The next race on the NRC schedule is the 1.2-rated CSC Invitational in Arlington Virginia on Sunday June 1.
On its eleventh year, the riders will line-up to race the always fast 1 kilometer course that starts up with a tough uphill drag to the top of Wilson followed by sharp left and after fast turns on the back side, the riders round the last turn for a short rise back to the start/finish line. And repeat for 100 laps.
For the pro men’s race, 18 teams will line-up, including two Pro Tour teams, CSC and High Road and one area amateur team, Battley Harley Davidson.
Strong teams are present, hoping to get this prestigious win on their palmares. Rock Racing led by last year’s winner Rahsaan Bahati and Fast Freddie Rodriguez. CSC with Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Greg Henderson and Roger Hammond. Colavita/Sutter Home’s sprinter Seba Haedo with his very successful leadout train, Successful Living duo of Charles Dionne and Alessandro Bazzana, Kelly Benefit/Medifast with Kelly Cup winner David Veilleux and Keven Lacombe, Health Net-Maxxis with Kirk O’Bee and Rory Sutherland and Slipstream’s Tyler Farrar.
Other riders to watch include Scott Zwizanski (Bissell), Jon Cantwell (Jittery Joe’s), Bobby Lea (Rite Aid), Nick Sanderson (Jelly Belly), Team Type 1’s Emile Abraham and Shawn Milne, Maxime Vives (Calyon) and Jon Hamblen (Time). The always dangerous Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United) will be riding solo as his team sent the other big hitters to the Tulsa Tough series.
The start list for the women’s race is not published yet (unfortunate but typical). The teams present include Aaron’s, Cheerwine, Colavita Sutter/Home, Tibco, ValueAct, Advil-Chapstick, Van Deissel, PCIM, Kenda and High Road.
Three of the top women racing have an impressive combined resume: six wins and 13 podiums; 6 USPRO Criterium Championships; multiple Olympic appearances; and well over a hundred victories around the world. This is the first time in the event’s 11 year history that all three will compete in the same field.
Defending champion Laura Van Guilder (Cheerwine) has participated in all but two of the races held in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys the technicality of the course. “Experience at this race will make a difference. You need to be able to read the field to know when you can go with a break, or sit in a wait for the bunch sprint,” says Van Gilder, who has won this race three times.
USA National Criterium Champion Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home) won the CSC Invitational in 2006, just ahead of Van Guilder. “I always feel that I can step up my game in Arlington,” Pic says. “The Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light Team has been working together extremely well this year. We are psyched to do the race and have a lot of cards to play.”
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) has won twice at the CSC Invitational, both as solo breakaways. In 2001 she demonstrated her renowned strength by lapping the field twice. She just put in a very strong performance in Montreal helping her teammate Judith Arndt win her second World Cup.
The amateur races start at 8:15am, the women’s pro/1/2 race at 10:15, kid’s races at 11:45am and finally the men’s pro race starts a 12:15pm.