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Air Force Cycling Classic - Clarendon Cup Women
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Date: 6/13/2010
Air Force Cycling Classic - Clarendon Cup Women

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 and Virginia.

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 down.

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.

Erica Allar...
"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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