Monday, July 30, 2012
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The McKenzie Pass road race has been part of Cascade Classic since the venerable stage race's inception during the 1980's. The punishing roads and rugged terrain have earned McKenzie the distinction of "Queen Stage".
The first half of the dichotomous course is on the rainy western slope of Mt Washington while the second half takes place in the arid high desert of the eastern aspect, finishing on top of the 3 Creeks climb.
For the second consecutive year a nasty high speed crash in the early miles of the day caused carnage in the peloton, this year claiming the Yellow Jersey as an unfortunate victim. This year's crash closely followed a 3 rider escape, and by the time order was restored the small breakaway had 3 minutes lead. Team Exergy's Sam Johnson proved the strongman of the trio, crossing Mt Washington first and earning a polka dot jersey for his day of work.
Back in the peloton, Paco Mancebo and his CompetitiveCyclist.com team assumed control of the chase, catching Johnson at the 7km to go marker. Shortly after, a select group of 7 men built a half minute lead that would survive to the line, with Mancebo taking top honors and Matt Cooke slotting in at 5th place.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
|1||Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) WN||10:09:01|
|2||Jari Kirkland (Alpine Orthopaedics)||0:43:02|
|3||Tracy Thelen (Ascent Cycling)||1:55:40|
|4||Ryan Natalie (Yeti Beti)|
|4||Sarah Jansen||40 points|
Mid South Velo
A brief July rain put chaos in the peloton at the 2012 Exergy Twilight Criterium. Both the men's and women's races endured glacial mid-race roads before the pavement dried in time for fair finishes on the flat, fast parcourse.
Confusion and carnage reigned during the first half of the men's race. Crashed and lapped riders poured through the pit area each lap making it impossible to determine the exact cause of their malais, and many unfortunate victims were removed while less worthy adversaries remained in the race.
After the storm settled a group of 7 slipped the field, setting a strong pace and threatening the victory. In the group were Ben Chaddock and Carlos Alzate, among others. The break suffered a major hit when Eric Marcotte lost contact due to a late flat tyre.
Riders from United Healthcare and Jamis teamed up to reel in the escapees on the ultimate lap and UHC's Hilton Clarke took top honors as Alzate hung on for 2nd. This was Clarke's 2nd victory in Boise following a 2008 title.
Clarke 2nd Boise Twilight title