The 19-event USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) rolled into its 11th and 12th contests last weekend as the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough and Air Force Cycling Classic held multi-day events. The three-day event in Tulsa, Okla., was witnessed by countless spectators and watched online by many more. The two-day omnium in Arlington, Va., attracted many of the top criterium racers in the business, crowning worthy winners on Sunday.
Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) remains the leader of the NCC men’s standings after finishing second in the omnium of the Air Force Cycling Classic. Jacobe Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) finished seventh on Saturday before winning Sunday to take the omnium win and jump from fourth into second place in the standings. Keough’s surge up the standings now has him only 95 points behind Clarke with five events remaining for the men. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/Team Exergy) finished third overall in Virginia, but slipped into third in the standings, 19 points behind Keough. Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis), who placed fifth in the omnium at the Air Force Cycling Classic, slipped one spot to fourth place, 25 points behind Escobar and 69 points ahead of fifth-place Brad Huff (Springfield, Mo./Jelly Belly Cycling Team). Huff finished second toKen Hanson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) at the Tulsa Tough.
After placing three of the top four men at the Air Force Cycling Classic, UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis has opened a 461-point cushion atop the NCC men’s team standings. Jamis-Sutter Home is in second place, 51 points ahead of third-place Team Exergy. Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop held its fourth-place position, 151 points ahead of Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder.
Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./RideClean-PatentIt.com) strung together three top-five finishes in Oklahoma to win the omnium and increase her lead atop the NCC women’s standings. Allar won Friday’s criterium before placing fifth and fourth, respectively, in the races on Saturday and Sunday. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom), who finished second to Allar in Tulsa, remains in second place, 194 points behind Allar and 119 points ahead of third-place Sarah Fader (Morrisville, N.C./Pepper Palace-Spin-Tech Training p/b ABRC).Nicky Wangsgard (Cedar City, Utah/Primal-MapMyRider Women’s Racing) remains in fourth place, 71 points behind Fader and 22 points ahead of Christina Gokey-Smith (Denton, Texas/NOW and Novartis for MS).
Despite winning Sunday’s race, Fader finished third in the omnium in Virginia, finishing behind Leah Kirchmann (CAN/Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Joanne Kiesanowski (Seattle, Wash./Team TIBCO-To the Top).
Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies has trimmed Team TIBCO-To the Top’s lead in the NCC women’s team standings. The margin between the top two teams has been chipped down to 90 points. In third place, 116 points behind Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, is NOW and Novartis for MS which holds a 148-point cushion on Primal-MapMyRider Women’s Racing. The fifth-place team, only four points out of fourth place, is Vanderkitten-Focus.
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The next event on the NCC, the Harlem Skyscraper Criterium, a men’s only race, will be streamed live on Sunday, June 17 from Manhattan, N.Y. The women return to action as they and the men contest the Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin from June 28-July 1.