Two events, only for the men, on the NRC last weekend, two crits on each side of the country, the Glencoe Grand Prix and the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.
More than midway through 28-event calendar, no changes to the top of the NRC Standings. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) has been on top the men’s individual standings since winning the first race, the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad) took over the lead after winning Nature Valley Grand Prix two weeks ago.
After taking up the sport only three years ago as a collegiate racer, Eric Young (BISSELL Pro Cycling) recorded his first NRC victory on Saturday in the Glencoe Grand Prix presented by AT&T, in Illinois. As part of a large break, Young lapped the field in the 85-kilometer criterium and then outpsrinted Anibal Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home) and Ken Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) for the win.
Sunday’s Manhattan Beach Grand Prix also brought a first NRC victory, a first for Carlos Alzate and a first for his squad, Team Exergy. Alzate won the bunch sprint ahead of Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) and Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) on the technical, paper clip-like course in front of nearly 8,000 fans in Manhattan Beach, California.
With another podium, Keough narrowed Mancebo’s lead in the men’s NRC standings while Cantwell used his second-place finish to move into third place in the NRC men’s individual standings.
UnitedHealthcare and BISSELL Pro Cycling still have a strong hold on the top of the men’s NRC team standings.
No NRC events were held for the women with the USA Cycling Elite, U23 and Junior Road National Championships being held in Augusta. The women’s NRC standings therefore remain unchanged after the Nature Valley Grand Prix putting Neben on top with slim lead on Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo).
In the women’s NRC team standings, Colavita-Forno d’Asolo continues to hold a 700+-point lead over second-place Team TIBCO-To the Top.
The next big race that could shuffle the men’s standings is the 2.2 Cascade Cycling Classic at the end of July. A race that UnitedHealthcare, as a Pro Continental team, can not participate in, well unless USA Cycling decides to intervene once again. UnitedHealthcare was granted an exception to the UCI rule restricting their presence at NRC events by USA Cycling.
|Top 5 Men’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Men’s Team Standings|
|1. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist.com) — 575 pts||1. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling — 1,715 pts|
|2. Jacobe Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team p/b Maxxis) — 523||2. BISSELL Pro Cycling Team — 1,532|
|3. Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) – 360||3. Jamis/Sutter Home —1,189|
|4. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home) – 354||4. Team Exergy — 1,018|
|5. Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategeis-Optum Health) – 344||5. Realcyclist.com — 801|
|Top 5 Women’s Individual Standings||Top 5 Women’s Team Standings|
|1. Amber Neben (HTC – Highroad Women) — 536||1. Colavita-Forno d’Asolo — 2,251 pts|
|2. Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno d’Asolo) — 374||2. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,521|
|3. Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 355||3. HTC – Highroad Women — 1,260|
|4. Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) — 315||4. Diadora Pasta Zara — 462|
|5. Evelyn Stevens (HTC – Highroad Women) —306||5. Primal/MapMyRider Women’s Racing — 332|
The long-running Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic, scheduled for July 3, has been cancelled due to a devastating fire along key portions of the criterium course.
Therefore the next race on USA Cycling’s NRC Calendar is the Tour de Toona stage race in Altoona, Pa – four-stage event with a time trial on July 6, road races on the 7th and 9th and a criterium on the 10th. Toona will serve as an NRC event for both men and women, offering a total prize purse of $110,000 split equally.