March 22, 2011 on 1:00 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing | 2 Comments
The women of TriSports Cycling /Eclipse Racing dominated the Pro 1, 2 field at the 25th annual Tucson Bicycle Classic presented by TriSports.com this past weekend. Representing TriSports Cycling /Eclipse Racing were: Chloe Black, Cara Bussell, Mimi Ford, Kristen Hetzel, Marilyn McDonald, Chrissy Parks and Anna Sander. The race consisted of 3 stages: a 3.2 mile McCain Loop time trial, 60 mile Garrett Lemire Memorial road race, and 39 mile Carmichael Training Systems circuit race.
An early team warm-up on Friday set the stage for their successful weekend at the Tucson Bicycle Classic. The time trial course starts on a minor descent, with sweeping right turns followed by the ascent of a minor rise before the final sting in the tail with a sharp ascent at the finale. McDonald pushed hard taking third place, and just 9 seconds behind the leader with a time of 8:51.
The Stage 2 circuit covered 3 laps around a 20 mile loop, with a sustained climb, rollers, flats, and a descent. TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing’s Mimi Ford showed the field their squad was not going to make this an easy race by launching early attacks during the opening miles. Two other riders joined the move. The powerful Lisa Turnbull (Riverstone), used this move as a springboard for her own solo effort. Bussell bridged up to the duo as they worked together to put significant time on the chasers. TriSports riders policed the group by reeling in any chasers that formed. Cara Bussell launched a daring solo attack on Turnbull 20 miles into the race. Her intention was to work as hard and as long as she could for her team until she was brought back. With an effort reminiscent of Jeannie Longo or Maria Canins, Bussell consolidated her lead. In the end, with the help of teammates riding in a defensive role Bussell held off the field and soloed over 40 miles for an impressive 1st stage win and the yellow jersey. Sanders sprinted for 4th and McDonald placed 5th.
It was a chilly morning as the women began 7 laps of a 5.6 mile circuit for Stage 3. The undulating circuit featured an uphill finish, and a sprint bonus at the start line on lap 3. The goal for the day was to keep Bussell in the yellow jersey and to move McDonald into 3rd place on General Classification. Alisha Welsh (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) controlled 2nd place on general category and challenged Bussell’s jersey immediately out of turn one. The counter attacks started immediately and the group was caught a bit off guard, but reacted quickly to control the threat. Welsh, Gwen Ingles (Primal/MapMyRide), Melanie Colavito (RideClean) and others continued to put in strong attacks throughout the race. TriSports.com riders covered each move, riding in pursuit of a time bonus on the 3rd lap to gain the 1 second needed on Stephanie Skoreyko (Kallisto/Wheels of Bloor). Black, Sanders, Hetzel, and Bussell lead out a charging McDonald who snagged the critical bonus. The women continued to cooperate to execute the plan that Black had laid out for the team. On the final lap, Sanders chased down an early solo attack. With only a few kilometers remaining she attacked her breakaway companion and powered in for the stage win. McDonald took 6th with Black and Bussell coming in 9th and 10th.
Bussell and McDonald represented TriSports Cycling/ Eclipse Racing on the overall podium taking first and third.
TriSports Cycling/ Eclipse Racing Men pro 1, 2 Team:
Justin Orkney: 5th place stage 1 and 12th place overall.
Michael Stoner: 9th place stage 1.
David Welsh: 6th place stage 3 and 7th place overall.
TriSports Cycling Club:
Michael Radcliff (Cat 4): 1st place stage 1 and 1st place overall.
Chris Maldonado (Cat 4): 4th place stage 1, 2nd place stage 3, and 2nd place overall.
Ryan McGuigan (Cat 4): 8th place stage 1 and 6th place overall.
Eric Preiss (Cat 4): 8th place overall.
William Toussaint (Cat 4): 4th place stage 2.
Tulio Weber (Cat 4): 8th place stage 2.
Kat Salthouse (Cat 4): 5th place stage 1.
Linnea Herbertson (Cat 4): 8th place stage 2.