by Sean Weide
St. Louis – Team Type 1’s Samantha Schneider heads into the final race of the Tour of Missouri Womens Series eyeing a third straight top-three finish.
The 18-year-old scored her second straight third-place result on Sunday when she finished behind Giro Della Montagna presented by Specialized Bicycles winner Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO) and runner-up Kelly Benjamin (Colavita-Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light). Miller has won all three races of the series in St. Louis.
Today’s final event is the Tour of Missouri Pro/Am presented by Greenstreet Properties. The 50-minutes-plus-five-laps race takes place on a flat, one-mile course that features the same finish line as this afternoon’s Tour of Missouri men’s professional race.
Schneider said she is looking forward to the opportunity to add to the 71 podium finishes the Team Type 1 women’s professional squad has racked up this season. Today’s race is its final team event of the year.
“I'm feeling better every day so it should be good,” Schneider said. “I want to get better than third.”
Sunday’s race was marred by a massive pile-up 16 minutes into the 45-minutes-plus-five-laps race. Nearly two dozen riders went down, but none from Team Type 1. Schneider said she was glad the rain that may have contributed to the crash had stopped by the time the race was wrapping up.
“It was a really fast last lap,” she said. “It was kind of scary but everyone kept it upright. Coming around the last corner, I was about seventh, which is not the best position. But for a downhill sprint, you don't have to be that far up there.”
This afternoon, fans are invited to stop by Team Type 1’s booth in the Health and Wellness Expo to get a commemorative card autographed by members of the women’s professional, development and men’s professional teams. Team Type 1 sponsors VSP Vision Care and the American Diabetes Association are also part of today’s exposition.
Photo: Courtesy Craig Harding