Powers claims second US title in thrilling road race finale

UnitedHealthcare rider currently holds all USA road titles

Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) sealed her second national championship title of the USA Cycling Professional National Championships, adding a road race victory to her emphatic time trial win in a thrilling finale in Chattanooga.

Powers made a late-race attack on the final short circuits and soloed away from the leading group to win with a 15-second margin over chasers Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon).

Powers now holds all three USA titles, with her 2013 criterium national championship defense coming in August.

The professional and Cat 1/2 women raced for 104km that included three short starting circuits, two longer loops over Lookout Mountain, and another three final circuits that were 8.6km apiece, and included a short climb over Kent Street.

Rachel Byus (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) kicked off the day with an attack at the end of the first starting circuit. Her teammate Mia Loquai countered that move but was followed by Amber Gaffney (Twenty16 Pro Cycling). The pair gained a minute with two short circuits to go.

They gained another minute as they entered the first of two long laps. Heading into the base of the Lookout Mountain, and with a strong field of climbers behind them, Gaffney pedalled away from Loquai and tried to get over the top before being caught.

Race favorites amassed at the front of the field with Stevens, Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) and Andrea Dvorak (Tibco-To The Top) among them. They pulled back 30 seconds to Gaffney half way up the climb and caught her before the start of the tricky descent.

The main field dwindled to about 20 riders as they reached the downtown portion of the circuit and climbed over the new Kent Street hill for the first time. Powers made her first attack on the other side of the hill, through a technical corner, perhaps as a practice run before the final short circuits.

She opened a small gap and was followed by Janel Holcomb (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Stevens bridged across to the pair and the breakaway looked like it could have been a decisive one, however, the main field of roughly 17 riders worked hard to catch them before the start of the second and last climb over Lookout Mountain.

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) attacked on the climb and got a small gap ahead of a large chase group that included her teammates Powers and Abbott along with Lauren Hall, Janel Holcomb and defending champion Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Stevens, Tayler Wiles and Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon), E. Scotti Wilborne and Krista Doebel-Hickok (Tibco), Abigail Mickey and Lauren Komanski (Twenty16 Pro Cycling) and Guarnier.

Wiles, who won the Redlands Bicycle Classic earlier this season and placed fourth in the time trial championships, put her strength to the test to try and catch Hall, taking pressure off her Specialized-lululemon teammates.

Hall started the three short finishing circuits with a minute advantage and Wiles joined her before the start of the second circuit. Their gap held for most of that lap, however, Powers, Hall, Stevens and Guarnier bridged across just before they reached the Kent Street climb.

Powers immediately attacked on the descent off of the climb and gained a small lead as she rounded the final lap. She held a 10-second gap on chasers Stevens and Gaurnier on the final climb over Kent Street but increased her lead to 15 seconds as she approached the finish line in downtown Chattanooga.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team2:55:25 
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:22 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:00:25 
4Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:01:11 
5Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team0:02:20 
6Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:35 
7Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty160:02:57 
8Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:04:06 
9Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:07 
10Scotti Wilborne (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top0:04:10 
11Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top0:04:11 
12Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team  
13Kathryn Donovan (USA) Twenty160:07:18 
14Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:07:39 
15Breanne Nalder (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K40:08:17 
16Jessica Prinner (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking0:11:00 
17Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top  
18Mandy Heintz (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)  
19Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
20Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16  
21Mary Zider (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking  
22Amy Charity (USA) Vanderkitten  
23Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
24Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16  
25Jessica Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
26Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
27Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
28Alison Tetrick (USA) Twenty16  
DNFAmber Gaffney (USA) TWENTY16  
DNFKristin Mcgrath (USA) TWENTY16  
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) TWENTY16  
DNFGreta Neimanas (USA) TWENTY16  
DNFAndrea Dvorak (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
DNFSara Headley (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
DNFSamantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
DNFJessica Cerra (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI  
DNFJennifer Whalen (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI  
DNFWhitney Schultz (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking  
DNFKailin Acheson (USA) Team Belladium  
DNFCali Ewing (USA) Team Belladium  
DNFRachel Byus (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFAmy Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFMia Loquai (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFMelinda Spratt (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFAlexis Zink (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore  
DNFLauren De Crescenzo (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4  
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4  
DNFAnne Perry (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4  
DNFIrena Ossola (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery  
DNFJacqueline Parker (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery  
DNFStarla Teddergreen (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery  
DNFDebbie Milne (USA) Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b GCB  
DNFDanielle Bradley (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing  
DNFLindsay Fox (USA) Jobing.com Women's Racing  
DNFChelsea Factor (USA) Pioneer Mortgage pb Yourkey.com  
DNFKatherine Reinhart (USA) Puget Sound Cycling Club  
DNFAllison Arensman (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team  
DNFNina Laughlin (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team  
DNFCinthia Lehner (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team  
DNFCaroline Moakley (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team  
DNFArden Stelly (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team  
DNFStephanie Rynas (USA) Taco Mamacita  
DNFChristy Keely (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
DNFAmy Phillips (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
DNFGinger Snell (USA) Velo Sports Group  
DNFRaquel Miller (USA) Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation  
DNFRebecca Clark (USA)  
DNFJessica Chong (USA)  
DNFAnna Zivarts (USA) Mellow Mushroom Racing  
DNSJennifer Schuble (USA) East Point Track Club  
DNSAllison Atkinson (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing  

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