER TO THE UNDERPASS A KILOMETER FROM THE FINISH. AND THEY ARRIVE HERE SHORTLY.>>THERE IS SO MUCH CHASING THE END OF THE RACE IT MUST BE A PRETTY SMALL GROUP MAKING THE EFFORT BEHIND THEM.>>CHASERS ARE STILL NOT IN SIGHT BEHIND THESE GUYS. I THINK WE CAN GET A LOOK FROM THE DRONE HERE. AND THESE GUYS ARE NOT IN SIGHT. NOW COMING ACROSS THE POSITION HERE. NOW REPORTING 50 SECONDS FOR THESE GUYS GETTING UP TO 1 MINUTE HERE.>>WITH A HUGE CROWD WAITING FOR HIM AT THE LINE WITH THE WORD STARTING TO SPREAD. WITH THE RUNNING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HERE.>>AS IT SHOULD. NOW GOING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. AND IT’S A BIG DEAL. >>THE CHASERS JUST NOW STARTING THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIMB AND LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE RIDERS TAKING A LOOK THROUGH THE CLIMB. TAKING BACK IN THE MIX AND OFF TO THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE AND OFF TO THE LEFT. >>I ENJOYED IT WITH A PRETTY GOOD PAIN FACE GOING ON RIGHT NOW. >>NOW FROM THE BACK WITH THE ARAPAHOE RESOURCES RIDER AND GREGORY DANIEL STILL IN HERE.>>40 SECONDS NOW. AND WE WILL STOP THE CLOCK THERE WITH A LITTLE UNDER 50 SECONDS WITH A GOOD ROUND NUMBER TWO WORK OFF OF HERE AND THESE GUYS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE RIDERS RACING IN FOURTH PLACE ON DOWN THROUGH THE ROAD BUT THEY’RE NOT RACING FOR FOURTH. THEY ARE STILL ON THE ROAD. >>THEY ARE NOT IN FULL PANIC JUST YET BUT DEFINITELY WORKING TOGETHER 100% EVERYONE HAS TO PUT IN A LITTLE SOMETHING TO GET TO. BOTH OF THE RALLY GUYS AND SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE UPFRONT AND THERE CANNOT BE ANY MORE LOOKING AROUND. YOU DON’T WANT TO LET THESE GUYS OUT ANYMORE THAN THEY ALREADY ARE BUT TO REALLY PUSH THE PACE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PANIC BUT THERE IS NO MESSING AROUND.>>NOW WITH NO MORE BOTTLES LEFT AS TO TRY TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD AHEAD OF THE SHARED ROAD ON TO GET RID OF THE BOTTLES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIMB.>>EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPED AS THEY GET THE PROMPT WITH THE PASS. AS THEY COULD GIVE YOU THE DEFEAT THEM ONE MORE TIME. NOT TRUE PANIC JUST YET. BUT THEY JUST TRY TO BE SMART AND YOU DON’T WANT TO BE WITHOUT WATER TOO LONG. YOU MAY HAVE 15 MILES TO GO. NOW STILL 15 MILES. THERE WILL NOT BE A PANIC. THEY WILL DEFINITELY LIGHTEN THE LOAD.>>A GREAT RIDE FOR HIM.>>I’M NOT SURE HOW IT IS WITH THE START LIST WITH 192. ALONG WITH 191. BUT I’M 99% SURE THAT WE WILL TRY TO GET A LOOK AT THE BASE.>>WITH ONE OF THE RALLY RIDERS TOPPING OFF TO THE SIDE. AND THAT WOULD BE IT FOR HIM ON THE CLIMB. AND I THINK THAT WAS JOYCE GOING TO THE BACK. THAT IS TYLER WAGNER UP AT THE FRONT.>>AND HE IS SETTING THE PACE. >>FOUR WORLD TOUR RIDERS IN THE GROUP.>>ALEX HOLDING ON AND ALL OVER THE FLANK AND ANYTHING THEY CAN TO HANG ONTO THESE GUYS AND GET OVER THE CLIMB. >>THIS IS WHERE THE MENTAL FORTITUDE COMES INTO PLAY.>>THERE IS A LOOK AT THE RIDERS IN YOUR CHASE GROUP. OUT AT THE BACK. COMING IN AND DROPPING OFF AND THERE RIGHT ON THE EDGE RIGHT HERE.>>IT’S OKAY TO HAVE A GAP AND MAKE THE BACKUP ON THE DISSENT.>>YOU CAN GET DROPPED OUT OF THE GROUP ON THE CLIMB AND STILL GET BACK IN. IN THE RIM WITH THE FEED ON THE COURSE AND TECHNICALLY IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE THE BOX OUTSIDE THE FEED ZONE AND EVEN IF THE RIDERS ARE OKAY WITH IT, WHO CARES. IT’S A $50 COST BUT THEY WILL HAPPILY DO IT. >>USUALLY YOUR TEAM WILL BE OKAY. THEY MAY NOT GET IT THERE. >>THEY DO HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY IN ENFORCING THE RULES TALK ABOUT STICKY BOTTLES EARLIER COMING BACK. >>AS HOT AS IT IS TODAY.>>30 SECONDS WITH THE GAP FOR THESE GUYS UP TO THE GROUP OF THREE. IT WILL COME UP AGAIN BACK OUT NOW THAT THEY ARE ON THE DISTANCE.>>BACK TO THE LEADERS ON THE WAY DOWN. TWO DIFFERENT FACTIONS OF RIDERS WITH THESE THREE WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP THE OTHER GUYS AWAY IN A BIG GROUP OF 15 ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO PATCH CATCH THESE THREE.>>>>RIDING LIKE A MAN POSSESSED.>>HE IS GIVING EQUAL EFFORT FROM THE OTHER GUY. AS THEY COME BACK TO BITE HIM TOWARD THE END BUT I DON’T THINK THEY’RE ALL WORKING EQUALLY HERE. THEY’RE ALL SUFFERING JUST AS MUCH TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE.>>ALEX HOWES HAD A LOT OF DISAPPOINTMENT HERE IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AS HE HAS COME CLOSE MANY TIMES HERE AND IT WOULD MEAN A LOT FOR HIM TO WHERE THE STARS & STRIPES HERE. A VERY PATRIOTIC GUY AND THAT WOULD PROBABLY MEAN MORE TO ALEX THAN A LOT OF RIDERS IN THIS RACE. THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL STORY BEHIND THIS GUY IN THE PINK JERSEY AND IS GOOD FINALLY BE THE YEAR HE GETS IT RIGHT. >>IF I’M BETTING ON ANY OF THESE THREE GUYS I WOULD PUT MY MONEY ON HIM WITH HIS ENERGY AND EFFORT.>>WITH SEVEN PLAYS HERE LAST YEAR AS THEY WILL LOOK TO IMPROVE ON THAT THIS YEAR. IS ONE OF THE 14 FINISHERS IN THE RACE. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK HERE AND WILL KEEP OUR EYE ON THESE THREE AND WE WILL BE BACK.>>>>NOW THE RIDE IN THE SEVENTH PLACE LAST YEAR AND 2017 SEVENTH PLACE IN 2016 HE WAS SECOND AND 2015 HE WAS FOURTH AND IN 2014 HE WAS THIRD.>>HE HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE PROGRAM KNOCKING ON DOORS.>>WAS THERE A BRACE FOR YOU OR DID YOU HAVE ONE THAT YOU COULD JUST NEVER QUITE GET LIKE NATIONALS MAY BE? >>TWO YEARS IN A ROW.>>BOTH SECOND PLACE BUT A HAPPY SECOND PLACE FOR MY TEAMMATES BOTH TIMES AND I ENJOYED THE WORK TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SECOND-PLACE, POOR GUY. I NEVER MADE IT OVER THE PODIUM MUCH MORE THAN THAT BUT THIS GUY HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE PLACE. TODAY THEY’RE MISSING THE FINAL PIECE.>>WITH THESE REMNANTS WERE THERE IS NOTHING LEFT OF THAT. AND IT IS TIME TO HANG ON WITH ONE OF THEM COMING AWAY WITH THE WIN.>>ALL THE CREDIT IN THE WORLD TO TYLER WAGNER TODAY. >>I USUALLY PIN HIM AS MORE OF A SPRINTER ANY KIND OF GET PLACED IN THE BUBBLE THAT YOU ARE A QUICK RUNNER SO NOW THIS SHOWS THAT TYLER MAGNER IS MORE OF AN ALL-AROUND RUNNER.>>WELCOME BACK AS WE GET TO OUR UNINTERRUPTED COVERAGE TO THE FINISH NOW WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WE WILL STAY WITH YOU GUYS ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FINISH WITH THE LEADERS GOING OFF THE RIGHT- HAND SIDE OF THE FINISH WITH THE CHASERS DESPERATELY BRINGING THESE GUYS BACK. AND THIS IS TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.>>THREE NEWS STORIES IN THE BREAKAWAY WITH A HOMETOWN HERO FROM KNOXVILLE. KNOCKING ON THE DOOR FOR FIVE WILLIAM FINISHES FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THEN AS THEY COME UP WITH THE ACTION AND 2017 WITH THE TEAM IN 2018 AND 2019.>>THEY OVERSEE HAVE THE FITNESS IN THE LEGS WITH THESE EFFORTS. TO SEE HIM PROGRESS IN THE WORLD TOUR IS A LOT OF FUN TO WATCH. I REMEMBER HIM BEING OVER IN THE NETHERLANDS BACK RACING IN 2014 AND 2015. IT IS TOUGH TO SEE THE PROGRESSION AS WELL.>>STEPHEN BASSETT ROLLING UP TO THE FRONT AS THERE WAITING ON BATED BREATH TO MAKE IT BACK HERE FOR THE FINAL THIRD. NOW WITH SOME OF THE ATMOSPHERE.>>>>CLOSING IN ON A WINNER HERE IN KNOXVILLE. NOW THE FINAL OUT. AND WHAT HAS THIS WHOLE WEEKEND BEEN LIKE FOR YOU? >>IT HAS BEEN AMAZING HERE IN KNOXVILLE. >>ABSOLUTELY AND I HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS NOW. >>WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS ARE YOU WORKING WITH?>>AND WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT STEPHEN BASSETT FROM KNOXVILLE TO COMPETE ALL OVER THE WORLD.>>THIS IS THE MAN. >>WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU.>>NOW ON THERE. >>THERE ARE SOME SUPPORTERS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US WITH THE FANS AND DEFINITELY PICKING UP DOWN HERE WAITING FOR THE FINISH . THIS IS GREAT TO SEE EVERYTHING HAPPENING AND PICKING UP DOWN HERE.>>BACK OUT TO OUR THREE LEADERS. WITH 11 MILES TO GO HERE.>>BASSETT SWINGING TO THE SIDE. AND NOW JUST A NUMBERS GAME WITH THE TIME GAP WITH 50 DOWN TO 40 FOR THE CHASERS WITH THREE ENGINES VERSUS 15 BACK IN THE CHASE GROUP. >>IS AT THE SAME ENGINE BACK THERE? AND WHO IS ALL WORKING TOGETHER. TO SECOND THE WOMEN’S RACE WITH GREAT RACING COMING DOWN THE SMALL GAP. THE SMALL GROUP. AND THIS IS SO MUCH FUN THOUGH. WITH THE SUPPORT TEAM RIGHT THERE WITH THE LOCALS THAT LOVE HIM. AND THEY WOULD GO ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. >>THEY HAVE BEEN SUPPORTERS OF STEPHEN BASSETT AND IT IS GOOD TO SEE HIM PAYING OFF THE TENNESSEE FANS HERE TODAY. 40 SECONDS WITH THE GAP NOW WITH LESS THAN 15. I IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE FIRING AND GAS. AS THEY COUNTER THAT IMMEDIATELY.>>>>THE FORMER NATIONAL CHAMPION GREG DANIELS WITH THE SECOND WHEEL HERE. AS THEY MAKE IT BACK IN AND MOST DEFINITELY IN. IS THIS WHICH NUMBERS THIS MORNING.>>YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE JOB DIFFICULT BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM ME.>>NATE BROWN ALONG WITH THE KNOXVILLE TIES. >>THIS IS A GREAT SHOWING FOR KNOXVILLE. GETTING KNOCKED OUT OF THE GROUP IT WILL BE UP TO HIM AND I DON’T THINK WE WILL SEE NUMBER ONE COMING BACK IN HIM.>>BROWN IS WITH HIS FIRST TEAMMATE SEAN BENNETT. AND HERE THEY COME BACK IN. >>I LIKE THAT BUT HE GOES UP AND ROLLS THROUGH WITH A LOT AWAY FROM THE GUYS AND YOU ARE LEARNING YOUR LIMIT. JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE TIRED THEY GO RIGHT BACK UP THERE.>>DOWN TO THE FINAL 10 MILES OF RACING AS WE GET READY TO WRAP UP WITH THE TREMENDOUS WEEKEND OF RACING ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET STARTING WITH THE TIME TRIAL AND THURSDAY AND THE PAIR ROAD RACE ON SATURDAY AND THEN AGAIN HERE ON SUNDAY WITH SOME NEW CHAMPIONS CLOWN CROWNED. WE SAW THE 323 JERSEY AND WEARING THE STARS & STRIPES FROM THE TIME TRIAL NEXT YEAR AND WELL PRESERVED ALSO IN SECOND PLACE IT FEELS GOOD TO PUT THE GOLD MEDAL AROUND YOUR NECK. >>ALWAYS. >>A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENCE HANGING INTO THE REST OF THE SEASON AND THEN SOME MORE GREAT TIME TRIALS RETURNING HERE. A LITTLE BIT OF A SURPRISE AS WE SAW ACTION. AS THEY GO INTO SECOND ALONG WITH SIMPSON AND THIRD PLACE.>>THEN IT WAS ON TO THE FRIDAY NIGHT TRIP HERE IN KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN WITH THE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE HILL LEADING UP TO THE FINAL LEFT-HAND TURN AS SHE FINALLY GETS THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. PASSING UP SECOND AND THIRD WITH ANOTHER STAR-STUDDED PROGRAM IN THE PRO-WOMEN’S CRITERIA. AND THEN TRAVIS McCABE SCORED THE VICTORY IN THE MEN’S RACE AND JUST OF STRATA DRAG RACE AGAINST TWO VERY FAST GUYS WITH ERIC YOUNG TAKING SECOND PLACE AND THIRD PLACE. THAT WAS A BIG WIN FOR TRAVIS McCABE WHO REALLY WANTED A RESULT OF THE ROAD RACE TODAY. SEEMS THEY HAVE MISSED THE SELECTION. >>THERE MUST BE HAPPY WITH THE REGISTRY FOR SURE. I KNOW HE WANTED MORE TODAY BUT I’M SURE HE WILL DEFINITELY GO HOME AND BE PROUD OF THE WEEKEND AND THE JERSEY THAT HE DOES HAVE. >>I’M SURE HE’S GETTING RIGHT BACK TO WORK PREPARING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HERE. WHEN THEY COME THROUGH THEY WILL GET THE BALL AS WE SEND THEM OUT FOR THE FINAL CIRCUIT OF RACING IN THE FINAL TIME OF THE SHERROD ROAD CLAIM AND THE BIG QUESTION IS IF IT WILL BE THESE THREE COMING UP TO THE LINE TOGETHER OR IF THERE WILL BE JOINED BY THE CHASERS AROUND THEM. >>HEADING DOWN IF HE IS TIRED OR CHECKING IN ON THINGS OR THE SHOES WITH THE SPRINT COMING UP. I’M CURIOUS HOW HE’S DOING AND EVERYONE HAS AN EQUAL SHARE LIKE WE SAID EARLIER AND KNOWN IS HITTING IN AND WHOEVER WINS THIS RACE WILL BE VERY WELL DESERVED OUT OF THE GROUP.>>YOU NOTES ABOUT TO GET VAGUE WHEN THEY ARE TIGHTENING UP THEIR SHOES AS THEY REACHED DOWN TO ADJUST THOSE. MOST OF THEM HAVE A LITTLE KNOB YOU TURN TO TIGHTEN THE THING UP ON THE CABLE THAT CRISSCROSSES YOUR SHOE. >>THERE ARE NO LACES ON THE SHOES FOR SURE AND THEY’RE USUALLY VERY STIFF SHOES AND SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW TIGHT OR LOOSE THE SHOES WILL BE. >>NO SWEAT AND THEY WANT TO TRANSFER OVER AS MUCH POWER AS THEY CAN NOW WITH ONE LAP TO GO WITH THE CROWD CHEERING THEM ON WITH NO QUESTION OF THE BREAKAWAY. >>THIS IS A GREAT ROUTE FOR HIM AND A GREAT SHOWING. THEY HAD A GOOD START OF THE YEAR WITH JOE MARTIN WRITING WILL RIDING WELL. >>THESE GUYS ARE NOT FAR BEHIND AS THEY LEAD THE CHARGE. AND HOW COOL FOR A FOURTH TEAR DOMESTIC IN THE TEAM TO HAVE TWO WORLD RIDERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SQUAD. >>VERY COOL.>>WE HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF URGENCY IN THIS GROUP HERE. >>I THINK THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE. WHEN YOU MAKE IT THIS FAR YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO FINISH THE ROUTE.>>TAKING THE PULL UP ON THE FRONT. I SAW THEM RUN INTO EACH OTHER IN THE HOTEL LOBBY THE OTHER DAY PICKING UP THEIR NUMBERS AND IT’S AMAZING HOW GORGEOUS THEY ARE. FOR MOST AMERICANS THEY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD RELATIONSHIP. >>YES HE CAN THINK OF HIM WITH THE BUFFET LINE AT THE HOTEL GOING TO THE EXACT SAME THING. WHY NOT MAKE FRIENDS. ESPECIALLY BEING AMERICANS OVER IN EUROPE AND I ALWAYS ENJOY MAKING AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE. SO FOR SURE THESE GUYS WILL DEFINITELY BE CORDIAL TO ONE ANOTHER. >>COMPARING THEIR SCHEDULE LIKE WHAT IS NEXT. >>THAT’S ALWAYS THE QUESTION WHAT IS NEXT.>>IN THE SPORT YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE LAST WIN. BUT THE JERSEY GETS YOU THROUGH THE WHOLE YEAR AND YOU HAVE TO REMIND EVERYBODY ABOUT YOUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN WITH THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY. >>EVERY TIME YOU PUT IT ON YOU GET THE CALLUP AND THE RECOGNITION AND YOU GET A REMEMBRANCE OF THE RACE. >>HOW ABOUT THE CONTRACT. IS IT A GUARANTEED PRICE FIRST STEPHEN BASSETT AS HE GETS THE JERSEY? >>NOTHING GUARANTEED BUT IT DEFINITELY HELPS. I KNOW A LOT OF TEAMS TRIED TO STOP THE RIDERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE. THE CONTRACT IS IN THE CONVERSATION THAT STARTED AS THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT THEIR BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR AND AFTER A BIG WIN. AND WHAT IS IN THE BRAINS OF THE DIRECTORS THAT MAY WANT TO HIRE YOU. >>THE PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 14 VOICEMAILS WAITING FOR THEM RIGHT NOW. >>EVEN IF HE DOES NOT WIN THAT’S BEEN QUITE THE RIDE TODAY. >>IMAGINE THEM GOING UP FOR THE PENALTY. >>ABSOLUTELY.>>THE WAY THEY SET THE PACE THEIR RIGHT THERE. DON’T PLAY GAMES AND I WILL SIT BACK AND RELAX.>>THE COMMENTATORS SUPPOSED TO STAY NEUTRAL BUT AS AN AMERICAN I’M NOT SURE WHO TO CHEER FOR. THOSE THREE GREAT STORIES AND THREE WERE VERY WORTHY WINNERS THEY HAVE AT THE LINE AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED ABOUT THE RIDERS IN THE CHASE BEHIND HIM.>>I THINK THEY JUST WANT TO LOOK AT THAT GAP NOW AND THEN COME BACK DOWN IF THEY HAVE SEEN THE CREW GETTING CLOSE TO THEM AND RUNNING IN AND THESE GUYS STAY AWAY WITH THE FINISH. >>WITH MORE PRESSURE UP AND OVER. >>ONE MORE LITTLE KICKER AND HE IS JUST TESTING THESE GUYS. >>THE TEAM RIGHT OVER IT.>>HE WILL TRY TO JUST PUT A LITTLE PRESSURE ON HERE AND HE REFUSES TO YIELD. THEN THEY GET INTO THE SECOND POSITION ON THE BACK.>>THEN YOU CAN PUT THE BAIT IN YOUR OWN HANDS. HE WAS PROBABLY THINKING THAT ALEX IS THE STRONGEST RIDER OF THE THREE SO HE POSITIONED HIMSELF THERE. THEY MAY WORK TOGETHER LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE PARKWAY AND PROBABLY ALL THE WAY TO THE OFFRAMP. FROM THERE THAT IS WHEN THE GAME WILL START TO SEE WHO WILL GO EARLY AND WHO HAS SOMETHING LEFT AFTER THIS DATE. >>ROLLING UP THE ROAD FROM THE CHASE GROUP WITH THOMAS RIVARD AND NATE BROWN, THE EDUCATION FIRST RIDER.>>THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD GAP.>>YOU CAN SEE THAT ACROSS HIS HEAD HOW IT HURT SO BAD AND HE WANTED TO STAND UP AND GO BUT THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT IN HIS LEGS.>>IT WILL NOT BE TOO HARD. >>NOW UP ONTO THE FRONT WITH THE TALK AND NOW THE GAMES ARE STARTING UP IN THE GROUP OF THREE AS THESE GUYS ARE NO LONGER WORKING TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF EACH OTHER TRYING TO STAY AWAY. THEY HAVE THROWN COOPERATION OUT THE WINDOW AND IT IS EVERY MAN TO ITSELF AT 60 MILES PER HOUR. >>ALEX HOWES IS IN TROUBLE AS THEY GET THE GAP OFF AND BACK IN. THAT TELLS US HOW THEY ARE STARTING TO FIELD THE EFFORT. >>HE DID NOT EVEN LOOK BACK TO SEE WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE HE WAS DOING AND HE’S NOT EVEN SURE THAT BOTHERED ALEX GOING STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT. >>EVEN THOUGH HE IS TIRED AND EVEN THOUGH HE IS STARTING TO CRACK BUT HE SAYS HE WILL NOT TAKE A BREAK UNTIL THEY GET TO THE FINISH LINE.>>>>THEY SPEND EVERY BIT THAT THEY CAN HEAR.>>AND THE CLOSER YOU GET TO THE FINISH LINE THE MORE YOU CAN PUT WHATEVER YOU HAVE IN YOUR LEGS OUT OF YOUR BRAIN AND START TO SMELL THE FINISH AND FEEL WHAT IT WOULD FEEL LIKE TO HAVE THAT JERSEY. THESE GUYS ARE DEFINITELY GOING FOR IT NOW AND THE PAIN LEAVES YOUR LEGS THE CLOSER YOU GET TO TURNING THAT CORNER. >>MOVING OUR CAMERAS UP NOW TO GET A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE CHASE HERE. OUR APOLOGIES AS WE REPOSITION THE CAMERAS BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GOT A LOOK AT THESE THREE.>>GREATS TODAY AS WELL.>>THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT TRIO OF RIDERS WITH A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION TO WHAT IS GOING ON UP THE ROAD. >>EXACTLY AND EVERYBODY WORKING NOW WITH 50 SECONDS AND SIX MILES TO GO AND I THINK IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THESE GUYS TO MAKE THE CATCH. >>WITH THEIR TEAM IT’S A GOOD POINT. >>THAT FLIP IF THE TIME GAP IS ACCURATE BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT’S A LITTLE OUTDATED BY THE TIME HE GETS BACK TO US IN THE COMPOUND BUT THESE ARE GAPS AND I AM NOT SEEING THE CHASERS IN FRONT. >>MAYBE WE WILL SEE IN THE BIG LIGHT THE GAP.>>THAT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER WITH THESE THREE AND THE TEAM WORK BREAKING DOWN AS THEY CONTINUE TO PLAY GAMES AND THEN THE GROUP WOULD COME UP AND JOIN THEM. BUT THEY’RE BACK TO KEEPING PRESSURE UP HERE ON THE FRONT. >>EVERYBODY IS WORKING TOGETHER AND THE ONLY BENEFIT IS TO HAVE THAT CARRIED A LITTLE BIT FORWARD IN THE PAST. HE IS SHAKING HIS HEAD AND I THINK HE IS DONE. HE WILL NOT BE PULLING THROUGH.>>THESE GUYS ARE DEFINITELY STARTING TO PASS THE BUCK UP HERE. WHO WILL DO THE WORK.>>WHEN THEY DO THIS TURNAROUND RIGHT HERE THEY WILL GET TO SEE IF THEY GOT EACH OTHER AND THEY HAD THE STARE DOWN.>>THIS GUYS ARE LOOKING PRETTY FRESH AND THIS GROUP OF THREE DEFINITELY LOOKS BETTER THAN THE LEADERS.>>THIS IS TRUE. AND IF THEY CAN SEE THE THREE UPFRONT IT WILL BE A BIT OF A CARROT INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO PUSH ON AND GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO FOCUS ON VERSUS THE THREE IN THE FRONT THAT ARE JUST TRYING TO FOCUS ON THE FINISH. THEY CANNOT SEE THEM AT THE MOMENT. >>40 SECONDS IS THE NEW TIME GAP AND THEY BROUGHT BACK 10 OVER THE LAST MILE. IF THIS CONTINUES THEY COULD PUT THE CATCH ALMOST EXACTLY AT THE LINE BUT IT’S ALMOST OVER WITH THE TWO GROUPS WITH THE LEADERS ON THE LEFT ON THE CHASERS ON THE RIGHT AND THE DISTANCE THEY HAVE TO MAKE UP GOING AROUND THE U-TURN. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THE SPORT OF CYCLING BUT THIS IS A BIG ASK FOR THESE THREE CHASERS TO MAKE UP TO THE LEADERS. >>HUGE.>>AS LONG AS THESE GUYS STAY UP IN THE GAS AND AS LONG AS THEY DON’T START FIGHTING EACH OTHER TOO EARLY. >>YOU SAW THEM GOING BACK THROUGH AGAIN BUT I THINK HE IS AT THE TAIL END OF HIS ROPE AND I’M JUST PRAYING FOR THE FINISH LINE TO COME ANY SOONER THAN IT CAN. >>THE GAP IS NOW DOWN TO 30. >>THIS IS GREAT RACING. I’M REALLY ENJOYING THIS MOMENT AND WATCHING THESE GUYS. THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. THIS IS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. >>ALL SIX OF THESE GUYS ARE PUTTING IN AN INCREDIBLE RIDE WITH AN INCREDIBLE EFFORT. IN THAT ORDER TRYING TO MAKE UP A 30 SECOND GAP. THEY’RE MOVING A LITTLE QUICKER THAN THE THREE GUYS UP THE ROAD BUT IT’S JUST A NUMBERS GAME IF THEY HAVE ENOUGH DISTANCE TO CATCH THE LEADERS. >>THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE WORLD TOUR BASE. THERE RIGHT NOW INCHING INTO THAT CAPABILITY AND MATCHING FORWARD.>>WE WILL STOP IN FOR THE FINAL FOUR MILES OF RACING BECAUSE IT WILL BE A GOOD ONE HERE AT THE 2019 USA CYCLING PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS. WITH TWO WORLD TO RIDERS HERE HOLDING OFF THE CHASE BEHIND ALEX HOWES WHO HAS BEEN EVERYWHERE BUT FIRST PLACE ON THE PODIUM HERE AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ALONG THE SECOND YEAR AS A PROFESSIONAL LOOKING FOR THE STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS. NOW ATTACKING THE GROUP AND STEPHEN BASSETT WILL RESPOND TO GO WITH HIM. BUT THERE HIT OUT ON HIS OWN WITH A GOOD MOVE HERE.>>REMEMBER WE ORIGINALLY THANKED HIM AT THE TIME AS HE STARTED LEARNING TO CLIMB. HE WILL TRY TO USE THAT TO HIS ADVANTAGE HERE. >>I DON’T SEE MUCH FOR WORKING TOGETHER AFTER THIS. WHICH IS WONDERFUL FOR THE THREE BEHIND THEM. THIS IS ABOUT THE TIME I’M GUESSING THAT NIELSEN PROBABLY HAD TO GO. TO KEEP THE EFFORT ON THE FINISH.>> I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE AND THIS WILL BE THOMAS RIVARD BACKUP TO REJOIN THE GROUP AND THESE GUYS ARE RIDING BEHIND THE THREE CHASERS. WITH THE ARAPAHOE RESOURCES RIDER.>>WITH MINUTES PULLING THROUGH TO CLOSE DOWN THE GAP WITH FRESH ENGINES AT THE GAP.. AND SAID THREE MILES OF RACING>>THIS IS AN INTERESTING PART OF THE RACE COURSE BECAUSE THERE ARE THESE SMALL CRIMES AND THE GAP COMING CLOSE AND MANY OPEN BACK UP AGAIN AND COME CLOSE. WHEN THEY GET CLOSE ENOUGH CAN THEY HAVE THE EFFORT TO SLOW THE GAP FOR THESE TWO GUYS?>>STEPHEN BASSETT IS REALLY STARTING TO SUFFER HERE. THAT WAS A PURE MENTAL LAPSE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE SADDLE AND ALMOST CROSSED WHEELS WITH NEILSON POWLESS THERE. >>IN THE LIMIT FOR SURE WHEN THERE THAT CLOSE IN FRONT. >>THAT WAS A GOOD SAVE BY STEPHEN BASSETT. >>HE EXPECTED NELSON TO BLUFF THE LEFT SIDE AND NOT THE RIGHT. >>NOW THEY LET THE BIG GAP OPEN UP IN FRONT OF HIM. THEY MAY BE LOOKING AT TRYING TO FIGHT FOR THIRD PLACE NOW WITH FIRST AND SECOND AND IT MAY BE ANOTHER HEARTBREAKING YEAR FOR ALEX HOWES. AND THERE HE IS REFUSING TO THROW IN THE TOWEL WHERE MANY RIDERS WOULD HAVE SET THEM OUT BUT ALEX HOWES NOT UNTIL I HIT THE LINE. >>A BEAUTIFUL EFFORT HE IS STILL TRYING TO MAKE. >>THAT IS THE FIRST TIME THEY WENT ACROSS THE BOULEVARD RIGHT THERE. >>JUST AS THEY’RE ABOUT TO GET BACK UP THIS STEP ON THE GAS AGAIN AND JUST REFUSED TO LET ALEX HOWES IN THE DOOR. AND THEY JUST HAVE TO RECOVER AND TAKE EVERY CHANCE HE CAN GET TO SKIP THE PUDDLE STROKE. EVERYTHING MATTERS NOW IN THE FINAL TWO MILES OF RACING. >>EVERY BIT OF MOMENTUM HE HAS THE CAN SEE IF IT GOES RIGHT THROUGH HIM. >>HE MAKES THE CATCH SWINGING OFF TO THE SIDE AND NOW THEY’RE PLAYING GAMES. IT’S A CLASSIC STANDUP SITUATION. >>THEY NEED TO BE CAREFUL OR IT MAY COME RIGHT BACK TO THEM FROM BEHIND. >>IT’S NOT JUST WHAT IS UP THE ROAD BUT WHAT IS BEHIND AS WELL BECAUSE WITH THIS CHASE GROUP THEY COULD LOSE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME. THIS IS RIGHT AROUND WHERE THEY CAME BACK IN AND WHERE THEY SAW HIM TUCKING IN. MAKING A LITTLE LESS THAN 30 SECONDS. THESE GUYS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE UP THERE.>>WHO WILL DO THE WORK AND PUT IN THE PAST. >>THE DEAL HERE IS THAT NOBODY WANTS TO LEAD INTO THE FINISH LINE BECAUSE THE STRATEGY IS TO BE THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE IN THE RUN UP TO THE FINAL CLIMB AND THEN IF YOU ARE THE LEAD GUY EVERYONE ELSE WOULD JUST SIT RIGHT ON YOU AND SIT ON YOUR DRAFT AND WHEN YOU GET INSIDE THE LAST 400 OR 500 METERS AND THAT IS WHERE THEY WILL COME ALL AROUND YOU AND PALACE WILL TAKE MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. WITH GREAT RACING OUT OF THIS GROUP OF THREE WITH A MILE AND A HALF LEFT TO GO NOW. IT IS A STRATEGY GAME FOR THESE THREE GUYS AND A CHESS MATCH HAPPENING. >>SO THEN YOU CANNOT GET IT BACK FROM EITHER SIDE OF YOU. >>CLOSING THE DOOR ON THE LEFT SIDE SO NOW WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE LEFT SIDE AND HERE COMES THE CHASE AS LARRY TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS TO GO IN WITH IT AND REMEMBER THESE GUYS ARE STILL WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF THE THREE LEADERS UP THE ROAD IF THEY KEEP RIDING THE WAY THAT THEY ARE.>>THERE DEFINITELY MAKING A GOOD RUN WITH THESE GUYS AND IF THEY’RE NOT CAREFUL THEY WILL GET IT ANY SECOND. THESE GUYS CANNOT EVEN STAND UP AND SPRINT AND COVER THAT. >>THIS IS THE BEST POSSIBLE THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. AND HERE HE GOES TO HAVE THESE GUYS INSIGHT AS HE GETS AWAY FROM THE GROUP AND HE CAN SEE THE THREE RIDERS UP THE ROAD AS THE GONE SIDE OF ONE KILOMETER AND IT WILL BE FIRST TO GO. STEPHEN BASSETT TRIES TO HANG ON WITH THE LITTLE BIT OF A RUN HERE AND IT PLATEAUS A LITTLE BIT BEFORE HE TURNS RIGHT TO KICK UP THE HILL. >>NOW BASSETT TO THE FRONT WITH THE ATTACK AND 800 METERS TO THE LINE. >>NELSON CANNOT HANG ON. >>DROPPED TO CHASERS BEHIND HIM. ALEX HOWES IS RIGHT ON THE WHEEL . >>WITH THE GAP GOING IN. >>AND HERE HE COMES BUT HE WILL NOT MAKE IT IN TIME. STEPHEN BASSETT WITH TWO TURNS AWAY FROM A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUT ALEX HOWES IS RIGHT ON HIS WHEEL AND DON’T COUNT NEILSON POWLESS OUT JUST YET. NOW WITH ONE MORE COUNT BACK IN AS HE WILL SURGE TO THE FINAL METERS. WITH THE FINAL TURN FOR ALEX HOWES AND HE IS AT THE FINISH LINE AND STRIKES AND HE WILL FINALLY DO IT. 2019 WILL BE THE YEAR THAT ALEX HOWES FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH YEARS OF RELIEF COMING TO A CLOSE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE AS HE GETS IT RIGHT FROM FIRST HAND IS A NEW NATIONAL CHAMPION. >>AND THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T GIVE UP. HE GETS BACK FROM THE GROOVE AND MADE IT BACK TO THOSE GUYS LATE IN THE GAME AND MADE IT THROUGH THE CORNER AND THE LAST CORNER WHICH WAS AN AMAZING RIDE. >>AN EXCEPTIONAL DAY OF BIKE RACING HERE IN KNOXVILLE. AND CONGRATULATIONS THEN KNOW THEY WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN HIM BUT YOU JUST CANNOT ASK FOR BETTER GUIDE TO WIN OUT THERE TODAY.>>THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WHEN THEY’RE ALL OVER THE PODIUM BUT THE FINALLY MADE IT. >>WATCH HOW MANY AMERICANS COMES UP TO CONGRATULATE HIM. IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE WAY HE WRITES AND THE RELATIONSHIPS HE HAS BUILT WITH THESE RIDERS OVER THE YEARS. >>YOU HAVE TO FEEL FOR THE KID HERE. BUT AFTER ALEX HOWES RECOVERS HE WILL GET A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE THE BIG WIN. NOW AT THE LAST TURN WITH THAT LAST LITTLE SURGE OF THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIMB WHERE ALEX HOWES WAS ABLE TO GET IT AND TAKE ONE LAST LOOK BACK AND YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THAT FLOOD OF EMOTION IS LIKE WITH THE FIRST SMILE THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THAT GUY IN FIVE HOURS. SO THEY ARE COOLING DOWN AND WILL BE BACK HERE WITH HIM SHORTLY. COVERAGE CONTINUING OF THE 2019 USA CYCLING PRO ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. THEY ARE WRAPPING UP IN KNOXVILLE.>>>>STILL WITH HER STREAMING AUDIENCE HERE WITH A TOUGH DAY FOR STEPHEN BASSETT BUT WHAT AN EXCITING SHOW TODAY. >>TWO BLOCKS TOO LONG WITH A LOT OF EFFORT BUT I THOUGHT HE HAD IT WHEN HE WENT INTO THE SECOND TO LAST TURN. >>NO RIDERS CONTINUING TO STREAM IN HERE AT THE FINISH LINE IS THAT THEY START TO COOL OFF AFTER A HOT DAY OUT THERE. >>EXHAUSTED. >>THEY DON’T CELEBRATE IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU FINISH BECAUSE YOU ARE LITERALLY TOO TIRED TO BE HAPPY AT THIS POINT. >>I CAN DO IS SIT ON THE SIDEWALK AND WHAT AN EFFORT AND WHAT A DAY. CONGRATULATING NEILSON POWLESS OF THESE GUYS GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER WELL IN THE BREAKAWAY. I CERTAINLY HOPE WE SEE HIM IN THE PRO CONTINENTAL LEVEL. >>THEY PROBABLY WILL HAVE A GOOD BIT OF HELP WITH THAT. >>THE NEW CHAMPION HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. BREAKING OUT THE COMPANIONS IN THE RUN IN WITH A HUGE HOUSE FOR A MAN WHO HAS BEEN HUNTING THIS VICTORY FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS NOW. PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE BUT NEVER MADE IT TO THE TOP AND AFTER THAT ENDING UP SECOND AND DOES KNOXVILLE’S ON IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR HIM TO SWALLOW BUT I HOPE YOU CAN RELISH IN THE RESULT. IT’S A GREAT RIDE FOR STEPHEN BASSETT ENDING UP THIRD AND IN FOR FOURTH PLACE IS THE BREAKOUT OF HIS ROLE FOR HIS TYPECAST AS A SPRINTER. BIKE RACING DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN WHAT WE SAW TODAY WITH EXCITING ACTION IN THE WOMEN’S RACE WITH THE TEAM SHOWING PERFECT TEAMWORK AND BREAKING THE THREE FOR THE PRO MAN.>>WHAT A RACE OF ATTRITION FOR BOTH THE MEN AND WOMEN TODAY AND THESE GUYS ARE EXHAUSTED AFTER SUCH AN EFFORT AND KUDOS TO THEM FOR COMING BACK FROM THE BREAK. >>AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY OUT THERE TODAY AS HE WILL WEAR A SPECIAL STARS-AND-STRIPES JERSEYS FOR THE NEXT 364 DAYS AND HE WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME FLYING IT IN EUROPE SO IT WILL BE EXCITING. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS THIS WEEKEND AND ARE TIME TRIALS IN OUR PRO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TODAY. TODAY RUTH WINDER GETS THE STARS & STRIPES JERSEY FOR THE WOMEN AND ALEX HOWES FOR THE MEN. FROM ALL OF US WE SAY THANKS FOR WATCHING WITH INCREDIBLE DAY HERE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. WILL BE BACK FOR TWO MORE YEARS AND I CANNOT WAIT TO BE BACK FOR 2020. FROM EVERYONE HERE WE SAY, THANKS FOR WATCHING AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.>>>>FOR THE STREAMING AUDIENCE WE WILL STICK WITH YOU THROUGH THE PODIUM BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE THERE FOR THAT SPECIAL MOMENT WHERE HE WAS ABOUT THE

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