Rivera Easily Wins the Inaugural Sacramento Grand Prix

Posted on 16. May, 2010 by in photos, race

On a beautiful, sunny day, Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12), powered her way to an easy sprint finish in the inaugural Sacramento Grand Prix. The 1.4-mile (2.2-km) course circled the Capitol Building and duplicated portions of the Tour’s circuit.

Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) wins Sacramento Grand Prix - photo c. Veronika Lenzi

Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) wins Sacramento Grand Prix - photo c. Veronika Lenzi

Project Sport, LLC, producers of the San Francisco and San Rafael Twilight Criterium, came to the rescue when Amgen Tour of California announced that there would be no women stages in 2011. The criterium was run in conjunction with the Tour’s opening stage arrival in Sacramento.

Several teams tried to break early….Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO/To the Top), Melissa Sanborn (CyclePath Racing), Robin Farina (Team VBF) and Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci) were extremely active throughout the race. It eventually came down to the final two laps.

“Ruth (Winder) was planned to be the first one in our lead out,” stated Nicola Cranmer, Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 Managing Director. “She is really powerful and got a bit of a gap. It actually worked out fine for us. We were going to have Lauren (Tamayo) or Coryn for the win. We then have two different ways, depending on how the race played out. Coryn’s sprint right now is phenomenal. She is a really smart racer and she stayed protected during the race. She didn’t do anything unnecessary. She is very focused and she knew exactly where to take her sprint.”

Rivera stayed protected and safe throughout the race allowing the group to react to any attacks.

“There was a lot going on throughout the race,” commented race winner Rivera. “We let the first fifteen minutes just play out. When it came back to the last few laps, the team really pulled it together. I got a nice lead out in the final lap and it’s a long lap. The whole team worked really well together. I kept looking at the corner of my eye. Right when I saw someone get out of their saddle, I just went for the line.”

Second place winner Vzesniauskaite was quite aggressive and tried to break from the field a few times. With only 3 teammates to help her, her tactics were limited.

“We only had three riders today, Jessica Phillips, Rushlee Buchanan, and me. Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 had six riders,” said Vzesniauskaite. “We had a plan to have Rushlee attack and let me sprint. I was sitting in a good position. I am not really a sprinter. I was following Coryn. Team VBF started the sprint and the Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 went. Those were very strong teams.”

“Everything happened so fast. I was far back in the last corner,” added third place finisher Joelle Numainville (Webcor). “I tried to make my way up to the sprint finish. I wasn’t following anyone specific. I was just reacting to the moves of the race. It was a bit crazy, but I am happy with the race.”

Sacramento GP podium: 1st Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12), 2nd Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci), 3rd Joelle Numainville (Webcor), 4th Lauren Tamayp (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12), 5h Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) - photo c Veronika Lenzi

Sacramento GP podium: 1st Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12), 2nd Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci), 3rd Joelle Numainville (Webcor), 4th Lauren Tamayp (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12), 5h Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) - photo c Veronika Lenzi

The Sacramento GP is unique in that the race offered a higher prize package for the women. The prize list of $4,000 was for the men pro/1/2 and $6,000 for the women pro/1/2, a very welcome change.

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7 Responses to “Rivera Easily Wins the Inaugural Sacramento Grand Prix”

  1. Name

    16. May, 2010

    It’s nice to see that the women had a bigger purse than the men. So maybe now the women could return the favor and actually come race the Wilmington GP next week which has a rather large women’s purse that pays 25 deep but there are only 24 women registered. Seriously, the women’s peloton has to stop acting all victimized if they don’t show up for a cool race with a day purse.

  2. Anne Bonny

    16. May, 2010

    It’s not appropriate to give the women more prize money then the men, cause in time it will cause a backlash. Equal prize money is what some races have offered in the past, and that’s fair, but not more. Men’s racing will always be the big draw, but women should be given a fair slice of the pie, and that includes news and big media. The level of unfairness in women’s cycling today is a crime against humanity.

  3. Name

    17. May, 2010

    http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?event=2010-677

    more, way more than “25″ girls showed up.

  4. Anne Bonny

    17. May, 2010

    That’s a very robust field in quality riders too. Sometimes when it’s a NRC event like Sequoia one year where the women were NRC and the men were not, then it’s a fair argument that the women’s purse should be higher then the men, especially if the men’s field is lack luster. However NRC really doesn’t mean that much to me, it’s really the quality and depth of the field that shows up to a particular race that makes it worth their salt.

  5. Name D.Bain

    19. May, 2010

    Do I remember correctly that Rivera is 17 yrs old? If so, I think I’m right that she has to be riding with junior gearing? If she is doing this well with the disadvantage of junior gearing, then she is even more of a phenom that most people realize.

  6. M. Lawyer

    19. May, 2010

    That’s a very robust field in quality riders too. Sometimes when it’s a NRC event like Sequoia one year where the women were NRC and the men were not, then it’s a fair argument that the women’s purse should be higher then the men, especially if the men’s field is lack luster. However NRC really doesn’t mean that much to me, it’s really the quality and depth of the field that shows up to a particular race that makes it worth their salt.
    +1

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