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- 1. Jade Wilcoxson, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, in 55:43
- 2. Shelley Olds, Team Tibco, same time
- 3. Carmen Small, Specialized-Lululemon, s.t.
- 4. Joelle Numainville, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.
- 5. Joanne Kiesanowski, Team Tibco, s.t.
- 6. Claudia Hausler, Team Tibco, s.t.
- 7. Lauren Hall, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, , s.t.
- 8. Brianna Walle, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.
- 9. Lenore Pipes, St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, at 0:05
- 10. Flavia Oliveira, Birchwood Cycling, at 0:05
- 11. Erica Zaveta, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 0:05
- 12. Sophie Williamson, Vanderkitten, at 0:06
- 13. Jen Purcell, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:06
- 14. Sara Clafferty, Birchwood Cycling, at 0:06
- 15. Lindsay Bayer, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:06
- 16. Vanessa Drigo, Rose Bandits, at 0:06
- 17. Olivia Dillon, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:06
- 18. Janel Holcomb, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 0:06
- 19. Madeleine Pape, Iscorp-Intelligentsia Coffee, at 0:06
- 20. Kimberley Wells, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:06
- 21. Mary Zider, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:06
- 22. Tayler Wiles, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:06
- 23. Jamie Bookwalter, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:06
- 24. Kate Chilcott, Vanderkitten, at 0:06
- 25. Denise Ramsden, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 0:06
- 26. Mia Loquai, Iscorp-Intelligentsia Coffee, at 0:06
- 27. Anna Christiansen, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:06
- 28. Kimberley Turner, Birchwood Cycling, at 0:06
- 29. Leah Kirchmann, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 0:06
- 30. Ally Stacher, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:06
- 31. Jenny Ives, Team Kenda-RACC, at 0:06
- 32. Kelli Richter, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:06
- 33. Emily Georgeson, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:06
- 34. Gillian Carleton, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:06
- 35. Sarah Rice, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:13
- 36. Kerrin Strevell, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:13
- 37. Caroline Moakley, Nature Valley Cycling Team, at 0:13
- 38. Joy McCulloch, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:13
- 39. Rushlee Buchanan, Team Tibco, at 0:13
- 40. Samantha Schneider, Team Tibco, at 0:13
- 41. Anne Perry, Birchwood Cycling, at 0:13
- 42. Amanda Miller, Team Tibco, at 0:13
- 43. Shannon Parrish, Team Kenda-RACC, at 0:13
- 44. Lauren Stephens, Team Tibco, at 0:13
- 45. Leah Guloien, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:13
- 46. Katharine Hall, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 0:13
- 47. Whitney Schultz, Colavita-Fine Cooking, at 0:19
- 48. Lindsay Fox, St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, at 0:19
- 49. Beth Duryea, Specialized-Lululemon, at 0:19
- 50. Abby Ruess, St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, at 0:19
- 51. Amy McGuire, FCS-Zngine-Mr. Restore, at 0:23
- 52. Rose Long, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 0:34
- 53. Leah Kleager, St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, at 0:34
- 54. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, Team Tibco, at 5:34:
- 55. Amber Gaffney, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 5:34:
- 56. Kaelly Farnham, FCS-Zngine-Mr. Restore, at 5:34:
- 57. Corey Coogan Cisek, FCS-Zngine-Mr. Restore, at 5:34:
- 58. Hayley Giddens, Iscorp-Intelligentsia Coffee, at 5:34:
- 59. Nicole Mertz, Iscorp-Intelligentsia Coffee, at 5:34:
- 60. Jenn Perricone, Iscorp-Intelligentsia Coffee, at 5:34:
- 61. Amity Elliot, Team Kenda-RACC, at 5:34:
- 62. Gabrielle Fortin, Team Kenda-RACC, at 5:34:
- 63. Terra James, Team Kenda-RACC, at 5:34:
- 64. Irena Ossola, Team Kenda-RACC, at 5:34:
- 65. Jennifer Rife, Team Kenda-RACC, at 5:34:
- 66. Laura Parsons, Rose Bandits, at 5:34:
- 67. Christina Birch, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 5:34:
- 68. Justine Boddy, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 5:34:
- 69. Abigail Mickey, Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars, at 5:34:
- 70. Lisa Mueller, Birchwood Cycling, at 5:34:
- 71. Heather Nielson, Birchwood Cycling, at 5:34:
- 72. Danielle Bradley, St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, at 5:34:
- 73. Diana Carolina Penuela Martinez, Colombia Specialized, at 5:34:
- 74. Ana Milena Fagua Raquira, Colombia Specialized, at 5:34:
- OTL: Ana Christina Sanabria Sanchez, Colombia Specialized, at 17:28:
Irish cycling clubs voted against nominating compatriot Pat McQuaid as a candidate in the upcoming UCI presidential elections at Cycling Ireland’s Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday in Dublin.
The meeting was called to allow clubs in Ireland vote on the nomination after an original decision to back McQuaid by Cycling Ireland’s board members was deemed invalid due to a breach of federation rules at the board meeting.
Instead of simply holding the meeting again and casting the same vote, the Irish governing body bowed to pressure from domestic clubs to allow them a vote on the decision.
On Saturday a low percentage of 188 delegates from 60 Irish cycling clubs turned up to the proceedings, with 91 voting against and 74 voting for the nomination. Debate lasted roughly an hour and saw reasoned arguments from both sides of the divide.
Although the margin suggests a close vote, club members of Cycling Ireland’s board and other commissions, who were in favor of nominating McQuaid, had two votes each, meaning the majority of clubs present were against the nomination.
“We always knew … and I’m speaking for the board, who were in favor of the motion, that the anti-McQuaids, if you’d like to call them that, were the favorites in betting terms,” said Cycling Ireland president Rory Wyley afterward.
“I knew over the past week or two the gap was closing. From my point of view it didn’t close enough. I would have obviously preferred if the motion was carried and became a resolution of the company.
“Most delegates were mandated by the clubs prior to the meeting, so there wasn’t a huge amount of debate. I asked at the start that the discussion take place in a civil and courteous manner and it did.”
The McQuaid issue has loomed over Irish cycling for much of the year and although there have been heated exchanges and serious arguments during the course of the season among various clubs, friends and even families on both sides of the divide, the decision was greeted with a philosophical inevitability by both sides of the camp.
“The sun will set this evening and we’ll get up in the morning … I hope anyway,” said Wyley. “Life goes on. As a national federation, who is president of the UCI doesn’t impact us hugely, directly. We’ve more important things to do. Over in St. Anne’s Park today there’s a Sprocket Rocket family day as part of national bike week. Life goes on.”
Former Cycling Ireland vice president Anthony Moran, who has since resigned his position on the board after the original meeting at which he was the only one to vote against McQuaid, was happy with the result but even happier that most friendships with people on the opposite side of the debate seem have come out of the room unscathed.
“I’d say there are a few people who see me as a traitor,” said the Dubliner. “Some of my friends are pro-McQuaid and I know they’re not happy with me, but hopefully in time that’ll change.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a huge issue. On an international level this is extremely important but at a local level we have other issues, like the police trying to stop us running races in North County Dublin at the moment. These are real issues which affect most grass-roots cyclists and they are the things Cycling Ireland has to address now.”
While McQuaid has now lost the support of his home nation, Moran reckons the current head of the sport will receive a nomination from Swiss Cycling, despite a legal challenge to that process.
“There was a certain degree of apathy out there because of what the Swiss have done. Nobody really knows what they have done exactly, but that took the wind out of our sails a bit and there would have been a lot more clubs represented had this been his only nomination,” said Moran.
“We believe the Swiss haven’t nominated him. We also believe that what they should have done is waited until Cycling Ireland had their EGM and then did whatever they wanted to do.
“The Swiss will nominate him, though. They’ll nominate him tomorrow or Monday, there’s no doubt about that in my mind. He will go on and contest the presidential election in September.
“My love of the sport has dwindled because every single hero I’ve had in cycling from when Pat McQuaid got me into cycling, ironically, by running the 1995 Nissan Classic, all of those heroes have been dopers apart from my local club heroes. That’s 30 years it’s been going on. It’s time now to say, ‘Enough is enough, the young guys going into the sport can have a chance.’ But we’ll see what he does if he does get in.”
A well-known and popular figure in Irish cycling, Tadgh Moriarty runs the Listowel Cycling Club and is race director of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan. His son Eugene is a former Irish international. Having turned 60 during the week, Moriarty has been involved in Irish cycling since he first held a red flag on a race corner when he was 12 years old.
Moriarty left his home at 5.30 a.m. to get to Saturday’s meeting and vote for McQuaid. While he was visibly disappointed to have lost the vote, the Kerryman was also philosophical about the decision.
“Everybody in this room brought cycling in Ireland to where it is today, young or old,” he said. “Some of us are around longer than others.
“There was a time that I knew everybody in Irish cycling. I must say I knew less than half the people here today. I knew very few of the people that voted against McQuaid. I knew all of the people that voted for McQuaid, so there must be a message there somewhere. Maybe the older brigade are after getting a small push here today and it’s time to let the younger ones take over.”
MINNEAPOLIS (VN) — The familiar figures of Jade Wilcoxson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) and J.J. Haedo (Jamis-Hagen Berman) sprinted to victory on Friday at the Nature Valley Grand Prix Minneapolis Uptown Criterium.
Optum sent rider after rider off the front in the women’s race, forcing Tibco-To the Top and Specialized-lululemon to chase to protect their positions on the overall and score time bonuses for Shelley Olds and Carmen Small.
“The riders going off the front are all still within a minute of the lead so the other teams just can’t let them go and lap the field — they have to react,” said Optum director Rachel Heal. “That was the plan — leave the other teams to work until a lap to go.”
With two laps remaining Wilcoxson tucked in behind the Tibco train with just one teammate nearby and Small on her wheel.
“Lauren [Hall] was there, Lauren took care of me,” said the U.S. national road champion. “Things were kind of sketchy out there and I told her just to get me to the front and keep me safe. Forget about the sprint, let’s stay safe.”
Come the final lap, she said, “all my girls were up there, like a dream. I was on their wheel and from there on out it was a perfect lead-out.”
Wilcoxson took her second consecutive win and padded her GC lead with 13 seconds in time bonuses. Olds finished second on the day and collected two time bonuses, moving up a spot into second place overall at nine seconds back. Small finished third and sits third overall at 11 seconds.
In the men’s race, Optum ruthlessly chased down everything that moved on behalf of race leader Michael Friedman. Going into the final lap, he had a solid escort of orange helmets and took the lead diving into the final 90-degree, right-hand corner. U.S. national champion Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly-Kenda) sat second wheel with Haedo third.
“I wasn’t too worried about getting to that last corner first,” Friedman said. “I just had to be in the top three to the last corner so I could get across the line in one of the top spots.”
Coming out of that corner it was Haedo who packed the biggest punch of the bunch. The Jamis rider took his second win of the week ahead of Travis McCabe (Elbowz Racing-Boneshaker Project) and Friedman.
Haedo said Rodriguez “got in a little bit of trouble in the last corner. That’s why I got next to him out of the corner.”
“From then to the line, it was more like a drag race.”
In addition to taking third on the day Friedman placed first and second in the two time-bonus laps, adding valuable seconds to his overall lead.
“It was really, really chaotic,” Friedman said. “If you make a mistake, you’re going to crash. You’re bar to bar, going into a corner at 33 miles an hour. And you have five different teams vying for that last spot, going into that corner first. It’s a battle royale, man.”
Racing at the Nature Valley Grand Prix continues Saturday with the Menomonie Road Race, a hilly affair serving up 82.3 miles for the women and 101 for the men. The NVGP concludes Sunday with the Stillwater Criterium.
- Since being published back in February, the UCI cyclocross calendar has had a few date switches, and since we’ve been hearing questions like, “When is Holy Week?” more and more often, we thought we’d republish the now-updated calendar. While Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s ’Cross at DealerCamp in July might be the unofficial start of the season, [...]
- My web albums from the O'Fallon Grand Prix Time Trial, Friday, June 14, 2013:
Racers and Warmer-Uppers; pretty much everything I shot...except the bad ones. Sorry if I missed anybody, no offense intended.
Extras; only a few, not much to see out there where I was.
- Can be found here:
Congrats to all who raced!
TT podium (and payouts) will be handed out during the Road Race podiums for each corresponding race Saturday. If you aren't present at the Road Race awards - you can pick the awards/payouts at the Criterium registration on Sunday, or they will be mailed out next week.
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