Hilton Clarke, Erica Allar win National Criterium Calendar titles

  
  


The pro men's podium in Boston
The pro men's podium in Boston
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) concluded last weekend in the heart of downtown Boston with the TD Bank Mayor's Cup with Hilton Clarke (Santa Monica, Calif./UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./RIDECLEAN/PatentIt.com) taking the overall titles.

In the men's race, Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop) won the bunch sprint to take the top of the podium in Boston.With 504 points, Keough also ended up second in the final standings behind Clark who finished fourth in Boston and ranked the highest after accumulating 665 points over the course of the season. Karl Menzies (Grand Rapids, Mich./United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team) finished second on Saturday while Shane Kline (Bally, Pa./Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop) grabbed the final step on the podium in Boston's historic City Hall Plaza. Rounding out the top five in the final NCC standings were Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) with 452 points, Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy) with 424 points, and Ken Hanson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) with 335 points.

The pro women's podium in Boston
The pro women's podium in Boston
In the NCC men's team standings, UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis secured the top spot with 1,432 points while
Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop was second with 928 and Jamis/Sutter Home was third with 709.

Erica Allar, who had already clinched the women's NCC title and ended the season with calendar with 887 points, continued to show her strength a win in Boston. The 26-year-old outsprinted second- and third-place finishers Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom). Van Gilder's third-place effort was good enough to secure her second-place overall in the NCC standings, with 703 total points. Third place in the standings went to Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC) with 299 points while Jennifer Purcell (Austin, Texas/Team TIBCO/To the Top) and Samantha Schneider (West Allis, Wis./Team TIBCO/To the Top) were fourth and fifth with 278 and 264 points.

In the women's team standings, Team TIBCO To the Top took the top spot with 1,007 points while Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies was second with 677 points and Exergy Twenty 12 was third with 572 points.

Full results for the TD Bank Mayor's Cup
               
USA Cycling NCC Standings
 
Men
1. Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) — 665
2. Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) — 504
3. Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) — 452
4. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy) — 424
5. Ken Hanson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) - 335
 
Women
1. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./RideClean-PatentIt.com) — 887
2. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom) — 703
3. Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC) — 299
4. Jennifer Purcell (Austin, Texas/Team TIBCO/To the Top) - 278
5. Samantha Schneider (West Allis, Wis./Team TIBCO/To the Top) - 264
 
Men's Team
1. UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis — 1,432
2. Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop — 928
3. Jamis/Sutter Home - 709
4. Team Exergy — 678
5. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies - 567
 
Women's Team
1. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,007
2. Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 677
3. Exergy Twenty 12 - 572
4. NOW and Novartis for MS - 521
5. Vanderkitten-Focus - 360
               
 
For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.
 
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Luke Keough stands atop the men's podium in Boston; Erica Allar won the podium's top spot in the women's race. (Photos by Peter Thomas)


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