Women's USA Crits Finals Las Vegas

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Jenn McRae (Advil-Chapstick)
photo by Ken Conley
Jenn McRae (Advil-Chapstick) has been finishing third all season long, however on Thursday night in Las Vegas McRae was able to break becoming a bridesmaid again. In a solo breakaway McRae was able to secure a solid lead and win. The course was similar to last year's, set up in the rear parking lot of the casino, with barriers making up the entire course.
"This is such an awesome way to end the season," stated McRae. "I have been consistently finishing in third all season long. I have been quietly wanting to improve on that….to do it here in Las Vegas is totally awesome. I am pumped."

"Every Thursday night in my hometown of Austin, I have a race course just like this to train on. Today felt like routine, like it was Thursday night. I was just out there doing my thing. Colivita had a counter and then Cheerwine, and then I countered that. It was really good timing and good luck. I was actually so motivated because I've been third season long. This is the spectacle here….being in Las Vegas. I couldn't be happier. Las Vegas rocks. It's like what you hear that everyone is here to have a good time. When we rolled out today I thought I am so grateful doing what I do."

"The teams did not have quite the depth. There were teams like Colivita and Cheerwine but were actually missing the Brooke powerhouse of Tibco. We usually have Tibco to throw down the muscle when we need it. That's where more opportunities came up. When they came back that was the opportunity for me to go. People were staring to get tired. I saw nine to go and really thought it was a good time. No one was really cutting any seconds into me so I thought maybe this gap will stick. It kinda works on you a little bit when you are consistent but then you are the bridesmaid all season. It feels so good to win."

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McRae wins in a solo break
photo by Ken Conley

"It is not my last year of racing. I am not really sure what is next. Advil is not sticking with it. This is another reason to come to Vegas….to talk to some sponsors for the following year."

Men's USA Crits Finals Las Vegas

"Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United) has been winning several crits all season. His victories include Elk Grove, Chris Thater, Mt. Hood, and most recently the Capital Criterium. It was no surprise then to see Clarke finish the race in the lead.

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Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United)
photo by Ken Conley

"It feels amazing," stated Clarke. "Tonight was a really sketchy course and I have the best cornerer in the business with Ivan Stevic and he just looked after me the whole race and the word of the night was composure. I just really, in the last three laps, had to keep my composure, it was just crazy out there. So just in the corners, every time, I just gave a bit of distance, I really made sure I had that last corner though, everyone else I think on every corner could outcorner me but that last corner, I kept waiting for it and I kept watching it, going through it and knowing I could do it in that last corner."

"When they fired that gun I got to the first corner in third place and a guy crashed in front of me so I never went further back than about tenth position the whole race just it was too hard to move up and I had two guys just looking after me the whole race, I never had to do a thing, I just had to finish it off."

"I'm looking for a job, I'm riding as hard as I can, I'm not finishing my season until I've got a job so it's not the best thing for US cycling but all I can do is try and win races to get myself a job. It's really disheartening that this brilliant team is going and I really feel for all my teammates because there's not one guy on my team that's got a job, so we are all looking for a job. I'm going to keep racing, if I have a black jersey on I'll keep on racing around until I get myself a team. I'm going to do the Sun Tour, keep racing until I get a job."

"Aldo Ilesic and Adam Myerson (Time Pro Cycling) completed the podium.

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Men's podium
photo by Ken Conley

"You know, it's a long season, it's a lot of races, I don't win all that often but I'm in the top ten or in the top twenty in every race that I do and that's what a series like this [USA Crits] is all about, I was there every weekend," commented Myerson. "You could go back in the results and look at all the little places where I... you know after leading out Barlevav in Harlem, I stopped to put my hands up instead of pedaling ten more feet, I lost five places and that would have won the whole thing for me. It's little things like that but you can't manage every point in detail. This course, it has to be one of my favorite criterium in the country, it's really the coolest parking criterium I'll ever do. The course is perfect for me, it rides like a cyclocross race, I never left the top fifteen guys all day long, it feels like play out there, I had a really good time in this race, I had good legs. "

Elite Women

1 Jen McRae (Team Advil-ChapStick) 1.04.25
2 Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home) 0.31
3 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine Cycling)
4 Martina Patella (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)
5 Samantha Schneider (Colavita/Sutter Home)
6 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Cycling)
7 Sabrina Savage (Veloforma)
8 Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing)
9 Christina Smith (LoneStarWorks.com)
10 Tiffany Pezzulo (Park City Iron Man)
11 Beatriz Rodriguez (SC Velo)
12 Katie Compton (Spike Shooter)
13 Taitt Sato (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)
14 Meredith Miller (Aaron's Pro Cycling Team)
15 Lauren Franges (Team Tibco)
16 Melissa Sanborn (Vanderkitten Racing)
17 Kacey Manderfield (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)
18 Kendall Ryan (Major Motion Junior Development)
19 Melodie Metzger (Vanderkitten Racing)
20 Carrie Cash-Wootten (Team Revolution)
21 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita/Sutter Home)
22 Liza Rachetto (TEAM TIBCO)
23 Elizabeth Morse-Hill (Hub Racing)
24 Alicia Boland (Banning's Bikes- Ducati)
25 Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita/Sutter Home)
26 Yukie Nakamura (Team Kenda Tire)
27 Shannon Koch (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
28 Jessie Maclean (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)
29 Leigh Valletti (Vanderkitten Racing)
30 Liz Hatch (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.44
31 Allyson Brandt (Cheerwine Cycling) 0.49
32 Hilary Crowley (Banning's Bikes, Ducati Women's) 1.00

Pro men
1 Hilton Clarke (Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team) 1.26.48
2 Aldo Ilesic
3 Adam Myerson (Time Pro Cycling)
4 Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)
5 Tony Cruz (BMC Racing Team)
6 Maxime Vives (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)
7 Yosvany Falcon (Toshiba-Santo Presented by Herbalife)
8 Tom Soloday (Time Pro Cycling)
9 Eric Barlevav (Time Pro Cycling)
10 Mark Hekman (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife)
11 Facundo Bazzi (AeroCat/ Latino Cyling)
12 Evan Elken (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)
13 Michael Mueller (Atlas Romer's)
14 Jim Mohan (Horizon Organic Cycling)
15 Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
16 Matthew Hansley (Locos Grill & Pub)
17 Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore Vita-Mcdonalds)
18 Steve Tilford (Trek)
19 Jaime Gandara (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)
20 Brian Forbes (RIDECLEAN)
21 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagen)
22 Grant Potter (Herbalife)
23 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefits Medifast Strateg)
24 Christian Helmig (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
25 David Harward (Canyon Bicycles-Draper)
26 Devon Vigus (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
27 Seth Hansley (Locos Grill & Pub)
28 Chris Demarchi (Team 5 Star) 0.09
29 Louie Amelburu (PaulTracy.com)
30 Ryan Mele (Richmond Pro Cycling)
31 Frank Travieso (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife)
32 Boyd Johnson (DLP Racing)
33 Chuck Coyle (Successful Living) 0.21
34 Vincent Owens (Sierra Pacific Racing)
35 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Successful Living)
36 Ricardo Escuela (Team Successful Living)
37 Philip Cortes (Amore Vita-Mcdonalds) 0.31
38 Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United)
39 Michael Stevenson (Amore Vita-Mcdonalds) 1.12