Shelley Olds (Diadora-Pasta Zara) won her second consecutive stars and stripes jersey in the criterium at the USA Cycling Elite Women National Championships held on Friday in Augusta, Georgia. She won the bunch sprint ahead of Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) in second and Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) in third.
“I only got to wear my jersey at Nature Valley Grand Prix this year,” Olds told Cyclingnews. “I’m really proud to wear it and it’s an honour to be in the stars and stripes jersey for anything. I’m proud to ride for the US and wear the jersey when I can.”
Her win was some-what surprising after a serious crash sent her to the hospital with a bruised back and ribs last week at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. “I was still in a lot of pain from the crash and I wanted to make it easy on myself and stay at the front,” Olds said.
Rivera won the USA Cycling Women’s Under 23 criterium jersey by virtue of placing third and being the first under 23 rider to cross the line. It was her 33rd national title.
“I’ve always won a national championship every year and I’m really honoured and proud to continue this streak and represent the stars and stripes for another year,” Rivera said to Cyclingnews.
The Elite and Under 23 combined women’s field competed on a rectangle shaped circuit that was 1.2 kms in length for a total of 50 kms. However, race organizers were forced to shorten the event, part way through, due to the serious threat of lightening and thunderstorms in the area.
“I’m sure it affected the race because we only got about half way through it,” Cliff-Ryan told Cyclingnews. “You never know how the finish would have gone if we did a full race, maybe a break would have gone, you never know.”
The field was animated during the first 30 minutes of the race, however, small breakaways were short-lived and the field was in tact with roughly 30 laps to go. At that point, race organizers and team directeurs notified the field that they race was shortened and they had only five laps to go.
“A soon as they said we had five laps to go, the weather started getting really bad and as soon as the race ended we had torrential down pour,” Olds said.
Attacks were launched in a last ditch effort to form a late-race breakaway. The field rounded the final laps in tact, however, a crash on the last lap caused some interruption in the field.
“The race was shortened and we were supposed to do a full lead-out, but everything was jumbled and crazy,” Cliff-Ryan said. “We were not able to get our lead-out in.”
“Going into the last turn, I was getting squeezed and I tried to make room for myself otherwise I would have crashed. Our bars got squeezed and one girl ended up crashing, but I’m not sure what happened.”
“I hit my brakes, unclipped and didn’t have the best run in to the finish I tried to do what I could, went earlier than I wanted and caught back up,” she said. “I was happy to be on the podium.”
According to Olds, there was no time for a lead-out and every sprinter had to try and maneuver through the field to get into position for a bunch kick. She found herself on the top five positions during the final laps. She was behind Jennifer Purcell (Danbury Audi), in third position, out of the last corner.
“I saw Theresa jump and I knew that was the most dangerous rider of the sprinters,” Olds said. “I was able to squeeze through and it was pretty much a match sprint against Theresa to the line.”
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Shelley Olds (Diadora-Pasta Zara)||0:34:29|
|2||Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita - Forno D)|
|3||Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)|
|4||Jennifer Purcell (Team Danbury Audi/Pedal and Pump)|
|5||Samantha Schneider (UCI: WPT TIBCO to The Top)|
|6||Tiffany Pezzulo (Team Primal Racing/Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing)|
|8||Jacquelyn Crowell (US National Team)|
|9||Jennifer Wheeler (UCI: WPT TIBCO to The Top)|
|10||Emily Thurston (Touchstone Climbing)|
|11||Emily Kachorek (Team Primal Racing/Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing)|
|12||Mary Elizabeth Maroon (Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Alto Velo)||0:34:36|
|13||Devon Gorry (Now Cycling/NOW and Novartis for MS)||0:34:38|
|14||Maura Kinsella (Vanderkitten)|
|16||Erin Silliman (Virginia Beach Velo/East Coast Bicycles/Virginia Asset Group / Tradewinds Racing)|
|17||Jennifer McRae (787 Racing)|
|18||Elizabeth Morse Hill (ZMOTION Racing Team)|
|19||Kaitlin Antonneau (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)|
|20||Whitney Schultz (Veloforma/CheckMark pb Veloforma)|
|21||Melissa Ross (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder)|
|22||Erika Graves (Now Cycling/NOW and Novartis for MS)|
|23||Hilary Billington (Team Danbury Audi/Pedal and Pump)||0:34:45|
|24||Kathleen Billington (Team Danbury Audi/Pedal and Pump)|
|25||Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)||0:34:47|
|26||Shannon Koch (GG Events Management)|
|27||Tayler Wiles (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)|
|28||Lauren Hall (Colavita / Forno D'Asolo)|
|29||Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycle Club/ABD Cycling Team)|
|30||Kirsten Fee 0|
|31||Meredith Miller (UCI: WPT TIBCO to The Top)|
|32||Andrea Dvorak (Colavita - Forno D'Asolo)||0:34:51|
|33||Shelby Reynolds (Sugar Cycles/Sugar Cycles Factory Racing)|
|34||Kristin Sanders (Colavita / Forna D'Asolo)||0:35:16|
|35||Amy McGuire (Wheelworks Racing)||0:35:26|
|36||Alisha Welsh (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)|
|37||Kathryn Clark (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder /Team Kenda)|
|38||Rebecca Wellons (Team Danbury Audi/Pedal and Pump)|
|39||Lauren Robertson (FCS/ Metro Volkswagen/FCS Cycling Team)|
|40||Jacqueline Kurth (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder)||0:35:33|
|41||Nichole Wangsgard (Team Primal Racing)||0:35:36|
|42||Marianne Holt (Carolina Masters /PainPathways Cycling Team)||0:35:54|
|43||Jamie Dinkins (Athens Velo Club)||0:35:56|
|44||Kasey Clark (Team Primal Racing/Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing)||0:35:58|
|DNS||Cheryl Fuller-Muller (Reality Bikes)|
|DNS||Mara Abbott (Diadora-Pasta Zara)|
|DNS||Kristin McGrath (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)|
|DNS||Rachel Warner (Missing Links Coaching & Training Systems/Missing Link Training Systems / Specia)|
|DNS||Amy Horstmeyer (352 Racing p/b Bikes and More)|
|DNS||Kendall Ryan (UCI: WPT TIBCO to The Top)|
|DNS||Debbie Milne (Absolute Racing Team/MSMOC)|
|DNS||Kimberley Turner (Seattle Super Squadra)|
|DNF||Anna McLoon (Missing Links Coaching & Training Systems/Missing Link Training Systems / Specia)|
|DNF||Megan Guarnier (UCI: WPT TIBCO to The Top)|
|DNF||Judy Jenkins (Missing Links Coaching & Training Systems/Missing Link Training Systems / Specia)|
|DNF||Janel Holcomb (Colavita / Forno D'Asolo)|
|DNF||Robin Farina (Now Cycling/NOW and Novartis for MS)|
|DNF||Morgan Patton (Team Type 1)|
|DNF||Sara Tussey (Hincapie Cycling/Hincapie/Green Creation Cycling Team)|
|DNF||Cristina Lindsey (Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club/Headstrong)|
|DNF||Kelly Benjamin (Colavita / Forno D'Asolo)|
|DNF||Christina Gokey-Smith (Now And Novartis For MS)|
|DNF||Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)|
|DNF||Katie Reynolds (Reality Bikes)|
|DNF||Jennifer Rasmusson (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder)|
Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.
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