Wait-Molyneux given National Team nod
Hammer/CMG Racing’s Colby Wait-Molyneux got the call from USA Cycling’s National Development Program this week and will be heading to Belgium Wednesday with the Junior National Team to compete in six days of racing.
“We’ll do one kermesse, one UCI race and then a four-day stage race, all in Belgium,” Wait-Molyneux said, adding that his goal is to get a spot on the Junior team that goes to the World Championships later this summer. “I’m hoping to progress from here on and see how this trip goes. Hopefully I can get a spot on the World’s team, maybe with the time trial or something.”
The 17-year-old category 2 racer has notched seven top-10 finishes in men’s Pro/1/2 OBRA races so far this season, including setting the fastest mark at the Jack Frost Time Trial in February. Wait-Molyneux placed second in the individual time trial at Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic earlier this month, covering the difficult 11-mile out-and-back course in 24 minutes, 49 seconds, just 29 seconds off the winning mark set by time trial specialist and former ProTour rider Ian McKissick.
The Cherry Blossom course in Dufur tossed riders into gusting headwinds that had some riders struggling just to keep moving forward on the way to the turnaround. The trip back was a matter of hanging on for the ride as tailwinds pushed riders over 40 mph. The third-placed rider that day finished 33 seconds behind Wait-Molyneux. United Healthcare’s Morgan Schmitt finished nearly a minute behind the young Hammer/CMG rider.
“I basically just kind of killed myself on the way out, because I knew the way back would be so fast,” he said. “Where else are you going to make up all the time? So I went as hard as I could on the way out and just tucked and spun out the gear on the way back.”
The strategy paid off and the result moved Wait-Molyneux into second overall, just in time to get a call-up next to McKissick and the other leaders for the evening’s criterium.
Wait-Molyneux, just the latest Junior to join the ever-growing list of OBRA riders tabbed for the National Development Program, leaves Wednesday morning for USAC’s host house in Izegem, Belgium.
Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, Stage 2 ITT
Dufur, Ore. — April 2
1. Ian McKissick (Audi) 24:19.79
*2. Colby Wait-Molyneux (Hammer/CMG) +:29.20
3. James Strangeland (Keller Rohrback) +1:02.37
4. Kristo Jorgenson (BYRDS) +1:16.97
5. Morgan Schmitt (United Healthcare) 1:28.42