The sprinters came out and played at Mt Hood Stage 1

On an absolutely beautiful course in downtown Portland, the sprinters came out and had fun in the Mt Tabor Criterium, stage 1 in the Mt Hood Cycling Classic. The riders went around an extinct volcano surrounded by lush foliage on a 1.3 mile course with 135 feet of elevation. The riders hit the climb immediately…

Value Act – ready for the Mt Hood Challenge

The ValueAct Capital Professional Women’s Cycling Team came to Mt Hood Cycling Classic with the aim of getting rider Leah Goldstein on the top step of the podium for the fourth-time. In a row. Last year, while riding for the Symmetrics team, Goldstein along with one and only one teammate Marni Hambleton, took the yellow…

Mt Hood Cycling Classic Preview

The scenic 6th annual Mt Hood Cycling Classic returns bigger than ever as one of only three UCI women’s point races in the United States making it a very important stopping point for the women hoping to earn a selection for the Olympics. On the men’s side, the race also earned the highest ranking, a…

Sutherland and Woodring win Joe Martin prologue

No major surprises after the Joe Martin prologue – a short, uphill time trial. Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis) continued showing his great form, winning another time trial, similar to the Redlands TT. He raced through the 2.5-mile course in 8:14, climber Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) was 10 seconds slower, and Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly)…

Donation Fund for Fausto Munoz Esparza

The Tour of the Gila has set up a Donation Fund for Fausto Munoz Esparza who was seriously injured on the last stage of the 2008 race. Esparza 33, a former Mexican Nation Champion and father of three children, is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit of El Paso’s Thomason Hospital…

Joe Martin Stage Race

Next on the NRC schedule is the Joe Martin Stage Race in Northwest Arkansas. In previous years, Joe Martin was followed by the Tri-Peaks Challenge to provide two NRC stage races in two weeks of racing in Arkansas, but this year Tri-Peaks was replaced by a new race, the Tour of Arkansas, a non-NRC event.…

Kickass

Number of criteriums: 8Number of crits held on the same day: 2Number of days: 9Number of cities: 8 cities in 3 StatesTime spent racing: 429 minutes Distance spent racing: 192 miles (estimated)Distance driven race to race: 888 miles Who: the women professional cyclists who raced in the USA Crits Speed Week series, and two 2…

Weekend Recap and NRC standings

It was quite the busy weekend in the professional domestic cycling world this past weekend, as the Tour of Gila concluded on Sunday in New Mexico, and the USA Crits Speed Week finished in the Southeast. To top it off, two NRC races, the Sunny King Criterium and the Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium, and the…

Gila – Goldstein and Ladino prevail

The Tour of the Gila concluded this weekend with its two final stages, the crit on Saturday and the monster, well, Gila Monster stage on Sunday. As expected, the crit didn’t bring any changes to the overall classification. ValueAct’s Leah Goldstein defended her pink leader’s jersey which she grabbed after the first stage. On the…

Leah Goldstein – one tough broad

Leah Goldstein in Redlands ValueAct‘s Leah Goldstein is no stranger to the art of defending the leader’s jersey. After grabbing the leader’s jersey in the TT, stage 4 in last year’s Mt Hood Cycling Classic, she almost singlehandedly – with only one teammate – survived the onslaught thrown at her from the Aaron’s team to…