Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tour of Utah: The Rosters

The Tour of Utah Women's Edition rosters were released today! You can click thru the teams and racers online or just check out the graphic below. As Alex Kim, race director for the Criterium Classic, pointed out earlier on twitter; there are 17 teams consisting of 94 riders representing 11 countries. In addition, all Top 10 National Criterium Calendar riders and 8 of the Top 10 on the USA Crit Series are lining up in Logan on Monday. It's going to be amazing!

Top 10 NCC Women - all attending Tour of Utah

Top 10 USA Crit Series Women - 8 attending Tour of Utah

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tour of Utah: A Look Back at 2014

Officially, the Tour of Utah Women's Edition in 2014 was only one race held on Wednesday, Aug 6th. But unofficially, the teams made their way to Utah for two races, just like this year. Nicky Wangsgard created the Cedar City Grand Prix which took place Monday during Stage 1 while the Men were out on course. Just like this year's races, it was a criterium and took advantage of the large crowds already in town for the men's start/finish.

I drove to Cedar City on Saturday and helped with a little bit of everything, it was an amazing experience. There was a Sunday morning ride with the pros, team potluck, enrollment & team meeting, course setup, social media, and more. All the hard work was worth it and I'd like to think our success led the Tour of Utah to add another official women's race this year.

The winner of the Cedar City Grand Prix was Alison Powers from United Healthcare. Quite fitting for the reigning National Crit, Road, and Time Trial Champion. United Healthcare also won Most Aggressive Team and it's likely Coryn Rivera would have won if her bike wasn't damaged on the final lap. Alison Powers is now retired, but Coryn and United Healthcare are on their way to Utah. Alongside Alison on the podium were Sam Schneider and Tina Pic. As you know from yesterday's blog; Coryn, Sam, and Tina are all in the NCC Top 5 and in top form.

Cedar City Grand Prix Podium - Alison, Sam, Tina
United Healthcare wins Most Aggressive
After a day off and time to travel from Cedar City to Salt Lake City, the women were ready for their 2nd race and official Tour of Utah Women's Edition. The men have been racing the Tour of Utah since 2004, but 2014 was finally a chance for the women to show their stuff. I attended and helped with live race updates on twitter out on course. The men were finishing Stage 3 at Miller Motorsports Park, so the women raced laps around the course and finished just before the men arrived.

Tour of Utah Women's Edition 2014 - Miller Motorsports Park
Coryn Rivera got the win making it a sweep for United Healthcare. Mandy Heintz and Meredith Miller joined her on the podium and are also on their way to Utah to try and improve on last year's results. Coryn will definitely have her work cut out for her with so much talent racing in Logan and Ogden.

Christina Gokey-Smith (Pepper Palace) is another TOUWE threat and a great person to hang out with

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tour of Utah: Criterium Classic

Next Tuesday evening, we will have a winner of the Tour of Utah Women's Edition Criterium Classic. The two races that comprise the Criterium Classic are sanctioned under USA Cycling as part of the National Criterium Calendar. There are 17 events on the calendar for 2015, with the Tour of Utah being the 12th on the schedule. It is also the only event for women, while the other 16 include men's and women's events. 

According to the USA Cycling website, the current standings for the NCC for individual racers and teams are as follows. All 5 of these riders and teams are coming to the Tour of Utah. In fact, the top 11 teams are registered and many of their top ranked riders will be racing in Logan and Ogden. The combination of NCC points on the line and the Tour of Utah exposure will produce some exciting competition.
USA Cycling NCC Standings as of 7/28/15
There are close to 100 racers and 18 teams registered for the Tour of Utah Criterium Classic. There are great stories behind each racer and team. For example, Erica Allar recently moved from Colavita to LA Sweat which will bring interesting team dynamics. Samantha and Skylar are sisters and a family force to be reckoned with. Tina Pic is the crit master with 6 National Criterium Championships and countless wins. Rounding out the NCC Top 5 is Coryn Rivera, sprinter extraordinaire, coming off an international win in Germany. Coryn also won the Tour of Utah Women's Edition last year and along with United Healthcare will be defending the title and looking to move up the NCC rankings.