KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A national cycling event is happening in East Tennessee this weekend.
The USA Pro and Para-cycling and Professional Road National Championship is being held in Knoxville and Oak Ridge from June 27-June 30.
This is the third year that Knoxville has has hosted the Pro and Individual Time Trial Championships and the first year Knoxville will host Para-Cycling National Championships.
There will be nine races, and multiple roads will be closed for the events.
Cycling kicks off in Oak Ridge on June 27 in Oak Ridge. The Individual Time Trial National Championships on Melton Lake Drive begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
On Friday, the Criterium comes to Knoxville, starting and finishing at Gay Street and Cumberland Ave. Para-athletes will start at 4:45 p.m., the women begin at 6 p.m. and the men start at 7:20 p.m.
On Saturday, the Para Road Race will be held at Ned McWherter Park/James White Parkway at 8 a.m. Beginning at 5 a.m., there will be road closures on Riverside Drive from Laurans Ave to James White Parkway northbound ramps. James White Parkway will close beginning at 7 a.m.
On Sunday, the Pro Road Championship race begins at Gay Street and Cumberland Ave. Roads in that route will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Melton Lake Drive will be closed Thursday morning.
South Gay Street is one of several streets that will shut down for much of the day.
Closures could affect your drive, but Kim Bumpas with Visit Knoxville said thousands of people are expected to come watch.
"Knoxville is a great destination," said Bumpas. "It's easy to get to and honestly our roads and our terrain and the lay out, it's just very appealing to cyclists. It makes for the opportunity for very challenging courses as these riders prepare for maybe the Olympics or the Tour De France."
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