With Colavita-Baci and TIBCO/To The Top making up a sizeable portion of the field it was no surprise when Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci) took the victory. The big squads were nearly taken however when, riding solo, Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) nearly stole the $7,500 top prize, finishing second with Jo Kiesanowski (TIBCO/To The Top) taking 3rd.
In the men’s race, Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) took home the $12,500 grand prize winning the 50-mile criterium in uptown Charlotte. Cantwell outsprinted a 22-man break group to win his second NRC event in a row. Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) was 2nd and Paddy Bevin (BISSELL) 3rd.
With a fourth-place finish in Charlotte, Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) expanded his lead in the NRC’s overall individual standings with 334 points on second-place Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare). Cantwell moved up to fourth spot. It’s still tight with upcoming Larry H Miller Tour of Utah, a 2.3 race on the calendar and the 1.2 Chris Thater Memorial.
The men’s top teams remained largely unchanged with Fly V Australia slightly increasing its slim lead over Jamis/Sutter Home and UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis.
Finishing fourth in Charlotte, Cath Cheatley held on to her comfortable individual overall NRC lead and added to her Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light team’s slight overall leading margin in the women’s team standings. Last year’s winner Alison Powers (Team VBF) sits in second spot at 217 points down. With her second-place finish at the Presbyterian Criterium, Van Gilder moved into the top five, currently holding fourth place.
TIBCO/To The Top overtook Team VBF for second place following Kiesanowski’s podium finish in Charlotte. Two races remain for the women. both criteriums, the 1.2 Chris Thater Memorial and the 1.3 US 100K Classic.
|USA Cycling NRC Top 5 standings are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Men’s Team Standings
|Women’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Team Standings
The NRC continues, for the men only, with the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah on August 17-22.