Devo Wrap: USA Cycling's Development Riders See Success Throughout Europe
While much of the cycling world's focus is pointed to the Olympic cycling events in London, the riders of the USA Cycling National Development Program have been contesting races throughout Europe with strong results.
A group of U23 riders competed in the 38th edition of the Internatie Reningelst in Belgium. Nearly 150 riders started the 171-kilometer race. In the end, Kevin Suarez (BEL) won with a time of 4:35:02.
Two of the USA Cycling riders completed the race 5:15 behind Suarez in the final results as Steve Fisher (Bellingham, Wash./Lake Washington Velo-Hagens Berman Cycling) recorded the contingent's best result, placing 36th and Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Cycling) finished 41st. Jos Chalmers (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla./ZMOTION Racing Team) placed 85th in the race, .
Also contesting the race for USA Cycling were:
Tyler Brandt (Fairfax, Calif./Team Mike's Bikes)
Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team-Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club)
Eamon Lucas (Fremont, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Tour de la Province de Namur
A group of six U23 riders contested the 65th riding of the U23 Tour de la Province de Namur, a five-stage race spanning Aug. 1-5 in Belgium. Fisher recorded three top-15 stage finishes to place fifth overall, just five seconds behind the race winner Jasper Ockeloen (NED) in the final results.
Fisher placed 11th in the first and third stages before he was 15th in the fifth and final stage of the competition.
Goodrich placed 71st while Brandt and Lucas were 86th and 99th, respectively.
Chalmers and Lipscomb also were part of USA Cycling's contingent.
Ronde van Vlaandaren
A group of juniors riders contested the Ronde van Vlaandaren for Juniors on Sunday, July 29. To spectators and participants alike, the course conjured the spirit of the spring Classics as it included many cobblestone sections and more than a few climbs and narrow roads.
In all, 192 riders started the race and a pair from the USA Cycling contingent were in the second group to finish. The top USA Cycling finishers on the day were Brendan Rhim (Norwich, Vt./Woodstock Bicycle Club-Killington Mountain School ), who finished 47th and Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./Southern California Velo-Monster Media Racing SCVELO.) in 50th. Gregory Ratzell (Blandon, Pa./Young Medalists-Team Rothrock) placed 85th. Daniel Gay (Temecula, Calif./VRC), Cameron Rex (Shawnee, Kan./Gateway Harley-Davidson) and Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./Team Swift) also started the race.
After four stages of La Route de France, Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO-To the Top) tops the general classification and Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12) is in 12th, only 1:36 behind. The nine-stage road race began Saturday and continues until Sunday, Aug. 12.
Miller has finished with the lead group in the second and third stages after placing fourth in the first-stage time trial. Miller recorded a time of 6:49.41 in the time trial before placing 25th and fifth in the second and third stages, respectively. In fact, the USA Cycling contingent occupied three of the top seven spots in the time trial. McGrath placed third, Miller was fourth and Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Exergy TWENTY12) finished seventh.
Also riding on USA Cycling's contingent are:
Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Exergy TWENTY12)
Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY12)
Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
A Women's Talent Identification camp held Aug. 1-5 in Colorado Springs, Colo., benefitted aspiring bicycle racers ages 20-32 and helped to identify riders with potential to join the elite women's peloton. The camp sought to refine the participants' bike racing and bike handling skills.
Led by a stellar staff of Renee Eastman, Ainslie MacEachran, eight-time cyclo-cross national champion Katie Compton and two-time Olympian Alison Dunlap joined for several rides.
The following riders attended the camp:
Lindsay Bayer (Reston, Va./Battley Harley-Davidson-XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b Cisco)
Kathryn Donovan (Oxnard, Calif./FCS Cycling/ FCS|ROUSE: p/b Mr. Restore)
Amber Gaffney (Claremont, Calif./Southern California Velo-Empower Coaching)
Emily Kachorek (Sacramento, Calif./Primal-MapMyRide Womens Racing)
Gracia Folkeringa (Minneapolis, Minn./Angie's Kettle Corn-Angry Catfish Bicycles)
Molly Hubbard (Seneca, S.C./Carolina Masters-PainPathways Cycling Team
Lauren Komanski (Winston Salem, N.C./Carolina Masters-PainPathways Cycling Team)
Nina Laughlin (Boone, N.C./Carolina Masters-PainPathways Cycling Team)
Abigail Mickey (Boulder, Colo./Panache Cyclewear
Caroline Moakley (Cary, N.C./SpokesWomen Syndicate Inc.)
Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College)
Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Moda-BikeMagic Racing Team)
Eastman kept a log of the day-by-day activities.
Day 1: Reconnaissance of the climb up Cheyenne Canon where the next day the girls were to do a time trial. We also headed over to the Garden of the Gods to do some cornering practice. In the afternoon, we went to Memorial Park and worked on bike skills including bumping drills, wheel rubbing, tumbling (to learn how to fall), feed zone training, and emergency braking. In the evening, there was a lecture on nutrition and hydration followed by a question and answer session with Dunlap and Compton.
Day 2: Morning was a short and long time trial up Cheyenne Canon. The short test spanned four to five minutes in length on the bottom section and the long time trial was from the bottom to the top of the climb. In the afternoon, we went east for approximately a 50-mile ride and practiced pacelines and echelons. The ride concluded with a 12-mile Australian pursuit with the girls split into four-rider teams. In the evening, the topic of discussion was race tactics.
Day 3: We did an 80-mile ride to practice, among other skills, getting “sticky bottles” from the car. That’s a valuable thing to practice for new riders who’ve never done a race with a caravan before.
Brendan Rhim navigates a turn during the Ronde van Vlaandaren. (Photo by Els Deneir)
Amanda Miller sporting her yellow jersey after the third stage of La Route de France. (Photo by Jackson Stewart)
The women at the camp prepare for one of their rides during the Women's Talent ID Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Photo by Erica Zaveta)
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