Press Release from Andy Garrison
Milwaukee, WI - July 17, 2003 – The Schroeder Iron Pro Cycling Team is only in its second year of racing, but they have already mastered the difficult criterium course at Humboldt Park. In a performance reminiscent of their effort here at last year’s International Cycling Classic, Schroeder Iron completely dominated the Saturn Humboldt Park Criterium from start to finish. On a cool night for racing, teammates Aaron Olson and Pete Knudsen attacked at the gun along with Madison's Frank Pipp (Athletes By Design). This trio powered away to lap the field after only 20 laps in this 80-lap race.
From the first attack, Schroeder Iron appeared to have a plan for this race and they executed it to perfection. Once the initial break had lapped the field, Schroeder Iron's Gordon McCauley put on the most impressive display of the evening by single-handedly controlling the remainder of the race for his teammates. McCauley, the reigning time trial champion in New Zealand, executed what was essentially a 40-mile time trial at the head of the field in addition to chasing down would-be attackers to preserve his teammates' advantage. Other teams may have expected McCauley to eventually weaken after his tremendous effort, but all were mistaken as he escorted the field to the final lap.
There was only one attack that McCauley couldn’t contain, but even there Schroeder Iron was in control. With 19 laps remaining, John Lieswyn (7Up/Maxxis) and Nieko Biskner (Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar) managed to escape the field. However, Schroeder Iron’s Jason Bausch went with them for a free ride to the finish while McCauley continued to set the pace in the field to guarantee that Lieswyn and Biskner could not gain a lap.
In the final sprint, it was Olsen edging out Knudsen for the win with Pipp taking third. Although he did not race this evening, Viktor Rapinski retained the yellow jersey of the race leader. He joined many other riders in resting before tomorrow's big American Airlines Schlitz Park Challenge which features an extra $10,000 in prize money. By jumping into the winning break today, Frank Pipp increased his advantage in the sprint points competition and retained the red jersey.
1. Aaron Olson (USA) - Schroeder Iron
2. Pete Knudsen (USA) - Schroeder Iron
3. Frank Pipp (USA) - Athletes By Design
4. Nieko Biskner (USA) - Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar
5. John Lieswyn (USA) - 7Up/Maxxis
6. Jason Bausch (USA) - Schroeder Iron
7. Harm Jansen (Holland)
8. Patrick O'Donnell (USA) - West Virginia Pro Cycling
9. Jurgen Von Loocke (Belgium) - St. Martinuss Cycling Team
10. Carlos Vargas (Colombia) - Saturn Development
The International Cycling Classic is a world-class cycling event attracting top riders from the United States and many foreign countries. The 2003 race series, running July 11-27, marks the 34th year of the event with races throughout Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The Classic, also known by the name Superweek, is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is the longest-running multi-day bicycle race in the United States. More information about the International Cycling Classic may be found at www.internationalcycling.com.