Collegiate Road Titles Earned in Grand Junction

  
  


Erica Allar of Piedmont College wins the women's varsity road race
Erica Allar of Piedmont College wins the women's varsity road race (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
Grand Junction, Colo. (April 29, 2017) – The 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate & Para-Cycling Road National Championships continued on Saturday in Grand Junction with the men’s and women’s club and varsity road races.

Women

The ladies opened the day with both club and varsity teams completing three laps of the course for a total of 80 kilometers.

The varsity women’s race saw eight riders form a lead group, including Marian University riders Madison Kelly, Laurel Rathburn and Emma Swartz, Piedmont College’s Erica Allar, Lees-McRae College’s Ashlyn Woods, Colorado Mesa University’s Natalia Franco, time trial champion Janelle Cole (Brevard College) and time trial bronze medalist Mackenzie Myatt (Savannah College of Art & Design). Cole and Franco went on the attack to open up a slight advantage, but Allar reeled them back in and ultimately took the victory.

In the club women’s race, a lead group of four – Lily Williams (Northwestern University), Jessica Bobeck (University of Colorado Boulder), time trial winner Heidi Franz (Seattle University) and time trial runner-up Erica Clevenger (University of Arizona) – broke away in the field of 62 and stayed away for a sprint finish. At the line it was Clevenger taking the win ahead of Franz and Williams.

Men

 
Cyrus Pearo of the University of Colorado Denver wins the men's club road race
Cyrus Pearo of the University of Colorado Denver wins the men's club road race (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
The men’s road races encompassed four laps of the course for a total distance of 106km. In the varsity race, Robert Squire of Westminster College broke away from a lead group of six to take the title. Cormac McGeough (Fort Lewis College) and Jonah Mead-VanCort (Lindenwood University) were second and third, respectively.

The men’s club race field gobbled up a break with 2km to go and then Cyrus Pearo (University of Colorado Denver) attacked on the final climb to go solo into the finishing straight for the win. The University of Colorado Boulder took the second and third steps on the podium with Daniel Rowen and Grant Ellwood.

Competition concludes on Sunday with the criterium races. For live updates from Collegiate & Para-Cycling Nationals, follow #collnats and @USACCollegiate on Twitter. You can also see the links below for more information.
 
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