'Magical night' at Athens Twilight earns Kendall Ryan the Speed Week title

Pro women's field at 2022 Athens Twilight Criterium
Pro women's field at 2022 Athens Twilight Criterium (Image credit: Jackie Tyson)

College football rules Saturdays in Athens, Georgia each fall, but come spring the action moves from between the hedges and hash marks of the manicured grass playing field to the four asphalt corners and whirl of wheels at Clayton Street and College Avenue for the 34th annual Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium.

USPro criterium champion Kendall Ryan (L39ION of Los Angeles) launched a late-race, solo attack that gave her the victory in the women’s pro race while Bryan Gomez (Best Buddies Racing Built by HGR Construction) outsprinted local favourite Ty Magner (L39ION of Los Angeles) for the men’s pro title.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).