Terrapin Twilight Criterium: Athens, Georgia
The 34th edition of the Terrapin Twilight Criterium was held under beautiful weather conditions which produced a sprint win in the women's race with Erica Allar (Care4Cycling p/b Solomon Corp) and a solo vixtory by Kevin Mullervy (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes).
“With ten laps to go we knew it was going to be a field sprint,” said Allar. “In the final turn I was following Jennifer Purcell's and with the tailwind (into the home stretch) I knew I had to make a run off of her wheel,” said Allar.
Allar won the Terrapin Twilight last year. “I was super motivated to win in Athens for a second year in a row.”
At the halfway point two women were able to get a slight gap: Christina Gokey-Smith (Rouse/Oogie Racing) and Lindsay Bayer (Colavita/Fine Cooking). They were allowed a few laps of freedom and scooped up several primes for their effort. With 13 laps remaining the sprinters moved to the front of the peloton with no team taking control.
As the race entered the single digits remaining Colavita/Fine Cooking moved to the front for their sprinter Jennifer Purcell.Also in the mix was Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) looking to take advantage of Colavita/Fine Cooking's hard work at the front.
On the penultimate lap, one last prime was offered and what was once an organized lead-out train of Colavita riders was now a large group curb to curb.
On the backside of the course with 500 meters to go Morgan Patton (Team Novo Nordisk) attacked and got a gap. However, the slight decline to the finish line helped the peloton bring her back just before the line and Allar had the fastest sprint to take the win by several bike lengths.
Mullervy defies the odds
With four laps remaining Kevin Mullervy (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes) jumped away breakaway companions Frank Travieso (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis) and Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) to take a solo win at the Terrapin Twilight Criterium.
Mullervy, perhaps the lesser known of the trio took advantage of a stalemate between the other two notable criterium racers to steal the show.
“I didn't even attack, they (Alzate and Travieso) were just staring at each other. I put my head down and went,” said Mullervy of his race winning move.
The last lap was hard, but Mullervy was inspired.
“I was red-lined the entire way and they (the crowd) brought me to the line. I feel like I'm dreaming. This is the biggest win of my life by far.”
On the first lap a two-hundred dollar prime was announced which launched Jean Michel LeChance (Team Predator). He was joined by Bobby Lea (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis) but the duo were quickly brought back.
The next serious attack came from Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) and Thomas Brown (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis). A third rider Adam Koble (Giant South) bridged and helped increase the time gap grew to 17 seconds. Slightly behind the trio and chasing hard was solo rider David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles/Guttenplan Coaching).
Guttenplan was unable to make the juncture and was caught by the peloton. The leading trio continued to hold a solid 28 second gap.
At the front of the chasing peloton was the Team Predator Carbon Repair squad as they had missed what was looking to be a dangerous move.
With 29 laps of the 80 laps remaining the Predator lead peloton was finally brought the escapees to heel.
The counter-attacks were immediate and Frank Travieso (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis), Kevin Mullervy (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes), and Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) were the next serious move of the night. They were able to get a 13 second gap. After several laps they expanded their lead to 23 seconds.
With 17 laps remaining the trio increased their lead to 33 seconds. Travieso, Mullervy, and Alzate were working together as the SmartStop-Mountain Khakis squad were at the front of the chasing peloton squashing any chases.
With eight laps remaining the trio had a large enough gap that they were getting close to lapping the field.
On the backside of the course with 5 laps to go Mullervy attacked. Travieso and Alzate looked at each other, neither wanting to expend the energy to bring the Champion System rider back.
Behind him Travieso and Alzate couldn't or wouldn't work together and instead continued to look at each other.
With one lap to go there was a large crash in the main field. Mullervy, who was approaching the back of the field, had to pick his way around the riders who were straightening bars or picking themselves off the ground.
The crash didn't hamper the Champion System rider and he crossed the finish line with his arms in a victory salute. Several seconds behind him Alzate out sprinted Travieso for second.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Kevin Mullervy (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes)||1:39:32|
|2||Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)||0:00:22|
|3||Frank Travieso (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)||0:00:24|
|4||Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)||0:03:40|
|5||Shane Kline (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)||0:03:41|
|6||Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)|
|7||Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)||0:03:42|
|8||Rafael A. Meran (CRCA/Foundation)|
|9||Chad Hartley (Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland)|
|10||Gavriel Epstein (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes)||0:03:43|
|11||Yosvany Falcon (Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland)|
|12||Jacob Hill (Stan's NoTubes p/b Proferrin)||0:03:46|
|13||Allan Rego (Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes)|
|14||Neil Bezdek (CRCA/Foundation)|
|15||David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles)||0:03:48|
|17||Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)||0:03:49|
|18||Colton Barrett (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)|
|19||Lucas Wardein (D3Devo p/b Airgas)|
|20||Stephan Hirsch (United Healthcare of Georgia)|
|21||Brian Arne (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)|
|22||Bradley White (United Healthcare Professional)||0:03:51|
|23||Andrea Ciacchini (Team Novo Nordisk)||0:03:53|
|24||Ryan Sullivan (United Healthcare of Georgia)||0:03:57|
|25||Josh Thornton (Pioneer Mortgage Funding)|
|26||Chris Williams (Novo Nordisk)||0:04:00|
|27||Robert White (Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland)||0:04:02|
|28||Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling)||0:04:03|
|29||Stephen Clancy (Team Novo Nordisk)||0:04:04|
|30||Thomas Brown (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)||0:04:05|
|31||John Acker (Team Wheel & Sprocket)|
|32||David Goodman (United Healthcare of Georgia)|
|33||Marco Aledia (Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland)|
|34||Daniel Zmolik (Stan's NoTubes p/b Proferrin)||0:04:06|
|35||Luke Servedio (Sonic Cycling)|
|36||Joshua Carter (Team Predator Carbon Repair)|
|37||Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)|
|38||Adam Koble (Giant Bicycles-SOUTH)||0:04:07|
|39||Justin Morris (Team Novo Nordisk)|
|40||Alejandro Guzman (CRCA/Foundation)|
|41||Adam Myerson (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)||0:04:08|
|43||David Worth (Cumberland Transit Cycling)||0:04:19|
|44||Marc Williams (Athletix Cycling Team)||0:04:22|
|45||Chris Wolhuter (Stan's NoTubes p/b Proferrin)||0:04:24|
|46||Jesse Keough (CRCA/Foundation)||0:04:27|
|47||Bobby Lea (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)||0:04:55|
|48||Sergio Hernandez (Predator Cycling Carbon Repair)||0:05:05|
|49||Jean Michel Lechance (Team Predator Carbon Repair)||0:05:06|
|50||Euris R. Vidal (CRCA/Foundation)|
|51||Geoff Godsey (Giant Bicycles-SOUTH)||0:05:59|
|52||Patrick Harkins (cumberland transit cycling)||0:06:00|
|53||Andy Reardon (Cumberland Transit Cycling)||0:06:01|
|54||Daniel Chabanov (CRCA/Foundation)||0:06:05|
|55||Brendan Cornett (United Healthcare of Georgia)||0:06:20|
|56||Bryan Fawley (Giant Bicycles-SOUTH)|
|57||Sam Croft (Giant Bicycles-SOUTH)||0:06:28|
|58||Ed Veal (RealDeal/Gears p/b Fieldgate)||0:34:22|
|59||Brian Toone (Friends of the Great Smokies)|
|60||Julian Cabra (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)|
|61||John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)|
|62||Andrew Crater (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)||0:34:23|
|63||Ricardo Escuela (Team Predator Carbon Repair)|
|64||Benjamin Bryant (Unattached)|
|65||Emile Abraham (Team Predator Carbon Repair)|
|66||Aj Meyer (Village Volkswagen Elite Cyclin)|
|67||Richard Bailey (Finish Strong Elite Cyling Team)|
|68||Johnny Sundt (Giant Bicycles-SOUTH)|
|69||Maxwell Robb (United Healthcare of Georgia p/)|
|70||Strickler Issaac (Beck Cycling)|
|71||Brian Hill (Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin)|
|73||Kenneth Ng (REAL DEAL RACING p/b Gears)|
|74||Russell Brandon (Team Novo Nordisk)|
|75||Aaron Perry (Novo Nordisk)|
|76||Eugene Boronow (GS Mengoni USA)|
|77||Matthew Whatley (Atlanta Cycling Racing)|
|79||Mark Babcock (Atlanta Cycling Racing )|
|80||Josh Oxendine (earthfare)|
|81||Michael Mandel (RealDeal/Gears p/b Fieldgate)|
|82||Matthew Russell (Village Volkswagen Elite cycling)|
|83||Bryan Schoeffler (SUBARU- GUAYAKI)|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Erica Allar (CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp)||0:56:19|
|2||Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy)|
|3||Cari Higgins (Exergy TWENTY16)||0:00:01|
|4||Kimberley Wells (Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy)|
|5||Lenore Pipes (CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp)|
|6||Jennifer Purcell (Colavita/Fine Cooking)|
|7||Tina Pic (Colavita/Fine Cooking)|
|8||Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)|
|9||Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO)|
|10||Jacquelyn Crowell (Exergy TWENTY16)|
|11||Morgan Patton (Team Novo Nordisk)|
|12||Tiffany Pezzulo (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)|
|13||Liza Rachetto (Vanderkitten)||0:00:02|
|14||Christina Gokey-Smith (ROUSE/OOGIE RACING)|
|15||Joanie Caron (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)|
|16||Starla Teddergreen (Vanderkitten)|
|17||Carrie Cash Wootten (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling)|
|18||Vanessa Drigo (Rose Bandits)||0:00:03|
|19||Christy Keely (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling)|
|20||Amy Phillips (Hub Endurance Chattanooga)||0:00:04|
|21||Kelly Fisher-Goodwin (Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy)|
|22||Tussey Sara (Veloshine Cycling)|
|25||Mary Zider (Colavita/Fine Cooking)||0:00:07|
|26||Laura Parsons (Rose Bandits)|
|27||Jamie Bookwalter (Colavita/Fine Cooking)|
|28||Beth Newell (NOW and Novartis for MS)|
|29||Lindsay Bayer (Colavita/Fine Cooking)|
|30||Melinda Bernecker (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)||0:00:08|
|31||Ambre Levy (iBike/GS Palm Beach)||0:00:09|
|32||Kaytie Scott (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)|
|33||Erin Silliman (Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy)|
|34||Laura Brown (Colavita/Fine Cooking)||0:00:10|
|35||Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.)|
|36||Melanie Spath (Team TIBCO)|
|37||Whitney Schultz (SkiNourishment p/b Paceline Pro)||0:00:11|
|38||Hannah Miller (Pain Pathways Women's Cycling)|
|39||Kathryn Clark (Pain Pathways Women's Cycling)||0:00:12|
|40||Samantha Heinrich (West Coast Cycling p/b STS Bike)|
|41||Cinthia Lehner (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling)||0:00:13|
|42||Nichole Wangsgard (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)||0:00:25|
|43||Lauren Arnouts (Restore Cycling)||0:00:27|
|44||Shannon Parrish (Team Kenda presented by RACC)||0:00:31|
|45||Holly Mathews (ISCorp Intelligentsia)||0:00:33|
|46||Debbie Prouty (PCP Race Team)||0:09:32|
|47||Liz Gerrity (Rose Bandits)|
|48||Elizabeth McCalley (Hub Endurance)|
|49||Sarah Rice (Spidermonkey cycling)|
|50||Frances Morrison (Pedal Power)|
|51||Sarah Huang (Exergy TWENTY16)|
|52||Skylar Schneider (Team Tibco)||0:09:33|
|53||Stelly Arden (Pain Pathways Women's Cycling)|
|54||Amy Horstmeyer (Team Kenda presented by RACC)|
|55||Kristen Meshberg (Spidermonkey Cycling)|
|56||Zoe Frazier (Frazier Cycling)|
|57||Jennifer Caicedo (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling)|
|58||Zoe Mullins (Exergy TWENTY16)|
|59||Rebecca Schepps (Team Novo Nordisk)|
|60||Stephanie Cucaz (PCP Race Team)|
|61||Dominique Shore (Frazier Cycling Partners)|
|62||Martha Hall (Beck Cycling)|
|63||Dawn Decaminada (West Coast Cycling p/b STS Bike)|
|64||Elizabeth Lee (LG Factory Team p/b Fuji)|
|65||Stacey Jensen (Team Kenda presented by RACC)|
|66||Marianna Williams (Outspokin Augusta)|
|67||Chane Chane (INTC)|
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