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2013 Tour of America's Dairyland Day 6 Race Report
June 25th: Schlitz Park Criterium
Day 6 of the Tour of America's Dairyland pb Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board started with thunder, lightning and rain showers but ended with an actual rainbow above the final turn of ToAD's most technical course during the Pro Men's race.
A challenging beast of course, the first half of the Schlitz Park Criterium was an uphill battle with a steep, city block-long stretch. The second half featured a downhill ride through four technical turns before dumping out into a flat 250-meter sprint. It's the kind of course that is either loved or detested.
On this day, every racer with the motivation to start or the tenacity to finish is a winner. Throughout all categories, in many cases, less than half of the Start List made it to the Results Board. Forty-seven rolled up to the line with just 23 finishing for the Pro Women, while just 61 finished out of an initial 103 Pro Men.
The Pro Women put on an exciting exhibition of athleticism before the Schlitz Park business community who enjoyed lunch outside under sunshine. With 19 laps remaining, a break of four formed consisting of Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO), Diana Penuela (Specialized Columbia), and Mellow Mushroom teammates Scotti Wilborne and Laura Van Gilder. Primes seemed to energize the field, as Heather Fischer (Exergy Twenty16) boosted the break to five a few laps later. Lauren Komanski (NOW and Novartis for MS) made the bridge to make the break an even half dozen.
As well-oiled as the break seemed, Scotti WIlborne (Mellow Mushroom) took a solo flyer off the break as three chased, Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Penuela (Specialized Columbia) and Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO), with eight to go. Komanski made the chase group a quartet, as they attempted to chip away at the gap, which, at one point was as much as 30 seconds. Heather Fischer (Exergy TWENTY16) put forth a valiant effort during the last few laps to join the chase but in the end, the top step was prepped for Mellow Mushroom's Scotti Wilborne, Sam Schneider (Team TIBCO) committed to some incredible sprinting for second. Penuela (Specialized) stood atop the third step of the podium.
Wilborne's teammate Gilder put forth an exceptional effort for fourth, which keeps her in the pink Becker Law Overall Leaders Jersey, although just one point separates Van and Sam Schneider (TIBCO) in the Overall. Sam's sister and teammate, Skylar, stays in the green Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur Jersey.
The show began in the Men's Pro Race just 30 minutes in as an 8-man break developed: Alexander "A-Ray" Ray (ISCorp-Intelligentsia), Frank Pipp (Bissell), Christopher Uberti (SmartStop), Christian Grasmann (Rudy Project), Colton Barrett (Texas Roadhouse pb Motorex), Andrew Dahlheim (Bissell), Emile Abraham (Predator Carbon Repair), and Dion Smith (Predator Carbon Repair).
ISCorp-Intelligentsia's A-Ray bridged in just two laps and helped to set the pace of the break, which, at its peak, had reached 45 seconds and a speed of 42mph around the final turn.
Back in the field, Mike Scherer (Team Optum pb Kelly Benefit Strategies) and John Tomlinson (ISCorp-Intelligentsia Coffee) did their share of heavy lifting for much of the day.
At 10 to go, A-Ray (ISCorp) took a short-lived solo flyer off the front, which had him just 15 seconds from the back of the field at one point, before being absorbed by the break a few laps later. Meanwhile, Dahlheim fell off the break. The in-fighting started to begin with six to go as the field started to come unglued. But with five to go, Pipp (Bissell) exploded to snatch a $250 cash prime and a place in the newly formed three-man break, which included Grasmann (Rudy Project) and Smith (Predator). Seemingly still running on the adrenaline from his prime pick-up, it was Pipp who snuck on the outside to take Dion on his wheel for the win. Grasmann rounded out the podium.
Ricardo Escuela (Predator) slipped into the yellow Overall jersey while LAPT's Dallas Fowler zipped up the green amateur jersey.
Tour of America's Dairyland continues Wednesday with the first of two back-to-back road races with the Attitude Sports Road Race, featuring a challenging 10-mile loop.
View previous race reports in the archive.