Photo by John Wilke
Superweek wrap-up IV
How's the racing going up in Wisconsin? Hard to tell. Amateur results haven't been posted yet. But Rock Racing picked up another win, this time behind Aussie Olympic pursuiter Peter Dawson (above). Overall leader Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing) crashed in both races: He got back up at Shorewood to get 9th, but at Ripon he ended up with a concussion and stitches after this tire blew out in a turn. He still retains the yellow jersey, however, and teammate Rahsaan Bahati still has a lock on red.Kelly Benefit-Strategies found Ripon's rain to their liking, just as the squad did when it dominated a rain-soaked Downers Grove last year. Jake Keough was part of a three-man break that lapped the field, at which point his team, including local favorite Reid Mumford, shepherded him home for the victory. Of note is the presence of three-time cyclocross national champion Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson). He came in 6th at Shorewood, 3rd in the field sprint.
Humboldt Park race reports Clint Carter (Ski Utah; 3): "I went on an early break with 3 others, only to have one of the riders overlap a wheel right in front of me and crash."
James Pradun (Endeavour; 3): "To make matters worse, it was uphill and someone attacked it every single time. 45 hill repeats, woo!"
Tom Thiesen (Endeavour; 3): "I was all like 'This is hard. I quit.' Then I saw that I broke a spoke and my brake was rubbing hard."
Humboldt Park photos Clint Carter
Shorewood race reports ABD/Geargrinder (P/1/2): "Once the break was established, the day was pretty much over for everyone else."
Aram Dellalian (Bearclaw; P/1/2): "The course was an odd one, but didn't worry me too much. When the legs are good, minor things like course type, pavement, hills, etc. are just interchangeable variables that don't mean much in crit racing."
Kudzu (P/1/2): "Thomas was sitting in a really good spot with one lap to go but said some really sketchy stuff happened on the last lap."
Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing; P/1/2): "I went down in a 10 man pileup with 10 laps to go. It roughed me up pretty good and I had to ride a spare bike from SRAM to 9th place."
Katy Steudel (Team Pegasus; spectator): "An older gentleman came over and says, 'Meet my friend, Greg Lemond. He's a seven-time world champion.' I kinda laugh and say, 'Well, I'm two-time state champion. Would you like my autograph?'"
Shorewood photos Clint Carter BigDane John Wilke
Ripon race reports Clint Carter (Ski Utah; 3): "Three of the four turns were slightly off-camber for added fun. It took me about half the race to finally start taking them right."
CyclingNews: "A late-race shower significantly affected the racing, as it allowed the break to actually catch the field and made the turns like ice."
CyclingNews: "'I went to the ER and they stitched me up,' Magnell said, 'seven above my eye and my lip is swollen. People take one look at me and they just turn away. It's like I have leprosy or something!'"
Aram Dellalian (Bearclaw; P/1/2): "Some riders just stopped and pulled out. I felt fine, surprisingly, as wet weather ain't my thing at all."
Hub Racing (W-P/1/2/3): "Not every team ahead of Hub in the general classification had the same ability and a few of Hub's rivals found themselves out of the race. Such is the nature of a tour."
Kudzu (P/1/2): "As soon as it started raining, riders started dropping like flies. Not 'getting dropped' but sliding out and falling almost every lap."
Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing; P/1/2): "My rear tire blew in the middle of the fastest corner and sent me strait off the road at 40 mph. I woke up on the sidewalk scared as shit because I couldn't think, literally. But I've hit my head before so I just tried to relax."
Tom Thiesen (Endeavour; 3): "The import thing is I tried and failed abjectly. And it's delightful."
Ripon photos Clint Carter