NRC: Exciting racing in Pennsylvania ends 2012 calendar

  
  


The USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) concluded Saturday in Pennsylvania with the Thompson Bucks County Classic, a one-day men's road race. Although the top spots of the standings had previously been clinched, it didn't cloud an otherwise brilliant day of racing.

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Patrick Bevin topped the podium after winning the Thompson Bucks County Classic. Logan Hutchins and Robert Britton finished second and third, respectively. (Photo by Marco Quezada, www.marcoquezada.com)
Patrick Bevin topped the podium after winning the Thompson Bucks County Classic. Logan Hutchins and Robert Britton finished second and third, respectively. (Photo by Marco Quezada, www.marcoquezada.com)
The top five of the men's standings are unchanged as Francisco Mancebo (ESP/Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) tops the final NRC men's standings with 918 points. Rory Sutherland (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) trimmed 36 points off his deficit, to finish the year in second place, 437 points behind Mancebo. The top American in the standings, Tom Zirbel (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), completed the year only 39 points behind Sutherland in third place, 38 points ahead of Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz./Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), who finished in fourth. Phillip Gaimon (Ellicott City, Md./Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) rounds out the top five with 381 points.

In Saturday's race, Patrick Bevin (NZL/Bissell Cycling) emerged from a late, five-rider breakaway to claim the win ahead of Logan Hutchins (NZL/Elbowz Racing) and Robert Britton (CAN/Garneau-Quebecor).

The top five of the NRC men's team standings also remained unchanged after the Thompson Bucks County Classic. Bolstered by the performances of Mancebo and Beyer, the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team completes the season in first place with 1,716 points. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies is the second-place team with 1,501 points, 77 points ahead of the third-place Bissell Cycling. Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder finished the year in fourth place, 222 points out of third place and 264 points ahead of the fifth-place Bontrager Livestrong Team.

WOMEN

As was previously announced, Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) topped the NRC women's standings with 1,010 points. Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS) finished in second place with 862 points, only 13 points ahead of Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), who ended the year in third place. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) is in fourth place with 602 points and Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) rounds out the top five with 533 points.

Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies finished the year atop the NRC women's team standings with 2,751 points. Exergy TWENTY12 ended the year in second place with 1,539 points, 108 points ahead of Team TIBCO-To the Top, who is the third-place team. NOW and Novartis for MS finished the season in fourth place with 1,295 points and FCS-Rouse p/b Mr. Restore rounds out the top five with 467 points.

Check out a photo gallery of pictures, courtesy of Marco Quezada.

Full results from the Thompson Bucks County Classic.

 

USA Cycling NRC Standings:

Men's Standings
1. Francisco Mancebo (ESP/Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) — 918
2. Rory Sutherland (AUS/UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) — 481
3. Tom Zirbel (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 442
4. Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz./Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) — 404
5. Phillip Gaimon (Ellicott City, Md./Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) — 381

Women's Standings
1. Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 1,010
2. Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis) — 862
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 849
4. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) — 602
5. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) — 533

Men's Team Standings
1. Competitive Cyclist Racing Team —1,716
2. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 1,501
3. Bissell Cycling — 1,424
4. Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder — 1,202
5. Bontrager Livestrong Team — 938

Women's Team Standings
1. Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies — 2,751
2. Exergy Twenty12 — 1,539
3. Team TIBCO-To the Top — 1,431
4. NOW and Novartis for MS — 1,295
5. FCS-Rouse p/b Mr Restore — 467

 

For complete standings, visit the NRC's official webpage at usacycling.org/nrc.



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