Zawacki pips Mullervy for Roswell victory

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.

Results

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Pro men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)0:31:33
2Kevin Mullervy (Team Exergy)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)0:00:02
4Ben Chaddock (Team Exergy)0:00:05
5Ivan Dominguez (Franco Bicycles)0:00:06
6Emile Abraham Rossetti (Devo Cycling Team)Row 5 - Cell 2
7John Murphy (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Cole House (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Frank Travieso (Team Coco's)Row 9 - Cell 2
11John Grant (Texas Roadhouse p/b MOTOREX)0:00:07
12Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Conor Mullervy (Team Exergy)0:00:08
14Rafael A. Meran (CRCA/Foundation)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Leonardo Marquez (Lifetime Bikes / Loganville For)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Neil Bezdek (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Thomas Gibbons0:00:09
18Euris R. Vidal (CRCA/Foundation)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Sterling Magnell (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Wardein LucasRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ed Veal (RealDealRacing/LaBicicletta)0:00:10
22Jean Michel (Lechance Rossetti Devo Cycling Team)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Thomas Brown (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Brendan Cornett (Locos Grill & Pub)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Adam Leibovitz (Chipotle- First Solar)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Gavriel Epstein (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Alexander Bremer (CRCA/Foundation)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Chad Hartley (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Luis Zayas (EBP Cycling Team)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Isaac Howe (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)0:00:11
31Gevan Samuel (Rosetti Development)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Ben Renkema (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Robert White, Jr. (RACC p/b GearGrinder)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Phil O'Donnell (Hot Tubes Development Cycling T)0:00:12
35Dylan Degan (Toyota Forklifts/Sport Factory)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Jesse Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cycl)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Jackie Simes (Jamis/Sutter Home)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Daniel Chabanov (Foundation/CRCA)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Allan Rego (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Kyle Knott (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Synjen Marrocco (CCB Racing)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Tony Hall (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Eric Stubbs (GearLink Racing Inc.)Row 42 - Cell 2
44David Goodman (The Hub)0:00:13
45Jonathan Atkins (beckjanitorial.com)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Jonathan Atwell (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b)0:00:14
47Pat Lemieux (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargri)0:00:15
48Timothy Rugg (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Claudio Arone (EBP Cycling Team)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Brandon Spencer (Kallisto/Wheels of Oakville)0:00:16
51Juan Arias (Lifetime Bikes / Loganville For)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Yusuke Higuma (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)0:00:17
53Maikel Matos (Team Coco's)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Barry Miller (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Blake Anton (Team Clif Bar)Row 54 - Cell 2
56David Wenger (Bicycle Sport Shop pb Integrity)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Name MissingRow 56 - Cell 2
58David Cueli (Team Coco's)0:00:18
59Colin Jaskiewicz (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTu)0:00:19
60Kenneth Ng (RealDealRacing/LaBicicletta)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Jose Frank (Rodriguez Team Coco's)0:00:20
62Andy Scarano (UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Matt Brooks (Team Type 1 DEVO)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Jacob Hill (Firefighters Cycling Associatio)0:00:21
65Nick Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cycl)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Marco Aleida (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health/)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Mark Brown (Team Metro Reprographics p/b De)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Andrew Joseph (Smith Depaula Racing)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Clay Murfet (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)0:00:23
70Victor Riquelme (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cyclin)0:00:24
71Jared Nieters (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)0:00:27
72Gabe Lloyd (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)0:00:28
73David Guttenplan (United Healthcare of Georgia p/)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse p/b MOTOREX)0:00:31
75Tony Scott (Peachtree Bikes)0:00:32
76Erik Losak0:00:48
77Jim Baldesare (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health/)0:00:49
78David Williams (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)0:00:50
79Demis Aleman (Jamis/Sutter Home)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Ryan Mele (Stan's NoTubes / AXA Equitable)0:00:51
81Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)0:00:52
82Igor Rudalev (Iron Data)0:00:58
83Tim Hall (Nashville Cyclist)0:01:02
84Yosmani Pol (Team Coco's)0:01:03
85Andres Faustino (Alzate Team Exergy)0:01:08
86Hank Beaver (LITESPEED-BMW)0:01:10
87Jd Bergman (Team Clif Bar)0:01:33
88Alejandro Guzman (CRCA/Foundation)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Marc Williams (Athletix Cycling Team benefitin)0:01:34
90Tommy Nankervis (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Justin Reddell (DNA Racing)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Frank Cundiff (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCORow 91 - Cell 2
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Pro women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)0:59:49
2Erica Allar (RideClean / PatentIt.com)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Trainin)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Elizabeth Morse Hill (Z Motion Hill)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Alexis Ryan (TIBCO TO THE TOP)0:00:01
6Lindsay Bayer (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Colleen Gulick (Pure Energy Cycling - Proairhfa)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Lenore Pipes (RideClean/PatentIt.com)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Addyson 'Addy' Albershardt (NOW-Novartis for MS)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Carrie Cash (Pedal the Cause)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Vanessa Drigo (Vanderkitten-Focus)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Cheryl Fuller Muller (Louis Garneau Factory Team)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Jocelyn Setter (Stranamanti Cycling)0:00:02
14Christy Keely (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Stacey Jensen (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Kristen Meshberg (Spidermonkey)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Colleen Paine (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)0:00:03
18Kat Carr (Paceline Projects p/b Veloforma)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Valeria Galeano (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Rebecca Larson (Team Type 1-SANOFI)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Kristin Lotito (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Lauren Komanski (PainPathways Cycling Team)0:00:04
23Ann Koehler Modry (Evergreen)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Sara Clafferty (ABRT)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Debbie Milne (Absolute Racing/ MSMOC)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Morgan Patton (Team Type 1)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Melissa Ross (Team Kenda presented by Geargri)0:00:05
28Arley Kemmerer (MVP Health Care Cycling)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Kristen Lasasso (Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Rac)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Mandy Marquardt (Team Type 1-SANOFI)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Hannah Miller (PainPathways Cycling Team)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Erica Chard (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Trainin)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Amy Phillips (Mystique Cycling Team / SCV)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Liz Gerrity (Kenda p/b Geargrinder)0:00:06
35Zoe Frazier (Frazier Cycling)Row 34 - Cell 2
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