Rhodes, Menzies win Joe Martin crit; Amaran, Powers take overall

Solo attacks and crashes were the story of the day at the Fayetteville Criterium, the fourth and final stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race.  In the end Alexi Rhodes (Team VBF) and Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) emerged with the stage win and Alison Powers (Team VBF) and Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) claimed the…

Vzesniauskaite Does It Again; Cantwell Makes It Two

Saturday was a day of doubles at Joe Martin Stage Race which took the riders around a 23-mile loop with over 1,500 feet of climbing per lap.  Once again, Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci) bested all in the bunch sprint to the line to make it two consecutive wins for the Lithuanian sprinter. The men’s race also…

Speed is the word for UnitedHealthcare train

The timing finally came together for the UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis train at Speedweek. After weeks of racing for the elusive win in sprints, coming close with seconds and thirds, the squad ended up with four wins at USA Crits Speedweek. Prior to their trip to the Southeast, I tried to get the secret to a…

BISSELL Announces Eight-Man Roster for Amgen Tour of California

Update:  following the announcement, Wamsley crashed on a dangerous corner at the final stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race and is out with a fractured collarbone and broken teeth. He is replaced by Cody O’Reilly on the Tour of California roster. The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team has selected an aggressive and balanced roster for…

On Tap: Joe Martin Stage Race

Next on the NRC schedule is the 33rd edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Northwest Arkansas. The four stages, featuring two road races, one individual time trial and one crit – the same as last year – make the race suited well for power sprinters that can keep their own in the time…

Abbott and Team VBF take over Women NRC lead

Her overall win at the SRAM Tour of the Gila propelled Mara Abbot (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) to the top of the NRC Individual Women Standings. Team VBF takes over the team classification. No changes on the men side, Ben Day and his Fly V Australia team still lead the standings.

Darren Lill Tames Unleashed Gila Monster

Darren Lill (Fly V Australia) and Cath Cheatley (Colavita/Baci) tamed the monster and the weather for the stage win. Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) and Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) won the overall, making it two victories for each of them. Videos, Photos.

Phinney and Evans Golden in Silver City

Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) and Taylor Phinney (Trek Livestrong) win the SRAM Tour of the Gila Silver City Criterium in bunch sprints. No changes to GC. Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) and Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) remain in the lead with one stage to go, the big one, the Gila Monster.