Rachel Lloyd (California Giant-Specialized) took her second win of the weekend, while Ben Berden followed up his Raleigh-Clement teammate’s Saturday victory with a win of his own on Sunday at at Ft Steliacoom State Park in Lakewood, Washington.
The fast, tacky course featured one big climb, and a gravel descent. Both the men’s and women’s race saw large groups racing together into the final moments, tactics proved to be critical on Sunday.
Lloyd sat in for the majority of the race, letting Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport-Yogaglo) and Courtnenay McFadden (GE Capital-American Classic) handle the pace-setting.
Then, on the final lap, using the course’s one climb, Lloyd attacked decisively. She kept on the gas and gave herself more daylight and plenty of time to celebrate two wins in a row. Miller came across the line second, with McFadden finishing third.
The men’s race saw group racing for the first half of the race as well. Several riders attempted to animate, but it was hard to get away on what proved to be a drafting-heavy course. It wasn’t until the final few laps that the lead group of 12 was reduced to five: Berden, yesterday’s winner Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement), Adam Craig (Giant), Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport-Yogaglo), and Logan Owen (California Giant-Specialized).
Driscoll attacked heading into course’s final portion, but he couldn’t get away. In the end, Berden opened it up on the long finish straight, using his biggest gear to take the win. Owen pounded the bars as he rolled across the line just a bit behind the hard-charging Belgian. Milne took third.