Evan Huffman (CalGiant) finished 20th at the 2011 SRAM Tour of the Gila TT

Meet Evan Huffman

Yesterday at the Merco Cycling Classic time trial in a stacked field that included some of the top time trialists of the United States, youngster Evan Huffman of CalGiant/Specialized pulled off an upset, surprising everyone by setting the fastest time over the 12-mile course. “I’m definitely excited, I’m a little bit surprised that I finished…

Meet John Bennett

There are always multiple stories that emerge from a stage race and the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic was no exception. One obvious one was the BISSELL domination. Another one was the smart racing of John Bennett of the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team. Only on his second year of racing of the road, the…

Mission Accomplished For BISSELL At MERCO

“Absolutely” mission accomplished for BISSELL said MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic GC winner Ben Jacques-Maynes. “We had great outings all four days here, our hill climbers had a great outing on Thursday. The time trial crew performed spectacularly, just the entire really on the time trial, we got really good leadout practice in the crit…

Teutenberg Wins Stage and Starnes Stays in Yellow

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-HighRoad) out sprinted Pascale Maria Schnider (RED Team) and Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) on a rainy Almond Blossom Road Race, the final stage of the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic. Teutenberg attempted to break from the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 controlled peloton in lap two but Tetrick Starnes took…

Escuela Wins, BISSELL Dominates At Merco Downtown GP

Everyone knew that the BISSELL team would come to the front to try to take control the 100+ rider field in stage 3 of the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic, the Downtown Grand Prix. And that’s exactly what they did. The nine riders lined up with GC leader Ben Jacques-Maynes sitting seventh wheel right in…

BISSELL Sweeps Merco Opener

The BISSELL team dominated the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic opener, the 82-mile Merced Immigration District Road Race today. After scoping out the first two laps of the new 12.5-mile loop and grabbing KOM points, the team hit and stacked the 11-rider break with 6 riders. On the final lap, another surge and five riders,…

Miller Wins a Tough Uphill Sprint at MERCO

Amanda Miller (HTC-Highroad) sprinted to a win at Stage 1 of the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic. This new 58-mile Merced Immigration District Road Race  had challenging climbs and a very tough uphill finish. Miller’s teammate Ina Teutenberg attacked early on and stayed clear for almost the entire stage allowing Miller to remain fresh for…

On Tap: MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic

Teams are gathering in the Central Valley, more precisely Merced California for the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic. This year, the race expanded into a 4-day stage race for the Men’s Pro 1/2 and Women’s Pro 1/2/3 fields and the battle should be fun to watch, a preview of the NRC season with four  men’s…

Grewal to Compete At MERCO

1984 Olympic gold medalist, Alexi Grewal’s comeback to elite level cycling will take its most difficult step on March 3 when he lines up at the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic pb McLane. The Merco-McLane event will be his first time against top national level competition since he retired from cycling in the mid 1990s,…