NCC: Clarke regains lead as Allar inches closer to clinching

  
  


With only four events remaining on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), competition is rising throughout the peloton. A stellar evening of racing at the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday brought Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp) closer to clinching the NCC women's standings.

The pro men's race gets underway in Boise. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger/Mountain West Sports Photography)
The pro men's race gets underway in Boise. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger/Mountain West Sports Photography)

Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) won the men's race and surged ahead of Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) in the NCC men's standings. Clarke now leads Escobar by 77 points. Their teammate, Karl Menzies (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) has moved into third place, overtaking Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare). Keough trails Menzies by six points while holding a 111-point cushion on fifth-place rider Shane Kline (Bally, Pa./Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis), who sits in fifth place with 609 points.

Kimberley Wells (AUS/Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Energy Cycling Vie13) won the women's race and bolted into fourth place of the NCC women's standings with 435 points. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp), who finished second in the women's race, remains the standings leader with 1,140 points, 468 points ahead of Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers), who placed fifth on Saturday to move into second place. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling Vie13) slipped into third place with 590 points, 82 points behind van Gilder and 155 points ahead of Wells. Samantha Schneider (Milwaukee, Wis./Team TIBCO-To the Top) moved back into the top five of the NCC women's standings with 433 points, only two points behind Wells.

The top four teams of the NCC men's team standings remain the same. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, which clinched the top spot, leads with 3,889 points while Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis sits in second place with 1,614 points. Jamis Hagens Berman remains in third place with 646 points while Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies is in fourth place with 454 points. CashCall Mortgage holds fifth place with 354 points.

Kimberley Wells celebrates winning the pro women's race in Boise. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger/Mountain West Sports Photography)
Kimberley Wells celebrates winning the pro women's race in Boise. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger/Mountain West Sports Photography)
CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp has a seemingly insurmountable, 794-point lead atop the NCC women's team standings. Colavita-Fine Cooking is in second place with 843 points, 64 points ahead of Team TIBCO-To the Top, which holds third place. Exergy TWENTY16 is in fourth place with 572 points, 72 points ahead of the new fifth-place team, Primal Pro Women p/b BH.

Complete results from the Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium are available online.

Click here for a photo gallery from the race.

 

USA Cycling NCC Standings:

Men's Standings
1. Hilton Clarke (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) — 1,203
2. Carlos Alzate Escobar (COL/UnitedHealthcare) — 1,126
3. Karl Menzies (AUS/UnitedHealthcare) — 726
4. Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./UnitedHealthcare) — 720
5. Shane Kline (Bally, Pa./Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis) — 609

Women's Standings
1. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp) — 1,140
2. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) — 672
3. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling Vie13) — 590
4. Kimberley Wells (AUS/Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling Vie13) — 435
5. Samantha Schneider (Milwaukee, Wis./Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 433

Men's Team Standings
1. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling — 3,889
2. Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis — 1,614
3. Jamis Hagens Berman — 646
4. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 454
5. CashCall Mortgage — 354

Women's Team Standings
1. CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp — 1,637
2. Colavita-Fine Cooking — 843
3. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 779
4. Exergy TWENTY16 — 572
5. Primal Pro Women p/b BH — 500

 

For complete standings, visit the NCC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ncc.

There are plenty of points available in Chicago from July 18-21 at the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series from July 18-21.



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