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.