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- World Bicycle Relief:
The Power of Bicycles
- World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. Rural students who commute to school on Buffalo bicycles improve school attendance, academic performance and have a shorter, safer commute.
- The South Chicago Bike Race and the Slow Roll Chicago Community Bike Ride Join Forces
- Goose Island Joins as Sponsor of SRAM Chicago Criterium
- SRAM Joins Intelligentsia Cup as Presenting Sponsor
- Team MACK Sponsors New Masters Category
- Pactimo Inks Two-year Deal with Intelligentsia Cup for Custom Cycling Apparel
- Intelligentsia Coffee Renews as Title Sponsor of Prairie State Cycling Series for Two Years
- Elmhurst Cycling Classic Announces Twilight Criterium for 2015
- 4th Annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party
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Clarke takes field sprint; Gilgen solos to win in Intelligentsia Cup Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium
The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar stop on the Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM was the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium, just north of Chicago. A muggy evening did not stop the professional men and women from racing fast over $24,000 in prize money.
In Waukegan it was veteran criterium racer Rahasaan Bahati (Bahati-WTR) taking the win in the men’s race while Fearless Femme went one-two with Amy Cutler followed by Loretta HansonIn the men’s race it was NCC leader Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) easily out-kicking the competition in a field sprint, while in the women’s race it was a surprise solo effort for the final five laps that gave Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing p/b Cyclepath) the biggest win of her career.
UnitedHealthcare and Astellas Pro Cycling were the two deepest squads in the men’s race, though the German Team Radon, in for the series, gave both a run for their money by having riders in most of the breaks. However, neither of the American teams seemed content to change the win to a break and ultimately it was lead-out trains battling in the final laps. First, Astellas took to the front with five to go — though it seemed a little early as series leader Ryan Aitcheson was missing from the train. But on the next lap veteran Adam Myerson was escorting the Canadian up to the front.
With three to go UnitedHealtcare’s train was up and running alongside Astellas. And the final two laps it was all bluetrain on the front. The only disruption was Colombian Camilo Ulloa (Idermeta) sliding in for second ahead of Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare). Team Radon put two in the to five to keep their series hopes high with Frank Lütters now just two points behind Aitcheson.
There were also two dominant women’s teams in Pepper Palace and ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI, with the likes of Tina Pic and Samantha Schneider looking to go head-to-head in a sprint. But a late race $100 prime saw Canadian Jamie Gilgen roll off the front and she just kept going, as the two sprinter’s teams looked at the other to chase.
Gilgen, in full time trial mode, rolled away with the cash as Schneider bested Pic for the field sprint and other two podium spots.
The Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM finishes Sunday in the heart of Chicago, the Fulton Market neighborhood on the near west side right in front of the Intelligentsia Coffee roasting works.
Watch the Lake Bluff NCC Criterium Live
Waukegan and Elmhurst racing action heats up series
The Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM continued Thursday at the Vista Health Waukegan Bike Race and the Elmhurst Cycling Classic Twilight Criterium. Both events had bigger crowds from last year with the new twilight schedule in Elmhurst creating an amazing atmosphere.
In Waukegan it was veteran criterium racer Rahasaan Bahati (Bahati-WTR) taking the win in the men’s race while Fearless Femme went one-two with Amy Cutler followed by Loretta Hanson.
Under the lights in Elmhurst Pepper Palace’s Sarah Fader broke the strength of Fearless Femme as Hanson and Cutler rounded out the podium of the field sprint. In the men’s race it was a surprising three-rider breakaway that stayed away with Julio Padilla attacking on the final lap for the win ahead of Kevin Mullervy and Innokenty Zavyalov with Rahasaan Bahati taking the field sprint.
Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Cycling Team) and Ana Teresa Casas Bonilla (Mexico) continue to lead the overall series heading into the final two days.
Racing continues with the USA Cycling NCC races in Lake Bluff, streaming live on Cyclingnews.com.
2015 Announced Intelligentsia Cup Dates
Friday, July 17
13th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
(Criterium in the Chicago community of Beverly, IL)
Saturday, July 18
South Chicago Bike Race
pb Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza
Sunday, July 19
Willow Springs Road Race
pb Tower Racing
Thursday, July 23
Vista Health System Waukegan Bike Race
(Criterium - Waukegan, IL)
Friday, July 24
Elmhurst Cycling Classic
(Twilight Criterium - Elmhurst, IL)
Saturday, July 25
Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party
(Criterium - Lake Bluff, IL)
Sunday, July 26
SRAM Chicago Criterium
pb Goose Island Beer Company
(Criterium - Chicago, IL)
Variety of racing on opening weekend of Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM
Chicago — July 20, 2015 – The Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM kicked off its first weekend with two criteriums and a road race consisting of big fields and big smiles. The two criteriums were on opposite ends of the spectrum with the first being one of the longest running races in Chicago and the other a brand new course – while the road race doubled as the Illinois State Road Race Championship.
On Friday evening the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic saw the addition of a third category with the Master’s 1/2/3 racing for the first time and to huge thumbs up. 2014 defending master’s champion Michael Heagney (Intelligentsia Coffee) took the inaugural win. In the women’s pro race it was local Jeannie Kuhajek (ISCorp p/b SmartChoice MRI) taking the top step while the 105 rider pro men’s field was won out of a breakaway by German Frank Lutters (Team Radon).
On Saturday a brand new course was on tap thanks to the support of Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza. The “hot dog” course of two 180-degree turns was met with skepticism by many, but over and over racers finished saying they were pleasantly surprised by how fun and challenging the course turned out to be.
Jeffery Schiller (To Wheels) took the pro men’s win out of another breakaway while Rob White (Avant) took over the series lead thanks to a second runner-up result. In the women’s race it was Mexico’s Ana Teresa Casas Bonilla improving on her third place finish the day before taking the win.
Sundaw saw the Willow Springs Road Race as the Illinois State Championships contested alongside the series omniums. In the women’s race it was Colombia’s Ana Milena Fagua was the first to the top of the hill while Chicago’s Daphne Karagianis (Chicago Cuttin’ Crew) pulled on the state champ jersey. On the men’s side Canadian Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Pro Cycling) took the top step after two days of strong results, while Ryan O'Boyle (xXx Racing) claimed the state championship.
Racing picks up again this Thursday with the Vista Health System Waukegan Bike Race and continues through Sunday!