Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli's Olivia Dillon Finishes in Top Ten Overall at North Star Grand Prix!

Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli's Olivia Dillon Finishes in Top Ten Overall at North Star Grand Prix!

Tour of America's Dairyland Roster Announced

Photo Credits Jonathan Devich

Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli brought a versatile squad of sprinters, time trialists, and strong all-arounders to the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota.  Day 1 - stage two (stage 1 was a morning time trial), at the St. Paul Criterium Dillon took a solo flyer to win the first sprint points competition ten laps into the race, and was able to hold her solo move for the next five laps.  With time bonuses on the line, teams were not willing to let Dillon remain off the front and she was eventually reeled back.  However, Dillon had a different plan and several laps later, she broke away again from the pack for the next sprint points competition with 8 laps to go, securing her place as the "Penn Cycle Most Aggressive Rider".  The fast paced and technical course was filled with many crashes, one of which caused Lindsay Bayers and Whitney Schultz to go down late in the race. Both riders were OK and able to start the next day's stage. Lenore Pipes held great position in the final laps ending the day with an impressive 6th place finish.

Photo Credits Jonathan Devich
Dillon continued to ride strong through the remaining stages and heading into the final stage sat 11th overall in the general classification (GC) and 2nd in the sprints point classification.  The final stage, The Stillwater Criterium, includes the famed Chilkoot Hill, with an average gradient of 18%. The famed hill climb along with the very technical downhill turns always weeds out the field very quickly, giving the stage the reputation as one of the hardest in North America. Olivia Dillon, went in with high motivation to finish in the GC top ten and as a result of smart, tactical racing she did it!  Dillon finished in 10th place overall and took 3rd place in the overall sprint competition.

A small squad consisting of Erica Allar, Jessi Prinner and Jen Purcell will head to the Tour of America Dairyland's starting on June 19th in Wisconsin. Two of the 11 events fall on the NCC Calendar - on Saturday, June 21st the Giro d' Grafton and Sunday, June 22nd The Waukesha Carl Zach Cycling Classic.  Both events will be key races the squad will certainly look to secure podium spots to help Allar maintain her overall lead in the NCC individual competition. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli is also looking to re-gain the top spot back in the Team Overall Classification.

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