Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Continues
to Dominate the Podium!
Erica Allar Grabs two of three wins at Intelligentsia Cup!
Erica Allar on the top step of the podium
Photo CrePhoto Credits EtTeam Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle continues their win streak, grabbing 2 wins over the 3 day race weekend at the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series in Waukegan, IL. The first victory of the weekend came on Day 1 when the team lined Photo Credits Ethan Glading
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle continues their win streak, grabbing 2 wins over the 3 day race weekend at the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series in Waukegan, IL. The first victory of the weekend came on Day 1 when the team lined up for the Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle showed complete dominance over the field and controlled the race over the 60 minutes, never allowing any attacks from other teams to get away. On the final lap of the race the Colavita train was well positioned to easily deliver sprint specialist Erica Allar for her first win of the weekend. Saturday's race, the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium, was the crown jewel of the weekend for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle as it was the 12th stop on the NCC. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle continues to lead the individual and team classification standings. The 1.4K course in downtown Lake Bluff consisted of narrow roads with a tight final 180 degree turn before heading into a long, rising uphill drag to the finish. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle was once again an active participant in the race, ensuring no dangerous moves got away unless it consisted of the right rider combinations that were advantageous to the team's chance of winning. A late race move saw Mary Zider explode for a prime, which allowed her to keep going up the road, while being joined by Pepper Palace's Sarah Fadar. The two riders were able to maintain a sizable lead and put a bit of pressure on the opposing team's sprinters. However, it was not enough to stick as the break of two was brought back in the closing laps of the race. Once the break was caught, it became clear the finish would come down to a field sprint. The finishing power stretch proved to be right in Allar's wheel-house as she captured her second victory of the weekend.
Amy Good rounds a corner
Photo Credit Ethan Glading
In the final race of the weekend Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle went into the Tour de Crystal Lake with high confidence after winning the previous two races on the weekend. The team raced hard and smart, controlling much of the race, but as bike racing goes, things don't always go as planned. An unlucky final lap caused Allar to finish in a hard fought fourth place. Erica Allar ended the 3 day weekend leading the Prairie State Cycling Series Overall.
Erica Allar on the podium for the overall lead
Photo Credits Team Colavita
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Cycle will head to West Chester, PA for the Iron Hill Twilight Crit on Saturday, August 2nd.