The overall winner of the USA Crits Series was still up in the air with only 64 points separating leader Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) from Vanderkitten’s Jennifer Wilson. And to add to the pressure, a lot of cyclists are still looking for a contract for the 2009 season.
In the final 4 laps of the 40 lap women’s crit, Jen McRae (Advil/Chapstick) attacked with only one other rider who couldn’t keep up the high pace and with 2 laps to go McRae launched to a solo victory. Tina Pic won the field sprint for second place over Laura Van Gilder.
“This is such an awesome way to end the season. I have been consistently finishing in third all season long. I have been quietly wanting to improve on that….to do it here in Las Vegas is totally awesome. I am pumped.”
The victory was welcomed as McRae is looking for a contract for the 2009 season as her team is folding. “It is not my last year of racing. I am not really sure what is next. Advil is not sticking with it. This is another reason to come to Vegas….to talk to some sponsors for the following year.” said McRae.
For McRae, the course was quite similar to her Thursday night crit in her hometown of Austin, Texas. “Today felt like routine, like it was Thursday night. I was just out there doing my thing. Colavita had a counter and then Cheerwine, and then I countered that. It was really good timing and good luck. I was actually so motivated because I’ve been third season long. This is the spectacle here….being in Las Vegas. I couldn’t be happier. Las Vegas rocks. It’s like what you hear that everyone is here to have a good time. When we rolled out today I thought I am so grateful doing what I do.”