With the temperatures finally cooling the men lined up for the Historic Roswell Criterium in Georgia. Most of last night's Athens Twilight racers drove to this quaint Atlanta suburb for the eleventh edition. The racers would race for 90 minutes.
Blasting down the two lane road Ben Zawacki won the sprint from his late race break away taking the victory over Kevin Mullervy (Team Exergy) and Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) trailing in several seconds later for third.
Much like last night's Athens Twilight, the Roswell Criterium was prime heavy with the bell being rung multiple times throughout the race.
The primes kept the riders surging off the front, but the long straightaway allowed the peloton to reach maximum velocity, keeping any serious moves in check.
That didn't stop the Exergy team from being active at the front, taking primes and chasing down breaks. Team Mountain Khakis, under the guidance of manger/rider Adam Myerson was also active keeping their riders near the front.
With 17 laps completed Jean Michel Lechance (Rosetti Development) and Pat Lemieux (Kenda/5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) went up the road. The duos lead never stretched to an insurmountable gap, but it allowed them to cash in on several primes. After several laps of freedom they were brought back.
By the midway point the group was together but the constant high speed was shedding weaker riders. The main aggressors of the evening continued to be Kenda, Exergy and Team Mountain Khakis.
With 32 laps finished and a $200 prime on the line, a serious break finally solidified into something that might stick. Nine riders scratched out a 15 second lead. However, the lure of the cash ruined any chance of collaboration as no one was working together to stay away.
With seven laps to go Bobby Lea (Pure Energy-ProAirHFA), Kevin Mullervy (Team Exergy), and Ben Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis) took off. Chasing hard at the front of the peloton was Kenda's John Murphy.
With two laps to go the prime bell was rung for a crowd prime of $810 and the trio had a gap of 15 seconds.
"A guy jumped while the race was still being timed (before going to lap cards), I covered it and he blew up immediately," explained Zawacki. "Bobby and the Exergy guy (Kevin Mullervy) looked at each other and we knew it was time to go."
With one lap remaining Lea surged forward to just nip his break away companions to take the huge cash prime, but the pack was right on their wheels.
"It looked like there was going to be a last ditch effort that could succeed so I jumped on everything that moved with 20 minutes to go," said Lea, "The last 15 minutes were a gut check."
Regarding the last prime of the day that Lea grabbed, he has no intention of sharing.
"There was never any word about splitting it so that's their loss I guess."
On the backside of the course Zawacki accelerated on the only incline of the course and that was enough to shake loose Lea.
Around the final corner it was Mullervy leading Zawacki, and the Team Mountain Khakis had a little extra in the final 200 meters giving his team back to back wins (Luke Keuogh won Athens Twilight).
For Zawacki this was not only a huge win for himself, but also the team.
"This is incredible and we're taking a big step with the team this year and hopefully for next next. SmartStop is our new sponsor and they're pushing us to be a bigger team so this is a perfect way to show it."
With team manger Adam Myerson suited up and racing with his riders the Team Mountain Khakis has had a great weekend.
"Look what's happened the last two days he's been here. I think it's all gelling together really well. Most of us were with the team last year, but it's coming together and we're hitting our stride."
John Murphy is the current USA CRITS overall leader with five races remaining in the series.
Van Gilder takes out women's event
The Roswell Criterium, held in historic Roswell, Georgia, was the next stop on the USA CRITS series. Under the hot midday sun the women were lined up for 60 minutes of racing on a five corner, one mile course.
Through the long final stretch to the finish Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/ Rose Bandit) was the fastest to the line pushing past Erica Allar (RideClean) and Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC).
Just like the previous night's race in downtown Athens, Georgia the constant primes kept the speed high and the peloton strung out.
Still in the early part of the race a small crash took the steam out of the peloton. Unfortunately one woman racer suffered a serious injury to her arm as it became tangled with the snow fencing that lined the course.
Debbie Milne (Absolute Racing/MSMOC), riding without teammates, took multiple primes but couldn't break away – content to take the cash. What's remarkable is that Milne, mother of three children as well as a graduate student, can train only an hour a day due to time restrictions.
"My coach has adjusted my training for an hour a day, but if I raced longer than that I'd see stars," said Milne. "My coach's plan was for me to practice my sprints, so my goal was to only do work when going for the primes."
At the midway prime Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC) took the points that went toward the overall USA Crit series and that was enough to separate herself with four other racers. But by the time they completed another lap the group was once again all together.
With just five laps to go the clanging prime bell kept the racers on their toes. However the result of the primes was the contenders were firmly at the front of the pack. Mellow Mushroom's Laura Parsons was monitoring the front with her teammate Laura Van Gilder tucked in a few wheels behind.
On the penultimate lap a crowd prime of $350 brought out Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom) and Milne. But on the last lap Van Gilder muscled her way past last night's Athens winner Erica Allar.
"I did feel the pressure coming into this race," said Van Gilder referring to her second place in Athens. "I knew the team was working really hard and I've never won Athens, so I wanted to deliver."
"To win a race is never easy. There are so many riders coming up. I might be fast but I'm not getting any younger. I wanted to show that I can still win."
With her teammate up the road on the last lap, it took some pressure off Van Gilder.
"They were providing the carrot and once they were caught, Kristen (Lasasso) was still able to be at the front and drill it. I was in a good position and was able to do my own sprint."
With her win Van Gilder took the lead in the overall USA CRIT Series by one point. Five races remain in the series.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Benjamin Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||0:31:33|
|2||Kevin Mullervy (Team Exergy)||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)||0:00:02|
|4||Ben Chaddock (Team Exergy)||0:00:05|
|5||Ivan Dominguez (Franco Bicycles)||0:00:06|
|6||Emile Abraham Rossetti (Devo Cycling Team)||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||John Murphy (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Cole House (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy)||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Frank Travieso (Team Coco's)||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||John Grant (Texas Roadhouse p/b MOTOREX)||0:00:07|
|12||Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Conor Mullervy (Team Exergy)||0:00:08|
|14||Rafael A. Meran (CRCA/Foundation)||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Leonardo Marquez (Lifetime Bikes / Loganville For)||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Neil Bezdek (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|18||Euris R. Vidal (CRCA/Foundation)||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Wardein Lucas||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Ed Veal (RealDealRacing/LaBicicletta)||0:00:10|
|22||Jean Michel (Lechance Rossetti Devo Cycling Team)||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Thomas Brown (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Brendan Cornett (Locos Grill & Pub)||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Adam Leibovitz (Chipotle- First Solar)||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Gavriel Epstein (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Alexander Bremer (CRCA/Foundation)||Row 26 - Cell 2|
|28||Chad Hartley (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Luis Zayas (EBP Cycling Team)||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Isaac Howe (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)||0:00:11|
|31||Gevan Samuel (Rosetti Development)||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||Ben Renkema (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Robert White, Jr. (RACC p/b GearGrinder)||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Phil O'Donnell (Hot Tubes Development Cycling T)||0:00:12|
|35||Dylan Degan (Toyota Forklifts/Sport Factory)||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Jesse Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cycl)||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Jackie Simes (Jamis/Sutter Home)||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Daniel Chabanov (Foundation/CRCA)||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Allan Rego (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Kyle Knott (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|41||Synjen Marrocco (CCB Racing)||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Tony Hall (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Eric Stubbs (GearLink Racing Inc.)||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||David Goodman (The Hub)||0:00:13|
|45||Jonathan Atkins (beckjanitorial.com)||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Jonathan Atwell (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b)||0:00:14|
|47||Pat Lemieux (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)||0:00:15|
|48||Timothy Rugg (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|49||Claudio Arone (EBP Cycling Team)||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Brandon Spencer (Kallisto/Wheels of Oakville)||0:00:16|
|51||Juan Arias (Lifetime Bikes / Loganville For)||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Yusuke Higuma (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)||0:00:17|
|53||Maikel Matos (Team Coco's)||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Barry Miller (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||Blake Anton (Team Clif Bar)||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||David Wenger (Bicycle Sport Shop pb Integrity)||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|57||Name Missing||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||David Cueli (Team Coco's)||0:00:18|
|59||Colin Jaskiewicz (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)||0:00:19|
|60||Kenneth Ng (RealDealRacing/LaBicicletta)||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Jose Frank (Rodriguez Team Coco's)||0:00:20|
|62||Andy Scarano (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b)||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|63||Matt Brooks (Team Type 1 DEVO)||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|64||Jacob Hill (Firefighters Cycling Associatio)||0:00:21|
|65||Nick Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cycl)||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||Marco Aleida (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health/)||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|67||Mark Brown (Team Metro Reprographics p/b De)||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Andrew Joseph (Smith Depaula Racing)||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Clay Murfet (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||0:00:23|
|70||Victor Riquelme (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)||0:00:24|
|71||Jared Nieters (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)||0:00:27|
|72||Gabe Lloyd (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)||0:00:28|
|73||David Guttenplan (United Healthcare of Georgia p/)||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|74||Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse p/b MOTOREX)||0:00:31|
|75||Tony Scott (Peachtree Bikes)||0:00:32|
|77||Jim Baldesare (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health/)||0:00:49|
|78||David Williams (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)||0:00:50|
|79||Demis Aleman (Jamis/Sutter Home)||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|80||Ryan Mele (Stan's NoTubes / AXA Equitable)||0:00:51|
|81||Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)||0:00:52|
|82||Igor Rudalev (Iron Data)||0:00:58|
|83||Tim Hall (Nashville Cyclist)||0:01:02|
|84||Yosmani Pol (Team Coco's)||0:01:03|
|85||Andres Faustino (Alzate Team Exergy)||0:01:08|
|86||Hank Beaver (LITESPEED-BMW)||0:01:10|
|87||Jd Bergman (Team Clif Bar)||0:01:33|
|88||Alejandro Guzman (CRCA/Foundation)||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|89||Marc Williams (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)||0:01:34|
|90||Tommy Nankervis (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|91||Justin Reddell (DNA Racing)||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|92||Frank Cundiff (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)||0:59:49|
|2||Erica Allar (RideClean / PatentIt.com)||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Trainin)||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Elizabeth Morse Hill (Z Motion Hill)||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|5||Alexis Ryan (TIBCO TO THE TOP)||0:00:01|
|6||Lindsay Bayer (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Colleen Gulick (Pure Energy Cycling - Proairhfa)||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Lenore Pipes (RideClean/PatentIt.com)||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Addyson 'Addy' Albershardt (NOW-Novartis for MS)||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Carrie Cash (Pedal the Cause)||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Vanessa Drigo (Vanderkitten-Focus)||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Cheryl Fuller Muller (Louis Garneau Factory Team)||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Jocelyn Setter (Stranamanti Cycling)||0:00:02|
|14||Christy Keely (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Stacey Jensen (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Kristen Meshberg (Spidermonkey)||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Colleen Paine (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)||0:00:03|
|18||Kat Carr (Paceline Projects p/b Veloforma)||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Valeria Galeano (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Rebecca Larson (Team Type 1-SANOFI)||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Kristin Lotito (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Lauren Komanski (PainPathways Cycling Team)||0:00:04|
|23||Ann Koehler Modry (Evergreen)||Row 22 - Cell 2|
|24||Sara Clafferty (ABRT)||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Debbie Milne (Absolute Racing/ MSMOC)||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Morgan Patton (Team Type 1)||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Melissa Ross (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)||0:00:05|
|28||Arley Kemmerer (MVP Health Care Cycling)||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Mandy Marquardt (Team Type 1-SANOFI)||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Hannah Miller (PainPathways Cycling Team)||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||Erica Chard (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Trainin)||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Amy Phillips (Mystique Cycling Team / SCV)||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Liz Gerrity (Kenda p/b Geargrinder)||0:00:06|
|35||Zoe Frazier (Frazier Cycling)||Row 34 - Cell 2|