Huffman continues stellar season, winning Skyliner time trial

Rose dominates Skyliner Time Trial, Dragoo moves into yellow jersey after stage 2

Visit Dallas DNA’s Claire Rose continued to display the fantastic form she’s been enjoying most of the season with a win at the Skyliner Individual Time Trial in Bend Oregon. The British national champion completed the 14.1mi/22km course with a time of 31:58, 54 seconds faster than second place Allie Dragoo (Twenty20). Dragoo’s teammate, Jasmin Duehring finished in third place, 1’07” back.

“I thought I did I really good ride,” said Rose, who is in her second year as a professional. “I gave it everything going up the hill, paced myself and I’m really pleased.”

Dragoo’s time moved her up into the lead of the overall classification, 24 seconds ahead of Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling). Duehring is in third place, a further three seconds back.

“I think this race is so great,” said Dragoo, who has raced the Cascade Classic four times. “It’s really about keeping it all together through Sunday because that course on Sunday is no joke. The goal is to race hard and have fun and be leaders out there.”

Former race leader Kristi Lay (Rally) will swap yellow for polka dots as the leader of the mountains classification. Lay’s teammate, Sara Bergen is still in the green jersey and Poidevin will wear the white jersey tomorrow as the leader in the best young rider competition.

(l-R) Gavin Mannion (UHC), Evan Huffman (Rally), Robin Carpenter (Holowesko)

In the men’s race, Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman continued his stellar season by winning stage 2, narrowly beating Gavin Mannion (UHC) by less than a second with a time of 28:41.21 over Mannion’s 28:41.72. The 27-year-old earned his first WorldTour victory earlier this year at the AMGEN Tour of California.

“Today was really good, I like this course a lot,” Huffman said at the finish. “Reminds me a little bit of Gila, where I won earlier this year. It’s pretty hilly course, but not super, super steep. I was able to really use my power on the downhill, and I felt good. I paced myself so I was really happy to win today.”

Mannion moved into the overall GC lead by a mere 1 second, ahead of Robin Carpenter, while Huffman moved up to third, 3” down.

“I didn’t know what to expect today, I was trying to make as much time as I could on the uphill and hold my own on the downhill,” Mannion said. “It’s a super close race so it’s going to come down to the wire, racing all the way to the line on Sunday.”

Aevolo’s U23 Mexican National TT Champion, Luis Villalobos, finished strong, which has moved him into the lead in the best young rider competition. Two teammates – Jack Burke and Ezekial Molotov – sit behind him. The KOM jersey will remain with Alex Howes (Team USA), and the sprinter’s jersey remains for Greg Henderson (UHC).

The pro men start tomorrow at 10:00 am and will race 107.3 miles. “It’s going to be a real tactical race,” Mannion added. “We have my TT mates, Dan (Eaton) and Alex (Cataford) in the top five today, so we have 5 guys in the top 15 which could be our biggest asset tomorrow.”

The pro women have a 85.5 mi/137.6km road race ahead tomorrow starting at 11:30am PDT.

 

 

 

Cascade Cycling Classic Announces Equal Prize Money for UCI Races

Sponsors and Community Rally Together to Raise Funds for the UCI Women’s Race

Due to the generosity of Regence BlueCross Blue Shield of Oregon, title sponsor for 2017, the Nicole Reinhart Fund, MBSEF, and the generosity of individuals participating in the GoFundMe campaign, the men and women’s prize purse will now be the same as what is listed for the men’s, through the top 15 positions in our UCI fields.

The initiative began three weeks ago once the race organization began to finalize the technical guides and prize purses for the race. They realized the significant disparity in the prizes and went to work to see what could be done to change them.

Just before racing got underway, controversy hit social media regarding the issue soon after the tech guides were released.

Prior to the sponsors and the community raising money, there was a limited amount of money set for the prize purses. Due to the minimum payout regulations, the race organization was unable to split the money that was available, equally.

“The men’s and the women’s minimum are two different numbers,” John Schiemer explains, MBSEF Executive Director. “We had actually increased the women’s over the minimum but only to what we could do at that time.”

“Through the help of Regence (BlueCross Blue Shield of Oregon), and the Nicole Reinhart fund, along with the GoFundMe page, and MBSEF is also contributing some as well, we’re able to make the prize purses equal.”

Once the minimums are met, race organizations are free to raise that amount as much as they see fit and are able. This action does not require approval by the UCI, only that minimums are met.  Still, the Cascade race organization met with Dot Abbott, the chief commissaire for the women’s race to let the UCI know.

“Early on when we made the decision to go UCI, we were lead to believe by USA cycling that the prize purse would be very similar to where we were already at,” Schiemer added.

“Last year, if you look back at the prize purse, we were equal to the top 15 places for both races. The men’s race pays to top 20 and the women’s race pays to the top 15 (on GC). Obviously, we’ve all been bothered by this issue. It’s not right, and so I have been having discussions all week with donors on this.  We were able to finalize it today. “

The race organization would like to sincerely thank Regency BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon especially, but also our other sponsors and donors in our community and around the cycling community at large, for helping make this happen.

**Below is the prize purse listed in our tech guide. The new purse for the UCI women will be the same as that listed for the men up until 15th place.

Howes Celebrates Victory for Stage 1

Lay Wins Opening Stage, Rally Sweep Jersey Standings

Photo: VeloImages

Photo: VeloImages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristi Lay and Sara Poidevin laid a one-two punch on the Cascade Classic today for Rally Cycling, finishing first and second place at the McKenzie Road Race. Allie Dragoo (ShoAir-Twenty20) took third after 88 miles of racing.

“We wanted to control the pace and put pressure on some of the other teams to draw out some of their bigger riders,” Lay said. “With 200 meters to go I jumped off Twenty20’s wheel and got to win. My teammates made it work for me.”

It was a quiet start to the opening stage of the 38th edition of Cascade Classic, with many riders opting to save their legs for the final climb up to Dee Wright Observatory. When the climb hit, Rally Cycling, Colavita-Bianchi and DNA Racing swapped punches that popped more than half the field off the back.

Less than 20 riders remained with 10 km to go. As the road rose up to meet the lava fields at the top of the mountain, so did the top talent in the 76-rider field.

Lay will start tomorrow in the yellow jersey. The Rally rider also leads the QOM classification, so Dragoo will wear the polka dot jersey. Sara Bergen (Rally) is in the green jersey and Poidevin will wear white as the best young rider.

“It’s a big week of racing coming up,” Lay said. “We have a team where a few riders could wear yellow so we have a lot of cards to play, it’s not necessarily just me, so we’ll definitely try and put in a strong performance.”

In the men’s race, Alex Howes, racing this week with the USA National Team, took the win in the final 100m ahead of Paco Mancebo (Hanger 15 Bicycles). Last year’s winner, Robin Carpenter (Holowesko) came in third. Howes also picked up the KOM jersey, winning on the cat 2 climb for the finish at McKenzie Pass.

“It was just one pedal after another for that final climb,” Howes said. “It’s a tricky finish, even though it’s uphill, it’s pretty fast, and a little sandy. The team did a great job to get me and Kiel Reijnen in position. Kiel just said go at 100m and that’s what I did.”

(L-R) Paco Mancebo (Hanger), Alex Howes (USA Cycling), and Robin Carpenter (Holowesko) (Photo: VeloImages)

The men raced for 107.8 miles, with a cat 4 KOM climb 20 miles into the race. The field was very active as attack after attack came in order to establish a break. It took nearly half the stage before a 14-rider break was finally allowed to escape. Shortly before the only sprint points of the day and the final climb, 5-rider attacked the break and established a new lead group.

“We chased, we didn’t get too many time splits honestly, so we were going off feel, trying to figure it out.” Carpenter said. Holowesko|Citadel has won the general classification for the past 2 years. “Fortunately, there’s always a massive headwind on McKenzie Pass. I knew it would be tough for the break, and I knew that if we got to the bottom of the climb and we had 2 minutes or less, we would probably catch them…we had zero help, none at all (for the chase), so that was especially impressive. I was happy about how I did, even if I didn’t win.”

Back in the field, race radio communication was breaking up, not able to give out time gaps for some time. Thus, the break enjoyed up to a seven-minute lead.

“Day was a little stressful,” Carpenter added. “We let the gap go out a little too much, everybody had a guy up there. It could have been a repeat of what happened a couple of weeks ago at Tour de Beauce where the break gets 20 minutes. It was too bad I couldn’t win again but I’m pretty happy to be on the podium.”

Howes does not expect to keep the yellow jersey following tomorrow’s Skyliners Time Trial.

“Both of these guys are going to take quite a bit of time out of me in the TT tomorrow, realistically,” Howes added. “I didn’t bring a TT bike up, it didn’t fit in my car. Hopefully, that will make this more of an interesting race. We’re going to have to be aggressive later on this week.”

Howes leads both the GC and the KOM competition, with Greg Henderson (UHC Pro Cycling) leading the sprint points classification, and Santiago Montenegro (Movistar Team Ecuador) leading the Best Young Rider’s general classification. Mancebo will wear the KOM jersey for the TT.

Tomorrow’s stage is a 14.3-mile out and back individual time trial. The UCI pro men start at 10:00 AM, followed by the UCI pro women.