Powers rounds out podium in Bend; Cash wins back to back races in Wisconsin
The 2010 USA Cycling Elite Women’s National Championships opened in Bend, OR with the 35K Skyliners Time Trial. Alison Powers, the 2008 U.S National Time Trial Champion, rounded out the podium in fifth place with a time of 49:53:20 behind Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Columbia), Amber Neben (Webcor), Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12) and Alison Starnes (Team TIBCO). Kristin Sanders finished 30 seconds down on Powers for sixth. “We are competing against some of the best time trialists in the world here,” said Sanders. “To stack up where we did is commendable. Personally, I’m thrilled.”
Powers had her sights set on regaining the national title and initially expressed some disappointment with her result. She noted that the competition is especially strong this year and recognized she put in a strong ride against one of the most talented fields assembled for time trial championships in years.
Sanders is eager to embrace her result. Ask her how happy she is, and she practically bubbles over with excitement. “I’m beside myself,” she said. “This has obviously been a long time coming. All the work that I put in for nearly a year now, it paid off today. I really couldn’t be happier.” Sanders improved her time on this course by over three minutes from the 2009 National Time Trial Championships. “You know, I think the wind was more of a factor last year, but still -- that is huge,” she remarked.
USA Cycling Nationals continue tomorrow in Bend with the 50K criterium. The 2010 Canadian Cycling Association National Championships begin tomorrow when Alison Testroete and Anne Samplonius contest the time trial.
Carrie Cash takes her first win of the Tour of America's Dairyland series at the Trek Waterloo Criterum
Carrie Cash, dubbed the Tour of America’s Dairyland “crowd favorite” by VeloNews, nabbed back-to-back wins in the Trek Waterloo Criterium and the Greenbush Road Race in Wisconsin. The two wins bring her total podium count to five podium finishes over eight days of racing. “The Waterloo course was a blast,” said Cash. “The goal was to move up in the omnium and concentrate on the finish. I accomplished both -- and I had a lot of fun out there.” Both the Waterloo and Greenbush races came down to field sprints. On both days, Cash edged out current omnium leader Sarah Caravella (Team CARD) for the win.
“It’s been good racing. A drag race to the finish today. A tactical sprint yesterday. We’ve been putting on an exciting show,” stated Cash. “Three days of racing remain. All crits. Sarah’s still in yellow, and she’ll need to be on the defense. I’m focused on the finish. The finish and the overall. I’m in a position where I have much to gain. I like it here.”