Featuring an individual Time Trial Championship on May 26 and Road Race Championship on May 28, Team riders claimed a handful of top finishes. Leading the Team in the technical, 20.7-mile Time Trial was Mike Olheiser (USA). A former Master’s World TT champion, Olheiser rode to an 11th-place finish with a time of 42 minutes, 43 seconds – two minutes off the winning time. The Team placed three other riders in the top 20, including: David Williams (USA) 15th place, Ian Burnett (USA) 18th place, and Taylor Shelden (USA) 19th place. The race featured a field of 35 riders.
In Monday’s 115-mile Road Race Championship, Chad Beyer (USA) led the charge for the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team. Racing a diverse course that featured three, 3.8-mile circuits through downtown Greenville and four, 22.5-mile laps that took riders up Paris Mountain, Beyer was in the first chase group heading into the final climb up Paris Mountain. Getting substantial help from teammates Shelden, Burnett, and Olheiser, Beyer was in good position on the final attack. With Olheiser and Beyer on the charge, the two were in the final group of 13 riders threatening the lead group as they made their way towards the summit.
“The enormous work Ian and Taylor did for Chad and Mike before pulling the plug was instrumental in allowing 13 riders from the break to get in solid position,” said Jason Kriel of On The Rivet Management. “It would be this final group of 13 who charged to the finish with 15 chasers in hot pursuit.”
On the subsequent downhill, Beyer and Olheiser grinded to the finish that involved a suspenseful sprint. Timothy Duggan of Liquigas-Cannondale took the win with a time of 4 hours, 17 minutes, 40 seconds. Beyer took seventh place in 4:18:09 and Olheiser nabbed 12th in 4:18:26. Of the 93 riders who started the race, only 46 crossed the finish – mainly due to a crash on Paris Mountain that affected more than 30 riders.
“The Team didn’t get a win, but they worked really well together and executed superbly under very hot and humid conditions,” said Kriel. “Considering this year’s event was one of the deepest fields ever for the USA Pro Championships, the Team has a lot to be proud of.”
On June 3, the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team will race at the UCI-sanctioned TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship in Philadelphia, Pa. The 156-mile classic remains the longest running single-day cycling road race in the U.S.
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