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NCC: Standings leaders remain in tact after Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

(July 9, 2014) – The top spots in the men’s, women’s and teams USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) standings remained unchanged following the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., July 6.

Like the men’s standings, the women’s top two remained unchanged after the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, as Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./Colavita-Fine Cooking/ Stradalli Cycle) held first with 687 points on the heels of her event win, while Tina Pic (Hailey, Idaho/Fearless Femme) remained in second with 521 points after placing second at the criterium. Laura Van Gilder’s (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom) 11th-place finish maneuvered her from fourth to third with 447 points, swapping standings spots with Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./UnitedHealthcare), whose 430 points remained unchanged after not competing at the event. Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TIBCO/To the Top) overtook the fifth spot in the standings with 364 points following her fourth-place finish at the Chevron Manhattan Grand Prix.

The men’s team standings stood firm following this week’s competition, as all but one team added to its point total. UnitedHealthcare continued its dominance in the standings with 1,994 points, boosted by the one-two finishes of teammates Hanson and Keough. Athlete Octane Cycling remained in second with 617 after not recording any points at the event. Justin Williams’ third-place finish helped Astellas Cycling Team to 575 points and third place, while Champion System–Stan’s NoTubes held fourth place with 544 points. Once again, SmartStop Pro Cycling rounded out the top five with 433 points.

Colavita-Fine Cooking- Stradalli Cycle remained atop the women’s team standings with 1274 points after Allar’s win, and TIBCO/To the Top overcame UnitedHealthcare with 1044 points for second place. UnitedHealthcare slipped to third with 1034 points after not recording any points this week. Pepper Palace Pro Cycling’s 712 points is fourth best in the standings, and Fearless Femme rounds out the women’s team top five with 600 points.

Erica Allar Out Sprints the Field to Capture Manhattan Beach Grand Prix Victory!

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradlli Cycle and Allar Continue to Win and Dominate NCC!

Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/Stradalli Cycle Photo Credits

Manhattan Beach, CA- Team Colavita/Fine Cooking / Stradalli Cycle  traveled to Manhattan Beach, CA for the 10th stop on the NCC calendar.  Sunday’s Manhattan Beach Grand Prix challenged the peloton with a 2.1K course that was fast and technical. The course featured two long straight-aways and two sweeping 180° turns, plus 50’ of climbing per lap.  Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli Cycle showed little weakness on this challenging course, all while working extremely well as a team.  The backside headwinds did little to discourage an onslaught of break away attempts; however, those attempts were futile and as predicted the race came down to a bunch field sprint. 
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking remained focused on their race plan and demonstrated near perfect execution in their leadout for sprint specialist Erica Allar on her Stradalli R7. The hard fought positioning in the final lap of the race was done in textbook fashion by the Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli Cycle lead out specialists, leaving Allar with a clear shot for the final sprint. Allar’s victory at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is her second in as many years.  Allar continues to lead the NCC Individual Standings and Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli Cycle leads the overall team standings.
Team Colavita/Fine Cooking/ Stradalli Cycle now heads north of the border for a few days of racing in British Columbia for the BC Superweek.  The team, consisting of Erica Allar, Jessi Prinner and Mary Zider will compete in the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

 Getting ready for 2015 RAAM race. Motocross legend Micky Diamond visits Joe Lawwell at Shimano factory to get his full carbon Stradalli Phantom II time trial bike set up with top of the line Shimano DURA-ACE 11components.

Grant Potter, Ruben Campioni from Professional Jamis Team, Jose Frank Rodriguez

Grant Potter, Ruben Campioni from Professional Jamis Team, Jose Frank Rodriguez

Ventura County Cali Easter Weekend Cycling Fun

Team Colavita Fine Cooking - Stradalli had a training camp and a sponsor meeting in Tucson AZ. Team members and sponsors including Tom Steinbacher participated in local rides and climbed Mt. Lemmon.

You can see some familiar faces in these pictures. Erica Allar, Thomas Steinbacher, Grant Potter, Cesar Grajales, Jame Carney and others.

Tom Steinbacher and Grant Potter of Stradalli are joined by Erica Allar and Jame Carney of Colavita/Fine Cooking on the rides in Tucson AZ. Climbing Mt Lemon is a challenge but one of the most exciting rides at the same time. Weather is great and the scenery is breathtaking.

Could not post this one yesterday because I didn’t have Internet connection at Grand Canyon Village

Crack of dawn and our van is covered in ice. Coffee, jalapenos, hot sauce on omelets to get us warm at Lilo’s German breakfast place . We try to joke but we understand that today will be serious long cold challenge. Tom and Cesar are dressed in the full winter gear and we are off.

Desert gives way to pine woods and by the time we get to Williams AZ elevation reads 6772. It’s hard to breathe this thin air for Florida boys. AZ-64 turns North towards Grand Canyon and hills get steep. Scenery is beautiful with mountains all around and huge wind farm in the distance but how much of it can be enjoyed on a never-ending climb?

The last stretch of the road brought some better luck. Road got flatter and the strong wind that tormented the riders all day becomes a strong tailwind and we reached the Grand Canyon Village before we knew it.

Tom and Cesar loved the tailwind :)

We went to the Canyon right away. We didn’t have much time before the sunset but even the little time that we had we took some amazing pics and we all four agreed that this view was worth all the pain plus we all got kinda sentimental when we talked about the kids from charity. Yes four tough guys turned soft after seeing Grand Canyon and talking about the charity and then we’ve seen herds of deer and elk. Nature and God are amazing . 

Dreams to Wheels

Once an Addict Always an Addict

This is crazy, how can I be so wacky, today Nov 17th I’m CLEAN and SOBER 20 years and 3 month and yup I’m still a addict. Cycling for a 1000 miles to raise awareness for dreams to wheels, kids in Columbia that can not effort bikes or parts or helmets. 
All is well riding in the Arizona desert with Cesar Grajales a top ranked skinny cyclist ( 70 lbs lighter than me) here it shows my addictive behavior, why are addicts so stubborn? 
Up and down roads wind and I’m about 2 die with still about 40 miles to go I’m in pain and I’m hurting, he looks @ me and I say yes I can keep going, but I’m in pain and don’t wanna go no more! Why don’t I learn after 20 years going 2 meetings, we stop @ the gas station and I’m hungry and tired and thirsty and what is the first thing I see? Yup the big Budweiser fridge and yes it looks so good. Yes @ first my alcoholic brain says it’s OK you are far away from home and and and all kinds of BS pops in my head. Amazing how life works, soon as I see the beer I get a text from my friend Jenn Jennifer Gimenez :) who is sober. All it says in the text is. Hey Honey, how is Ur trip? It’s amazing how it helps 2 have good sober friends :) Sometimes u just need a reminder and good friends and life is amazing.
Sometimes u get signs from God when u least expected them even in the middle of the desert :)

I guess now its time 2 find a meeting :)
Tom S.