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Saturday, June 03, 2006

CSC Invitational Race Report

Colavita/Cooking Light Does it again

By Jim Williams

The Colavita/Cooking Light cycling team raced a near flawless race to win the CSC invitational today in downtown Arlington, VA. Tina Pic sprinted for the line after her teammates controlled a very aggressive race that was animated by Cheerwine, Lipton and Victory Brewing.

In what has become a pattern this year, teams started attacking from the gun and putting the pressure on the Colavita/Cooking Light team to keep the race together. The team changed its tactics today and after the first initial attacks countered with attacks of their own to put the other teams on the defensive. Iona Wynter-Parks escaped and forced Lipton and Cheerwine to chase for over 6 laps. When she was finally brought back her Colavita/Cooking Light

Teammates, Meshy Holt, Sarah Tillotson, Gina Grain took turns countering, left in reserve where Sima Trapp and Sue Palmer-Komar to protect Pic in the field. As the laps ticked by Colavita/Cooking Light shifted their focus to setting up their ace sprinter Tina Pic. Sue Palmer drove the pace for 2 laps and handed her duties off to Meshy Holt who kept the pace high and the field strung out, tucked behind was Pic with Gina Grain sweeping her wheel of her competitors. The lead car came around the final corner and reviled a sprint already in full flight. Pic fought Laura Van Gilder for the win and Gina Grain was able to make it 1st and 3rd for Colavita/Cooking Light on the day.


CSC Invitational

1) Tina Pick Colavita/Cooking Light
2) Laura VanGilder (Team Lipton)
3) Gina Grain Colavita/Cooking Light
4) Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine)
5) Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci)Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing

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