UHC Sweep St Paul Crit

UnitedHealthcare really had a perfect race in stage 2 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The controlled the Downtown St Paul Criterium from start to finish, and topped it off by not only a win but a sweep of the podium. The earlier rain had stopped by the time the men lined up at the start…

Rainbow Shines In Wet St Paul

After a raining morning for the opening St Paul Riverfront Time Trial, the sun came out and everyone was hoping for a dry stage 2 at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. But once again mother nature decided to make hard racing even harder when a storm hit before the start of the Downtown St Paul…

UHC Go 1-2 At Nature Valley TT

The UnitedHealthcare team definitely takes well to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Last rider to start, defending champion Rory Sutherland was the fastest with a time of 13:08. His teammate Adrian Hegyvary, only the fourteenth rider to start, took second with a time of 13:13. Tom Zirbel (Jamis/Sutter Home) is third with 13:16. Stay tuned…

Armstrong Fastest At Nature Valley TT

Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) didn’t let the rain bother her as she tackled the 6-mile St Paul Riverfront timetrial on Wednesday morning. Looking over her glasses, she focused on the road ahead, on the final .7-mile kicker to the finish line and clocked the fastest time of 14:30. The current US National…

On Tap: Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Nature Valley Grand Prix starts today in Minnesota, with 6 stages in 5 days which include a mix of urban criteriums, road races with finishing circuits and a time trial. The same stages as last year. Weather has played a major role in the past for the race, including last year when stage 2, the…

Final Thoughts On Tulsa Tough

The first thing that is striking at the St Francis Tulsa Tough is the crowd. This year, the organizers altered the schedule, moving the first two women’s races to later in the day in the hope of having more people watching and it worked.  Both the Friday and Saturday evening crits are held in neighborhoods…

Focus On the Road For Anthony (part two)

In part one of our interview Jesse Anthony, of the Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth team, explained his decision to focus on the road over cross racing with a long-term goal of racing full-time in Europe. Part two discusses his increased motivation to win and how he handles the stress and fatigue of his job.

Borrajo Makes It To The Top Step In Tulsa

After a third and second place in the first two crits, there was only way  that Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) wanted to go on the final day at St Francis Tulsa Tough, up to that top step. With the top four riders, leader into the race Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia), Ken Hanson (Jelly Belly), Ale…

Hanson Nails The Sprint At Brady Village Crit

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…

Late Race Attack Nabs Brady Crit For Crowell

The second day racing at the St Francis Tulsa Tough continued where it had left off, with more attacks. After a few laps of shuffling and re-shuffling at the front for positioning, the speed started to ramp up and Now-Novartis for MS made its move sending Anne Samplonius off the front. The reaction was swift…

Staying Upright in Tulsa

Last night’s men pro/1 Blue Dome Criterium was simply a crashfest. The riders went down on the second turn on the first lap and didn’t stop until the finale. It might be easier to say who didn’t go down than who did in the 135-rider field in the first race of the St Francis Tulsa…