After five races and with five races to go, BH USA’s Devon Haskell and Team Rio Grande’s Logan Garey are leading the points omnium in the inaugural Tour of America’s Dairyland.
Both races are still tight, with Haskell leading by 2 points over Jessie MacLean and 6 points on Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway). In the men’s race, Garey took over the leaderboard after the fifth race with Frank Pipp (BISSELL) dropping down to second spot 5 points back. Winner of the first race Matthew Busche (IS Corp) is in third at 7 points from the leader.
The event started off on Thursday June 18, with the Blue Mounds Race of the Future road race, on the course proposed for the 2016 Olympics. The 22-mile loop delivers three considerable climbs totaling up to 2,200 feet per lap with an additional finishing mile stretch that averages a grade of eight percent.
In the men’s 88-mile race, Busche, who was the Best Amateur at Nature Valley Grand Prix, powered away from the break in the final miles to take the win. The Kelly Benefit Strategies duo of Cheyne Hoag and Andy Bajadali finished second and third. A tough course where only 26 riders finished out of 79 starters. In the women’s 44-mile race, Amanda Miller (Lip Smacker) took the win ahead of Haskell and Sarah Maguire (Priority Health). “It’s a great course if you like hills, and that’s kind of my thing.” said Miller in race report.
On Friday, the cyclists moved to the downtown streets of Waterloo for the Trek Waterloo Classic raced on a 1.6 mile circuit which starts off with steep climb up a narrow park drive, out of Fireman’s Park and into the city to wind past city hall and a gradual descent into the start/finish area in Fireman’s Park. Early in the pro women’s race, a break of 4 was initiated and the women worked well together slowly growing the gap to around two minutes. In the final two laps, the games started with each rider trying to escape the other but it came down to the final 200 meters where Maclean powered away for the win. Kristin Wentworth (Kenda) was second and Toni Bradshaw (Lip Smacker) finished third. After two races, Maclean and Haskell were tied for the overall lead.
The Men’s Pro Race came down to the final meters also with Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies) coming around Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1) at the last minute to take the win. Chad Hartley (GEARGRINDER) was third. Finishing fifth in the crit, Steve Tilford (Tradewinds Energy/The Trek Stores) took over the leader’s jersey.
Saturday was the Giro d’ Grafton twilight crit with six fast turns including a slight uphill coming out of turn two. The finishing stretch is long and flat leading into a great final sprint. From a starting field of 95, Hartley celebrated his 28th birthday with a trip atop the podium, edging out Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse) and Ben King (Trek-Livestrong U23). Pipp moved into the lead with his fifth-placed finish.
In the women’s 60-minute race, Cliff-Ryan took the top spot followed by Wentworth and Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1). Haskell finished fourth and kept her yellow and white cow print leader’s jersey.
The series continued on Sunday with the Maritime Bay Classic in Manitowoc raced on a traditional 4-corner flat 0.65-mile crit course. Bergman won the 90-minute men’s crit ahead of leader Pipp with Tilford taking third. It was Davina Summers who took the top spot in the women’s crit with Cliff-Ryan and Catherine Walberg (Kenda) landing spots two and three. No changes in the top of the standings before the rest day on Monday.
Tuesday brought the second road race, the Attitude Sports Road Race in Fond du Lac. The 10.3-mile loop took riders on rural roads with lots of dairy farms and rollers with the last leg of the course (Golf Course Rd) being a little easier on the legs with some flatter terrain. With the mercury tickling 100, Ryan Parnes (Webcor/Alto Velo) earned that post-race wading pool rest after taking the win in the 80-mile race ahead of James Stemper (Team GEARGRINDER) and Seth Hansley (VC LA POMME). Garey’s fourth place finish gave him the points needed to move him into the lead.
Wearing the leader’s yellow and white leader jersey Haskell took the top spot in the women’s pro 60-mile race with MacLean and Cliff-Ryan taking second and third.
The Tour of America’s Dairyland heads to Downtown Fond du Lac on Wednesday for Stage 6, the Fond du Lac Bicycling Grand Prix, before stopping in Sheboygan for a crit on Thursday and the Greenbush road race on Friday. The Tour wraps over the weekend with the Downer Classic featuring the Ben’s Ultra Prime Party on Saturday and the Carl Zach Cycling Classic in Waukesha on Friday.
Complete results here