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Alzate, Rivera repeat as Sunny King winners

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Escuela, Guttenplan podium in men's race

UnitedHealthcare riders set the pace

UnitedHealthcare riders set the pace

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Anniston, Alabama, shined as brightly as the brilliant sun Saturday as cycling fans lined the boards early and stayed late for the Sunny King Criterium, the first stop on the 2014 USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC).  Coryn Rivera and Carlos Alzate won the elite women's and men's races, respectively.


The elite women took to the line and from the start, Colavita-Fine Cooking took control across the seven-tenths of a mile Downtown Anniston course.

Multiple $200 cash primes kept the racers attentive and the crowd blind to a clear winner until the finish. Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), Arden Stelly (Pain Pathways) and Vanessa Drigo (Garneau Factory Team) all went home a little richer.

Mini breaks and attacks formed throughout the race but nothing stuck except for strategy in racers' minds. Sara Tussey (Mellow Mushroom), Drigo, Jenny Rios and Pepper Palace joined Colavita in taking turns at the front while local favorite Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) stepped on the gas with four to go.

Two laps remaining, it was Colavita 1-2-3-5 with Van Gilder sitting fourth wheel and interrupting their straight. But with an all-out sprint down the straightaway, it was returning Sunny King Criterium Champion Rivera of UnitedHealthcare making Marian University proud as she stood atop the Eastman podium in the NCC points leaders jersey and Sunny King crown. Erica Allar (Colavita) and Morgan Brown (Century Road Club) rounded out the podium, in second and third, respectively. Van Gilder landed fourth.


Nearly 100 elite men took to the Start line after an emotional National Anthem and lead-in procession featuring an official welcome from Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart and Mrs. Patty King of Sunny King Automotive, the criterium's longstanding title sponsor.

Chunky primes starting flying with Andrew Crater (Finish Strong) and Chris Uberti (Astellas) hitting the bank early on. Adrenalin pumping, Uberti flirted with a short stint up front after the prime pick-up but the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train started pulling out of the station. The pace picking up with 20 laps to go, it became obvious this would be a battle until the end.

With nearly a 20-second gap, Ruben Campanioni (Jamis-Hagens Berman) kept the rocket fuel burning for a dozen or so laps but with UnitedHealthcare charging, his lead was cut to eight seconds before a $400 cash prime with seven laps remaining blew things up. David Novak (Kelly Benefit Strategies) picking up the green and the crowd climbing atop the barricades, UnitedHealthcare dominated six deep with three laps remaining...1,2,3,4 with two laps on the counter.

All eyes on the livestream for backside reports, the sprint and the first NCC race of 2014 was taken by 2013 Sunny King Criterium Champion Carlos Alzate Escobar, with Ricardo Escuela (Incycle-Predator) and David Guttenplan (Guttenplan Coaching), close behind in second and third, respectively.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carlos Alzate Escobar (UnitedHealthcare) 1:31:16  
2 Ricardo Escuela (Incycle-Predator Components) 0:00:01  
3 David Guttenplan    
4 Isaac Howe (Champion System - Stans) 0:00:02  
5 Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
6 Alder Martz (Hincapie Sportswear Dev) 0:00:03  
7 Demis Aleman (Jamis Sutter Home)    
8 Drew Christopher 0:00:04  
9 Frank Travieso (Team United Healthcare Georgia)    
10 Travis Livermon (Team SmartStop p/b Moun)    
11 Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare)    
12 Stephen Hall (Incycle-Predator Components)    
13 Thomas Brown (Astellas Cycling Team) 0:00:05  
14 Brandon Feehery (Astellas Cycling Team)    
15 Mac Brennan (Bissell-Abg-Giant)    
16 Winston David (Lupus Racing Team)    
17 Ian Crane (Jamis Hagens Berman) 0:00:06  
18 Hogan Sills (Astellas Cycling Team)    
19 David Cueli    
20 Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare)    
21 Brendan Cornett 0:00:07  
22 Christopher Uberti (Astellas Cycling Team)    
23 Benjamin Renkema 0:00:08  
24 Diego Garavito 0:00:10  
25 Matt Moosa (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin)    
26 Zeb King (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin) 0:00:11  
27 David Novak (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV)    
28 John Brizzard (Team LaS'port) 0:00:12  
29 Jacob Hill (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Tea)    
30 Orlando Garibay (Incycle-Predator Components Eli) 0:00:13  
31 Kyle Perry (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) 0:00:16  
32 Justin Williams (Astellas Cycling Team) 0:00:18  
33 Guido Palma (Jamis Sutter Home) 0:00:19  
34 Oleg Tanovitchi (Lupus Racing Team)    
35 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare) 0:00:20  
36 Calixto Bello (Incycle-Predator Components) 0:00:24  
37 Thomas Barnett (Lupus Racing Team) 0:00:25  
38 Parker Kyzer (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Tea)    
39 Andrew Reardon    
40 Andres Alzate (Champion System - Stan's NoTube) 0:00:26  
41 Johnny Mitchell    
42 William Rekemeyer 0:00:27  
43 Ryan Shean (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
44 Christopher Butler (Hincapie Sportswear Dev)    
45 Cristian Saavedra (Incycle-Predator Components) 0:00:28  
46 Ruben Companioni    
47 Andrew Scarano (Team United Healthcare Georgia)    
48 Michael Dalterio    
49 Jon Atkins 0:00:29  
50 Charles (Joe) Eldridge (Team Novo Nordisk)    
51 Derek Schanze 0:00:30  
52 Luis Zayas (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin)    
53 Dylan Degan 0:00:32  
54 Ryan Sullivan (Team United Healthcare Georgia)    
55 David Reyes (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin) 0:00:36  
56 Rudolph Napolitano (Incycle-Predator Components Eli) 0:00:49  
57 Travis Werts (Sonic Cycling) 0:00:55  
58 John Hayes (Village Volkswagen Cycling Team) 0:00:57  
59 Alexey Shmidt 0:01:12  
60 Adam Leibovitz (Champion System - Stans) 0:01:41  
61 Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) 0:01:54  
62 Martyn Irvine (UnitedHealthcare)    
DNF Brian Hill    
DNF Igor Rudalev (Lupus Racing Team)    
DNF Stephen Hyde (Astellas Cycling Team)    
DNF Gavriel Epstein (Champion System - Stans)    
DNF Henry Willis    
DNF Kevin Mullervy (Champion System - Stans)    
DNF Nathan Robinson    
DNF Jordan Heimer    
DNF Dustin Armstrong (Serious Cycling)    
DNF Justin Lowe    
DNF Andrew Buntz    
DNF Andres Rodriguez (EDA Contractor)    
DNF Conor Mullervy (Champion System - Stans)    
DNF William Myers    
DNF Ross White    
DNF Chris Moore    
DNF Scott Savory (Lupus Racing Team)    
DNF Stephen Vogel (Hearts Racing Club)    
DNF Jan Kolar (Lupus Racing Team)    
DNF Andrew Crater (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Tea)    
DNS Jacob King (Hincapie Sportswear Dev)    
DNS Aaron Perry (Novo Nordisk)    
DNS Benjamin Dilley (Team Novo Nordisk)    
DNS Ryan Knapp (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
DNS Christopher Williams (Novo Nordisk)    
DNS Brian Arne (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Tea)    
DNS Charlie Hough (Hincapie Sportswear Dev)    
DNS Richard Stuart (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
DNS David Carpenter (Village Volkswagen Cycling Team)    
DNS Matthew Russell (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
DNS Ruud Cremers (Team Novo Nordisk Development)    
DNS Kurt Page    
DNS Justin Morris (Novo Nordisk)    
Elite Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) 0:58:41  
2 Erica Allar (Colavita Racing Inc.)    
3 Morgan Brown (Century Road Club Assoc) 0:00:01  
4 Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Racing)    
5 Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling) 0:00:03  
6 Vanessa Drigo (Garneau Factory Team)    
7 Tracey Cameron (Stans Notubes p/b Endurancewerx) 0:00:04  
8 Joanie Caron    
9 Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Racing Inc.)    
10 Laura Parsons (Pioneer Mortgage pb    
11 Ann Koehler (Lagunitas Racing)    
12 Mary Zider (Colavita Racing Inc.) 0:00:07  
13 Chelsea Factor (Pioneer Mortgage pb    
14 Holly Matthews (TEAM TIBCO/TO THE TOP)    
15 Shannon Parrish (Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery) 0:00:08  
16 Amie Krasnozon    
17 Holly Beard (Pioneer Mortgage pb    
18 Amy Good (Colavita Racing Inc.)    
19 Amy Phillips (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling) 0:00:09  
20 Arden Stelly (Carolina Masters) 0:00:10  
21 Jenny Rios 0:00:24  
22 Cheryl Fuller-Muller (Garneau Factory Team) 0:00:35  
23 Christy Keely (Asheville Bicycle Racing Club)    
24 Katherine Shields (Carolina Masters)    
25 Sara Tussey (Mellow Mushroom Racing) 0:00:36  
26 Cinthia Lehner    
27 Jan Bennett (FCS Cycling) 0:00:45  
28 Caroline Moakley 0:00:46  
29 Jessica Prinner (Colavita Racing Inc.) 0:00:58  
30 Julie Kuliecza (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling) 0:01:01  
31 Cali Ewing (Team Belladium) 0:01:13  
32 Kailin Acheson (Team Belladium)    
33 Abigail Aldridge (PCP Race Team)    
34 Lindsay Bayer (Colavita Racing Inc.) 0:01:27  
DNS Debbie Milne (Finish Strong)