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Sharon Cycling Classic
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series resumed Wednesday in the town of Sharon, Wisconsin, which is called home by barely 2,000 residents, many of whom volunteered to make the Sharon Cycling Classic a safe, pleasurable Day 3. Sharon also boasts roughly 90 miles of visibly marked and paved cycling roads.
With the heat index topping 100 and wind testing limits, everyone at the start line deserved a medal.even the 20-pound rabbit with 15-inch ears, which truly did exist in reality and not in some heat-induced mirage.
The Pro Women's field was small and mighty for their 34-mile feat in the furnace. Announcer Brad Sohner was stung by a bee midway through his report but it was Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Fearless Femme-Pure Energy Cycling) with the day's big attack out of the final corner to win the green winner's jersey and sprint over Jennifer Perricone (ISCorp-Intelligentsia Coffee) and Jeannie Kuhajek (VanderKitten). Kuhajek did go home in the yellow Overall Leader's jersey, sitting just two points ahead of Perricone in the standings.
The Men's Pro road race was shortened by one loop, or 11 miles, as was the Women's Pro Race. The heat was just too insane. All said, the Pro Men still put in 57 miles of a road race prior to a 45-minute crit. Nine men entered the Downtown Sharon circuit off the front, four laps up on the field.
The Nutty Nine - Emile Abraham (Predator-Carbon Repair), Jeanmichel Lachance (Latino Cycling Team), Team ShareCare's Chad Hartley and Rob White, AG Bicycles/Guttenplan Coaching Calixto Bello, Bill Mulligan (Great Dan Velo Club), Brandon Feehery (Astellas Oncology), Cole House (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) and Jonathan Toftoy (Revolution Cycling-Twin Six).
Already twisted and worn like a damp towel on the rack, 18 laps of the half-mile crit course remained after the ridiculous road race effort. The pace of the crit portion slowed to a snail's pace as the rider's struggled to stay upright with whatever energy they had in the reserve tank. ShareCare Cycling made their presence known at the front with three to go but it was entertainer and crowd favorite Emile Abraham (Predator-Carbon Repair) who powered through for the win. Astellas Oncology's Brandon Feehery took a comfortable second while AG Bicycle-Guttenplan Coaching Calixto Bello stood third on the podium.
Team ShareCare's Rob White stays in the yellow Pro Men's Overall Leader's jersey, just five points ahead of teammate Chad Hartley. Feehery, Guttenplan and Bello are all within 9 points of White.
The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continues Thursday in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, for the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, the first of four USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) races during the Intelligentsia Cup.