Allar and McCabe Grab Pro Criterium Wins in Downtown Louisville; 8 Amateur Road Champions Crowned
Louisville, Ky. (July 2, 2017) – A full slate of 12 categorized events in the downtown Museum Row section of Louisville concluded the four days of racing for the Amateur Road National Championships presented by Papa John’s and the Professional Criterium National Championships. Spectators were treated to a six-corner course with the start/finish on West Main Street, that twisted past the Ohio River and landmarks like the Muhammed Ali Center, Kentucky Science Center, and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
Erica Allar (Demorest, Ga./Rally Cycling) earned her third national title of the year on Sunday, taking the Women’s Pro/ Cat 1/2 championship. She broke away early in the race wtih Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas/Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank), building a 40-second lead over the 55-rider field and overcoming a race delay caused by a late crash. Allar, who won two collegiate national road titles in April for Piedmont College, outdueled Stephens, the 2017 pro time trial silver medalist, for the win in 1:16:13. With six laps to go, Irena Ossola (Santa Fe, N.M./SAS-MACOGEP) attacked from the field and closed much of the gap to the leaders, finishing six seconds back for third.
“I’m really just so excited. Stephens is such a strong rider and great competitor that she was certainly one of the marked riders. I just happened to be there when she decided to go. Lucky for us, we had full teams. My Rally team rode really well,” added Allar about the attack sticking for the win. “It’s my first elite criterium national championship, and it’s something I’ve worked hard to get. What an honor it will be to wear the national championship jersey this next year.”
The Women’s U23 criterium championship was won in the same contest by 19-year-old Skylar Schneider (West Allis, Wisc./ISCorp powered by Progress), who finished fourth overall in the Women’s Pro criterium. Emma White (Delanson, N.Y./Rally Cycling) was awarded the silver and Payten Maness (Flower Mound, Texas/Papa John’s Racing p/b TREK) received the bronze.
Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz./UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) captured his first professional championship in a sprint finish for the Men’s Pro race. Most of the 65-minute contest was dominated by Brandon McNulty (Phoenix, Ariz./Rally Cycling) and Ben Wolfe (Niantic, Conn./Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis), who created a sizeable gap for more than 20 laps. McNulty tried a solo attack with four laps to go, but was chased down by McCabe and 13 other riders from the peloton on the final lap. Eric Young (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling) and Ty Magner (Griffin, Ga./Holowesko l Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear) took the second and third, respectively.
“The last lap was all-out racing. It was full gas all the way up the back climb, and I opened up the sprint with 200 meters to go, out of the corner, and held it to the line. I put my head down, and didn’t know until about 50 meters to go, and then I had a good feeling that I was going to take it. It felt great,” said McCabe, who last donned a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in 2013 when won the Men’s Cat 1 amateur criterium championship.
One of the fiercest breakaways of the day was put in by Men’s U23 national champion Thomas Revard (Carmel, Ind./Bissell-ABG-Giant). The 20-year-old attacked 30 minutes into the 75-minute slugfest and held a significant lead for 21 full laps, winning in a time of 1:12:49. Six chasers could not get any closer than 58 seconds. From this group, Noah Granigan (Cape May Court House, N.J./CCB Velotooler) finished second and Zachary Carlson (Indianapolis, Ind./Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) was third.
In the Men’s Category 1 criterium, Ben Renkema (Greenville, S.C./SC Competitive Cyclist) improved upon his third place finish last year and grabbed the gold on Sunday. A large pack of 16 riders finished with the same time, 1:14:09, with Renkema crossing the line first. He was followed by Hogan Sills (Terre Haute, Ind./Bissell-ABG-Giant), who finished second for a second consecutive year. Brandon Feehery (Knoxville, Tenn./Crit Life) followed in third.
The Men’s Junior 17-18 criterium saw 126 riders on the downtown circuit. Colby Lange (Edwards, Colo./LUX/Stradling p/b Specialized) surged to the win in 57:49. In a five-rider chase group, teammate Riley Sheehan (Boulder, Colo./LUX/Stradling p/b Specialized) captured second place, just ahead of Denzel Stephenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling), one second off the pace.
A gold medalist in the road race on Satruday, Alijah Beatty (Washington, Iowa/Northstar Development Cycling) also claimed the criterium championship in the Women’s Junior 17-18 race. She edged out Megan Heath (Alpharetta, Ga./Rally Cycling Devo), who claimed second place for a second day. Heath was the best of 13 riders trying to reach Beatty, and Paige Shumskas (Pipersville, Penn./Fearless Femme Racing) was third overall.
For a second time in two days Megan Jastrab (Apple Valley, Calif./Swami’s Junior Development Team) edged out Katie Clouse (LIttleton, Colo./Visit Dallas DNA Cycling) for the championship jersey in the Women’s Junior 15-16 division. The winning time was 31:00 for Jastrab, with Clouse and 17 other riders finishing with a one-second time gap. Emma Workowski (Kutztown, Penn./Maloja Pushbiker Future Stars) rolled across the line in third.
Of the 68 riders who started the Men’s Junior 15-16 Category 1/2/3 criterium, Tyler Reynolds (Pella, Iowa/Andrie Junior Development Team) outsprinted a pack of 44 riders for the national title in 44:43. Eli Husted (Austin, Texas/Hot Tubes Development Cycling) finished second and David Heath (Alpharetta, Ga./ Frazier Cycling Juniors) grabbed third.
Carmen Davidson (Byron Center, Mich.) added the criterium title to her road race title in the Women’s Junior 13-14 category. She edged Makayla MacPherson (Corona, Calif./Swami’s Junior Development Team) to the line for the win in a time of 31:57. Following MacPherson, Olivia Cummins (Fort Collins, Colo./Melton Design Build/GS Forza Cycling) finished two seconds back for third place.
Will Sharpe (Katy, Texas/Northwest Cycling Club) finished in 31:50 to capture a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the Men’s Junior 13-14 division. Artem Shmidt (Cumming, Ga./Keenz Racing p/b Mission Source/NGCA) crossed the line with the same time for second. Riley Cotton (Longmont, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) secured third in the field of 63 riders.
For a second day in a row, Lilly McLeod (Brooksville, Fla./Sho-Air TWENTY20 Development) took the top step of a Women’s Junior 11-12 event, winning the criterium in 21:23. Divya Verma (Breinigsville, Penn./T Town Elite) earned the silver medal, 14 seconds back. The bronze went to Claire Kudlata (Milwaukee, Wisc./ISCorp. Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI), who finished 20 seconds off the pace.
The top Men’s Junior 11-12 criterium rider was Wesley Haggstrom (Clemmons, N.C./Hearts Racing Club), who won a silver in the road race Saturday. He outsprinted Walter Rozek (Folsom, Calif./Reliable/Taco Bell Racing p/b Kinetic Cycles) in a time of 20:32. Jack Makohon (Heath, Texas/Rockwall Racing) earned the bronze, just four seconds back.