DEVO WRAP: Womens road racing and MTB camp take center stage


(March 17, 2014) – The USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) featured women's road racing and a women's mountain bike camp last week. The ladies in USA Cycling's road program contested a trio of races in the Netherlands while some of the nation's top female mountain bikers attended a skills camp in California.
Drentse 8
The first race that USA Cycling's ladies contested in the Netherlands was Molecaten Drentse 8 on Thursday, March 13. USA Cycling's squad for the 136.7-kilometer affair consisted of Maura Kinsella (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./UnitedHealthcare), Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Vanderkitten), and Lauren Komanski (Winston-Salem, N.C./Twenty16 Pro Cycling). The foursome lined up with 130 more of the world's best female cycling talent.
The race was determined by two cobbled sectors at 57 and 64 kilometers where Kinsella, Komanski, and Ryan made the split. Ryan was eventually dropped in the second sector which left Kinsella and Komanski in the main bunch. Kinsella attacked but her effort was countered by the winning move of Chantal Blaak (NED/Specialized-Lululemon) who sprinted ahead of the group to take the win by eight seconds. 
Komanski and Kinsella finished in the bunch sprint in 26th and 32nd places respectively.
See full results from Molecaten Drentse 8 here.
Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
Top female cyclists remained in the Netherlands for Ronde van Drenthe, the first women's road world cup of the season, which took place on Saturday, March 15. The same Team USA foursome lined up alongside 124 other women for the 146.6-kilometer jaunt. 
Strong crosswinds caused the front of the race to become relatively spread out. Groups formed after the second cobble sector, re-formed, and then split up again after the fourth cobbled section. Kinsella was the top rider for Team USA in 40th place, finishing with a group about 5:50 off the pace of winner Lizzie Armistead (GBR/Boels Dolmans Cycling Team). Next up for the USA Cycling women were Ryan in 63rd and Komanski in 66th. Huizar did not finish the contest.
USA Cycling National Development Program alum Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif.) made it onto the world cup podium in third place riding for her Ale Cipollini Team.
See full results from the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup here.
Novilon Euro Cup
The week's final race in the Netherlands was the Novilon Eurocup for which USA Cycling's Kinsella, Ryan, Komanski, and Huizar lined up with 154 others for 139.5 kilometers. Team USA's ladies found themselves in groups that split up on the third cobbled section. The majority of the field was pulled before the finish, including the American foursome, with only 40 of the original starters allowed to finish the day. The race was won by Kirsten Wild (NED/Team Giant-Shimano). Olds again found herself on the podium, this time in second place.
See full results from the Novilon Eurocup here.
Noticeably absent from the Team USA roster for the trio of races in the Netherlands were  Brianna Walle (Portland, Ore./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) who sat out to continue recovering from injuries.  
Women's Mountain Bike Skills Camp
USA Cycling held a women's mountain bike skills camp, March 11-13 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The camp was attended by the following participants:
Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt.)
Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team)
Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz)
Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif.)
Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Team Specialized Racing)
Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.)
Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team)
Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Bear Development Team)
U23 men in the USA Cycling National Development Program are scheduled to race the Tour of Normandie in France, March 24-30, and the Volta ao Alentejo Credito Agricole Costa Azul in Portugal, March 26-30.
These sixteen riders will represent the United States at the Pan American Mountain Bike Continental Championships in Londrina, BRA, March 27-30.
Juniors riders in the USA Cycling National Development Program will compete in Ster Van Zuid Limburg in Belgium, March 28-31.
The next race on the Development Program agenda for women's road is Gent-Wevelgem on March 30.

The next development activity in USA Cycling's BMX program is a Junior Development Camp, March 30 - April 6.


Top: L-R: Korina Huizar, Lauren Komanski, Alexis Ryan, Maura Kinsella and Jade Wilcoxson before the Omloop Het Kieuwsblad a couple of weeks ago. Photo by Jack Seehafer

Bottom: Participants prepare for a ride at USA Cycling's Women's Mountain Bike Skills Camp last week. Photo by Marc Gullickson


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