No changes to the top of the NRC standings with two one-day races on the calendar this past week, the Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless in Basking Ridge, N.J. on June 2 for the men, and for the women, the Liberty Classic on June 5 in Philadelphia, PA.
Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) remains the leader of the women’s individual standings. After placing eighth in the Liberty Classic, Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) moved up to second-place, trailing Holcomb by 124 points. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) slipped to the third spot, ahead of Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad Women) and Mara Abbott (Diadora Pasta Zara).
After claiming three of the top 10 spots at the Liberty Classic, Colavita-Forno d’Asolo added 66 points to its lead over Team TIBCO-To the Top in the women’s team standings.
The top four of the men’s standings are unchanged with Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) holding a 278-point lead over Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling). Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling) is 75 points behind Keough in third place. Mike Northey (PureBlack Racing) is in third place ahead of Jonathan Cantwell ( V Australia), who climbed from ninth place into fifth in the standings after finishing Base Camp International in fifth.
BISSELL added 10 points to its lead over Realcyclist.com atop the men’s team standings. UnitedHealthcare trails Realcyclist.com by 68 points, trimming 152 points off its deficit in just one week.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team — 950 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) — 297||2. Realcyclist.com — 801|
|3. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) — 222||3. UnitedHealthcare — 733|
|4. Michael Northey (PureBlack Racing) — 199||4. PureBlack Racing — 595|
|5. Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) — 183||5.Chipotle Development Team — 469|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 368 pts||1. Colavita-Forno d’Asolo — 1,574 pts|
|2. Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) — 265||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 915|
|3. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) — 244||3. HTC-Highroad — 441|
|4. Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad Women) — 217||4. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 332|
|5. Mara Abbott (Diadora Pasta Zara) — 201||5. Diadora Pasta Zara — 276|
The next race on USA Cycling’s NRC Calendar is the St Francis Tulsa Tough, in Tulsa, Okla., from June 10-12 which counts for men’s standings only and the Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington, Va., on June 11-12.
The Tulsa Tough organizers provided the following statement regarding the lack of NRC designation for their women’s races:
As with all promoters around the country, we face challenges finding open dates on the calendar. Multiple factors come into play, including the national racing calendar, weather, local festivals, touring calendars and the like. In previous years we have overlapped with the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia. We received feedback from many racers expressing a desire to race in Tulsa, but with sponsor commitments in Philly. For 20011, we were able to adjust our date by one week to June 10 – 12. This avoided the Philly overlap, but created an overlap with another fine race, the Air Force Classic in Virginia.
In our discussions with USA Cycling, we requested they designate both events as NRC events so riders would have an option which race to attend and still be able to gain NRC points at either one. USA Cycling made the decision to designate Saint Francis Tulsa Tough and the Air Force Classic Men’s races as NRC events, but not the women.