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.

 

 

 

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.

Cascade Cycling Classic Statement on the UCI Women’s Prize Purse

Race Director, Chad Sperry steps down for 2018

The Cascade Cycling Classic is celebrating its 38th edition this week, as the longest running stage race in the United States. 2017 marks the first time the race has been sanctioned as a UCI race, this year as a 2.2, for both the pro men and pro women’s peloton.

The statement below is in response to messages this week regarding the professional women’s prize purse. 2017 will also be the final year that Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions will act as race director. Sperry has directed the race since 2007.

The Cascade Cycling Classic is a 5-day stage event, where the men and women both compete in three road races, one individual time trial, and a downtown criterium, held on Saturday each year.

“The Cascade Cycling Classic provided a tough, quality race on par (from a course standpoint) with Tour of Utah and the Tour of California,” Race Director Sperry said. “We decided last year to go UCI. Going UCI created more costs and hardships for the race, but we felt as an organization, that it was the right thing to do. Road cycling is on a significant down slide for both participation and sponsors. The added costs of going UCI has been incredibly negative, financially speaking, on the Mt. Bachelor’s Sports Education Foundation, the owners of the event. My company, Breakaway Promotions, who runs the event has also taken a substantial pay cut this year. We are all making huge sacrifices for this race.

“I created it (women’s prize purse) within the confines of a very strict UCI code,” Sperry explains. “In talking with a number of team directors in the past couple of years, we heard a number of them telling us that the UCI designation was far more important to them than prize money. Also, USA cycling was strongly encouraging us to go UCI to provide more racing opportunities for top pro teams in the US and allowing national teams to come compete.

“The prize money minimum amounts are mandated by the UCI. When we first started working on the prize list for the pro men and women’s races, we went to USA cycling (and UCI) and begged for a variance that would allow us to take the men’s prize money and give it to the women to make it an equal purse. The UCI denied our request. So, we went back to the women’s prize money and increased it by 20% of the minimum across the board. Due to this, we have passed on the UCI inscriptions that we do in May and will not be going UCI in 2018.

“I have also decided to make this year’s Cascade Cycling Classic my last. I simply cannot afford to keep doing it, the stress it puts on my family is incredible. The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, who owns the event, is literally donating their time and services this year. We want to thank them for that.

“The Cascade Cycling Classic was the very first NRC/UCI race in the country in the last 15 years, that offered equal payout for all podiums between the men and women. We have done so every single year for the past 6 years. Big kudos to the men’s teams who all completely support this! I never received one complaint from them about prize money, even if they had three times more riders in their field than the women’s field. Hopefully, this clarifies our situation and gives some insight of the regulations placed on race promoters by the UCI.”

The Cascade Cycling Classic begins tomorrow with the McKenzie Pass Road Race started at 9:00 am with the men, followed at 10:20 AM with the women.