It’s way late but at this stage this is just fodder for your morning coffee.
The Men’s P/1/2 field looks like it was ridiculously deep for a new event. Local favorites Adam Car (RR), P. Briggs (Crit), and Roman Kilun (TT) each took a stage win. Despite the Carr/Wholberg 1-2 punch for Form Fitness nobody could top Kilun’s dominante time trial performance. Lina Martensson took home top honors in the women’s elite field despite a charge by Beth Newell who took the time trial with a convincing lead. Pretty slick job on the results by the promoters … you’d think these guys were running a euro-pro race or something.
Swiss Miss (Pascale Schnider?) took a win out in front of the women’s field leaving Webcor’s Bec Werner to clean up the field sprint. What is the deal with Schnider anyhow – somebody needs to give us the details if she is a permanent fixiture… that would be cool. Cal Giant’s James Mattis (Mr. Curi to you) won the mens field out of a small break. This win tells me that Cal Giant will not be beat at any crit they show up to in Santa Cruz county. Are district’s still going to be in Watsonville? That could be a cool party if they are getting their race on. Thanks to @yu_kie for the posts on the crit.
Kristen Armstrong won almost everything there was to win in the women’s races (Go Peanut Butter 2012!) However the interesting NorCal story is how Vanderkitten’s Emily Collins snuck in for 2nd place on the day 2 road race and held on for 5th place in the GC omnium. That will show the local Aussies who is top Oceanic player in this part of the US! Andy Jacque-Maynes had a big result with a third place GC result after Mancebo an Diaz Corrales. Nice to see the other Maniaque getting some air play! Honorable mention to Mach, English, BJM, Rossi, Bennett and Stastny, for top 20 finishes. You guys have to team up to take down those Realcyclist.com goons.
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