Fly V opens up Superweek with the win

The 41st Annual Point Premium Root Beer International Superweek presented by Time Warner Cable kicked off with the historic Beverley Hills Criterium on the night of July 10th in front of a lively crowd. Earlier in the day, rain threatened to dampen the show but the one mile loop dried out in time to provide a good high speed spectacle for the 5,000 plus crowd that was present.

Fly V's Bernard Sulzberger opened the Superweek series with a convincing win over Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy) on the technically challenging circuit.

Sulzberger commenting on how he won the race: "During the final lap, Burdzilauskas from Kenda made a jump on us before the second to last turn and I managed to get onto his wheel and came past him in the final 100 metres to win by a bike length.

"It was pretty close but we are happy to come out with the win after controlling much of the race." He also said that he was delighted with bagging the win at the first race of the Superweek series after getting a string of second and thirds last year.

Burdzilausakas was the sole Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy rider present at the race, but rode well to make both breakaways without a team present to help. He found some help from other riders without teams in Andy Crater (Wheel and Sprocket) and Rob Bush (Texas Road House).

Burdzilausakas described the finale as "very strung out and when Heath Blackgrove (Team Hotel San Jose) did a high powered lead-out for the two Aussies down the back section, I made my jump but Bernie's good positioning enabled him to use me as a lead-out and he got his bike around me at the line".

It was his first time doing the opening event of Superweek and he said that "it is a blast doing these types of races, you have more fun here than the heavily controlled NRC races, its just a completely different level of racing and it is all good training for some of the bigger events coming up such as Elk Grove and Chicago."

Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V) was suffering badly from cramps in the latter stages of the race and was helped up the hill by team-mate Curtis Gunn, but despite this, he still managed to snare a podium spot barely coming around Rob Bush (Texas Road House) at the finish line. Andy Crater (Wheel and Sprocket) rounded out the top five.

Early in the 100km criterium, a break of five riders went clear and this started a progression of riders leap-frogging across to join the breakaway. Cantwell was one of the key riders in establishing this early break and Burdzilausakas bridged across a few laps later. He was quickly joined by Sulzberger and a number of others including Crater.

The breakaway was 15 strong as they rolled away quickly to lap the field after the 60km point. Another breakaway went soon after. This time three Fly V riders were present (Gunn, Sulzberger, and Cantwell). Blackgrove had missed the first break but found some legs to ride strongly in the second break, helping lead-out the Australians at the end.

In a post-race interview with Athens Twilight winner Blackgrove expressed his disappointment in missing the early break. "We had just arrived in town after driving for three hours and had no time for an adequate warm-up and had to go from cold straight to race pace. This was difficult for myself and Carlos Vargas, but as the race progressed I was able to get into the second break as a consolation. It's still early yet and we have plenty of time to peak for the later events."

This years Superweek is shaping up to be a very good competition among elite riders and teams from all over the world. Some international teams include Team Exustar from Taiwan, Puerto Rico National Cycling Team, Fly V Australia, Team YRC Now MS from South Africa. A couple of the Garmin-Slipstream Pro-Tour team international riders are also present along with a smattering of strong domestic teams including Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy, Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team, Wheel & Sprocket, Team Hotel San Jose, Team Geargrinder, Team Mtn Khakis, and Rock Racing.

Stay tuned for further race reports during the Superweek Series

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1Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
2Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling Presented By Spinergy)
3Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
4Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
5Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)
6Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
7Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
8James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
9Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)
10Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
11Hector Pastorino (Zmotion)
12Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
13Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
14Gustavo Rullo (Zmotion)
15Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia)
16Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
17Zachary Davies
18Nick Housley (Myogenesis P/B United Health Care)
19Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
20Edgardo Richiez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
21Michael Van Eerd (Team Yrc Now Ms)
22Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)
23Juan Gaspari (Zmotion)
24Bradley Potgiver (Team Mtn)
25Efren Ortega (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
26Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)
27(Unknown Rider)
28Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
29Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)
30Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)
31Gabriel Acabe (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
32Ian Mclead (Team Mtn)
33Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
34Matthew Brandt (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)
35Adam Mills (Mercy Cycling Team)
36John Bergmann (Team Clif Bar Cycling)
37Graf Andreos (Gourmetfein)
38Andreas Miller
39Aaron Beardsley (Team Clif Bar)
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Sprints - Men - Round 1
1Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
2Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
3Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)
4Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
5Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
6Hector Pastorino (Zmotion)
7Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
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Sprints - Men - Round 2
1Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
2Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
3Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
4James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
6Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)
7Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
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Sprints - Men - Round 3
1Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
2Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
3Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
4Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
5Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
6Juan Van Heerden (Team Mtn)
7Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
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Sprints - Men - Round 4
1Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
2Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
3Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
4Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
5Michael Van Eerd (Team Yrc Now Ms)
6Juan Gaspari (Zmotion)


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