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Roane County will be a happening place this weekend — on both ends of the county.
On the west end, the Dixie Youth Region I World Series will be played.
On the east end, the 2013 Junior Road Race State Championship will take place.
Early Saturday morning, the Oak Ridge Velo Classic will roll in, bringing in around 300 cyclists to the Heritage and Horizon Centers off of Highway 58 in Roane County.
Cyclists of all ages will be racing on Saturday and Sunday to be the best in three different races – a road race, sponsored by The Roane Alliance; a time trial, and a short-course criterium.
“What is exciting about this race, besides the fact that it is being held in Roane County this year, is that the junior divisions in the road race (ages 10 to 18) are racing for the state championship,” said Pam May, director of marketing and tourism at The Roane Alliance. “This is a big deal for these kids, not to mention the adults who also are racing, so we just had to become a major sponsor this year.”
Sanctioned by the Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association and USA Cycling, the winners of the 2013 ORV Juniors Road Race will receive a medal and a coveted state championship jersey from TBRA.
The road race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the junior’s awards being presented around 10 am.
The time trial is held from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center, and then on Sunday, the criterium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Horizon Center.
Spectators are welcome. Vendors, as well as a ‘tricked out’ Airstream trailer will be set up at the event.
On Friday, the opening ceremony for the ‘World Series’ of little league tournaments will be held at 7 p.m. at Dr. Tom W. Evans gymnasium in Rockwood.
The tournament begins Saturday morning at Rockwood’s Miller Sports Complex, running through Tuesday with 16 teams vying for the coveted title of Dixie Youth Region 1-AA Regional Champions. Rockwood’s AA All-Stars will be in the tournament.
Jody Mioduski, Rockwood parks and recreation director, said “The 7- and 8-year olds are always fun to watch, plus we’ve got plenty of parking and the food will be great.”
Twelve games will be played on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am, ten games on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m., and four games on Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The final four will be Tuesday but game times will not be decided until Monday.
There is an admission fee.
The sports complex is at 700 S. Chamberlain Street in Rockwood.
“The Roane Alliance supports these types of events through sponsorships and advertising for several reasons,” said Leslie Henderson, President/CEO of The Roane Alliance, “The primary one is that the potential economic impact from these events can be huge for the county – the Dixie Youth tournament should bring in about $150,000 alone into our motels, restaurants, and gas. But also these types of events are a perfect fit for us as a sustainable community.”