Ilesic makes it two on the trot

Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1) proved to be the fastest sprinter at the Hanes Park Classic, winning the bunch kick with a commanding lead ahead of reigning Commonwealth Games kilo champion, Ben Kersten (Fly V. Australia) and Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home), who placed second and third respectively.

"We wanted to keep the field together because my teammate Ken [Hanson] and I were feeling strong for the sprint," said Ilesic. "It was a good reason to keep everything together. In the end, I had the best legs and I won but the team did a perfect job so thanks to all of them."

Ilesic went into the criterium slightly disappointed after placing second in the previous night's Presbyterian Hospital Invitational. A strong Team Type 1 lead-out carried him through the last kilometre protected and in perfect position to sprint. He kicked with 250 metres to go and held a downhill run at the line, all it took to redeem himself in a victory salute.

"I knew today would be a nice race," said Ilesic, who pinched his tyre just outside five laps to go. "The guys made a perfect lead out and I just put the cherry on top."

With 160 riders lining up in typically humid North Carolina summer conditions, the 90-minute criterium got underway a three in the afternoon as temperatures touched 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The course ran in reverse compared to the previous year. It began with a lengthy up hill drag that was followed by a technical descent through Winston-Salem's neighborhood streets and back down to the finish line.

Riders from local professional team DLP Racing kicked off the race with several strong attacks followed by teams Aerocat, Batley-Harley Davidson, Geargrinders and Kenda Tire. Mid-race, several short-lasting breakaways included a mix of riders from teams Bissell, Team Type 1, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Colavita-Sutter Home, Texas Road House and OUCH p/b Maxxis.

The city's local pro, Jon Hamblen (DLP Racing) surprised his cheering section when he initiated the first move of the day that stuck. Hamblen was later joined by the USA Crit Series runner up, Thomas Soladay (Mountain Khakis) and the pair maintained a 20-second advantage for more than 12 laps.

Hamblen and Soladay worked well together but their power of two was not enough to hold off the field and they were reeled in at the onset of Colavita-Sutter Home's lead-out train with three laps to go. The squad held a quick tempo at the front of the field to avoid further attacks and keep sprinter, Haedo in a good position. "My teammates were on the front for three laps but on the last climb things reshuffled," said Haedo. "I was sitting on Kelly Benefit's train when Aldo went. His gap opened fast and I'm a lot lighter on the downhill so it would be difficult to catch him."

With half a lap to go, Team Type 1 surpassed the Colavita-Sutter Home lead-out and carried their speed down through the technical corners to the finish line. Ilesic capitalized off of his momentum and started his sprint at the 250m-to-go mark. Kersten, a silver placed medallist at the track world championships, reacted first but Ilesic was already gone.

"It was a weird kind of sprint that I was trying to figure out during the race," said Kersten who is also a 30-time Australian national track champion, specialising in the kilo event. "I think a lot of the sprint was done on the back side of the course through the corners before the descent. After that it was really just hanging on because you really couldn't move up on the downhill."

Miller's marvellous weekend gets better 

US National criterium champion Brooke Miller (TIBCO) won her second race in one weekend at the Hanes Park Classic. After a close sprint, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci) took second place ahead of USA Crit Series leader Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) in third.

"It's a real treat to win two," said Miller. "Thanks to my teammates. When we started picking the roster this year I couldn't have imaged more of a dream team. They're all incredible athletes and any one of them can win any race. No one on our team would ever hold back 10 percent for themselves. I have confidence that our team can win over and over because everyone is selfless, does their job and has a great attitudes."

Team TIBCO pulled through with an organised lead out with one lap to go to ward off attacks over the climb on the back end of the circuit. Cliff-Ryan, a former US national criterium champion, caught Miller off guard by starting her sprint through the winding down hill finish. Miller wound up enough leg speed to catch Cliff-Ryan and narrowly hold her off for the win.

"I thought the line was closer than it was and when I saw her come under me at the line I thought, 'uh-oh, that would've been bad," said Miller who threw her arms in the air as Cliff-Ryan was throwing her bike at the line. "I've seen that happen to other sprinters before and I don't want it to happen to me. She had a great sprint."

Attacks from the women's peloton started a little later than normal due to the uncomfortably warm temperatures. Team Type 1, who missed out on many of the breaks in the previous day's Presbyterian Hospital Invitational, made up for it by igniting a flurry of attacks that forced teams TIBCO, Value Act Capital and Colavita-Sutter Home to play defensively.

"We had to really bust our butts out there today and we had to really improvise," said Miller. "Team Type 1 raced an awesome, aggressive race which kept it fast and we were chasing a lot of late attacks. The girls were doing such a good job of keeping me in position, it was a solid team effort."

Several breakaways included one rider from each power-house team but none seemed to carry the right combination of riders. Many were reeled back in by individuals riders from Hub Racing, LipSmackers and BMW-Bianchi and Kenda Tire.

Rachel Warmer and her teammate Kacey Manderfield (Team Lipsmackers) took individual flyers but their efforts were also short lived because of the faster momentum that the peloton carried through the down hill.

"The race was really aggressive but it was a hot day," said Cliff-Ryan. "I don't know if anyone really wanted to get away for the whole race in this heat. It was a good race and I love it when the women's field is attacking the whole time."

Van Gilder relied on experience to take her to a podium finish. She and her single teammate, Kristin LaSasso, rode into several key moves, picking their battles wisely to save energy. "Kristin and I have been battling it out with the bigger teams all season and we have learned to pick the moves that we think are the most dangerous," said Van Gilder. "We read the races very well. I'm really happy with the podium because it's been difficult but I think we work off of our instincts well."

Colavita-Sutter Home started a lead out with two laps to go for Tina Pic only to be passed by TIBCO and Miller on the last lap. Team Type 1 swarmed the front over the climb with half a lap to go for their sprinter Jen McRae. Cliff-Ryan surprised everyone when she jumped on the descent. Miller chased after her, both gaining speed as they approached the line.

"I went really early and hesitated before the last curve," said Cliff-Ryan. "Brooke shot through on the inside and I thought, 'Oh crap.' I was able to get another run at her and I thought it was going to be close but she got me."

Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1)0:28:27
2Ben Kersten (fly v australia)0:00:01
3Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:00:01
4Jacob Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Anibal Borrajo (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:00:01
6Charles Huff (Jelly Belly)0:00:01
7Alexander Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Ken Hanson (Team Type 1)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)0:00:01
10Karl Menzies (OUCH p/b Maxxis)0:00:01
11Andrew Pinfold (OUCH p/b Maxxis)0:00:02
12Shane Archbold0:00:02
13Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche P/B Herbalife)0:00:02
14Frank Travieso (Champion Porsche P/b Herbalife)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Mark Hekman (Team Mountain Khakis)0:00:02
16Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling)0:00:02
17Andrew CraterRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kirk Albers (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:02
19Peter Latham (BISSELL Pro Cycling)0:00:03
20Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)0:00:03
21Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)0:00:03
22Jermaine Burrows (We Stand United (W.S.))0:00:03
23Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)0:00:03
24Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson)0:00:04
25Stephen Kincaid (Agisko-Viner-Cycling.TV)0:00:05
26Joey Rosskopf (Jittery Joe's)0:00:05
27Daniel Zmolik (Agisko-Viner-Cycling.TV)0:00:05
28Morgan Schmitt (BISSELL Pro Cycling)0:00:06
29Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Oscar Clark (Jittery Joe's)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Turner Johnson (Hershey Cancer Institute-GPOA-C)0:00:06
32Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)0:00:06
33Thomas Brown (Jittery Joe's)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)0:00:07
35Jared Nieters (Haymarket Bicycles/Function Dri)0:00:07
36Benjamin Zawacki (TARGETRAINING U-25/Elite Develo)0:00:08
37Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)0:00:09
38Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:10
39Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 38 - Cell 2
40John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:11
41Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)0:00:12
42Anthony Bennett (Jittery Joe's)0:00:12
43Ben Faulk (Giordana-Clif Bar)0:00:16
44Luis Alberto Romero Amaran (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:00:17
45Carlos Calcerrada (AeroCat Cycling)0:00:17
46Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:17
47Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:00:18
48Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)0:00:19
49Diego Garavito (AeroCat Cycling)0:00:20
50Robert Mcconville (AeroCat Cycling)0:00:23
51Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1)0:00:23
52Boyd Johnson (DLP Racing)0:00:24
53Giancarlo Bianchi (We Stand United (W.S.))0:00:24
54Matthew Spohn (Dynaflo)0:00:24
55Gavi Epstein0:00:24
56Ryan Dewald (Battley Harley-Davidson)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Michael Margarite (Agisko-Viner-Cycling.TV)0:00:24
58Michael Midlarsky (Champion Porsche P/B Herbalife)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Scottie Weiss (Kenda Pro Cycling P/b Spinergy)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Igor Volshteyn0:00:25
61Ryan Mele (Richmond Pro Cycling)0:00:25
62Keck Baker (Battley Harley-Davidson)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Matthew Howe (Inland Construction)0:00:25
64Joseph Carpisassi0:00:25
65John Delong (Hincapie/Gary Fisher)Row 64 - Cell 2
66John Murphy (OUCH p/b Maxxis)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Matt Lee (The Window Gang)0:00:27
68Clayton Barrows (Agisko-Viner-Cycling.TV)0:00:28
69Thomas Soladay (Team Mountain Khakis)0:00:32
70Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Aaron Gate0:00:32
72Jay Cox (Mock Orange Racing)0:00:32
73Adam Farabaugh (Hershey Cancer Institute-GPOA-C)0:00:32
74Dotti Juan Pablo (AeroCat Cycling)0:00:38
75Daniel Ramsey (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)0:00:46
76Davide Frattini (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:00:47
77Euris Vidal Paulino0:00:56
78Mark Warno (IMMEDIATE MORTGAGE - ARTEMIS EL)0:01:00
79Rich Harper (Kenda Pro Cycling P/b Spinergy)0:01:06
80Roman Kilun (OUCH p/b Maxxis)0:01:07
81Winston David (Zmotion)0:01:07
82William Elliston (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:01:07
83Michael Freiberg (Aussi Crates)0:01:07
84Bobby Lea (OUCH p/b Maxxis)0:01:08
85David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:01:09
86Matthew Winstead0:01:25
87David Fuentes (Battley Cycles/Harley Davison/H)0:01:28
88Luke Servedio (Krystal-Hincapie)0:01:30
89James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)0:01:32
90K Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling)0:01:32
91Christopher Monteleone (Kenda Pro Cycling P/b Spinergy)0:01:37
92Luca Damiani (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:59
93Adam Bergman (HRRC/ Trek Stores)0:01:59
94Guido Palma (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home)0:01:59
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Elite and Cat. 1/2/3 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)0:47:12
2Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)0:00:00
3Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay)0:00:01
4Christina Smith (Veloforma)0:00:01
5Tina Pic (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:01
6Jennifer Mcrae (Team Type 1)0:00:01
7Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO)0:00:01
8Lauren Tamayo (Team TIBCO)0:00:02
9Katharine Carroll (Team TIBCO)0:00:02
10Sinead Miller (Unattached)0:00:02
11Joelle Numainville (Team Kenda)0:00:02
12Robin Farina (Value Act)0:00:02
13Rebecca Larson (Value Act)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom)0:00:02
15Cath Cheatley (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:02
16Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)0:00:03
17Hilary Billington (Lip Smackers)0:00:03
18Toni Bradshaw (Lip Smackers)0:00:03
19Kirsten Davis (Sorella Cycling/BVM Engineering)0:00:04
20Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Sarah CaravellaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Leigh Hopkins (C3 Sollay)0:00:05
23Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)0:00:05
24Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)0:00:05
25Erica Allar (BMW/Bianchi)0:00:05
26Kristin Sanders (Value Act)0:00:05
27Laura MccaugheyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tonya Lail (Capital Cycling Club)0:00:06
29Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing)0:00:06
30Melissa Sanborn (C3 Sollay)0:00:06
31Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1)0:00:07
32Jessie Maclean (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)0:00:07
33Silke Wunderwald (Team Kenda)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Kate Veronneau (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)0:00:11
35Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:14
36Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)0:00:15
37Allison Lampi (Team Ultralink)0:00:15
38Emily Joyner (River City Womens racing)0:00:15
39Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:16
40Kelly Benjamin (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:16
41Jenette Williams (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Jennifer Reither (Momentum Cycling Powered by Haw)0:00:18
43Alison Powers (Team Type 1)0:00:27
44Christina Ruiter (Value Act)0:00:27
45Rachel Warner (Juice Plus Cycling)0:00:30
46Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO)0:00:31
47Rachel Heal (Colavita Sutterhome p/b Cooking)0:00:34
48Julie Kuliecza (Marshall Mechanical/ RCWR)0:00:36
49Evie Boswell-Vilt (BMW-Bianchi)0:00:43
50Kathryn Clark (Team Kenda)0:00:43
51Ashley Anderson0:00:48
52Emily Helmboldt (Team Marshall Mechanical/RCWR)0:00:52
53Melissa Petty (Giordana Clif Bar)0:00:52
54Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)0:00:52
55Kate Ross (Lip Smackers)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)0:00:53
57Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)0:00:54
58Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1)0:00:57
59Lauren Shirock (BMW-Bianchi)0:01:25
60Emma Rickards (Team TIBCO)0:01:32
61Laura Bowles0:01:32
62Jacquelyn Crowell (Team Type 1)0:02:49
63Rebecca Blatt (Team Kenda)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Jacqueline Kurth (Team Kenda)0:02:50
65Nicole Johnson (Team Kenda)0:02:50
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Master men 35+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chip Hoover (Latitude/ABRT)0:41:59
2Charlie Brown (Carolina Masters)0:00:01
3Pete Cannell (Mock Orange Bikes)0:00:01
4Todd Hancock (IS Corp)0:00:10
5Chris Knetsche (Hincapie/Gary Fisher)0:00:10
6Grant Mcallister (Carolina Masters)0:00:10
7Mike Buechel (IS Corp)0:00:10
8Derek Powers (Carolina Masters)0:00:11
9Jonathan Wirsing (Rite Aid pb Shebell & Shebell)0:00:11
10Kevin Gordon (ITS Kane)0:00:11
11J Thomas Smith (Sycamore Cycles)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Thomas Craven (Hearts)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Michael Vandenheuvel (Flight Club Velo p/b NC Army Na)0:00:11
14Matt Botting (Standard Pacific Homes)0:00:11
15Jim Blattner (Bicycle Shop Race Team)0:00:11
16John James (POA)0:00:12
17Peter Leousis0:00:12
18Steven Brumley (Mock Orange Racing)0:00:13
19Michael Stearns (Mock Orange Bikes)0:00:13
20Rodney Simpson (Mock Orange Bikes)0:00:13
21Matthew Albanese (Atlantic Fitness)0:00:14
22Ronald Wilson (SCO)0:00:15
23Jakob Helmboldt (Marshall Mechanical)0:00:16
24Paul Tindall (Simple Green)0:00:17
25Walter Bixby (Flight Club Velo p/b NC Army Na)0:00:17
26David Leduc0:00:44
27Billy Jones0:03:04
28Cameron Brantley (Crosstown Velo/Renaissance Bicy)0:03:04
29Darrin Dexter (ITS Kane)0:04:09
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Master men 45+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Leduc0:40:29
2Todd Sanders0:00:07
3John Patterson0:00:11
4Gene Fowler0:00:57
5Thomas Craven (Hearts)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Kelly Holmes (Mock Orange Bikes)0:00:58
7Ronald Wilson (SCO)0:00:58
8Name Name0:00:59
9Kirk Port (Raleigh All-Stars)Row 8 - Cell 2
10William Hart (Raleigh All-Stars)0:00:59
11Bill Gros (Evolution Cycling Club)0:00:59
12Chuck Ambrose (Team Pfeiffer Cycling)0:00:59
13Chip Duckett (Mock Orange Bikes)0:00:59
14Doug Jones (ITS Kane)0:00:59
15Garnett Abbey (D'Ornellas)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Timothy Gavin (Bicycle Post)0:01:00
17Thomas Sunday (Forest Acres Junior Cycling Tea)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Kevin Walsh (Team Pfeifffer Cycling)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Nigel Duckworth (Carolina Bicycle Company)0:01:00
20Michael Berry (Carolina Masters)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Jeff Murray0:01:01
22Paul Steagall (Team Pfeiffer Cycling)0:01:03
23Eric Beatty (ITS Kane)0:01:03
24Dean HesterbergRow 23 - Cell 2
25Roger Friend (Unattached)0:01:03
26Daryl Rains (Mock Orange Bikes)0:01:04
27David Moore (Standard Pacific Homes)0:01:06
28Peter Leousis0:01:11
29Randy Shields (Carolina Masters)0:01:16
30John O'leary (Carolina Masters)0:01:19
31Kerry Shields (Carolina Masters)0:01:19
32James Mead (Giordana Clif Bar)0:01:32
33James Austin (Flight Club Velo p/b NC Army Na)0:05:19
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Junior men 10-14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Guillen (Raleigh All-Stars)0:28:26
2Weston Coker (Forest Acres Junior Cycling Tea)0:00:10
3John Greenwood (City of Forest Acres Cycling Te)0:00:10
4Luis Guillen (Raleigh All-Stars)0:01:14
5Paul Price (Forest Acres)0:02:12
6Marshall Thurmond0:02:56
7Ryan Facer0:02:56
8Jack WixsonRow 7 - Cell 2
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Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cam Mancuso (Death Row Velo)0:27:53
2Wyatt Briggs (Veloproject.com)0:00:00
3Baird Sills (Clemmons Bicycle)0:00:01
4Eric Ciminelli0:00:01
5Chris Holmes (Carolina Masters Team)0:00:01
6Max Kaplan (Colavita Racing)0:00:02
7Justin Evans (Cross Creek Cycling Club-C4)0:00:04
8Justin Belcher (Moses cone/Cycles de oro/ First)0:00:04
9Daniel Ward0:00:05
10Austin Wood (Carolina Masters)0:00:06
11Philippe Reagceature (Garneau-Crocs)0:00:19
12Maxwell Robb (unattached)0:00:25
13Julian Patterson0:00:38
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Men Cat. 2/3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Bezdek (GS Mengoni)0:52:21
2Mitchell Luck (Triangle Velo)0:00:01
3Parker Mcconville (Triangle Velo)0:00:01
4David Jordan (Triangle Velo)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Josh Tucker (Clemmons Bicycle)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Madison Siegrist (Clemmons Bicycle)0:00:01
7Joseph Collins (Locos Grill & Pub)0:00:01
8William Messenger (Mock Orange Bikes)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Benjamin Miller (Standard Pacific Homes)0:00:01
10Jacob Arnold (Unattached)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Cory Greenberg (NOW-MS)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Jonathan Black (Southeast Investments / Rock Hi)0:00:02
13John Fender (Carolina Masters)0:00:02
14Keith Gerarden (Triangle Velo)0:00:02