Air Force Cycling Classic - Clarendon Cup Women
Fast times in Arlington, Virginia Speed festival - Brooke Miller, Laura Van
Gilder and Erica Allar to the podium in the 13th edition.. .
Saturday's weekend of NRC racing in Arlington, Virginia at the Air Force
Cycling Classic opened with the 13th edition of the Clarendon cup with the north
American peloton splitting their squads for a busy weekend of racing in Quebec
Brooke Miller of TIBCO got back to her winning ways taking the victory in a
tight and chaotic sprint. Veteran fast woman Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)
returned to the podium taking second; Vera Bradley Foundation's Erica Allar
finished third in the rush for the line.
Sead Miller (Peanut Butter & co./20-12) and Melissa Sanborn filled out the
top 5 in the battle around the 5 corner figure 8 course. that was characterized
by ten preems that kept the action non stop and fast on the long wide open
straights the parcours offered.
Vera Bradley Foundation Report
Allar takes 3rd in dicey sprint finish at Clarendon Cup
Team Vera Bradley Foundation once again climbed onto the podium at the Air Force
Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup criterium today, as Erica Allar sprinted to
third place. TIBCO's Brooke Miller won the race, after clashing handlebars with
Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci) in the last 50 meters of the race, who went
down after the two collided. Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) was 2nd.
Cliff-Ryan sustained some minor road rash from the crash and no one else went
The VBF trio of Allar, Robin Farina and Carla Swart were up against full
squads from both TIBCO and Colavita-Baci, but the team raced aggressively
throughout the 50 lap/30 kilometer race. Both Farina and Swart were in every
breakaway, taking valuable cash primes throughout the race.
"If there was a TIBCO or Colavita attacking, either Robin or Carla were on
them," commented team director, Lisa Hunt.
"They even initiated attacks, to keep the pace high throughout the race, and it
allowed Erica to conserve energy if it came down to a sprint finish. The team
rode a fantastic race."
The speed of the race, combined with the hot, humid weather, caused the field
to be whittled down to a mere 25 riders halfway through the race.With five laps
to go, both Colavita and TIBCO began to set up to lead out their sprinters, and
Allar positioned herself well.
"I knew that Brooke, Laura and Theresa were the ones to watch," stated Allar,
who won this race last year. With 200 meters to go, Miller jumped, with
Cliff-Ryan coming up on her right side. The two were neck and neck with 50
meters to go and apparently, Cliff-Ryan hit a bump, which forced her to wobble
and hit Miller's handlebars. "It happened so fast, but fortunately, I was to the
left of it and I just kept sprinting," said Allar. "I couldn't quite get past
Brooke and Laura at the finish."
Tomorrow, the Air Force Cycling Classic continues with the Crystal Cup
criterium, held on a 1.3 kilometer course outside of Arlington.
The Vera Bradley Foundation was
founded in 1998 by the owners of Vera Bradley, manufacturer of stylish quilted
cotton handbags, luggage and accessories. To date, the Foundation has
contributed $10 million to breast cancer research. More information about the
Foundation is available at their website
Air Force Cycling Classic
Clarendon Cup Women's Results
1 Miller, Brooke Team BBC
2 VanGuilder, Laura
3 Allar, Erica Vera Bradley Foundation
4 Miller, Sinead Peanut Butter & CO
5 Sanborn, Melissa CyclePath Racing
6 McGuuire, Amy Wheel Works
7 Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling
8 Veronneau, Kate Kutztown Cutters
9 Farina, Robin Vera Bradley Foundation
10 Schnieder, Sam Team TIBCO
11 Silman, Erin Fruit 66
12 Rasmusson, Jennifer Team Kenda
13 Swart, Carla Vera Bradley Foundation
14 Mackie, Emma Team TIBCO
15 Costelloe, Mary Verducci Racing
16 Jenning, Leslie Unattached
17 Haskell, Devon Team TIBCO
18 Williams, Jenette Team CARD
19 Caravella, Sarah Team CARD
20 Wangsgard, Nichole Roosters p/b Edge
21 Gauthier, Shontell Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling
22 Pipes, Lenore Fruit 66
23 Dvorak, Andrea Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling
24 LaSasso, Kristen Team TIBCO
1 Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team
2 VanGuilder, Laura
3 Swart, Erica Vera Bradley Foundation
4 Rasmusson, Jennifer Team Kenda
5 McLoon, Anna Team Kenda
6 Farina, Robin Vera Bradley Foundation
7 Haskell, Devon Team TIBCO
8 Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team
9 McLoon, Anna Team Kenda
10 Swart, Erica Vera Bradley Foundation
11 LaSasso, Kristen Team TIBCO
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