Iowa wrap-up (Part II)
Chicago teams and riders had a much better second half of the weekend down in Iowa.
In Sunday’s Melon City Criterium, Bryan Merrill (Team Get a Grip Cycles) came in 6th in the 4’s and Corie Berrigan (Kenda Tire) placed the same in the women’s open race. Will Nowak (Northwestern) came in second in the 3’s, but the day’s top Chicago finish came in the boys U11 race, won by Wheaton’s Sam Hill (Unattached).
Monday in Rock Island, Ill., Jeffrey Whiteman (Northbrook Garner) won the 30+ race, and Merrill (TGAGC) improved on Sunday’s result by getting 2nd in the 4’s. Schaumburg’s John Puffer (Kentucky Flyers), formerly of ABD, was the top Chicago finisher in the P/1/2’s with 4th, while Debbie Dust (Kenda Tire) got 5th in a women’s open race that had several riders going down hard on the last lap.
Melon City reports
Amanda Miller (Atlas; W-Open): “A few people attacked, but nothing stuck. I tried to maintain positioning, but still don’t have the holding your spot down yet.”
Melanie Wong (Get a Grip; W-Open): “It was pretty fast ... Something happened last lap though and I lost steam. “
Quad Cities race reports
Sydney Brown (Lincoln Plating-Lemond; W-Open): “Got schooled in the Quad City Crits and I’m finally ready to stop being mad at myself and instead study the lessons and move on to apply them in the next go.”
Amanda Miller (Atlas; W-Open): “All I remember is seeing one of the girls laying in front of me. From my understanding, I hit them and flew into the air. I came back down and landed on my head.”
Jessi Prinner (ABD; W-open): “The flatness of the course also kept the pace high, making the wind whoosh through my ears around the turns like a being on a roller coaster, except the only difference was that with just one false twitch, you could be making some intense contact with the pavement.”