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Monday, May 01, 2006

Athens and Roswell Race Reports

Colavita/Cooking Lights snags a pair of 2nd place finishes
by Jim Williams

The Colavita/Cooking Lights women’s cycling team took to the streets of Georgia this past weekend for 2 classic criteriums in the country. First up for the team was the Athens twilight criterium, which is one of the most exciting crits in the country. Athens is a true celebration with races starting at 3 and ending at 10:30 at night. The women started their race at 7:45 pm in front of 30,000 people lining the 1 km course. With hometown hero Tina Pic in the lineup joined by World Champion silver medalist Gina Grain riding her first race in Colavita/ Cooking Light colors.

The girls in red/white and green were the team to beat. The threat of the two fastest finishers in North America in the field on the same team made for a very aggressive race as teams knew that a group finish played into the hands of the Colavita/ Cooking Light team. From the gun attacks began and the pace was blistering from start to finish. Colavita/Cooking Lights Sue Plamer Komar, Iona Wynter Parks, Audrey Lemieux and southern regional Colavita rider Krista Park did the lion’s share of the work, chasing down all attacks in defense of their two sprinters. With two laps to go the race was set up perfectly for the Colavita/Cooking Light women when a perfectly timed attack b Jen McCrae took the field by surprise on the backstretch of the final lap. McCrae was able to get a gap and able to hold off a hard charging field led by Tina Pic all the way to the finish. Behind Tina’s second placement came Gina Grain in 5th position.

The next day the team toed the line at the Roswell Criterium. Racing as it seems to be at every venue this year was again fast and aggressive and the Colavita/Cooking Light women were always at the front. A break of five riders formed containing the big sprinters of the race with about the race ¾ completed, included in this group was Tina Pic and teams seemed content to let the sprinters battle it out. With 3 laps to go a group of 5 riders bridged up to the sprinters to make a group of 10, including Colavita/Cooking Light’s Audrey Lemieux. On the long finishing stretch all eyes were on the final corner trying to get a glimpse of the first riders as they brought the race home. Laura Yoisten came through first and that is when Tina Pic launched her sprint. She gapped the group and pounded the pedals home but tucked right behind her was Laura Van Gilder, who made a desperate attempt to come around. At the line it was Vangilder by inches, giving Colavita/Cooking lights Tina Pic another second place finish in as many days.

Meanwhile on the West Coast Brook Ourada and Dotsie Bausch start racing the tour of Gila May 2-May 8, While Sima Trapp and Sarah Tillotson return from Europe after racing 2 world cups and a tour in the Czech Republic.

1 Comments:

Anonymous George said...

Hello Sima, this is George. Fun reading your blog, it's great seeing what life is like "behind the scenes" for a pro rider. Anyway, I'd love to train with you some time if you're interested. Drop me an email at thegeorge@gmail.com.

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