While the Mt Hood Cycling Classic was happening in Oregon, the Bank of America Wilmington Grand Prix was held last weekend in Delaware. On only its second year, the race was added to the NRC calendar in 2008. The course was a .9-mile rectangle in the heart of the city, 4 corner affair with slight false flats and winds, howling through the gaps in between the buildings. The pro/1 men raced for 50 miles (56 laps), and the pro/1/2 women for 30 miles (33 laps).
Along with his teammates João Correia and Steven Howard, Pensylvannia-native Scott Zwizanski (Bissell) came in motivated to do well in a race he used to do as an amateur. His attack launched the creation of the break which grew to about 15 riders after 30 minutes of racing. The break included 4 riders from Colavita/Sutter Home, two riders from Kelly Benefit/Medifast and riders from the Battley Harley Davidson, Rite Aid and Time Pro teams.
With 10 laps to go, the break was whittled to 6 riders, and the intra-break attacks started.
With less than 2 laps to go, Zwizanski gave it a go one more time, and this time, it stuck. Zwizanski soloed to victory for his first NRC win with David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) coming into second, and Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home) third.
Zwizanski is no stranger to solo wins this year, as he did the same move with 5 laps to go at the Santa Cruz Classic Criterium in April.
Earlier this season, Zwizanski described himself as hard one-day racer. “I have good endurance, I’m not much of a sprinter, I’m much more of a break away type, long hard day type of guy.”
Zwizanski is honing his form before Philly week, his personal goal for the year, especially the race in Philadelphia itself. “That race is the reason I became a bike racer you know, watching it in high school got me interested in cycling.”
With the help of her teammates Holli Steelman and Rachel Warner, JuicePlus+’s Laura McCaughey outmaneuvered Jennifer McRae (Advil-Chapstrick) and sprinter ace Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) to claim the first NRC victory for the team at the Trellist Women’s Pro/1/2 race.
Warner came immediately to the front of the field and set a high pace from the start of the race. Only two riders managed to escape, Van Gilder and McRae. As Warner was fading, Steelman helped McCaughey bridge to the duo in front, and the women were off for the rest of the race. With less than 200 meters to go, the Australian national scratch race champion McCaughey jumped and outsprinted the other women to victory, with McRae finishing in second, and Van Gilder in third.
With 9 men’s races and 11 women’s events completed, the top 5 of the NRC standings are:
Men’s Individual Standings
1. Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis) 976
2. Ted King (Bissell) 407
3. Darren Lill (BMC) 350
4. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) 338
5. Bradley White (Successfulliving.com) 321
Men’s Team Standings
1. Health Net Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis 1726
2. Bissell Pro Cycling Team 1214
3. Colavita/Sutter Home Men’s Cycling Team p/b Cooking Light 1092
4. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 992
5. Successfulliving.com p/b Parkpre 840
Women’s Individual Standings
1. Leah Goldstein (Valueact) 596
2. Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) 576
3. Mara Abbott (High Road) 550
4. Julie Beveridge (Aaron’s) 547
5. Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) 450
Women’s Team Standings
1. Cheerwine Professional Cycling Team 1751
2. Aaron’s Cycling Team 1617
3. Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team p/b Cooking Light 1204
4. Team Tibco 910
5. High Road 888