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Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium
2013PSCSLakeBluff11Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series
“Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium” (Day 6 of 7)
Saturday, July 20, 2013

After a wild Friday night in Elmhurst when pigs flew and unicorns mated, the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continued on Saturday at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium where more mania ensued for the third of four USA Cycling National Criterium (NCC) dates of the Series.

The air cooling to the low 80s, racers finally had a fair chance to comfortably compete and complete the just shy of a mile, 6-corner technical course.

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The Pro Women primed the crowd with an awesome, at-the-edge-of-the-boards 60 minutes. With 10 laps remaining, a break of six was up the road with an 18-second gap, which expanded like an out-of-control waistband with each lap: Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Mia Moquai (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Erica Allar (Care4Cycling-Solomon Corp), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Fearless Femme-Pure Energy Cycling) in Stars & Stripes, Cliff-Ryan teammate Jessica Prinner, and Christy Keely (Pepper Palace).

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With two remaining, the 6-woman break grew the gap to one minute, fifteen seconds. The crowd, building throughout the day was over the boards and overcome by the frenzy before them. It was an all-out, crazy fast, bike throw sprint to the end for Allar (Care4Cycling)and Cliff-Ryan, with the finish film showing current NCC leader Allar in for the win by shaved millimeters. A strong reach gave Loquai (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) a surprise third place finish, barely nipping Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom).

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VanderKitten’s Jeanie Kuhajek, fifteenth for the day, stays in the yellow Overall leader’s jersey going into the final day of the competition just nine points ahead of Cliff-Ryan.

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The throng of spectators who had assembled for the Men’s Pro Race was ridiculous, with seemingly 10 deep at turn one, backed by a street festival and followed by house parties on the backside.

With Ricardo Escuela’s (Predator-Carbon Repair) upset of UnitedHealthcare Friday evening, a thin film of tension loomed in the air…like the kid in the classroom who did something wrong except the entire class was about to get punished.

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Out of the gate, in pure ARay fashion, Alexander Ray (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) went up the road, joined by Carlos Escobar Alzate (United Healthcare) but the show was short-lived. Multiple breaks and field splits formed throughout with UnitedHealthcare, SmartStop-Mountain Khakis, Astellas Oncology, Texas Roadhouse, Team ShareCare and ISCorp-Intelligentsia all getting some time in the sun, with prime toss-outs contributing to many a reset. One constant: the UHC blue train; content to let know one get away.

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With 14 laps remaining, Alzate (UnitedHealthcare) was being chased down by Cole House (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare), Chad Hartley (Team ShareCare), and Thomas Brown (SmartStop-Mountain Khakis)…and ultimately stood up on the backside. House then picked up a $110 cash prime and just kept going up the road with a stream of UnitedHealthcare and ShareCare jerseys not far behind. House snatched another quick $120 but then folded with five laps to go.

Field all together, fans screaming and banging boards, the final lap speed blazing at just under 40 mph, ARay (ISCorp) made his move on the inside but UnitedHealthcare refused to take anything from anyone. UnitedHealthcare took Lake Bluff by storm, sweeping the podium with smiles as Luke Keough, Hilton Clarke and Karl Menzies went 1-2-3, respectively.

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David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles-Guttenplan Coaching) takes over the yellow Overall leader’s jersey, with Brandon Feehery (Astellas Oncology) sitting just four points back as Hartley (ShareCare) is breathing heavy, just 7 points out of the jersey.

The closing day of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series is Sunday in St. Charles for the Sammy’s/Dreyers St. Charles Criterium. A crystal ball can’t possibly predict the outcome.
(Please photo credit Karl Hendrikse).

Pro/1/2 Women Results
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 Erica Allar CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp
2 Theresa Cliff-Ryan Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling
3 Mia Loquai ISCorp p/b Intellgentsia Coffee
4 Laura Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
5 Christy Keely Pepper Palace Pro Cycling
6 Jessica Prinner CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp
7 Kelly Fisher-Goodwin Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling
8 Kathryne Carr SKINourishment p/b Paceline Projects
9 Carrie Cash Wootten Pepper Palace Pro Cycling
10 Ann Koehler Modry/Evergreen Partners

Pro/1/2 Women Overall Standings
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 Jeannie Kuhajek Vanderkitten 86
2 Theresa Cliff-Ryan Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling 77
3 Jennifer Perricone ISCorp p/b Intellgentsia Coffee 73
4 Samantha Schneider Team TIBCO/To the Top 62
5 Skylar Schneider Team TIBCO II 57
6 Erica Allar CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp 55
7 Kristen Meshberg Spidermonkey 54
8 Sarah Fader Pepper Palace Pro Cycling 52
9 Laura Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 51
10 Jannette Rho Les Petites Victoires 49

Pro/1/2 Women NCC Overall Standings
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 Theresa Cliff-Ryan Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling 57
2 Erica Allar CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp 55
3 Laura Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 51
4 Christy Keely Pepper Palace Pro Cycling 49
5 Jessica Prinner CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp 42
6 Kelly Fisher-Goodwin Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling 38
7 Samantha Schneider Team TIBCO/To the Top 32
8 Jeannie Kuhajek Vanderkitten 32
9 Ann Koehler Modry/Evergreen Partners 31
10 Carrie Cash Wootten Pepper Palace Pro Cycling 30

Pro/1 Men Results
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 Luke Keough Team United Healthcare
2 Hilton Clarke Team United Healthcare Georgia/The 706 P
3 Karl Menzies Team United Healthcare
4 Alexander Ray ISCorp p/b Intellgentsia Coffee
5 Carlos Alzate Escobar Team United Healthcare
6 David Guttenplan AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan
7 Adam Leibovitz Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P/B Motorex
8 Chad Burdzilauskas Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P/B Motorex
9 Thomas Brown Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Kha
10 Chad Hartley Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com

Pro/1/2 Men Overall Standings
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 David Guttenplan AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan 83
2 Brandon Feehery Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 79
3 Chad Hartley Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com 76
4 Robert White Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com 67
5 Ryan Aitcheson Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 66
6 Karl Menzies Team United Healthcare 55
7 Luke Keough Team United Healthcare 55
8 Carlos Alzate Escobarn Team United Healthcare 48
9 Emile Abraham Predator Carbon Repair 48
10 Calixto Bello AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan 46

Pro/1 Men NCC Overall Standings
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium

1 Karl Menzies Team United Healthcare 55
2 Luke Keough Team United Healthcare 55
3 Carlos Alzate Escobar Team United Healthcare 48
4 Hilton Clarke Team United Healthcare Georgia/The 706 P 43
5 David Guttenplan AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan 38
6 Ricardo Escuela Predator Carbon Repair 31
7 Brandon Feehery Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 31
8 Shane Kline Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Kha 29
9 Emile Abraham Predator Carbon Repair 28
10 Chad Hartley Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com 27

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