Wilcoxson, Siroky win St. Honorè crit
PORTLAND — Jade Wilcoxson took a break from her national racing schedule with the Optum Pro Cycling Team to return to her roots Saturday and nail down another win at the St. Honorè Criterium in Northwest Portland. Newly minted Cat 2 Evan Siroky (Guinness Cycling Team) celebrated his recent upgrade with a solo win in the men’s Cat 1/2 race.
Nine fields raced throughout the day on the mostly flat 1km eight-corner course situated in the shadow of I-405 downtown. Wilcoxson joined Amy Campbell (Upper Echelon Fitness), Anna Christiansen (Ironclad Performance Wear) and Hilary Billington (Veloce/Smith & Nephew) in a breakaway that gained traction about halfway through the 50-minute event. The quartet rode well together and quickly had the tail end of the remaining field in their sights. The catch came with about 10 laps remaining, and the former leaders wasted little time going back to the front of the bunch.
Wilcoxson rode on or near the front until she slipped away alone with about four laps remaining. Billington and Christiansen tried to bridge but fell short as Wilcoxson steadily added to her advantage before crossing the line for the final time and saluting her win. Billington beat Christiansen acrossed the line for second place about half a minute later, while the field trailed in more than a minute down.
Spahr fires first, Siroky cleans up
The men’s Cat 1/2 race got off to a fast start with multiple attacks animating the action until Trevor Spahr peeled off the front for an early adventure. The Ironclad Performance Wear rider built an advantage of more than 30 seconds before attacks in the group from Aaron Tuckerman (Corsa Concepts), Chris Hamilton (Rapha Racing NW), Michael Benno (Veloce/Smith & nephew), Stephen Bedford (Team Oregon/Laurelwood Brewing) and others whittled his advantage down to just a few slivers. The field pulled him back about halfway through the 60-minute race and reshuffled the deck for the second half.
Attacks and counter attacks from the major players flew nearly every remaining lap of the race, but nothing took serious hold until Siroky slipped off the front with just a few laps remaining. The Guinness Cycling rider dangled just out of reach from a hard-charging Eric Sheagley (Veloce Smith & Newphew) and Adam Edgergton (Team Oregon/Laurelwood Brewing) as he hustled around the course toward his first Cat 1/2 win.
The field pulled back Sheagley and Edgergton and seemed capable of reeling in Siroky, but confusion about how many riders remained up the road stalled the chase and allowed the Guinness rider to solo in about 10 seconds ahead of the field. Steven Beardsley, who took the bunch sprint for second, momentarily thought he had won before realizing Siroky had finished first. Josh Liberles (HP Chiro/Alpine Mortgage Planning) couldn’t get past Beardsley in the field sprint and finished third.
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St. Honorè Criterium
July 7, 2012
Cat 1/2 Men
1. Evan Siroky (Guinness Cycling Team)
2. Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers)
3. Josh Liberles (HP Chiro/Alpine Mortgage Planning)
Cat 1/2/3 Women
1. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum/Kelly Benefit Strategies)
2. Hilary Billington (Veloce/Smith & Nephew)
3. Anna Christiansen (Ironclad Performance Wear)