O'FALLON, Missouri - On a day when the heat and humidity tried to dominate the field of 78 racers in the NRC Tour de WingHaven, the race instead was dominated by a long 60 mile plus breakaway followed by a smart tactical move with about 10 miles to go. With three 3-mile laps remaining in the 27 lap 84 mile circuit race and as temperatures hovered in the mid-90's and high humidity made it feel over 100 degrees, Andrew Bajadali of Kelly Benefit Strategies bridged up to a breakaway group that included Brian Jensen of TradeWind Energy / Trek Stores. Jensen and his breakaway partners, Jeff Schroetlin (ABD Cycling) and David Henderson (Columbia Bicycling Club) had been the lead since lap 5. But Schroetlin and Henderson could not stay with Jensen and Bajadali as the two pulled away and rode the last three laps together.
At the end, the fresher legs of Bajadali had enough left to outsprint Jensen in the uphill finishing straight and take the victory in the inaugural NRC edition of the Tour de WingHaven. Brad Huff of Jelly Belly led what was left of the peloton, which had been shattered by the heat of the day, across the finish line to take third place 52 seconds behind the leaders. As a result of his long breakaway, Jensen was able to claim the King of the Mountain title.