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Friday, July 12, 2013
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series turned the crank to kick off the first of seven days of racing beneath crystal blue sky and brilliant sunshine. The crowd arrived early with their kids to wreak havoc in one of 14 character bouncy houses and stayed late, rocking out to a turbo-charged cover band as the aroma of pickles, Oreos and mac n' cheese - all deep-fried - wafted through the air.
The .8 mile course around bustling Library Park amid the historic architecture of Kenosha was fast. So much that a break of three formed early on in the Pro Women's race, and lapped the field with 22 laps to go. Skylar Schneider (Team TIBCO), Sarah Huang (ExergyTWENTY16) and Jennifer Perricone (ISCorp-Intelligentsia Coffee) put on a great show.
Schneider and sister Sam immediately attacked aggressively after the catch to shake up the field without success. But with 11 to go, Jeannie Kuhajek (VanderKitten) and Kristin Meshberg (Spidermonkey) attacked, more than a half lap up with nearly five remaining, in the race for fourth and fifth.
In the end, Kuhajek (VanderKitten) and Meshberg (Spidermonkey) took fourth and fifth, respectively, with an impressive effort from Skylar Schneider (Team TIBCO) for top step placement followed by Kenosha's own Huang in second and ISCorp's Perricone third.
The Men's Pro Race was rocked fast and furiously by attack after attack as numerous teams flexed their respective muscle, with many of the moves initiated by ISCorp-Intelligentsia Coffee and most of the $500 in cash primes collected by Team ShareCare.
A dynamic race from the gun, speeds averaged north of 30 miles per hour. With 20 laps remaining, a break of 12 formed and stuck 'til the end, lapping the field with 10 laps to go. The Dirty Dozen - David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles/Guttenplan Coaching), Jordan Mathes (Team ShareCare), Gevan Samuel (Predator/Carbon Repair), Rob White (ShareCare), Brandon Feehery (Astellas Oncology), Chad Hartley (ShareCare), Evgeny "Johnny" Kovalev (Team Russia pb George Luft), Ivan Kovalev (Team Russia), Andrew Scarano (Team United HealthCare Georgia/The 706 Project), Andrew Bates (Scarlet Fire Racing), John Tomlinson (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) and Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Oncology).
Fast forward to a nail-biting one lap to go with Ivan Kovalev (Team Russia) and Rob White (ShareCare) up the road with everyone on the chase. An all-out, full-thrust sprint put 2012 Russian Olympic 4th Place finisher Ivan Kovalev first, followed by the rapid fire of Guttenplan (AG Bicycles) in second and White (ShareCare) third.
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continues Sunday in Crystal Lake, Illinois, in beautiful McHenry County.