On tap this weekend are two NRC crits, for the men: on Saturday, the Wilmington Grand Prix in Delaware and on Sunday, the KELLY Cup, part of BikeJam, Baltimore’s premier cycling event. Only the Wilmington race is a stop for the women’s NRC calendar.
In both races last year the winner emerged from the break to claim victory. Scott Zwizanski, then racing for the BISSELL team, initiated the first attack early to launch a 15-rider break which dwindled down to 6 men with 10 laps to go. With less than 2 laps to go, Zwizanski made his move and soloed to his first NRC win with David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) taking second, and Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home) third.
Charging away from a 4-man break in the KELLY Cup, Veilleux outsprinted Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Dominique Rollin then riding for Toyota-United to take his first NRC victory.
Zwizanski switched to the Kelly Benefit Strategies team and the squad is returning to defend in both races, especially as the KELLY Cup is also sponsored by the same sponsor as the team’s title sponsor – the pressure is on. Riders and teams to watch include USA Crits Speed Week winners Team Mountain Khakis with Mark Hekman and Tom Soladay, winner of two stages at Joe Martin Stage Race Sebastian Haedo and Wamsley, both from Colavita/Sutter Home, BISSELL’s Kirk O’Bee and Cody O’Reilly and Team Type 1′s Shawn Milne and Ken Hanson.
In last year’s women‘s Wilmington GP race, Laura McCaughey, then riding for Juice+, outmaneuvered her beakmates Jen McRae and sprinter ace Laura Van Gilder for the win. Australian national track champion McCaughey is returning with her new squad Van Dessel to defend her title. She will have her work cut out for her with Team Type 1′s Alison Powers, winner of the Joe Martin Stage Race and her teammate Kori Seehafer, Cath Cheatley (Colavita/Sutter Home), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway) and 3-time KELLY Cup winner Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay) in the house. Other teams to watch include HUB Racing NEBC, the Australian National Team and Team Kenda.
The Wilmington Grand Prix is raced on .8-mile rectangle in the heart of the city which last year brought winds howling through the gaps between the buildings. Starting at 2pm EDT, the Women’s Pro, I & II p/b Delaware Economic Development race 20 miles for a $7,500 purse, and the 35-mile Men’s Pro/I race starts 3:30pm at for a $15,000 purse. List of confirmed riders here
The KELLY Cup is raced on a flat 1.0-mile course in the lower level of Patterson Park in Baltimore.
The 20-mile Women’s Pro/1/2/3 race starts at 12:30pm EDT for a purse of $1,200, and the Men’s Pro/1 race 40 miles starting at 2:30 pm EDT for a $15,000 purse.
List of confirmed riders here