Frank Travieso (RealCyclist) took a decisive win on Saturday in the 38th annual Dilworth Criterium, the penultimate event in the 2011 USA CRITS Speedweek series.
Travieso out-gunned four other breakaway companions on a tough uphill drag to the finish after 75 minutes of hard-fought racing.
In the women’s race Colavita’s Lauren Hall avenged her team’s disappointing loss at the Spartanburg Regional Classic less than 24 hours before with her first victory of the 2011 season.
After being just one lap away from victory earlier in the week at the Downtown Walterboro Classic, Travieso was able to turn the tables on the dominant UnitedHealthcare squad in Dilworth.
The Cuban-born speedster made a decisive move during the final half of the race, bridging to the trio of Emerson Oronte (Jelly Belly), Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing) and Raymond Kreder (Chipotle Development Team), who were in desperate pursuit of UnitedHealthcare’s Boy Van Poppel.
“When I saw the other three guys, I knew I had to go, so I jumped hard,” Travieso said.
With three laps to go, Travieso helped the chase catch Van Poppel. This put him in good stead for the finale, but the characteristics of the course weren’t necessarily to his advantage.
“The climb to the finish is very, very hard and long, so I had to go early to have a chance at making it,” he said.
Travieso did just that, and beat Kreder to the line by a tenth of a second.
In the women’s race, Hall also found herself coping with the challenges the Dilworth course put forth — particularly the trip up that long hill.
“I thought my sprint went 500 meters, but it was longer than that. Maybe 800 meters. When I jumped, I thought ‘This is such a long shot.’ But I jumped, went went went, sat down, and looked back to realize that I had a bit of a gap. Then I went again and just took my natural line to the finish line. It was so close. I had no idea that Laura (Van Gilder) was right there on my tail.”
Van Gilder took second place and now holds a 33-point edge on the individual overall standings for her efforts. Nicky Wangsgard (Primal-MapMyRide) took the final step on the podium.
As far as the overall is concerned Colavita-Forno d’Asolo has the team standings all but locked up, although the squad lost the individual title when sprinter Theresa Cliff-Ryan left the series for the Pan Am Games.
On the men’s side, the individual standings are much tighter. UnitedHealthcare’s Jake Keough holds a four-point advantage over teammate Hilton Clarke and Carlos Alzate, who are tied for second. Keough’s squad, though, has a much healthier margin in the team standings.
The 2011 USA CRITS Speedweek concludes Sunday with the Global Imports Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
- 1. Frank Travieso, RealCyclist
- 2. Raymond Kreder, Chipolte Devo Team
- 3. Christian Helmig, Elbowz Racing
- 4. Boy Van Poppel, UnitedHealthcare
- 5. Emerson Oronte, Jelly Belly
- 1. Lauren Hall, Colavita-Forno d’Asolo
- 2. Laura Van Gilder, Mellow Mushroom
- 3. Nicky Wangsgard, Primal-Map My Ride
- 4. Christina Gokey-Smith, Rouse Bicycles
- 5. Jennifer Purcell, Crumpton Cycles