Friday, September 19, 2014

Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Prepares for the Final Stop on the NCC Calendar and the Last Race of the 2014 Season!





Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle and Erica Allar Lead the Overall NCC Team and Individual Competitions!!


Erica Allar 


The Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Pro Cycling team will conclude the 2014 season with the last stop on the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) at the TD Bank Mayor's Cup in downtown Boston, MA.  Erica Allar on her Stradalli R7, Jen Purcell, Lenore Pipes, and Mary Zider will represent the Crit squad on Saturday, September 20th.  Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle recently sealed the deal on winning the NCC Overall Team Standing competition with four days of stellar performances at The Gateway CupThe team was able to capture the team competition before finishing the NCC calendar at the TD Bank Mayor's Cup. Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle ended the calendar with 1,835 points followed by United Health Care in second place with 1,365 points. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle dominated the NCC competition with Erica Allar winning the Individual Competition by a large margin.


 
Lenore Pipes
 
Mary Zider
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Erica Allar Sprints to 2nd Place at The USA Professional Criterium National Championships!



Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Wins the NCC Overall Team Competition! 

  
Erica Allar- 2nd Place - USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships


High Point, NC - Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle competed in the USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships this past Saturday afternoon in High Point, NC. This was the second consecutive year the National Championships have been held in High Point, which offers some unique features never seen in a crit course. This year's race was on a new, 0.95-mile course that once again started and finished at the covered Mendenhall Transportation Terminal. In the early laps of the race Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle traded blows with United Health Care (UHC) at attacking the peloton.  Each team attempted to send a rider up the road, but was unsuccessful, until Team Colativa/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle's Mary Zider attacked the field.  Zider was able to get away from other riders that attempted to go with her, and ended up on a solo break that reached a gap of nearly 15 seconds.  Zider's move forced the UHC riders to  move to the front of the peloton and chase her down.  Once Zider was caught, UHC's Alison Powers countered with a solo move of her own.  Many riders remembered Powers winning last year's race out of a break, so her move was quickly brought back.  Multiple attacks continued to fire off the front of the race making it a very exciting and animated race as moves by the top teams would continue to dwindle down the field.  Inside of 25 laps, Alison Powers threw out another vicious attack.  This time she was marked by Mary Zider glued to her wheel as she launched out of the peloton. Inside of 20 laps Power and Zider continued to drive their break remaining away from the field for nearly 10 laps and building a nearly 20 second gap.  Several teams moved riders to the front and began chipping away at the Zider/Powers time gap.  After a determined effort by the field Zider and Powers were pulled back with just over 10 laps to go.  In the closing laps of the race the heat and intensity of the race, coupled with the additional 30 minutes of racing (this was a 90 minute crit compared to the typical 60 minute) the field had been dwindled down to a small group of approximately 25 riders.  Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle demonstrated their prowess by animating the race at every chance possible.  Whitney Shultz was able to sprint out and grab a late race prime worth $500!  Jessica Prinner and Jen Purcell worked tirelessly in the closing laps to cover moves that allowed Erica Allar to challenge for the sprint finish.  



Mary Zider (with Alison Powers) drives the break

 

The race was thrown a curve ball with 3 laps to go as reigning champion Alison Powers, Tina Pic, Mary Zider and other riders were caught in an untimely crash in turn 1.  The crash caused chaos for many teams, but Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle's remaining riders protected  Allar, who remained upright and in good position n her Stradalli R7 to tackle the final laps. Out of the final corner Allar positioned herself well and sprinted like a demon, only to be nipped at the line.  Allar's efforts made for a very close and exciting finish, all while grabbing the team an impressive 2nd place finish at the USA Cycling Criterium National Championships. 

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle finally sealed the deal on winning the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) Overall Team Standing competition.  The team was able to capture the team competition with one race left on the calendar, the TD Bank Mayor's Cup, in Boston, MA on September 20. Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle ended the calendar with 1,835 points followed by United Health Care in second place with 1,365 points. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle dominated the NCC competition with Erica Allar winning the Individual Competition with her Stradalli R7 by a large margin over second place finisher Tina Pic of Fearless Femme. 

Up next for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle is the last stop on the NCC, the TD Bank Mayor's Cup, on September 20th in downtown Boston, MA.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Heads to The Smart Choice USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships!!

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Heads to The Smart Choice USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships!!



  
Erica Allar with her Stradalli R7- 2014 NCC Individual Overall Champion



Edison, NJ - Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle heads back to High Point, NC to race for the 2014 Criterium National Championship jersey. America's best Crit racers, including Erica Allar on her Stradalli R7, will line up on Saturday evening on the new, 0.95-mile Crit course to race on the fan packed streets of High Point. The races will again start and finish at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal.  




ROSTER for USA Professional National Championships:
  

 
Erica Allar
Jen Purcell
Jessi Prinner
Whitney Schultz
Mary Zider

 

 
Jessi Prinner and Jen Purcell 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Team Colavita / Fine Cooking / Stradalli Cycle Staenberg Gateway Cup Weekend Wrap-Up!!


   
Erica Allar  - Day 1 - Tour de Lafayette/Gateway Cup


St. Louis, MO- Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle headed to St. Louis Missouri this past week to contest the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup,  a series of four criterium races taking place in four separate neighbors of St. Louis. With all four of the events included in the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) the field was stacked with many of the nation's top teams. 

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle started the four day race series with The Tour de Lafayette under the lights on a flat, wide-open 0.9-mile course with four 90-degree turns.   The fans lined the streets making for a very exciting and energetic race on day 1. The field stayed together on the dark course ending with a field sprint.  Erica Allar was able to snag a third place finish while Jen Purcell took 10th place. 



Erica Allar, Mary Zider, and Whitney Schultz - The Giro Della Montagna -Third stop of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup!


Over the next three days Erica Allar used her Stradalli R7 the help and support of the team's front line squad of defense Mary Zider and Whitney Shultz along with sweeper Lenore Pipes. In the final laps lead out specialist Jen Purcell was there to help Allar who just missed the podium, but still was able to land an impressive 4th and two 5th place finishes. Jen Purcell was also able to hold onto a 7th and 10th place respectively on day 3 and 4. 

Up next for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle is the USA Cycling 2014 Smart Choice Professional Criterium National Championships in High Point, NC.