Holcomb Back In The Lead In 1-2 Punch At Joe Martin

The Colavita/Forno d’Asolo re-took the lead of the Joe Martin Stage Race from TIBCO/To The Top with a 1-2 punch finish with Janel Holcomb taking the win, crossing the line just before her teammate Modesta Vzesniauskaite in a bunch sprint. TIBCO’s Jo Kienasowski took third. The win and its associated 10-second time bonus puts Holcomb…

Borrajo Wins Close Sprint At Joe Martin

Sprinter Anibal Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) waited in the field, quietly resting as much as possible, while the field reeled in the break with 2 km to go. And then he hit the gas to overtake Roman Van Uden (Pure Black Racing) and Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) at the line to win stage 2 of the Joe…

Guarnier Sprints Into The Lead At Joe Martin

Megan Guarnier (TIBCO/To The Top) kicked in her big engine up  the finishing uphill to take the bunch sprint victory at stage 2 of the Joe Martin Stage Race – her first NRC win. With the ten seconds of time bonus, she takes over the GC lead, tied on time with Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo)…

Jacques-Maynes Going For The Win At Joe Martin

The duel is on once again at the Joe Martin Stage Race between RealCyclist.com and the BISSELL Pro Cycling team. After the opening time trial, RealCyclist’s Francisco Mancebo is in the lead with BISSELL’s Ben Jacques-Maynes at three seconds down. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? It’s happened before this year. At the NRC opener, the Redlands…

Mancebo Wins Joe Martin TT

Once again, Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) clocked the fastest time at a time trial, this time it was the opening stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race. His time was 8 minute flat on the 2.5-mile (4 km) uphill course in Devil’s Den State Park, in Northwest Arkansas. A beautiful lush park with an undulating course…

Holcomb Fastest At Joe Martin TT

After a third-place finish at the SRAM Tour of the Gila TT. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) was the fastest at the opener of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Northwest Arkansas. Gunning for the riders in front of her, she clocked 9:41.77 and held an average speed of 15.49 mph (24.93 km/h) on the 2.5-mile…

On Tap: Joe Martin Stage Race

Next on the NRC schedule is the 34th edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley, around Fayetteville in Northwest Arkansas where lush green rolling terrain is in store. The four stages, almost the same as last year, make the race suited well for power sprinters that can keep their own in…

Final Thoughts On The Tour Of The Gila

The 5-day of hard, tough racing at the SRAM Tour of the Gila is over and before we turn our attention to the next NRC stage race, a few thoughts and opinions on what we happened at Gila. Can Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) be beaten? Along with stage wins, he took the overall in the first…

Two Nature Valley Pro Ride Races This Weekend

A big weekend lies ahead for the Nature Valley Pro Ride, cycling’s version of “American Idol.” The Sterling Road Race in Boston on Saturday and Sunday’s Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va., present the opportunity for four riders to gain roster spots on special men’s and women’s teams for the Nature Valley Grand Prix. A staple…

Registration Opened for Inaugural Tour of Galena

Registration has opened for the Tour of Galena, a three-stage omnium stage race to be held in the beautiful but challenging terrain of Galena, Ill., over the weekend of June 11-12. The inaugural event will include a time trial and road race on Saturday and a downtown criterium on Sunday. The time trial and road…

Mancebo, Hughes top NRC standings

Two NRC events were completed last week, the SRAM Tour of the Gila for men and women and The Dana Point Grand Prix for men only. Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) and Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling) won the overall at the SRAM Tour of the Gila. Read all about it here. Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)…

Mancebo Claims Gila

Francisco Mancebo (RealCyclist.com) notched another NRC stage race with the overall at the SRAM Tour of the Gila.  After bridging up to the break, Mancebo upped the pace  to drop his breakmate on the second to last climb and soloed to victory. The pace was so high in today’s Queen Stage, that he crossed the…

Donovan Wins Stage; Hughes Takes Overall At Gila

Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link) attacked her breakmates at bottom of the final climb and not only soloed her way to the stage victory but climbed up to third on GC. Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized) tried to get across but never closed the gap and crossed the line over two minutes later to take second.  Heather Logan-Sprenger…