Monday, July 2, 2012

TOPC Stage Race and Ohio reports

Tour of Page County Stage Race
by Emily J.
Road race, time trial, criterium. The road race was cancelled due to the bad storm the night before. The time trial was hilly with turns so Amanda W. decided to Merckx it, which ended up being a goof decision because she won, with Erin S. (MVP Healthcare) in 2nd and Alexis Z. (NCVC) in 3rd. The criterium had several time bonuses that Amanda fought over with Erin (MVP Healthcare) and Kat K. (North Tek). Erin attacked for the win at the bottom of the big hill and got a gap which was closed by Stephanie S. (ProBikes) for a close win by Stephanie in the crit, followed by Erin in 2nd and Kat in 3rd. Amanda was 4th in the criterium and was able to hold on to the overall general classification win. The GC was Amanda (1st), Erin (2nd), and Stephanie (3rd). Nice work!!

Madeira, Hyde Park Blast, and Tour de Grandview
by Emily J.
Patty went out to Ohio for the weekend to race some fast crits. She also experienced the same crazy storm that hit Luray and the Tour of Page Valley, and was without power for over a day. The races were not cancelled, thankfully, although Friday's race was shortened to 30 minutes. In Friday's race Patty got into the break of 6th and placed 6th, the race winner was Team Type 1 rider Morgan Patton. Saturday's race was super fun, and Patty again made the break, this time with 8 other riders, and placed 6th again, the race winner was Debbie Milne (Absolute Racing). Sunday's race was very hot with a pretty steep longer hill to the finish, which Patty was pumped about because she likes the hills. It ended up being a fast power finish and she placed 10th. Lots of strong women came out to race, including Debbie Milne, currently ranked 2nd in the USA Crits series, who put in a ton of attacks and always kept the race fast and exciting.

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