The Tour of the Gila Stage 2 – The Inner Loop

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The Tour of the Gila Stage 2 – The Inner Loop

The UCI men faced the challenging 76 miles of The Inner Loop. While today’s stage was shorter than Stage 1, there’s more climbing and very demanding descending. The topo details three cat 3 climbs, but the road is never flat so that the riders will total 5781 feet of climbing by the end of the stage.

The UCI men were the first to hit the road today. Their field was noticeably smaller than it was at the start of stage 1 but the riders were eager to race as the officials had difficulty keeping the speed down through the neutral zone. Once the flag dropped, the attacks began immediately. The first bonus sprint is 5.7 miles into the stage and teams had to fight to control and play out tactics for the sprint.

The sprint ended up going to Joseph Lewis of Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, with Steve Fisher of Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, and Daniel Summerhill of United HealthCare Pro Cycling rounding out the top three. Immediately following this sprint is the Cat 3 climb up to Pinos Altos, a tough way to start a stage. The peloton stayed together controlling the attacks on the climb until 1 km to the KOM with Luis Enrique Davila of Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, followed by Daniel Summerhill of United HealthCare, and Taylor Sheldon of 5 Hour Racing p/b Kenda. These three didn’t stop and drove hard into the short technical decent. The constant pressure from the peloton saw numerous riders abandon, obviously feeling the effects from yesterdays stage.

The course changed at this point with the riders facing narrow and very twisty roads, another Cat 3 climb followed by the very fast and technical descent off Wildhorse Mesa. The break worked hard and kept extending their lead over the peloton. As they reached the Mimbres Valley their lead was 4:30. The valley continues to be roads that favor a break but their gap never grew much more than this as Tyler Wren of Jamis-Hagens Berman explained after the stage, “We knew Summerhill was the danger man in the break but our goal was to control the gap and keep our leaders safe and give them as easy of a ride as we could give them today”.

Second sprint went to Summerhill, with Davila and Sheldon taking second and third respectfully. After the sprint the peloton started to chase so the gap steadily fell to around 2 mins by the start of the Cat 3 climb. 1 km from the KOM sprint, Davila attacked and held on to take the KOM over Summerhill and Sheldon but from the peloton two riders attacked. Adam De Vos of Team H&R Block and Stephano Barberi of California Giant/Specialized bridged the now 35 second gap to the leaders making it a break of 5. With under 10 miles to go the break put their heads down and drove the pace hard. They made it to the 3 km sign at which time there was constant changing of teams on the front all trying to set up their riders from the sprint.

Nicolai Brochner of Bissel Development Team took the sprint for with Eric Young of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits and Travis McCabe of Team SmartStop rounding out the top three. It was a hectic finale as Joseph Schmaltz of Hincapie Sportswear Development Team stated, “We tried to get to the front for our guys, but it got messy. Ty (Magner) ended up 5th I think. So, we got organized but it just didn’t go all according to plan.”

Tomorrow is the Time Trial and the riders were eager to get back and prepare for this challenging day.

The Pro Women faced 75 miles on the Inner Loop Course. As with the men, the women’s race started fast with team Twenty16 driving the pace to set up Ali Tetrick for the first sprint. The racing was hectic with Carmen Small of DNA Cycling p/b K4 taking the sprint with Jessica Cerra of FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore taking second, followed by Tetrick.

United HealthCare assumed control of the race at this point driving the pace up the Cat 3 climb to Pinos Altos. The QOM went to Flavia Oliviera of FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore, followed by Annie Toth of Sisterhood of Cycling, and Sharon Laws of United HealthCare. United continued to control the group as they came to the second QOM, won again by Oliviera followed by Laws and Alison Powers of United HealthCare.

The race was controlled by United and their pace had the women struggling to maintain contact. Any attack that was attempted was short lived. It was obvious that United had a plan for the day and that was to put a stranglehold on the race. Rain and a strong cross wind on the final stretches of the race didn’t make life any easier for the women’s field. The final QOM saw Oliviera take more points with Laws of United and Glaessner of TIBCO rounding out the top 3.

The rest of the stage saw aggressive and fast paced racing with constant attacks but nothing was able to stick. With 1km to go United and TIBCO were on the front but Carmen Small of DNA Cycling p/b K4 took the win. Joanne Kiesnowski and Lauren Stephens, both of TIBCO, rounded out the podium.

It was a hard day of racing for the women. Mara Abbot of United HealthCare held onto the leaders jersey but she will have her hands full for the time trial tomorrow. It should be another interesting day of racing for sure.

UCI Men Results

Top 3 on Stage 2

Nicolai Brochner (BDT)
Eric Young (OPM)
Travis McCabe (TSS)
Town of Silver City Leader’s Jersey: Daniel Jaramillo (JSH)

PNM Sprinter Leader Jersey: Nicolai Brochner (BDT)

Freeport-McMoRayn King of the Mountain Jersey: Daniel Jaramillo (JSH)

Southwest Bone & Joint Institute Best Young Rider: Nicolai Brochner (BDT)

Full Results:

http://www.tourofthegila.com/bissell-development-team-wins-field-sprint/


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Magner,Hall Win Downtown Twilight Criterium

Twilight Crit Cascade

Twilight Crit Cascade

Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far.  The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important.  Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course.  The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.

The women were first to start. As has been e case throughout Cascade, the pace was high right from the gun. There were many attacks but apparently none had the right combination of teams represented or horsepower as the field remained together and strung out for the entire race.
As the riders began the final lap team NOW and Novartis for MS took charge at the front with three riders stringing out the remaining peloton.  The sprint was incredibly close and came down to a photo finish with Lauren Hall of team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking the win by the narrowest of margins. 2nd went to Shelley Olds of Team TIBCO with Allison Powersnof NOW and Novartis for MS rounding out the top three.  The GC remained unchanged with McGrath of Exergy Twenty 16 in yellow followed by Haeusler of Team TIBCO and Abbott of Exergy Twenty 16 in 3rd.
The men began at 7 PM but the temperatures remained high with many riders packing ice into their skinsuits in an attempt to keep their core temperature down before the fireworks began for the 75 minute race.  The men’s field had been reduced to 150 riders from the original 200 and the field would be much less than this by the finish.
The men’s race was full-on right from the gun. The 150 man field was single file for the first 20 minutes with many laps averaging over 32 mph. As the field began to show signs of strain under the unrelenting pace a group of 5 riders managed to get a gap.  This front group fluctuated in numbers from 5 to 3 to 8 and always hovering around 10 seconds. Team Jelly Belly and Team Cash Call kept the move in check. The break was finally reeled in at the 46 minute mark but the pace was beginning to take it’s toll on the rest of the field as riders were continually being dropped from the pack.  With roughly 10 minutes to go Team Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took control of the front but it was team Optum with Tom Zirbel leading the way who took over with 3 laps to go. Zirbel put his TT legs to work and tapped out a lap and a half  at 32 mph when a crash on the backside of the course created a split. Optum controlled going into the final lap but it was the U23 national criterium champion,  Ty Magner of Hincapie Sportswear, who took the win. Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager Cycling Team 2nd with Ignazio Moser of BMC Development Team taking 3rd.  The GC remained with Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda leading, Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benifit Strategies in 2nd, and Jakub Novak of BMC Development Team in 3rd.
Tomorrow concludes this edition of the Cascade Cycling Classic with the Aubry Butte Circuit Race. For the women, McGrath and her team seem to be in control but its a challenging course at the end of a week of aggressive racing. Haeusler and the rest of the field should make it interesting for team Exergy. On the men’s side, this race is still up for grabs.  There is only 9 seconds separating the top 3 and only a 1:15 separating the top 10.  Tomorrow should produce some incredible racing.
As a final note, the podium for tonight’s crit were all U23 men. Remember their names as I am sure we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Travis Dixon

Recap-Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.

 

The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.

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Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) and Powers(NOW)Blaze TT in Cascade

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic, July 18 Stage 2 Prineville Individual Time Trial.

 

The men and women raced on a 20 mile out and back course. The rolling course would cater a strong rider who is able to push a big gear as opposed to the climbing that the racers saw in yesterdays stage. The men raced first and of the original 201 racers only 182 lined up for the start of the time trial. Sergei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly rode in with the best time of the day, 30:59:96. He was followed by Jonathan Teeter of team Marc Pro-Strava for second place with a time of 31:17:54. Newly crowned national TT Champion, Tom Zirbel rounded out the top three with a time of 31:17:69. Taylor Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to end up 5th on GC only 30 seconds off of teammate Novak. Eisenhart is followed closely by defending champ, Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda who is 33 seconds off the lead. Yesterdays stage winner and yellow jersey wearer for the day, Pjillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling slipped to 7th overall at 36 seconds.

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Recap-Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

Prologue at the Cascade Cycling Classic

The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic stage race began tonight with the Prologue, which created a few surprises. The 109 rider women’s field began at 6 PM on the  counter clockwise 2.5 mile circuit. The course featured a fast downhill start with less than 200 feet of elevation gain to the finish.  Defending champ, Alison Powers, of NOW and Novartis for MS, was the last to start and delivered the fastest time of the day, being the only woman to go under 5 minutes. Her winning time of 4:53 was quite impressive and definitely let the rest of the women know that she is ready to defend her title. Shelley Olds, of Team TIBCO, put in a strong ride to place second. Laura Brown, of Team Colavita-Fine Cooking, rounded out the top three. The best young rider was another TIBCO  rider,  Jasmin Glaesser.Alison Powers
The men’s prologue began immediately after the conclusion of the woman’s race, and with 201 riders, there couldn’t be any delay. Robert Sweeting of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda began 58th and set a scorching time of 4:28. Sweeting had to wait over an hour before the final ten riders were on the course. With the likes of Zirbel, of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies,  defending champ Mancebo, of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda,  and Philip Gimon of Bissel Pro Cycling,  it was a long wait. However, these top riders couldn’t come close to the time that Sweeting posted.  Timothy Rugg, of Kelly Benefit Strategies, started the prologue 8th and apparently didn’t fancy his chances for the podium because as he was running back down to the finish, putting his jersey back on saying, “I already went home!” Rugg took 2nd, while Sergei  Tvetcov , of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda,  put in a strong ride for 3rd place. Best young rider was Ty Magner, of Hincapie Sportswear. It was a strong performance for the 22 year old rider, as the men’s field is stacked with strong U23’s.Robert Sweeting
The Cascade Cycling Classic began with some impressive riding and a few surprises. Tomorrows stage promises to produce more great racing and more surprises.
- Travis Dixon

 

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

Cascade Cycling Classic: Prologue

The 34th annual Cascade Cycling Classic kicks off July 16, with the Prologue, in Bend Oregon. Its the oldest running consecutive stage race in North America , starting back in 1979. Sponsored by the Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), the 5 day stage race is organized by the Mt. BachelorSki Education Foundation.

The prologue starts on Tuesdsy, at 6pm and is stacked with a majority of the NRC’s top five riders for both Pro men and women. This course is a counterclockwise loop, totaling at 2.5 miles, with less than 200 feet elevation gain, perfect for fast riders. Mancebo (5 hour Energy p/b Kenda), Haga and teammate Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits) will be in the mens field. Haeusler, Olds (Team TIBCO), Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS), and Abbott (Exergy TWENTY 16) in the women’s.

The Cascade Cycling Classic’s placement in the latter half of the NRC series, makes it a critical stage race for top riders to gain individual and team points towards the overall standings. This and the list of high caliber racers, registered for the race, will make for a tight and exciting 5 days through central Oregon’s eastern slope of the Cascade mountain range. Historically, the race has always been held in high standing and a desirable edition for any individual and team to add to their palmares.

 

Want more: Here is a link to the 2012 Cascade Classic.

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Phil Gaimon (Kenda 5 hour- Energy) in “The Conversation”!

He talks about the move to Bissell! He talks about businesses. He also talks about missing the “Invites”!

First, a word about Phil the Thrill:
To someone who doesn’t know me, this nickname might indicate that I’m full of myself. Let me assure you that it’s a joke.
a. I’m barely cracking the top level of American cycling at this point, and that’s not very thrilling in the big picture.
b. Even if I make it all the way, make millions of dollars, and win more tours than Lance, I realize that to most people I’m still a dude with shaved legs and brightly-colored tights who should really get the hell out of the road.

Bio:
I am a cyclist, a writer, and an entrepreneur. My goal is to see how far bike racing takes me, and begin a career as a writer/journalist or something when I’m ready to hang up my wheels.

 

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BREAKING NEWS! Chad Thompson ( Inferno Racing-Kenda/5-hour Energy)breaks the silence and tells Cyclingillustrated.com that his team will merge with Competitive Cyclist. LISTEN HERE!

BREAKING NEWS! Chad Thompson (Founder/CEO)- Inferno Racing(Kenda/5-hour Energy)are merging with COMPETITIVE CYCLIST. Chad broke the news to us today in a segment we call “The Conversation”. Chad talks about processes, USA Cycling, and being shut-out of the big three races AToC, USAPro, Tour of Utah. This conversation is riveting. If you are a cycling fan or on a team listen to what Chad has to say as he makes his case for his team that led the NRC.

This is a must listen to segment:

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Jenna “Jammer” Kowalski had a solid 4th place finish at Brentwood and talks about how it all went down.

Backyard Jam-Sesh: Brentwood Grand Prix

By Jenna ‘Jammer’ Kowalski

 

Sunday, August 7th, 2011, watching my teammates from the sidelines of a race called the Brentwood Grand Prix also known as the California State Criterium Championships. In my own backyard, but, here I am on the wrong side of the barriers, with a soon to be diagnosed case of strep throat. Always a frustrating feeling, when so badly you want to be out there pedaling in circles with everybody else. A fun race to watch, but always a better race to race.

 

Fast forward to this year: Sunday, August 5th 2012. Finally, I would have my first chance to contest Brentwood GP, a course favored by many locals for its technicality. However, after a long month of training for climbing hills in the altitude, I realized that I had not done one single sprint since the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Thus, I was a little nervous that my legs would be lacking the spunk needed for 55 minutes of sprinting out of corners.

 

With the course conveniently located in my backyard, my teammate Lauren and I decided to have our daily espresso at the Coral Tree Cafe and watch the mid-morning men’s races to get in the proper spirit. The double Americano certainly did the trick and kept me buzzing for the next four hours. We then opted to ditch our trainers for a warm-up spin down the coast to Venice, to take in the madness of a Sunday at the beach. After a pit stop at home to change jerseys and swap on race wheels, we jammed over to the course just in the nick of time.

 

As we rolled up to the start line, I was flattered to receive a call-up to join some of the established local racers. After a couple high-fives and fist pounds, we got the countdown to go. The race was animated from the beginning, and a few moves lighted up the first couple laps of the race. The goals for the day were to either get Lauren in a break, or set me up for the field sprint. So, while it was important for me to remain attentive as a teammate to a team of two in a field dominated by team Helens and InCycle, I sat comfortably in the front, following wheels and making sure to cover anything that Lauren could not.

 

Between Helens, InCycle, LaGrange, Revolution and solo strong woman Kristin LaSasso, there were a number of fliers that had some serious potential, but the combination of riders in each move was not enough to keep the field from letting anything go. I was pretty certain the race was going to come down to a field sprint, so I just sat tight, at one point finding myself well placed for a prime, thus taking the opportunity to jump around the two riders who set me up perfectly.

 

After a few last ditch efforts from riders to get off the front, the peloton seemed content for a field sprint with two laps to go. I must admit I was a little lax in setting myself up for the finish; a solid 10 wheels back, I kept thinking ‘it’s a long finish, it’s a long finish.’ Well, l find myself still wishing it was a little bit longer. The last half lap of crits are always a bit foggy in my memory. From what I do remember, riders were single-file going up the backside chicane. I wanted to move up but was hesitant to jump around everyone so early. I hesitate. I see a flag.  And I know I have to go, now. I jump around a few riders and the InCycle lead-out train, my head screaming ‘YOU CAN WIN THIS! YOU CAN WIN THIS!’ I see riders in black, I see the finish line, weirdly wishing it was just a few feet further.’ I’m not going to make it in time and I know it. It feels close, and I throw myself through the line, but it’s not quite enough to edge into the top three, as I hear the excited hollers of well deserved winner Suze Sonye, followed by teammate Shelby Reynolds and Tibco’s Junior National Champion, Alexis Ryan.

 

I did make it onto the podium for the California State Championship, as Team Helen’s Shelby Reynolds is registered in Texas, however, it wasn’t for the coveted Bear jersey I had hoped for. But, there is always next year (third time’s a charm!?), and as my first California State Criterium Championship race, I am pleased with a top five. Just as well, I am thrilled for the podium finishers – and the entire peloton for that matter, for making for a fun and safe race to cap off the end of my 2012 SoCal road racing season. Many thanks to all of the supporters, sponsors, media and everyone else that makes these events possible! Until next year!

 

Suzanne Sonye (State Champion at Brentwood Grand Prix) in “The Conversation”

Brentwood Grand Prix

WSWC(State Champion at Brentwood Grand Prix):

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