NRC & NCC competitors dash through Winston-Salem
Both the 2014 National Racing Calendar (NRC) and the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) went through North Carolina last week for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Travis McCabe’s (Tuscon, Ariz./Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis) win in the NRC event and subsequent climb to the top spot of the men’s standings highlighted the two days of competition.
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic (NRC)
Racing kicked off on Friday, April 19, with the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic road race, a UCI 1.2 classified event. McCabe’s victory ahead of Joe Lewis (Greenville, S.C./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) and teammate Zachary Bell (Canada/Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis) propelled him to first in the men’s NRC standings. He is now 124 points ahead of Redlands Classic overall winner Joseph Rosskopf (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team). Lewis, currently ranked fifth at 184 points behind McCabe, is a new addition to the NRC men’s top five.
The women’s race was won by 2012 Olympian Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Ale Cipollini), who outsprinted Joelle Numainville (Canada/Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Eugenia Bujak (Poland/BTC City Ljubljana) to the line. With the victory, Olds vaulted to fourth in the women’s NRC standings, just 40 points behind current leader Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Specialized-lululemon). Numainville sits in sixth, just four points behind fifth-ranked Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas/Team Tibco/To the Top).
The team standings saw a bit of a shake-up as well. Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis moved into second on the men’s side, 194 points behind Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. In the women’s rankings, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies now holds the top spot by just six points ahead of UnitedHealthcare.
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Criterium (NCC)
On Saturday, riders took to the streets of downtown Winston-Salem for the criterium. Elena Cecchini (Italy/Estado de Mexico Faren) shocked the field by taking the win. Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand/ Team Tibco/To the Top) was the runner-up and reigning pro criterium national champion Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./UnitedHealthCare) finished third. Powers is now tied for second at 195 points in the women’s NCC standings with Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking), who finished fifth in Winston-Salem. The two are only 10 points behind standings leader Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare).
Belgian Brecht Dhaene (Astellas Cycling Team) rode to victory in the men’s race ahead of Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) and Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Athlete Octane Cycling). Dhaene’s rise to fifth in the men’s NCC standings is the only change to the top five, which is still led by Carlos Alzate (Colombia/UnitedHealthcare).
Dhaene’s Astellas Cycling Team also makes its debut in the NCC men’s team standings at fourth. UnitedHealthcare continues to hold the top spot in both the men’s and women’s rankings.
USA Cycling NRC Standings
Men's Individual Standings
1. Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz./Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis) – 354 points
2. Joseph Rosskopf (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development) – 230
3. James Oram (Santa Rosa, Calif./Bissell Development Team) – 190
4. Tyler Magner (Griffin, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) – 180
5. Joseph Lewis (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) – 170
Women's Individual Standings
1. Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) – 240 points
2. Leah Kirchmann (CAN/Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) – 234
3. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) – 214
4. Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Ale Cipollini) – 200
5. Lauren Stephens (Dallas, Texas/Team Tibco/To the Top) – 154
Men's Team Standings
1. Hincapie Sportswear Development Team – 730 points
2. Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis – 536
3. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies – 442
4. Bissell Development Team – 248
5. 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda – 230
Women's Team Standings
1. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies – 508 points
2. UnitedHealthcare – 502
3. Specialized-lululemon – 382
4. Team TIBCO/To the Top – 278
5. FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore – 192
USA Cycling NCC Standings
Men’s Individual Standings
1. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) – 280 points
2. Isaac Howe (Winooski, Vt./Champion System-Stans No Tubes) – 150
3. Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) – 112
4. Alder Martz (Greenville, S.C./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) – 106
5. Brecht Dhaene (Belgium/Astellas Cycling Team) – 100
Women’s Individual Standings
1. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) – 205 points
2. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita Racing, Inc.) – 195
2. Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) – 195
4. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) – 162
5. Hannah Barnes (Great Britain/UnitedHealthcare) – 108
Men's Team Standings
1. UnitedHealthcare – 508 points
2. SmartStop Pro Cycling – 222
3. Hincapie Sportswear Development – 182
4. Astellas Cycling Team – 171
5. Champion System – Stan’s NoTubes – 150
Women's Team Standings
1. UnitedHealthcare – 515 points
2. Colavita-Fine Cooking – 334
3. TIBCO/To the Top – 291
4. Garneau Factory Team – 84
5. Pepper Palace Pro Cycling – 81
The NRC continues Thursday with the four-day Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley in Fayetteville, Arkansas. NCC racing returns next month in California at the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling on May 4.
Photo courtesy of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.
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