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Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Lake Bluff Block Party
Saturday, July 20, 2013
After a wild Friday night in Elmhurst when pigs flew and unicorns mated, the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continued on Saturday at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium where more mania ensued for the third of four USA Cycling National Criterium (NCC) dates of the Series.
The air cooling to the low 80s, racers finally had a fair chance to comfortably compete and complete the just shy of a mile, 6-corner technical course.
The Pro Women primed the crowd with an awesome, at-the-edge-of-the-boards 60 minutes. With 10 laps remaining, a break of six was up the road with an 18-second gap, which expanded like an out-of-control waistband with each lap: Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Mia Moquai (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Erica Allar (Care4Cycling-Solomon Corp), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Fearless Femme-Pure Energy Cycling) in Stars & Stripes, Cliff-Ryan teammate Jessica Prinner, and Christy Keely (Pepper Palace).
With two remaining, the 6-woman break grew the gap to one minute, fifteen seconds. The crowd, building throughout the day was over the boards and overcome by the frenzy before them. It was an all-out, crazy fast, bike throw sprint to the end for Allar (Care4Cycling)and Cliff-Ryan, with the finish film showing current NCC leader Allar in for the win by shaved millimeters. A strong reach gave Loquai (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) a surprise third place finish, barely nipping Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom).
VanderKitten's Jeanie Kuhajek, fifteenth for the day, stays in the yellow Overall leader's jersey going into the final day of the competition just nine points ahead of Cliff-Ryan.
The throng of spectators who had assembled for the Men's Pro Race was ridiculous, with seemingly 10 deep at turn one, backed by a street festival and followed by house parties on the backside.
With Ricardo Escuela's (Predator-Carbon Repair) upset of UnitedHealthcare Friday evening, a thin film of tension loomed in the air.like the kid in the classroom who did something wrong except the entire class was about to get punished.
Out of the gate, in pure ARay fashion, Alexander Ray (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) went up the road, joined by Carlos Escobar Alzate (United Healthcare) but the show was short-lived. Multiple breaks and field splits formed throughout with UnitedHealthcare, SmartStop-Mountain Khakis, Astellas Oncology, Texas Roadhouse, Team ShareCare and ISCorp-Intelligentsia all getting some time in the sun, with prime toss-outs contributing to many a reset. One constant: the UHC blue train; content to let know one get away.
With 14 laps remaining, Alzate (UnitedHealthcare) was being chased down by Cole House (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare), Chad Hartley (Team ShareCare), and Thomas Brown (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis).and ultimately stood up on the backside. House then picked up a $110 cash prime and just kept going up the road with a stream of UnitedHealthcare and ShareCare jerseys not far behind. House snatched another quick $120 but then folded with five laps to go.
Field all together, fans screaming and banging boards, the final lap speed blazing at just under 40 mph, ARay (ISCorp) made his move on the inside but UnitedHealthcare refused to take anything from anyone. UnitedHealthcare took Lake Bluff by storm, sweeping the podium with smiles as Luke Keough, Hilton Clarke and Karl Menzies went 1-2-3, respectively.
David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles-Guttenplan Coaching) takes over the yellow Overall leader's jersey, with Brandon Feehery (Astellas Oncology) sitting just four points back as Hartley (ShareCare) is breathing heavy, just 7 points out of the jersey.
The closing day of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series is Sunday in St. Charles for the Sammy's/Dreyers St. Charles Criterium. A crystal ball can't possibly predict the outcome.