Team Colavita/Fine Cooking Takes 4th and 5th at the Amgen Tour of California Women's Circuit Race and Individual Time Trial
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking Takes 4th and 5th at the Amgen
Tour of California Women's Circuit Race and Individual Time Trial
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking squeezed onto
the jammed packed start line of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California
Women's Circuit Race this past Sunday. With a registered field of 109
riders, consisting of some of the top talent in the world, Team
Colavita/Fine Cooking knew they'd have their work cut out right from
the opening gun. The atmosphere in downtown Sacramento was
electric, as hundreds of race fans lined the course. The 1.5 mile
four corner circuit course, on a very windy day, made for an exciting day
of bike racing. The women's teams were not holding back as attacks and
counter attacks were constantly being fired off the front. With no
attacks looking promising on the wide open course the trend turned
toward keeping the pace blistering fast as average laps speeds exceeded
27 mph! As things got down to the business end, it
became clear this race was going to be won out of a field
sprint. With three laps to go Team Colavita/Fine Cooking was
preparing to organize for sprinter Erica Allar when disaster struck and
riders Mary Zider and Jen Purcell were caught up in a race-ending
crash. Allar quickly adjusted with her remaining teammates Olivia
Dillon, Laura Brown and Lindsay Bayer to set up the final sprint.
Allar showed great positioning into the final lap of the race and was
able to hold on for a chaotic, yet solid fourth place finish. The
team was very pleased with this result in a field of this caliber.
day would see Laura Brown, representing Team Colavita/Fine Cooking, in
the invitation-only Women's Individual Time Trial. The
time trial course consisted of a 12.5 mile loop that began and finished
in Folsom's historic district. Brown has consistently proven her
ability to deliver in time trial events and displayed
that once again in a stacked field of time trial specialists.
Brown turned in a very impressive time, finishing in 5th place,
just :40 seconds off of the winning time.