Cliff-Ryan Sprints To Another USA CRITS Win

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by in race, releases

After 40 laps of racing at the 28th Annual Chris Thater Memorial, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) slated another USA CRITS event victory, winning three of the five races held thus far in the Series. Erica Allar (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com) was able to finish on the podium for the fourth time (out of five tries) this year and remains in the orange USA CRITS Leader’s Jersey. Unfortunately, the men’s race was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

The women’s race was largely controlled from the very beginning by Team TIBCO/To The Top and Colavita/Forno d’Asolo, with both teams marking each other. An early solo break by Rachel Warner (MissingLinkCoachingSys) gained 15 seconds on the field, the most gained by any break on the day. Team TIBCO’s Sam Schneider, winner of the 2010 Chris Thater Memorial, and Colavita/Forno d’Asolo’s Rushlee Buchanan took to the chase and brought Warner back just a few laps later.

A mulititude of primes throughout the race kept the pace high, with Team TIBCO gobbling up most of the cash. At the mid-point, the prime bell was rung yet again for the USA CRITS mid-race points prime. A sneaky attack by Kathleen Billington (Danbury Audi) ensured her the maximum amount of points available, followed by 2nd place in the USA CRITS Overall Kacey Manderfield (PureEnergy), USA CRITS Leader Allar, Jen Purcell (Danbury Audi), and Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo).

A small group of three at 14 laps to go that included Kristen Lassasso (Mellow Mushroom), a Colavita rider, and a TIBCO rider attempted to get away but were quickly brought back together in the next lap. A late crash with seven laps to go took out Schneider, who had unfortunately just missed the free lap cut off. For the first time in several years, the Chris Thater Memorial would be decided in a bunch sprint. With one lap to go, the Colavita/Forno d’Asolo train was lined up at the front and was able to deliver Cliff-Ryan to the line for the win. This is Cliff-Ryan’s second time winning the race, placing on the top spot in 2007. Second place was picked up by Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO/To the Top), while Allar finished third.

Chris Thater Memorial Crit podium: 1st Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo), 2nd Jo Kienasowski (TIBCO/To The Top), 3rd Erica Allar (RideClear p/b Patentit) - photo c Barry Koblenz/www.basetwelvephoto.com

Chris Thater Memorial Crit podium: 1st Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo), 2nd Jo Kienasowski (TIBCO/To The Top), 3rd Erica Allar (RideClear p/b Patentit) - photo c Barry Koblenz/www.basetwelvephoto.com

Allar is leading the Series by 90 points ahead of Manderfield, with Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) roudning out the top three.

The men’s race scheduled to be held the Sunday afternoon had to be cancelled due to Tropical Storm Irene, therefore, the men’s overall remains unchanged.  Luke Keough (Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) is still on top of the standings, leading  Clayton Barrows (Stan’s NoTubes/AXA Equitable) by 122 points with Christian Helmig (ELBOWZ Racing) in third.

Women – Top 3 USA CRITS Overall presented by Champion System
1. Erica Allar (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com), 1352 points
2. Kacey Manderfield (PureEnergy/ProAirHFA),1262 points
3. Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), 1178 points

Men – Top 3 USA CRITS Overall presented by Champion System
1. Luke Keough (Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop), 1350 points
2. Clayton Barrows (Stan’ NoTubes/AXA Equitable), 1228 points
3. Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing), 1216 points

Women – Top 3 Maxxis Best Young Rider
1. Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO/To the Top), 727 points
2. Colleen Hayduk (PureEnergy/ProAirHFA), 664 points
3. Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO/To the Top), 473 points

Men – Top 3 Maxxis Best Young Rider
1. Luke Keough (Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop), 1350 points
2. Clay Murfet (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com), 1030 points
3. Euris Vidal (CRCA/Foundation), 981 points.

Women – Sportsbase Online Lap Leader presented by VeloNews
1. Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo), 17 laps
2. Kacey Manderfield (PureEnergy/ProAirHFA), 15 laps
3. Erica Allar (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com), 9 laps

Men – Sportsbase Online Lap Leader presented by VeloNews
1. Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing), 39 laps
2. Clayton Barrows (Stan’ NoTubes/AXA Equitable), 36 laps
3. Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy), 23 laps

Team Leaders
Women – Colavita/Forno d’Asolo
Men – Mountain Khakis p/b Smart Stop

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