Theresa Cliff-Ryan won her second consecutive Women’s Kugler Open at the Tour of Somerville held Memorial Day Monday in New Jersey. She out-paced the legendary Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) in second and Lenore Pipes (Guam National Team) in third.
"It was an important race for us because Colavita is from New Jersey," said Colavita/Forno D’Asolo DS Rachel Heal. "John Profaci [Vice President of Colavita, USA] was around today watching the race."
The women’s event is not apart of the National Racing Calendar (NRC), however, it offered a top-notch race for the Pro-Cat 1,2 and 3 50-rider field. The event's four corner circuit started on West Main Street and finished with a nearly 500 metre drag to the line.
"It used to be an NRC race but it hasn’t been for the last couple of years," Heal said. "That meant that there wasn’t a huge incentive for full teams to come down to race."
Although there was a lack of full teams competing, there was a quality field that consisted of riders from Team Type 1 and riders from the regions surrounding New Jersey. Such riders included Van Gilder along with Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy Cycle), Christine Fennessy (South Mountain Cycles), Colleen Gulick (Kenda) among others.
The race was aggressive with relentless attacks, however, no breakaway stuck for longer than a lap and in the end the peloton set up for a bunch sprint led by Colavita/Forno D’Asolo, including its UCI World Champion from Italy Giorgia Bronzini.
"Theresa and Giorgia were swapping things around to try and not make it obvious what they were doing," Heal said. "Giorgia wore her world champions jersey and the race organizers were happy to have her there because it was the first time the race had a world champion compete."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo)||0:47:54.6|
|2||Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)|
|3||Lenore Pipes (Guam National Team)|
|4||Giorgia Bronzini (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo)|
|5||Christine Fennessy (South Mountain Cycles)|
|6||Barbara Guarashi (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo)|
|7||Erin Silliman (Virginia Asset Group p/b Artem)|
|8||Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1)|
|9||Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy Cycling Team ProAi)|
|10||Colleen Gulick (Team Kenda)|
|11||Lisa Jellett (Verducci)|
|12||Genevieve Whitson (MVP Health Care Cycling)|
|13||Kacy Wander (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|14||Kimberly Edwards (CVC/Subaru of New England)|
|15||Jessica Chong (Morgan Stanley Cycling Team)|
|16||Elizabeth Bonilla (Pro Pedals)|
|17||Victoria Hanks (Human Zoom Cycling)|
|18||Rebecca Chan (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|19||Kaitlyn Lawerence (MVP Health Care Cycling Team)|
|20||Eun Young Choi (Stage5/Cycling Fusion)|
|21||Anna Young (MVP Health Care Cycling)|
|22||Patricia Black (Red Racing)|
|23||Thea Parent (Human Zoom)|
|24||Sarah Iepson (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|25||Robin Meidhof (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|26||Kate Evans1 (Team Type 1)|
|27||Lauren Shirock (WBI Funds Cycling Team)|
|28||Elizabeth Renner (CRCA/NYVelocity Women's Racing)|
|29||Mandy Marquardt (Team Type 1)|
|30||Andrea Luebbe (Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon)|
|31||Amy Cutler (Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & She)|
|32||Becca Schepps (Team Type 1)|
|33||Bianca Grecu (Human Zoom Cycling)|
|35||Patricia Marzi (Alliance Environmental)|
|36||Tracy Wargo (CRCA/Chomper Body Racing)|
|37||Nadia Latzgo (Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock)|
|38||Kristy Swope (Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & She)|
|39||Molly Hurford (Rockstar Games/Signature Cycli)|
|41||Kristine Church (Humanzoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon)|
|42||Jennifer Bollinger (Tean Alliance Environmental)|
|43||Catherine Cheatley (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)|
|44||Morgan Patton (Team Type 1)|
|45||Andrea Maher (Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & She)|
|46||Arley Kemmerer (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|47||Jennifer Rasmusson (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)|
|48||Melissa Garcia (Team Alliance Environmental)|
|49||Jacqueline Paull (watchung wheelmen/high gear cy)|
|50||Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo)|
|51||Tricia Carnila (Verducci Breakaway)|
|52||Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo)|
|53||Kelley Bethoney (Pallas Athene Womens Racing Team)|
|54||Michelle Bishop (Cadence Cannondale Women's Racing)|
|55||Caryl Gale (Denos Wonder Wheel)|
|56||Michelle Hart (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|57||Kyleanne Hunter (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|58||Emily Joyner (VA Asset Group p/b Artemis/Tre)|
|59||Emily Joyner (VA Asset Group p/b Artemis/Tre)|
|60||Cassandra King (Tri-State Velo/Amoroso's Cycli)|
|61||Cheryl Wolf (Signature Cycles/Rockstar Game)|
|62||Sarah Burkett (Team Type 1)|
|63||Dana Cuomo (Team Thru It All)|
|64||Alaina Gurski (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|65||Lenore Imhof (Colavita Racing)|
|66||Leah Oppenheimer (CAWES p/b Specialized)|
|67||Jory Wamsley (Team Alliance Environmental)|
|68||Tracy Lea (T.E.A.M. Fuji)|
Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.
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