|- Report courtesy of USA Cycling.|
SEVEN SPRINGS, Penn. - Kimberly Bruckner (T-Mobile) rode to a repeat victory Wednesday at the 2003 USCF Elite Road National Champioships in Pennsylvania leading her T-Mobile team to an all-magenta podium on Wednesday, May 21st. Bruckner, 32, led the charge to victory with a blazing ride of 53.20 on the 34km course. The Boulder, CO resident utilized her efficient climbing skills throughout the hilly course to secure her third consecutive national championship jersey in the time trial event.
"My goal was to catch Tina (Mayolo-Pic). I could see the motorcycle as we were coming to the turnaround, so I had a motivator to help me keep it steady the whole time. I tried to keep a rhythmic tempo on the whole course," said Bruckner. "My goal was to win the time trial again this year so now the pressure is off- weíll see what happens tomorrow in the road race.Ē"
Riders were greeted to cool and damp conditions as temperatures just barely hung in the 50ís throughout the morning. With no measurable wind, competitors found the short and steep hills in Laurel Hill State Park manageable but challenging nonetheless.
It was a T-Mobile sweep as Dede Barry (53.45) and Amber Neben (53.54) took second and third with teammates Kristin Armstrong and Katrina Grove came in fourth and fifth respectively with 54.37 and 55.26.
Neben, who was second at last yearís championship event, summed up the strength of the teamís performance. "Iím so excited we swept, we have such a talented squad, so it feels really good to have T-Mobile in all five podium spots for a national championship."
Coach Jim Miller was also pleased with the teamís performance. "Dede did a really great job- she just flew in from Spain Tuesday morning at 3:30 a.m. and basically got right up to speed for todayís race," noted Miller. "She hasnít raced since Sea Otter, so her ride today is a testament to her training and her ability to focus."
Barry added, "I was able to get in a lot of really good riding in Spain over the last two weeks, so itís been good for me. I got back from Spain pretty late Monday night so my legs actually felt kind of full but by the last 10k I felt really good and I was enjoying the ride."
Noticeably absent from this yearís championships was the presence of the Saturn Cycling contingent who were tied up competing at the Tour de LíAude in France. Quite a few other elite women were unable to attend this year due to scheduling difficulties with this yearís race inconveniently being on a Wednesday.
Elite Womenís USCF National Road Championships
1 148217 BRUCKNER Kimberly T-Mobile 53:20.8
2 47867 BARRY Deidre T-Mobile 24.5
3 116712 NEBEN Amber T-Mobile 33.62
4 137044 ARMSTRONG Kristin T-Mobile +1:16.76
5 106785 GROVE Katrina T-Mobile +2:06.16
6 41951 MAYOLO-PIC Tina Diet Rite +2:48.56
7 66603 HOLDEN Mari T-Mobile +3:37.03
8 77841 KELLY Kori Diet Rite +4:02.30
9 177265 FLEURY Grace Genesis Scuba/FFCC +4:03.09
10 187161 OURADA Brooke Team Goldys +4:33.68
11 33201 ANDERSON Kimberly T-Mobile +4:49.57
12 154601 COWDEN Dorothy T-Mobile +5:03.08
13 90202 PETERS Stacey T-Mobile +5:09.30
14 156973 KONRAD Sarah Basis +5:09.86
15 69008 ALBERT Heather Basis +5:30.09
16 180380 MOALLI-RYTEL Pamela ESSM/GPOA Cycling +5:43.20
17 114521 MAHER Kate Basis +6:00.16
18 146585 STEVENS Jennifer Vaniqa/Red 5 Racing +6:09.83
19 112612 QUICK Rhonda Vaniqa/Red 5 Racing +6:18.76
20 56307 KOEHLER Carla Minute Maid/Dansani/ +6:46.30
21 164978 JOHNSON Kristin T-Mobile +7:26.10
22 129981 HUKEE Carla Team Zombies +7:36.44
23 165715 SHIRLEY Maggie Genesis Scuba/FFCC +7:41.65
24 146094 SKELLY-KUNSTBECK Tina LSV/Trek/VW +8:01.65
25 99908 BLICKEM Candice Genesis Scuba/FFCC +8:02.09
26 139266 KROEPSCH Lara T-Mobile +9:28.53
27 61341 SELLERS Betsy Revolution/Rock Cree +10:33.48
28 77728 O'CONNOR Brooke Colavita Bolla +10:47.42
29 13069 GEORGETTI Mary NEBC/Cycleloft +11:15.02
30 197410 MOON Miranda Team Rubicon/United +11:17.95
31 44114 DUST Debbie Jamba Juice +14:18.53
Results courtesy of Veloresults.com.