Cycling eyes from around the world were on Chattanooga for the USA Cycling National Championships.
The course wound through downtown and over Lookout Mountain unfolding a tremendous amount of drama in the men's race.
The final stretch raced south on Market Street right through the heart of downtown. What a finish this would be.
Eric Marcotte of the SmartStop team comes out of the chase group and down the sprint. It was a finish so close, an overhead view provided the best angle.
Marcotte won by about a bike length over teammate Travis McCabe. Marcotte is your national champion in the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road Championships.
Keep in mind this was a 103 mile race that included four 1150 foot climbs up Lookout Mountain. Marcotte will wear the red, white and blue jersey for the next year.
And for his efforts, he won $2,500 and the keys to 2015 Volkswagen GTI. He wins a 1-year-lease to that car.
Second place finisher Travis McCabe takes home $1,500.
Bronze medalist Alex Howes won $1,000.
And the elite women cyclists's started at 9:00 a.m.
Alison Powers held a sizeable lead flying down South Market Street.
Powers took the podium as the national champion.
She races on the United Health Care Pro Cycling Team.
The women ran the same course as the men, just shorter circuits.
The length of the women's race was almost 65 miles.
Powers completed that track in 2:55:25.She also made history by winning the U.S. Road Race, time trial and Criterum Championship.
Powers lives up to her name.
Unlike some other professional sports, the prize money is the same between the men and women in this event.
Powers will wear the red, white and blue jersey for a year, take home $2,500 and the keys to a 2015 Volkswagen GTI.
She too has won a one year lease.
Second place finisher Megan Guarnier pockets $1,500.
Third place finisher Evelyn Stevens takes home $1,000.
Also, the paracyclists and hand cyclists, many of whom are veterans, had tremendous races here as well.
by John Madewell