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11th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
2013PSCSBeverly14-650 Day 4 of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series took the two-wheeled road show to the 11th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic in South Chicago, where the Mercury boasted 95 degrees at the start of the Pro Women’s race, for the first of four consecutive USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) dates during the Series.

In contention for major prize money before the uber cool, Teva-sandaled, backyard barbecuing crowd, the Pro Women also had $1,550 in prime money up for grabs, even more than the Pro Men. As the extra check-cashing windows opened, Kelly Fisher-Goodwin (Fearless-Femme-Pure Energy Cycling) attacked off the front with a dozen laps remaining. Although she was brought back, Fisher-Goodwin jumped at another hefty prime with two to go, and never looked back. Coming out of the final turn, the occupant of the night’s top step of the podium was evident, despite a brief rain shower in the last lap. Fisher-Goodwin’s teammate and Sharon Road Race victor Theresa Cliff-Ryan took second in the sprint over current NCC Points Leader Erica Allar (Care4Cycling-Solomon Corp.).

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VanderKitten’s Jeannie Kuhajek stays in the Yellow Overall Leaders Jersey by just 10 points over Team TIBCO’s Skylar Schneider. Jennifer Perricone (ISCorp-Intelligentsia) and Sarah Fader (Pepper Palace) sit in third and fourth, respectively, less than 15 points out from Kuhajek.

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The Pro Men celebrated $1,400 in cash primes across their 90-minute Tropical Rainforest excursion as a break and some road rash formed early on. With 22 laps remaining, a break of three was to be taken seriously – Jackie Simes (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis), Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Oncology) and Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare). White teammate Karl Menzies was quick to bridge and make the break an even four.

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With 17 laps to go, the gap grew to 10 seconds, with a short-lived attempt to bridge by Calixto Bello (AG Bicycles/Guttenplan Coaching) and Chad Hartley (Team ShareCare) going nowhere. By 15 remaining, the heat remained intense, the crowd grew in suspense, and the gap swelled to 27 seconds before Menzies (UHC) took a brief respite in the SRAM Pit to repair a rear flat with 13 to go.

Re-inserted on the next lap, Menzies and company proved to be too hairy and sweaty a monster for Alexander Ray, who put forth yet another big-scooped yet melted attempt to bridge. As ARay was searching for a gas station, White and Menzies teammate Luke Keough was slapping down 250 dollar bills for some sweet prime action with five laps to go.

With three remaining and the breakaway continuing to work together, the light bulb illuminated in the field announcing it was go time to start racing for fifth. Two to go saw UnitedHealthcare off the front of the field with Astellas putting forth an aggressive fight. Screaming down the straightaway with less than a one-mile lap to go and the crowd ready to burst a vessel, it was UHC’s Brad White taking a solo flyer off the front. White went on to cross the finish line in a seemingly effortless strong man fashion, with UHC teammate Menzies and Simes (Team SmartStop) grabbing second and third, respectively. Aitcheson (Astellas) sealed fourth while UHC’s Luke Keough and Carloz Alzate Escobar snatched fifth and sixth in the field sprint.

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Team ShareCare’s Rob White narrowly stays in the Yellow Overall Leader’s Jersey by a thread over Astellas teammates Brandon Feehery and Aitcheson, who are tied for second and third, just three points back. A mere five and six points, respectively, separate David Guttenplan (AG Bicycles-Guttenplan Coaching) and Rob White ShareCare teammate Hartley for the coveted yellow jersey.

The Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series continues Friday for its second of four USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) dates at the Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic presented by Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.
(photo credit to Karl Hendrikse).

Pro/1/2 Women Results
Beverly Hills Cycling Classic (NCC Race 1 of 4)

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (Day 4 of 7)
1 Kelly Fisher-Goodwin Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling
2 Theresa Cliff-Ryan Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling
3 Erica Allar CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp
4 Skylar Schneider Team TIBCO II
5 Samantha Schneider Team TIBCO/To the Top
6 Christy Keely Pepper Palace Pro Cycling
7 Laura Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
8 Jeannie Kuhajek Vanderkitten
9 Jessica Prinner CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp
10 Kathryne Carr SKINourishment p/b Paceline Projects

Pro/1/2 Women Overall Standings
Beverly Hills Cycling Classic

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (Day 4 of 7)
1 Jeannie Kuhajek Vanderkitten 67
2 Skylar Schneider Team TIBCO II 57
3 Jennifer Perricone ISCorp p/b Intellgentsia Coffee 54
4 Sarah Fader Pepper Palace Pro Cycling 52
5 Kristen Meshberg Spidermonkey 47
6 Jannette Rho Les Petites Victoires 46
7 Samantha Schneider Team TIBCO/To the Top 46
8 Theresa Cliff-Ryan Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling 39
9 Leah Sanda PSIMET Racing 33
10 Emily Palmer Scholars Inn Bakehouse Team Tortuga 32

Pro/1 Men Results
Beverly Hills Cycling Classic

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (Day 4 of 7)
1 Bradley White Team United Healthcare
2 Karl Menzies Team United Healthcare
3 John (Jackie) Simes Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Kha
4 Ryan Aitcheson Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
5 Luke Keough Team United Healthcare
6 Carlos Alzate Escobar Team Exergy
7 Shane Kline Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Kha
8 Hilton Clarke Team United Healthcare Georgia/The 706 P
9 Emile Abraham Predator Carbon Repair
10 Ricardo Escuela Predator Carbon Repair

Pro/1/2 Men Overall Standings
Beverly Hills Cycling Classic

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (Day 4 of 7)
1 Robert White Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com 59
2 Brandon Feehery Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 56
3 Ryan Aitcheson Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 56
4 David Guttenplan AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan 54
5 Chad Hartley Sharecare Cycling p/b Wheeland Sprocket.com 53
6 Calixto Bello AG Bicycles/ Guttenplan 46
7 Emile Abraham Predator Carbon Repair 32
8 Anthony Olson Mitsubishi Laser/Grand Performance 29
9 Andrew Scarano Team United Healthcare Georgia/The 706 P 25
10 Jeanmichel Lachance Latino Cycling Team 24


 

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