Search the news archive:
 
Tayler Wiles takes third place at Gila
 
By Staff
Date: 4/29/2011
Tayler Wiles takes third place at Gila
 
Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12’s Tayler Wiles takes third in stage two of the SRAM Tour of de Gila.


Tayler Wiles (Photo by Wil Mattews)

STAGE 2

Today’s 77 mile Inner Loop was the second stage of the 25th edition of the SRAM Tour of the Gila. Typically a stage that sees a break stay away, today’s stage was no different.

The group maintained intact up the 1000 foot climb to Pinos Altos and through the beautiful woods of the Gila National Forest. Down the Sapillo Descent the group was disintegrated, but reformed shortly after.

After the second sprint, Anna Barensfield (Missing Link Coaching System) attacked, followed by Heather Logan Sprenger (Colavita). The two quickly put time into the unconcerned field. When the break reached 2 minutes 30 seconds, Diadora/Pasta began to rotate at the front maintaining a safe gap for the race leader Mara Abbott.

As the gap began coming down, and the severe climbing lessened, the attacks came hard and fast from the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 team. One after another they fired attacks until finally Tayler Wiles was able to put enough time into the field that the other teams could not close it. Joining her was Kristin Lasasso,( Mapmyride). The two of them were closing the gap to the then solo Logan Sprenger.

Wiles pushed the pace, matching Lasasso’s eagerness to catch Logan Sprenger. In a nail biting final kilometers, Logan Sprenger managed to hold off the surging Wiles and Lasasso, winning the stage. Lasasso jumped hard out of the final corner, and digging deep, Wiles tried to come by her but after her work just did not quite have the pop left necessary to do so.

With the top three out of contention for the overall, the main group rolled to the line, with the top overall contenders tucked in, waiting for tomorrow’s 16.15 mile strenuous time trial. With strong winds and gusts well over 50 MPH, tomorrow’s race of truth will truly be a test of power, speed and perseverance.

Olympian Kristin Armstrong sends a big “thank you” for the notes that were sent. She reports that she is feeling a little better and returned home to Boise. She will rest up and be ready for Amgen Tour of California Women's Invitational Time Trial.

RESULTS- Stage 2-Women Pro/1/2 - Fort Bayard Inner Loop Road Race

Place, Last Name, First Name, Team Name, Residence

1. LOGAN-SPRENGE, Heather, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Georgetown Ontario–Canada
2. LASASSO Kristen, MapMyRide La, Canada, CA
3. WILES Tayler (U26) Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12, Murray UT
4. WARNER Rachel (U26), Missing Link Coaching Systems, Luray VA
5. HUGHES Clara, Pactimo Cycling Team, Glen Sutton, QC – Canada
6. DVORAK Andrea, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Crozet, VA
7. HOLCOMB, Janel, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, San Diego, CA
8. ELEONORA, Patuzz (U26), Diadora-Pasta Zara Team
9. OLIVEIRA (PARKS), Flavia, Pactimo Cycling Team, Livermore, CA
10. EVANS, Nicole. MapMyRide, Sandy, UT
11. VZESNIAUSKAITE, Modesta, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Petaluma, CA
12. RIVERA Coryn (U26), Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12, Tustin, CA
13. ABBOTT, Mara, Diadora-Pasta Zara Team
14. LABONTE, Veroniq, Team Juvederm-Specialized, Montreal, QC
15. CLARK, Kasey, (U26) MapMyRide, Louisville, CO
16. ALBRECHT, Lex (U26) Team Juvederm-Specialized, Laval QC
17. RAMSDEN, Denise (U26) Team Juvederm-Specialized, Yellowknife, NT
18. MILLER, Meredith Team TIBCO/To the Top, Ft. Collins, CO
19. SHAW, Rhae, CycleU, Seattle, WA
20. TAMAYO, Lauren Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12, Asheville, NC

Visit Results - Tour of de Gila to view the remainder of finishers.

STAGE 1

SRAM Tour of the Gila kicks off with a mountain top finish

Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 place three riders in the top-15.

The first stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila 25th edition took the 66 strong women’s Pro field out through the barren terrain of the high desert to a final mountain top finish at nearly 9,000 feet. The infamous Mogollon Climb is a ten kilometer challenge that compliments those riders who like to go uphill.

The start list has names with incredible palamares, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong and Double Bronze Olympic Medalist (in cycling) Clara Hughes. Although not a huge field, it is a field with tremendous depth, with Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12, Diadora/Pasta Zara, Colivita, Tibco to the top, Map My Ride, Pactimo, and Team Juvaderm/Specialized all bringing their “A” players to the race.

With well known climbers like Mara Abbott (Diadora/Pasta Zara Team), Catherine Cheatley (Colivita), and Kristin McGrath (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) the teams had little incentive to race hard prior to the climb. The initial hour of the race saw little action at the front. As everyone settled into the altitude, the wind and the big rolling terrain, none of the teams were eager to force the pace. After 30 miles of racing, Colivita began to put some pressure on the field by firing off attacks. Kristin Sanders finally snapped the elastic and quickly put nearly four minutes into the field.

With 20 miles to the finish, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 began their machine like rotating formation at the head of the field, shattering the group in the cross winds. The gap quickly came back to a minute, and there it stayed until the base of the climb.

After the right turn onto the 10 kilometer climb, the terrain made a natural selection and soon it was Abbott pressuring the field as she powered her way to the top. Behind her, Hughes methodically ticked away the kilometers, minimizing her time loss on Abbott and putting time into those behind her.

Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 had three riders with Alison Starnes, Kristin McGrath and Alisha Welsh in the mix. In the end though, it was Abbott taking the win, and Hughes in third at less than a minute down. Starnes finished 11th, McGrath 13th and Welsh 15th.

Further down the climb, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12’s Armstrong was literally turning herself inside out from a stomach bug that left her barely able to finish the climb. With help from her teammates, Coryn Rivera and Lauren Tamayo, Armstrong made her way to the top using everything she had to do so. Kristin's symptoms worsened has withdrawn from the race and will return home to recover.

Tomorrow’s stage is a 77 mile loop with two major climbs, the promise of a lot of wind, and a lot of tired riders. It has always presented itself as an opportunity stage, with strong power riders managing to initiate a break late in the stage.

Stay tuned to see how the five day race unfolds. With hundreds of miles and thousands of feet of climbing remaining, this is still anybody’s race.

Source: Press Release

RESULTS- Stage 1-Women Pro/1/2 - Mogollon Road Race

Place, Last Name, First Name, Team Name, Residence

1. ABBOTT, Mara, Diadora-Pasta Zara Team
2. OLIVEIRA (PARKS), Flavia, Pactimo Cycling Team, Livermore, CA
3. HUGHES, Clara, Pactimo Cycling Team, Glen Sutton QC, Canada
4. DVORAK, Andrea, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Crozet, VA
5. EVANS, Nicole, MapMyRide, Sandy, UT
6. HOLCOMB, Janel, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, San Diego, CA
7. SHAW, Rhae, CycleU, Seattle, WA
8. CHEATLEY, Catherine, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Petaluma, CA
9. DONOVAN, Kathryn, Missing Link Coaching Systems, Los Angeles, CA
10. SANDERS, Anna, TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing, Phoenix, AZ
11. STARNES, Alison, Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12, Mill Valley, CA
12. MILLER, Meredith, Team TIBCO/To the Top, Ft. Collins, CO
13. MCGRATH Kristin Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12 Durango CO
14 SELEY, Kristina, Missing Link Coaching Systems, San Luis Obispo, CA
15. WELSH, Alisha, Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12, Salt Lake, City, UT
16. CLARK, Kasey (U26), MapMyRide, Louisville, CO
17. KACHOREK, Emily, MapMyRide, Sacramento, CA
18. LOGAN-SPRENGER, Heather, Colavita/Forno d'Asolo, Georgetown, ON
19. SHEA, Marti, Destination Cycling, Marblehead, MA
20. LASASSO, Kristen, MapMyRide, Lacanada, CA

Visit Results - Tour of de Gila to view the remainder of finishers.


Celebrating our tenth year!


Copyright © 2002-2011 by Daily Peloton.
| contact us |