Ilesic and Miller win Clarendon Cup

Air Force Association Cycling Classic kicks off

Overcast skies and light rain gave way to sunshine Saturday at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup. UnitedHealthcare's Aldo Ino Ilesic held off Jamis-Hagens Berman riders Demis Aleman and Luis Amaran in the 100-kilometer elite men's race to cap an exciting day of racing, which saw Team TIBCO's Amanda Miller edge Pepper Palace Pro Cycling's Allison Arensman in an equally entertaining 50-kilometer elite women's race.

"We don't care who wins, as long as someone wins," Ilesic said of UnitedHealthcare's team effort.

While none of Ilesic's teammates joined him on the five-man podium, they were a big reason why he took home the Clarendon Cup. Ilesic was among the six-man breakaway that later grew to eight riders and lapped the field with 33 laps to go.

The technical demands of the one-kilometer course - the Clarendon Cup has been referred to as the 'Race of 500 Turns' - contributed to a crash in the final few laps, and UnitedHealtchare took advantage to capture its fourth consecutive win in the event.

"When they stepped on it, they stayed on it," race announcer Richard Fries said of the UnitedHealthcare riders' ability to position themselves to push Ilesic to the front. "The thing about this race is you think the riders can't go any faster, and then, with 10 laps to go, they start going so much faster. It's visible for the crowd. It was unreal speed."

Local rider Timothy Rugg, who finished sixth in the men's pro race, was awarded the Most Courageous Jersey. Rugg was one of three Kelly Benefit Strategies riders to finish the race.

The women's elite race nearly produced one of the greatest upsets in the Clarendon Cup's 16-year history. Arensman, 19, and Miller, 26, broke away from the pack midway through the 50-lap race and eventually lapped the field.

"This was Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed," Fries said of the showdown between the relative unknown (Arensman) and the experienced veteran (Miller). "Arensman was brilliant. She was opportunistic and took advantage of the TIBCO defense. It took all of Team TIBCO to fend her off in the sprint."

Miller ultimately edged Arensman by 0.08 seconds. Laura Van Gilder of Mellow Mushroom took third.

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic continues Sunday in Crystal City.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
2Demis Aleman (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
3Luis Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
4Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion Systems Pro Cycling  
5Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis  
6Timothy Rugg (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo  
7Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
8Emile Abraham (USA) Predator Carbon Repair  
9Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
10Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
11Juan Jose Haedo (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
12Sergio Hernandez (USA) Predator Carbon Repair  
13Eric Workowski (USA) Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental  
14Kyle Wamsley (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
15Matthias Friedeman (Ger) Champion Systems Pro Cycling  
16Ryan Dewald (USA) Team Skyline  
17Gavriel Epstein (Can) Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes  
18Ryan Mele (USA) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin  
19Keck Baker (USA) Battley Ducati/Spokes Etc.  
20Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Predator Carbon Repair  
21Ryan McKinney (USA) DC Velo Limited/Clean Currents p/b Beyer Kia  
22Sean Barrie (USA) Battley Ducati/Spokes Etc.  
23John ShalekBriski (USA) US Military Cycling Team Fueled by FRS  
24Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore Vita  
25Daniel Holloway (USA) Amore Vita  
26Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis  
27Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion Systems Pro Cycling  
28Frank Travieso (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis  
29Jonathan DAlba (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo  
30Ricky Gargiulo (USA) BikeReg.com / Cannondale  
31Patrick Raines (USA) Hearts Racing  
32Isaac Howe (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis  
33Vieksturs Lukesevics (Lat) Amore Vita  
34Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
35Ruben Companio (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home  
36Zachary Felpel (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo  
37Daniel Harm (USA) Stage 17-Cylance  
38John Bergmann (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling  
39Michael Chauner (USA) Garneau - Quebecor  
40Berry Miller (USA) Firefighters Cycling Association  
41Dion Smith (NZl) Predator Carbon Repair  
42Donald Brew (USA) DC Velo Limited/Clean Currents p/b Beyer Kia  
43Peter Custer (USA) Bayside Velo/Bike Doctor  
44Ruud Gremers (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
45Brett Kielick (USA) Breakaway/Vie 13  
46Ryan Shebelsky (USA) Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
2Allison Arensman (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
3Laura Van Gilder (USA) aMellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility  
4Joanne Kiesanows (NZl) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
5Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
6Amy Cutler (USA) Riptide Cycling/Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell  
7Lindsay Bayer (USA) Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking  
8Christy Keely (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
9Colleen Gulick (USA) Team Kenda presented by RACC  
10Lauren Tamayo (USA) Exergy TWENTY16  
11Amy Phillips (USA) Hub Endurance  
13Lauren Stephens (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
14Sophie Williamson (NZl) Vanderkitten Women's Cycling Team  
15Erin Silliman (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
16Melanie Smath (Irl) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
17Dori Buckethal (USA) NCVC/United Healthcare  
18Jenette Williams (USA) Jeff's Bike Shop  
19Leah Guloien (USA) Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking  
20Raquel Miller (USA) Farm Team Cycling/Farm Team Elite Women's Cycling Team  
21Catherine Freck (USA) Syn-Fit Race Team  
22Patricia Buerkle (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom/Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom  
23Julie Kuliecza (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
24Cinthia Lehner (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
25Sierra Siebenlist (USA) Team Indiebike  
26Meredith Ehn (USA) Farm Team Cycling/Farm Team Elite Women's Cycling Team  
27Arley Kemmerer (USA) aMellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility  
28Dana Stryk (USA) Evolution Cycling  
29Kelley Bethoney (USA) Evolution Cycling Club p/b Long & Foster  
30Sara Tussey (USA) Veloshine  
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