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Day 10 of 11: ISCorp Downer Classic
presented by Intelligentsia Coffee
Lucky $13,000 in Cash Primes to Pro Fields; Wins for Allar and Holloway
The penultimate race day of the 11-venue Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was celebrated Saturday on Milwaukee's Eastside for the highly anticipated ISCorp Downer Classic presented by Intelligentsia. The crowd, unfazed by a brief rain shower, arrived early and stacked 10-deep by late afternoon. Lawn parties, a DJ, open BBQ and the bash of all bashes, Ben's Cycle SuperPrime Party, raged on the backside. Local bike shop owners on bikes raced pulling beer kegs. Team TIBCO's Sam and Skylar Schneider presented signed jerseys to the Kid's Race winners. Spectators lined the boards, climbed poles, poured out of windows, packed parking garages, and stood atop rooftops. nd then the money truck backed up to the course, and planted itself firmly in position for off-loading during the Pro Men and Pro Women races. The ISCorp Downer Classic.
Sixty minutes of racing with 62 Pro Women on the start line amid a sea of spectators was a beautiful sight. A crash on the backside early on involving seven riders seemed to only temporarily slow the pace, which was punchy from the Start as $3,000 in primes was ready for the taking during the Pro Women's contest. Midway through the race, Amy Phillips (Pepper Palace) was up front and in command, and then the Ben's Cycle Super Prime was announced with 11 laps to go. Racers slowed, plotted, then powered hard around Turn 1, the fastest being Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) who picked up the $1,200 prize. What ensued was a rapid fire of greendom. Pic (Fearless Femme) grabbed $200, Lauretta Hanson (Building Champions) $250, $400 for Jeanne Kuhajek (Vanderkitten).and then the $1,000 cash prime from the ISCorp Women's Cycling Team. Amy Phillips was leading the charge when primes starting dropping midway through the race so karma paid her back in the form of $1,000 cash.
The crowd exploding, Mandy Heintz (Fearless Femme) launched off the front with two to go, and it all came down to a full-on sprint to the Finish as Allar punched it for the ISCorp Downer Classic win. Sam Schneider and Tina Pic (Fearless Femme) rounded out the podium at second and third, respectively. Sixty gorgeous minutes of racing.
The Pro Women's Boston Store/Younkers Overall Jersey Competition remains a nail biter going into the finale as Sam Schneider is just two points ahead of Allar in the standings, with 12 points separating Schneider and Pic. In the Oarsman Capital Cat 2 Amateur green jersey, a mere nine points separate Skylar (TIBCO-To The Top) and Laura Jorgensen (Mellow Mushroom). Team TIBCO is the runaway winner in the Smart Choice MRI Pro Team omnium competition.
Money truck reloaded, a maxed field of 150 Pro Men pulled to the line. Energy levels and anxiety high, the collective train left the station in a hurry. The race was neutralized and restaged just under 30 minutes in after a multi-rider crash near Start/Finish. All up with a lap in the SRAM/Wheel & Sprocket pit for many, and the race was back to its rapid fire pace. Primes launched left and right from ISCORP, Downer Avenue Merchants Association, Colectivo, Bahati Foundation, Brent Emery and passionate fans, among others. Riders names were called out continuously during the ISCorp Downer Classic Cash Prime Roll Call. The field anticipating the call but not sure when, the Ben's Cycle Super Prime bell rang with 11 laps to go. Field all together. Mayhem. Full on gas, Justin Williams (Astellas) braked long enough to grab $5,500 before a packed house.
Prime-a-pa-mooolah-za continued as Alexander Ray (Hincapie Devo) picked up $400, $500 to Griffin Easter (Airgas), $750 for Colton Barrett (Athlete Octane). Six to go and a break of eight, another $1,500 in cash went live, split between the break and the field. Another bank stop for ARay and one for David Guttenplan (Guttenplan Coaching). The break: Easter and Airgas teammate Meacham, Hagens Berman's Sebastian Trillini and Owen Gillott, Peter Olejniczak (Mitsubishi Laser-Grand Performance), Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane), Brandon Feehery (Astellas), and ARay. The gap at 17 seconds, chaos ensured, and then all jets were fired with one lap to go. Unleashed left-to-right power in the final sprint as Holloway in the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Yellow Overall Jersey took the win from ARay, with Gillott taking third. Athlete Octane remains atop the Smart Choice MRI Pro Team Omnium standings.
Phenomenal day from sun up to sun down at the ISCorp Downer Classic. The Tour of America's Dairyland concludes Sunday in Wauwatosa for the East Tosa Gran Prix.
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