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Southeast Regional Series Reaches Mid-Summer Milestones in Asheville for Elite and Professional Cyclists
Logo_SRS Soggy conditions in Asheville, N.C. did not deter hundreds of cyclists from braving the elements to compete in the third weekend of races for the 2014 Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes (SRS). Unique to the SRS format, the Asheville stop added a Friday Time Trial for competitors. The featured events continued to be the Asheville “Mellowdrome” Criterium and the Asheville Road Race, with cumulative points awarded to men and women for ongoing Series competitions: Hincapie Overall leaders, PEZ Cycling News Sprint leaders, and Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain leaders.

On Saturday, the SRS Asheville Criterium was held at The Velodrome in Carrier Park, dubbed the “Mellowdrome” for its soft-banked, one-third-mile track used for motorsports. The criterium features 11 categorized races, from two events for juniors to races for Masters and men and women pro riders. The Men’s Pro 1/ 2 category was won by Ben Renkema (Greenville, S.C.) of Stan’s NoTubes presented by Proferrin. The Women’s Pro 1/ 2/3 category was won by Cinthia Lehner (Boone, N.C.) of Pain Pathways.

Sunday featured nine events in the Asheville Road Race, using a 12-mile loop through Marshall, N.C. along the scenic French Broad River. The Men’s Pro 1/ 2 race was won by Cameron Cogburn (Cambridge, Mass.) of Team SmartStop. The Women’s Pro 1/2/3 race was won by Nina Laughlin (Boone, N.C.) of Magic Cycles.

Of note for the SRS weekend was the double-win by Chris Emory (Arden, N.C.) of Crosstown Velo, a team based in Hendersonville, N.C. He won both the criterium and the road race in the Masters Men 35+ category, continuing his lead in the Hincapie Overall Leaders jersey competition for the year. He also continued as the leader in Masters 35+ as the best climber and best sprinter.

The 10-mile Time Trial on Friday was held in Marshall, N.C. on Blannahasset Island, which sits in the French Broad River opposite of Main Street. Cogburn scored a win for his SmartStop squad in the Men’s Pro 1/ 2 division and Debbie Milne (Greenville, S.C.) of Finishstrong.org presented byGCB recorded the best time in the Women’s Pro 1/ 2/3 race.

The Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes offers over $50,000 in cash and prizes this summer, across five weekends of racing in five states. The next stop for the series will be August 9-10 in Knoxville, Tenn. Each series stop offers a unique Saturday downtown criterium paired with a Sunday road race. The series championship will be held in Greenville, S.C. Sept. 13-14.

SRS Overall Standings
For a second month, Ben Renkema (Greenville, S.C.) of Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin continued in the Hincapie Overall Leaders jersey in the Men’s Pro 1/2 category with his win in the Asheville Road Race. Zack Kratche (Charletson, S.C.) of Ms. Roses presented by J.Brown-Champion System moves into second overall and Artur Sagat (Roswell, Ga.) of Round Here Racing is in third overall.

Also in the Men’s Pro 1/ 2 race category, Renkema holds the PEZ Cycling News Sprint leader jersey. Andy Scarano (Athens, Ga.) of Team UnitedHealthcare/The 706 Project wears the Stan’s NoTubes King of the Mountain jersey as the best climber in the series.

In the Women’s Pro 1/ 2/3 category, Amy Floyd (Mobile, Ala.) of ST3 retains the Hincapie Overall Leaders jersey. Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of Team PCP Racing stays in second place and Caroline Moakley (Cary, N.C.) of Pain Pathways moves into third overall. Floyd also continues for second month as the overall top sprinter for the Pro 1/2/3 women. Susan Jones-Morgan (Simpsonville, S.C.) of Team Zoom wears the Stan’s NoTubes Queen of the Mountain jersey as the top climber for the pro women.

These special award jerseys will continue to be awarded throughout the series for best sprinters, climbers and overall winners (male and female). At the end of the series, overall points leaders will also receive a custom Schmitt Jewelers watch ($750 dollar value) at the SRS championships in Greenville, S.C.

Southeast Regional Series – Hincapie Overall Points Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Ben Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes powered by Proferrin
Men Cat 3 – Franklin Deese of Cyclus Sports
Men Cat 4 – Zach Lutz of RS Tech p/b GrindStone
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – KellyEdwards of Outspokin’ Augusta
Masters Men 50+ – Greg Morgan of Spinx
Men Cat 5 – Taylor Davis of Maltitude Cycling
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of ST3
Women Cat 4 – Amanda Calvird (unattached)

Southeast Regional Series – PEZ Cycling News Sprint Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Benjamin Renkema of Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin
Men Cat 3 – Jonathan Taylor of High Country Devo p/b Pactimo
Men Cat 4 – Jed Young of Globalbike Savannah
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Jim Palmer of Outspokin’ Augusta
Masters Men 50+ – Darrell Farlow of NGCA – Team Mission Source
Men Cat 5 – Dustin Antrican of Knoxvelo-Harper Auto
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Amy Floyd of ST3
Women Cat 4 – Amanda Calvird (unattached)

Southeast Regional Series – Stan’s NoTubes King/Queen of the Mountain Leaders
Men Pro 1/ 2 – Andy Scarano of Team UnitedHealthcare p/b The 706 Project
Men Cat 3 – Reid Richesin (unattached)
Men Cat 4 – Alex Berry of North Georgia Cycling Association
Masters Men 35+ – Chris Emory of Crosstown Velo
Masters Men 35+ 4/5 – Kelly Edwards of Outspokin’ Augusta
Masters Men 50+ – Paul Haanschoten of Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists
Men Cat 5 – Sean Burris of Depaula Bikes
Women Pro 1/2/3 – Susan Jones of Team Zoom
Women Cat 4 – Karen Gauthier (unattached)

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Photo by David Gill shows Mike Stone (right) congratulating teammate and SRS Overall Leader Ben Renkema for winning Asheville Mellowdrome Criterium. For completion results and SRS standings for all race categories- http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2014-236

 

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