published Friday, May 24th, 2013

Avoid the crowds, catch the races

Do you want to keep track of the Volkswagen national championship but can’t be bothered to fight the crowds for prime viewing real estate along the race route? Don’t worry, there are numerous options for following the event off-site.

LIVE BROADCASTNBC specialty channel Universal Sports will broadcast live coverage of the final two hours of the race starting Monday at 4 p.m. Universal Sports is carried locally as part of cable packages on DIRECTV (channel 625), DISH (channel 402) and Sky Angel (channel 321).

MOBILE APPBoth the time trial on Saturday and the actual race on Monday will be streamed live online via USA Cycling’s Tour Tracker app, which is free to download for Apple and Android mobile devices. The app will include a live video stream, including updates of rider positions, time gaps, a GPS map, course profile and text play-by-play.

Tour Tracker can be found on the Apple App Store, Android Market or via

RECAPIf you’ll be otherwise occupied on Memorial Day, you can catch a recap of the race at 1 p.m. June 2 on NBC Sports (Comcast channel 70).


CARTA will provide a free shuttle on Monday from Finley Stadium to the Lookout Mountain attractions Rock City, the Incline and Ruby Falls, stopping in that order. It will run every 20 to 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each bus will have an attached bike rack for spectators who want to take their bikes to the attractions and cycle to the course to watch. However, the buses accommodate only two bikes at a time.


Children can participate in bike races of their own during the Road Race Championships on Monday at the venue site. Registration and check-in will be at the venue site on the day of the event. The races will be divided into three age groups (3-6, 7-9 and 10-12) and are open to only 30 participants per age group. All participants must wear a helmet, and all participants receive an official water bottle and medal. For information, visit or call 770-631-1239.


Exit I-75 at Volkswagen Drive; proceed west to the Volkswagen plant; park for free at the plant; start/finish line will be in front of the plant. Access to plant from Bonny Oaks Drive will be blocked, but spectators can enter Enterprise South from there and park for free at the Amazon building, then walk or bike one-eighth of a mile to the venue.


* Start-finish line is on Market Street between M.L. King Boulevard and 12th Street. Big-screen televisions will be available, showing all portions of the race.

* Route on top of Lookout Mountain extends from Ochs Highway to Sanders Road to Scenic Highway. There is no parking along Ochs or Scenic highways.

* Route in the North Shore will go along Frazier Avenue, which will be closed to regular traffic, between the Market Street Bridge and the Veterans Bridge. Area merchants are expected to take advantage of the crowds and offer ancillary specials.


Spectators watching cyclists during the road race, especially during the downtown, Frazier Avenue and UTC neighborhood lap portions, won’t have long to wait before the race caravan appears again. With lead vehicles, police, medical and trailing vehicles, in addition to the cyclists, the caravan will take 12 to 15 minutes to pass.

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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