With five races in three days and multiple podium appearances, including a victory, this past weekend was another successful one for the Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling Team! Despite splitting the squad and having riders competing in two different time zones, the strong results were a testament to the depth of the team's roster and sheer ability to be a factor in every race they enter.
At the three-day Tulsa Tough, racing got off to a strong start as Jamis/Sutter Home controlled the final lap of the race and delivered Kyle Wamsley to an excellent 4th place! Things only got better from there, and the following night Tyler Wren and Luis Amaran animated the race by instigating a six man breakaway early on. As the laps counted down, and their break began to dwindle, Luis took another flyer and attacked solo with 9 laps to go. Absolutely flying through the turns and smashing the pedals down every straight, even an organized effort by the chasing peloton was unable to close the gap and Luis soloed in for the win!
The third and final day of the Tulsa Tough began in a similar fashion with Tyler Wren again finding himself in a threatening breakaway. With a short, steep hill each lap taking its toll on already fatigued riders, Tyler knew he had a shot at staying away to the line if he could amass a large enough gap. Entering the last lap with the field breathing down his neck Tyler buried himself, and although he was caught by a handful of riders, still held on for a hard-fought 6th place! Kyle Wamsley sprinted in for a 10th place as well, and netted enough points to finish 4th in the overall omnium!
Saturday, in the nation's capital, another group of Jamis/Sutter Home riders took the line for day one of the Air Force Cycling Classic. Attacks flew from the start, but after a fast initial 30 minutes of racing, the always aggressive Jamey Driscoll found himself solo off the front. After almost 15 laps alone, Jamey was joined by three other riders and the quartet work seamlessly together, eventually lapping the field with a quarter of the race still remaining. The team kept Jamey in perfect position as they entered the final lap, and exiting the last corner Jamey jumped on his pedals with everything he had left to finish an impressive 3rd! His laps off the front also earned him the Most Aggressive Rider jersey!
Day two of the Air Force Cycling Classic saw more aggressive racing, but high speeds thwarted most breakaway attempts. With just eight laps to go, Phil Mooney was finally able to establish a small gap with three other riders and thought they may have a chance of staying away. Entering the last lap with just a 10 second advantage, Phil and his breakaway companions lowered their heads and gave one last-ditch effort, but were caught on the final straightaway. Fortunately, Jackie Simes had placed sprinter Demis Aleman in perfect position, and as the final kick to the line opened up...Demis managed an excellent 4th place!
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