With the change on the racing calendar from September to May, the prestigious event was stacked with a healthy number of pros that have been racing UCI events this season. Nine riders from the RealCyclist.com Team raced in Greenville against notable powerhouses such as Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervélo) and George Hincapie (BMC Racing).
On Saturday, 44 competitors pedaled a winding 33-K course in the Race of Truth - the Individual Time Trial national championship. Battling the hot, humid weather and twisting roads to finish in the Top 15 for the RealCyclist.com Pro Team were Ian Burnett (Durango, Colo.) in 12th - 2 minutes, 23 seconds off the winner - and Oscar Clark (Atlanta, Ga.) in 13th, 2:32 back. Josh Berry (Sun Valley, Idaho) crossed the line in 27th and Evan Hyde (Park City, Utah) was 33rd.
On Memorial Day, the 185-K USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Championship course took the peloton up and over the infamous Paris Mountain four times. Pulling double duty on Monday for the RealCyclist.com Team - after the time trial - were Burnett, Clark, Berry and Hyde. They were joined in the road race by teammates Yosvany Falcon (Miami, Fla.), Frank Travieso (Winterville, Ga.), Mike Midlarsky (Delray Beach, Fla.), Matthew Crane (Athens, Ga.) and Cole House (Oneida, Wis.).
Out of the 104 riders that started the race, less than 50 finished. Six of the nine RealCyclist.com Team riders crossed the finish - the most of any one team in the event. Sitting in the fifth spot with 1-K left in the race, Clark was caught 50 meters from the finish by a bunch sprint. He finished 13th overall - besting his 25th place-finish in 2010. Other RealCyclist.com Team riders to finish were Berry in 22nd, Burnett in 23rd, Falcon in 28th, Hyde in 42nd and Travieso in 44th. Radio Shack's Matthew Busche took the title in a photo finish over hometown favorite Hincapie.
Upcoming for the RealCyclist.com Pro Team on June 5 will be the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship in Philadelphia, Pa. Representing the Team will be: Francisco Mancebo (ESP), Cesar Grajales (COL), Oscar Clark (USA), Cole House (USA), Frank Travieso (USA), Yosvany Falcon (USA), Josh Berry (USA) and Tommy Nankervis (AUS).
"Philly is the biggest one-day race in America, and for me it has always been an honor to compete in this event. I have done this race several times, but last year was very special for me," recalls Gajales, who captured the King of the Mountain classification in 2010. "The experience of going up Manayunk Wall is always incredible, and to be on the podium is a highlight of my career."
This 156-mile circuit race includes repeated climbs up the grueling Manayunk Wall. The RealCyclist.com Pro Team is offering a limited number of Patron Rides in the team support vehicle during the event. Each lap is $200 for an up-close experience in a top UCI-sanctioned bicycle race, and the easiest way to climb the renowned Manayunk Wall. To reserve your spot, please contact Team Sport Manager Jason Kriel, Jason@ontherivetmanagement.com.
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