Clarke, McGrath Triumph in Boise

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July 18, 2012
Clarke, McGrath Triumph in BoiseUnitedHealthcare's “Blue Train” Delivers for Hilton Clarke,
Exergy TWENTY12's Kristin McGrath Surprises with a Sprint
BOISE, IDAHO–The 2012 Exergy Twilight Criterium was held this past Saturday night, and despite the wet weather, Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) took his second win at the Boise event, while Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12) secured a surprise victory in the women's race.
2012 Boise Twilight Criterium
Photo Credit: Steve Conner
Clarke’s triumph came by way of UnitedHealthcare’s “Blue Train” style of racing, although this time the team was composed of only himself, his brother Jonny and veteran stage racer Rory Sutherland. The reduced size didn’t seem to change the power of UnitedHealthcare though, and Clarke came out victorious after an escape of the main field by Jim Stemper (Kenda/5-Hour Energy), Eric Marcotte (ELBOWZ Racing), Ty Magner (BMC/Hincapie Devo), Sam Bassetti (California Giant/Specialized), Oscar Clark (UnitedHealthcare of GA p/b The 706 Project), and the Team Exergy’s Carlos Alzate and Ben Chaddock.
Men's Podium 2012 Boise Twilight
Men's Podium: Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy), Michael Weicht (CashCall Mortgage) Photo Credit: Steve Conner

Oscar Clark was hoping a strong finish would allow him to gain some needed points to move him up from second place in the fight for the Orange Jersey, but Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop) crossed the line far enough in front of him to hold onto the leading position.

 

Women's Finish 2012 Boise Twilight Criterium
McGrath edges out Powers for the win Photo Credit: Steve Conner

In the women’s race, McGrath’s surprising win was the result of a four member breakaway group including McGrath, Megan Gaurnier (TIBCO), Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus), and Olivia Dillon (NOW and Novartis for MS) being brought back by the rest of the field, which included McGrath’s teammate, the top sprinter for Exergy TWENTY12, Theresa Cliff-Ryan. While covering a last minute attack by Alison Powers, McGrath found herself in the perfect position to use that propulsion and surpass the NOW and Novartis for MS rider to the line and secure the win.

 

Women's Podium 2012 Boise Twilight Criterium
Women's Podium: Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12), Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Exergy TWENTY12) Photo Credit: Steve Conner

A strong 6th place finish by Erica Allar (RICECLEAN/PatentIt.com) keeps her in lead in the Orange Jersey, and she is only one step away from taking yet another Series' title at the 11th stop, the Tour of Vail in Colorado on September 30. The inaugural installment of the Tour of Vail serves as this year's exciting conclusion to the 2012 USA CRITS Champtionship Series.

Exergy Twilight Criterium Results
Men1. Hilton Clarke (United Healthcare)
2. Carlos Alzate (Team Exergy)
3. Michael Weicht (CashCall Mortgage)
4. Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop)
5. Rafael Meran (CRCA/Foundation)
6. Conor Mullervy (Team Exergy)
7. Jean-Michel Lechance (Rossetti Devo)
8. Euris Vidal (CRCA/Foundation)
9. David Santos (CashCall Mortgage)
10. Erik SlackWomen1. Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12)
2. Alison Powers (NOW and Novartis for MS)
3. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Exergy TWENTY12)
4. Tina Pic (Colavita/ESPNw)
5. Lauren Hall (Team TIBCO)
6. Erica Allar (RIDECLEAN/PatentIt.com)
7. Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO)
8. Brenna Lopez-Otero (Bend Memorial Clinic TotalCare)
9. Cristina Gokey-Smith (NOW and Novartis for MS)
10. Liza Rachetto (Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing)


USA CRITS Championship Series Standings

Men

1. Luke Keough, Team Mountain Khakis/SmartStop, 2031 pts
2. Oscar Clark, 
UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b The 706 Project, 1917 pts
3. Emile Abraham, Rossetti Devo Cycling Team, 1753 pts
4. Euris R. Vidal, CRCA/Foundation, 1678 pts
5. Gavriel Epstein, Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes/CRCA, 1593 pts
6. Colin Jaskiewicz, Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes/CRCA, 1557 pts
7. Rafael Meran, CRCA/Foundation, 1534 pts
8. Jean-Michel Lechance, Rossetti Devo Cycling Team, 1259 pts
9. Isaac Howe, Kenda/5-Hour Evergy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder, 1038 pts
10. Frank Travieso, Team Coco's, 978 pts
Women1. Erica Allar, RIDECLEAN/PatentIt.com, 1921 pts
2. Colleen Gulick, Pure Energy Cycling, 1372 pts
3. Debbie Milne, Absolute Racing, 1351 pts
4. Colleen Hayduk, RideClean-PatentIt.com, 1313 pts
5. Laura Van Gilder, Mellow Mushroom-Rose Bandit Racing, 1253 pts
6. Sarah Fader, Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC, 801 pts
7. Christina Gokey-Smith, NOW and Novartis for MS, 633 pts
8. Kristen Lasasso, Mellow Mushroom/Rose Bandit Racing, 631 pts
9. Jacquelyn Crowell, Exergy TWENTY12, 621 pts
10. Nichole Wangsgard, Primal/MapMyRide, 615 pts

About the USA CRITS Championship Series

The races that form the USA CRITS Championship Series represent more than 100 years of criterium racing and have the ideals that have made criterium racing an American legacy: challenging courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts; a large and growing base of spectators; broad community support; and strong marketing opportunities for partners.

2012 USA CRITS Championship Series Schedule

Mar 10: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, FL
Mar 17: Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix, Tucson, AZ
Apr 14: Presbyterian Invitational Criterium, Charlotte, NC
Apr 28: Terrapin Twilight Criterium, Athens, GA
May 12: Tour de Grove, St. Louis, MO
Jun 1: Lake Bluff Twilight Criterium, Lake Bluff, IL
Jun 19: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, New York, NY
Jun 30: Hyde Park Blast, Cincinnati, OH
Jul 7: Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. West Chester, PA
Jul 14: Exergy Twilight Criterium, Boise, ID
Sep 30: Tour of Vail, Vail, CO

 

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