Northey takes the win for Pure Black Racing

Mike Northey (Pure Black Racing) took a convincing sprint victory at the National Racing Calendar (NRC) Tour de Grove on Saturday. The youngster jumped ahead of his breakaway companions with three corners to go, outpacing Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) in second and Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing) in third.

"My teammate helped drive the breakaway and that what allowed me to get the win," Northey said. "I didn't want to leave it to the last turn, especially because it was windy. I took it from three corners to go and hit the last turn with a bit of a gap. I was able to hold it to the line. I was pretty excited."

The race was a member of both the NRC and the USA Crit Championship Series. The Pro-Cat 1 men were competing for a $15,000 prize purse. They embarked on a 75-minute race, plus three laps, held on a two-kilometre, L-shaped circuit.

Rain drizzled over the riders as they took to the start line. Despite the wide open roads, the race was slightly dangerous due to the slick and wet corners. Riders were cautious but several crashes took place during the first two laps.

Northey attacked early in the race and formed an initial breakaway of five riders including Keough. An additional five riders bridged across forming a group of ten that included Helmig, Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia), Ty Magner (Team Type 1), Juan Paublo Dotti (Aerocat), Adam Myerson (MountainKhakis), Chris Monteleone (Kenda/5-hour Energy), Louis Crosby (Pure Black Racing), Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) and Eric Young (Bissell).

"The first group went right away and half a lap later another group came across," Keough said. "I think Cantwell and I played a little bit of cat and mouse. My teammate helped to drive it and kept it together but he flatted with lap and a half to go. One guy attacked on the last lap and I wound up on Cantwell coming out of the last corner. I had some gearing trouble and took a run at it late and I came from behind Cantwell and Helmig and just caught the guy who won at the line."

The breakaway hovered at approximately 30 seconds for the remainder of the criterium. Northey jumped with three corners to go and gained a small lead heading onto the finale straightaway. Despite headwind, he managed to hold off the sprint behind him for the victory.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mike Northey (Pure Black Racing)1:27:28
2Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Christian Helmig (ELBOWZ RACING)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling Te)0:00:01
5Ty Magner (Team Type 1-Development)0:00:02
6Juan Paublo Dotti (Team Aerocat)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Christopher Monteleone (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b GEARGRIN)0:00:13
9Louis Crosby (Pure Black Racing)0:00:14
10Eric Young (Bissell Pro Cycling)0:00:30
11Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)0:00:32
12Aaron Marcus Kemps (Fly V Australia)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia Pro Cycling Te)0:00:33
14Roman Van Uden (Team Rubicon-Orbea)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Ben Kersten (V Australia)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Emile Abraham (Aerocat Cycling Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Euris Vidal (Foundation)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Stephen Dilford (TradeWind Energy)0:00:34
19Zack Allison (Sonic Boom Pb Lucky Pie)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Adam LeibovitzRow 19 - Cell 2
21Issac Howe (Kenda p/b geargrinder)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rafael German (Foundation)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Lisban Quintero (Foundation)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Colton Barrett (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optum)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Ian Crane (Hagens Berman LLP)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Brad Huff (Jelly Belly)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Thacker Reeves (Chipotle Devlopment Team)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Jeremy Grimm (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Holt (Team Type 1-Development)Row 28 - Cell 2
31Neil Bezdek (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Ryan Knapp (Panther p/b Competitive Cyclis)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Josh GillinghamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alder Martz (Hincapie Development team)0:00:36
35Ryan Aitcheson (Panther p/b Competitive Cyclis)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Thomas Brown (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Jerome Townsend (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)0:00:37
38Clayton Barrows (Stan's NoTubes / AXA Equitable)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Gabriel Antonio BacaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Joseph Schmalz (ELBOWZ RACING)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Marco Aledia (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health)0:00:38
42Daniel Zmolik (Stan's NoTubes / AXA Equitable)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Mark Langlands (Pure Black Racing)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Andrew OtteRow 43 - Cell 2
45Mat Stephens (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)0:00:39
46Alejandro Guzman (Foundation)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Devin Clark (Hub Racing)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Ryan Mele (Trek of Pittsburgh)0:00:40
49Steve Fisher (Hagens Berman LLP)0:00:41
50Shem Roger (Pure Black Racing)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Taylor Gunman (Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVE)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Nicholas Bennette (MetLife p/b groSolar)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Development)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Daniel Bechtold (Hagens Berman Cycling)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Spencer Smitheman (Hagens Breman Cycling Team)0:00:42
56J Gabriel Lloyd (MetLife p/b groSolar)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Brandon Feehery (South Chicago Wheelmen)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Nicholas Coil (Mercy Elite Cycling Team)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Dalterio (Team Type 1-Development)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Nick Frey (Jamis Sutter Homes p/b Colavit)0:00:43
61Scottie Weiss (KENDA Pro Cycling presented by)0:00:44
62Boy Vanpoppel (UnitedHealthcare Professional)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Clay Murfet (RideClean p/b 62 - Cell 2
64Chad BurdzilauskusRow 63 - Cell 2
65Igor Volshteyn (CRCA/Jonathan Adler Racing)0:00:45
66Steve ScholzenRow 65 - Cell 2
67David Williams (BISSELL Pro Cycling)0:00:47
68Demis Aleman (Jamis Sutter Home)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Justin Maciekowicz (Dogfish Racing Team)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Nick Housely (Chemstar p/b United Healthcare)0:00:48
71Erik HamiltonRow 70 - Cell 2
72Mac Brennan (Panther p/b Competitive Cyclis)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Tyler Jewell (ELBOWZ RACING)0:00:49
74Tristan Schouten (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation,)0:00:50
75Jackie Simes (Jamis Sutter Homes p/b Colavit)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Tom Scully (Chipotle Devlopment Team)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Phillip Snodgrass (Bicycles Plus)0:00:51
78Gavriel Epstein (Chipotle Devlopment Team)0:00:53
79Davide Frattini0:00:55
80Bradley Schaeffer (NUVO / Cultural Trail)0:00:58
81Colton Jarisch (Mercy Elite Cycling Team)0:01:00
82Benjamin Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)0:01:09
83Travis Livermon (Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartP)0:01:10
84Sean Sullivan (Team Hotel San Jose/Mellow Jon)0:01:12
85Matthew Brandt (Gateway Harley-Davidson/Mesa C)0:01:25
86Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Professional)0:01:39
87Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Professional)0:01:40
88Austin Roach (MetLife p/b groSolar)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Peter Bell (MetLife p/b groSolar)Row 88 - Cell 2

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