It seemed like deja vu for the men’s race on Saturday night at the St Francis Tulsa Tough. Once again, the skies opened up during the cat 1/2 race held just before the pro/1 men’s start at 9pm. Would it be another crashtastic criterium? thankfully no, even though the roads were still a bit wet when the men started, on time, there was none of the slip and slide.
The pace was a bit sedated in the first few laps of the 80-minute Brady Village Criterium, with everyone a bit reluctant to go full speed on wet roads but it didn’t take long before it was full gas. And the attacks flew, and flew again. Everyone wanted to be in the break which meant that no break would stick. A few riders tried time and time again, riders such as Danny Heeley (MS-Now), Quinn Keogh (Exergy) tried their luck multiple times but nothing was going anywhere. Other breaks attempts included Lawson Craddock (Trek-Livestrong), Cody Foster (FS Cycling), ELBOWZ’s Christian Helmig and Joseph Schmalz, Jason Waddell (Tulsa Tough) and Jelly Belly’s Ken Hanson and many more.
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Meanwhile, Jamis/Sutter Home was patrolling the front with defending champion Huff taking a turn when he didn’t like the combination that was trying to get away. With 14 laps to go, the field was all together and it was time to start thinking about the bunch sprint but not without a final attack from Exergy.
With six to go, Jelly Belly took over the pace setting with Hanson sitting on Sean Mazich‘s wheel. One lap later, Huff had joined at the front. But with only four riders in the race, they knew that they couldn’t control the field and were happy to let Sean Sullivan (V Australia) in the rotation, while omnium leader Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) slid in behind the Jelly Belly riders. With less than two laps to go, the biggest team in the race, Jamis/Sutter Home took over, lining up their 7 riders at the front.
Coming into the final corner, it was still Jamis/Sutter Home at the front with Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo, behind them, Hanson with Cantwell and Ben Kersten (V Australia). Cantwell and Kersten took the inside, Hanson the outside of the Borrajo brothers, the drag race was on. Hanson passed the two brothers from Argentina in the final meters to take the win. His first NRC win as Jelly Belly rider.
Cantwell remains the omnium leader with a very slim one point lead on Hanson, and 2 points on both the Borrajos. If any of the four win the final race, he wins the overall omnium. And it’s a tough one. The third and last crit, the technical Riverview Criterium, includes a short but challenging climb, known as Cry Baby Hill and right-hand hairpin curve in a residential neighborhood. Starting at 4:25pm CT, the men race for 80 minutes.
Brady Village Criterium Top 10 Results (Complete Results)
|1. Kenneth Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b KENDA) 1:19:40|
|2. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home) 1:19:40|
|3. Anibal Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home) 1:19:40|
|4. Jonny Cantwell (V Australia) 1:19:41|
|5. G Lawson Craddock (Trek-Livestrong U23 Developmen) 1:19:41|
|6. Rahsaan Bahati (SKLZ p/b Pista Palace) 1:19:41|
|7. Eric Marcotte (SKLZ p/b Pista Palace) 1:19:41|
|8. Jason Waddell (Tulsa Tough Racing) 1:19:41|
|9. Kayle Leogrande (Monster Media/SC Velo) 1:19:42|
|10. Logan Loader (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com) 1:19:42|