6/11/2014 - NEWS!
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking Shows Toughness at Tulsa Tough!
Erica Allar Takes 3rd Overall at Tulsa Tough. Olivia Dillon gets "Most Courageous Rider" at Air Force Classic
Photo credits Team Colavitaitaking Women's Pro Cycling Team raced this past weekend with a split squad and triumphed with three podium finishes for a top overall result at the Tulsa Tough omnium. Colavita also was able to finish strong and saw Olivia Dillon grab the "Most Courageous Rider" jersey at the Air Force Cycling Classic.
In Tulsa, OK, Erica Allar, along with strong supporting teammates Jen Purcell, Jessi Prinner, and Mary Zider, finished 2nd on the opening night at McNellie's Group Blue Dome Criterium. On day 2, Allar continued to stay on the podium grabbing 3rd place and setting herself up for an opportunity to remain on top for the overall omnium lead heading into day 3 and the famed, "Cry Baby Hill". The rain started early on Sunday morning and lasted for the most of the day, but it did not stop the fans from mobbing Cry Baby Hill and supporting the race. The excitement and energy that surrounds the River Parks Criterium always makes the end reward that much sweeter, and it did for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking as Allar snagged another podium spot finishing 3rd place on the day. In addition to Allar snagging podium spots in each of the three Crits, Team Colavita/Fine Cooking's four rider squad demonstrated courage and teamwork that resulted with a 3rd place overall omnium finish.
In Arlington, VA Team Colavita/Fine Cooking was battling in The Air Force Cycling Classic, another omnium comprised of the Clarendon Cup & the Crystal City Cup. The 5 rider squad consisting of Lindsay Bayer, Laura Brown, Olivia Dillon, Lenore Pipes & Whitney Schultz, raced aggressively from the gun on both days. On the short, technical Clarendon course the team took turns attacking with the intent of setting up a breakaway and putting other teams under pressure. A field sprint was inevitable as nothing was able to gain a considerable gap. As the race settled into the business end of things, Schultz moved towards the front and marked further attacks as the remaining Team Colavita/Fine Cooking riders organized for the field sprint by keping the pace high. Through the chaos and reshuffling of the last few hundred meters Olivia, Lenore and Lindsay were able to snag the 6th, 7th & 8th places respectively. On Sunday at the Crystal City Cup Team Colavita/Fine Cooking saw Laura Brown involved in an early move that appeared promising, but was eventually pulled back. Olivia Dillon countered and was able to remain away from the field in a solo break for a majority of the race. As the end of the race approached, the peloton became increasingly more motivated and eventually pulled Dillon back. As the teams crossed the finish line, Dillon demonstrated remarkable recovery and nabbed 4th place and was also awarded the "Most Courageous Rider" for the day. The omnium results ended up finding 3 Team Colavita/Fine Cooking riders in the top 10 with Dillon in 5th, Pipes at 7th, and Bayer in 9th place.
The team will continue racing this week at the North Star Grand Prix.
Photo credits Team Colavita