Photo by Luke Seemann
Chicago Criterium wrap-up
Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) escaped on an unlikely flier and the 35+ 1/2/3 race yielded a four-man break, but otherwise it was a day for bunch sprints at Sunday's Chicago Criterium. Few break attempts got more than a few seconds, and the overall speeds were high as everyone gunned for big-money primes and hoped to come out on top of large, stacked fields.
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Race reports Tyler Avery (Team Pegasus; 5): "I really wanted to throw my hands in the air over the finish line or mimic some signature move from a pro, but I felt that might be a little too cocky."
Vanessa Buccella (Spidermonkey Cycling; W-4): "I started moving to the front because I remember someone saying that you if you could make it into the front for the last hill you had a good chance of making the top five."
Stephen Butler (Wheelfast; 4): "I found myself at very tail end of the mass of 120+ riders that were already at the line. Super."
Rob Curtis (Bicycle Heaven; 4, 35+ 4/5): "Rode heads up and it paid off."
Debbie Dust (PACT-Dish Network; W-P/1/2/3): "I had to grab a lot of brake to avoid a potential wreck coming over from the left and lost some position because of it."
Colm Flannery (Proctor; 35+ 4/5): "With no real zip in my legs I quickly found myself at the back."
Ed Hernandez (North Branch; 3): "At one point, I wondered if a sniper was sitting on some rooftop overlooking Grant Park using us for target practice."
Brad Huff (Jelly Belly; P/1/2): "Mike Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream) was riding like a full team but he was just a one-man show, a one-man show with a rocket in his back pocket waiting to be lit."
Joey Iuliano (Purdue; P/1/2): "It was wicked fast and somewhat demoralizing to be near the back of a 180-man field and see the front taking a corner well before you're even ready to set up for it."
Chris Jensen (Half Acre Cycling; 5): "The only thing left was a good showing at the end."
Ben LaForce (Team Get a Grip Cycles; 3): "I was immediately behind him and rode over his bike and flipped over my handlebars at close to 30mph."
Bryan Merrill (Spidermonkey Cycling; 35+ 1/2/3): "We immediately slowed, bunched and I watched the massive surge blow by me on the left."
Kristen Meshberg (Team BH USA; W-P/1/2/3): "When we hit the final corner my instinct told me to go now! and I exploded first out of the corner."
John Meyers (ABD; P/1/2): "Chris Horner (Astana) probably was bored and scared out of his mind the whole race. It was easy, and slow."
Martin Michalowicz (MS Racing; 4): "I was spent, but I wasn’t unhappy."
Avi Neurohr (Chicago Cuttin' Crew; 4, 35+ 4/5): "I'm totally disenchanted with crits at this point in the summer, but it's hard not to love this one. Fast and wide, nowhere to hide."
Will Nowak (Alderfer Bergen; P/1/2): "I raced the front and got in a few breaks (one featuring Chris Horner (Astana)), although nothing lasted longer than a lap."
Podium Insight: "'Because of the money, no one wanted to go hard enough, everybody wanted to get into the breakaway but didn’t want to work.'"
Tony Rienks (Beverly Bike/Vee-Pak; 4, 35+ 4/5): "I had a good sprint at the end but got pinched by the guardrail jutting out on the east side of the course behind a slower sprinter."
Joe Schubert (Half Acre Cycling; 4): "I tried to be a ghost but still stayed aggressive."
Albert Segura (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4): "I’m skidding, skidding, and somehow keeping the bike upright with my back wheel locked up and my foot in the spokes."
Mike Shea (Spidermonkey Cycling; 4): "In the bell lap, I had good position, was ready to go, got on a good wheel on the backside and going up the overpass at Balbo riders shifted lines and I lost the wheel I was on."
Mike Sherer (Alderfer Bergen; P/1/2): "All that work just to get taken out on the last lap. Very Frustrating! I guess that's bike racing."
SRAM Road Diaries: "The final lap disrupted that train and the final sprint turned into a melee to get out of the final turn clean."
Steve Tilford (Tradewind Energy-Trek Stores; P/1/2): "The result wasn’t what was desired for the amount of pain I went through to get to the end. Bike racing."
VeloNews: "'Guys are jockeying for position, guys are being aggressive. I was like, 'Good lord, can everyone just calm down?'"
Kristen Wentworth (Kenda; W-P/1/2/3): "The speed was fairly high but as we approached the final two corners things got a little squirrelly."
Bryan Witry (Spidermonkey Cycling; 5): "As we slammed down the front stretch with one lap to go, everything seemed to fall into place."
Andrew Zens (Spidermonkey Cycling; 5): "When you sit at the front for the whole race it kind of sucks to finish mid-pack."
Photos Chicago Personal Photographers Nikki Cyp Steve Dennis Amy Dykema Carolyn Golz Goose Island Gavin Gould Aaron Greco Jason Knauff John Rowland: P/1/2, W-P/1/2/3 Luke Seemann Brad Trankina Ed White