Colorado season kicks off in Boulder

With the cash-poor Tour of Willamette on hiatus, the Colorado racing season got off to a star-studded start April 6-7, with riders from Mercury, Rona, 7UP, Luna, and Prime Alliance contesting the Stazio Criterium and Boulder-Roubaix Road Race. In Saturday’s men’s crit at the Stazio softball complex in Boulder, Mercury’s Chris Wherry soloed away from an early break on the 1.1-mile circuit to triumph in 1:02:17, trailed seconds later by teammate Henk Vogels, then Alex Candelario (Prime Alliance). In the women’s race, world mountain-bike champ Alison Dunlap (Luna) outkicked Karen Bockel (Rona)

By VeloNews Interactive

With the cash-poor Tour of Willamette on hiatus, the Colorado racing season got off to a star-studded start April 6-7, with riders from Mercury, Rona, 7UP, Luna, and Prime Alliance contesting the Stazio Criterium and Boulder-Roubaix Road Race.

In Saturday’s men’s crit at the Stazio softball complex in Boulder, Mercury’s Chris Wherry soloed away from an early break on the 1.1-mile circuit to triumph in 1:02:17, trailed seconds later by teammate Henk Vogels, then Alex Candelario (Prime Alliance).

In the women’s race, world mountain-bike champ Alison Dunlap (Luna) outkicked Karen Bockel (Rona) and Renee Eastman (Vitamin Cottage) to win in 49:42.

In Sunday’s Boulder-Roubaix, a new 17-mile blend of asphalt, dirt and gravel that’s tough on bikes and bodies alike, Danny Pate (Prime Alliance) took off about 20 miles into the 85-mile Pro/I-II race. A lap later, Mercury’s Plamen Stoyanov bridged to the world under-23 time-trial champ, trailed by Paul Rowney, and the winning break was forged and running.

Pate took the lead into an evil downhill turn in the final kilometer, and Rowney and Stoyanov stuffed it, giving the Coloradan a clear shot to the win in 3:39:36. Stoyanov recovered first to claim second, 10 seconds back, with Rowney third at 0:34.

In the 51-mile women’s I-III race, Katie Compton won in 2:30:50, with Bockel once again taking second ahead of Mary Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher).