National Racing Calendar team competition tightens

With just two events left for men and women, Fly V Australia and Jamis-Sutter Home are in a tight battle on the men's side, and Colavita-Baci and Tibco-To the Top are neck-and-neck at the top of the women's rankings.

2010 Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium, Theresa Cliff-Ryan
Theresa Cliff-Ryan moved up the rankings, and helped her team stay on top, with her Charlotte win.

With just two events left, the leaders of the National Racing Calendar individual rankings are pulling away from the competition, while the team competition battles tighten.

At this weekend’s Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina, women’s NRC leader Cath Cheatley (Colavita-Baci) was fourth, which expanded her points lead over Vera Bradley’s Alison Powers (who finished out of the points in 33rd). Charlotte winner Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Cheatley’s teammate, is now ninth on the NRC.

The performance by Cheatley and Cliff-Ryan helped their team expand its lead slightly in the women’s team NRC. The squad now has a 234-point lead over Tibco-To the Top, who put Joanne Kiesanowski into third in Charlotte.

On the men’s side, Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home-Colavita), like Cheatley, was fourth, which solidified his NRC lead over Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis). Amaran’s points also helped his team stay in the running in the very tight men’s team competition, where Colavita trails Fly V Australia by just 40 points.V Australia’s Jonathan Cantwell contributed to his team’s situation with his win in Charlotte. He also moved himself up to fourth in the individual rankings.

The NRC’s remaining events are next week’s Tour of Utah (NRC for men only) and the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghampton, N.Y. on August 28 (NRC for men and women). Atlanta’s U.S.10k, which was on the NRC calendar earlier for a women’s event, was removed from the calendar because of a reduction in the prize list below NRC minimums.

Complete NRC rankings

Brief results:

Men’s individual

  • 1. Luis Amaran, Jamis-Sutter Home-Colavita, 1139 points
  • 2. Rory Sutherland, UnitedHealthcare P/b Maxxis, 805 points
  • 3. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit Strategies, 743 points
  • 4. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia, 735 points
  • 5. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, 632 points

Women’s indvidual

  • 1. Catherine Cheatley, Colavita Baci p/b Cooking Light, 1043 points
  • 2. Alison Powers, Team Vera Bradley Foundation, 827 points
  • 3. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co.Twenty12, 732 points
  • 4. Laura Van Gilder, Mellow Mushroom, 609 points
  • 5. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co.Twenty12, 529 points

Men’s team

  • 1. Fly V Australia, 2272 points
  • 2. Jamis Sutter Home/Colavita, 2232 points
  • 3. UnitedHealthcare P/b Maxxis, 2203 points
  • 4. Bissell Pro Cycling, 1887 points
  • 5. Kelly Benefit Strategies, 1651 points

Women’s team

  • 1. Colavita Baci p/b Cooking Light, 2190 points
  • 2. Tibco/to The Top Pro Cycling, 1956 points
  • 3. Team Vera Bradley Foundation, 1954 points
  • 4. Peanut Butter & Co.Twenty12 12, 1743 points
  • 5. Webcor Builders, 1430 points