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USA CRITS series rolls on to Chris Thater Memorial

Press Release Athens, GA - The 26th running of the Chris Thater Memorial is slated for this weekend. What started out years ago as a single event dedicated to Chris Thater, an avid cyclist who was killed by a drunk driver, is now a two-day festival featuring world-class runners and cyclists, music, expo, and sports and health clinics. The Women's Pro/1/2 race is up first as Laura Van Gilder and Mellow Mushroom teammate Kristen Lasasso race to secure Van Gilder's number one spot in the Series. Van Gilder leads Lasasso and third place

Laura Van Gilder and Mark Hekman look to increase their overall lead

Press Release

Athens, GA – The 26th running of the Chris Thater Memorial is slated
for this weekend. What started out years ago as a single event
dedicated to Chris Thater, an avid cyclist who was killed by a drunk
driver, is now a two-day festival featuring world-class runners and
cyclists, music, expo, and sports and health clinics.

The Women’s Pro/1/2 race is up first as Laura Van Gilder and Mellow
Mushroom teammate Kristen Lasasso race to secure Van Gilder’s number
one spot in the Series. Van Gilder leads Lasasso and third place
Brooke Miller of Team Tibco by 153 and 203 points respectively.
“Racing with one teammate this past season was indeed challenging but
very satisfying, as well. Kristen and I worked very hard together to
be contenders at all events,” Van Gilder says. “I was
left without a team sponsor very early in the season, but Mellow
Mushroom Racing stepped up to the plate and backed myself and Kristen
for all of the USA CRITS Series.”

Up for grabs in the Women’s race this weekend is $10,000 prize purse,
plus crucial points in the USA CRITS Series, as this is the last race
for the women until the USA CRITS Finals at Mandalay Bay Resort and
Casino on September 24, 2009.

On the men’s side, the overall individual lead has passed back and
forth between Team Mountain Khakis teammates Tom Soladay and Mark
Hekman. “We are focused on winning,” says Hekman. “We joke about
wanting to take the jersey of the other’s back, but as long as the
team wins, we all win.” Hekman will more than likely hold on to the
lead after this weekend, as Soladay will be racing in Greenville, SC
at the USA Cycling Pro Road Race Championships.

Team Mountain Khakis holds a 240 point lead of Colavita-Sutter Home
presented by Cooking Light, while 3 of the top 5 in the overall are
riders from Mountain Khakis and less than 45 points separate 2nd
(Jake Keough), 3rd (Soladay), and 4th (Adam Myerson). A sweep of the
podium may be in the team’s future; however, according to Hekman,
they just want to win. “Winning the overall and team competition is
our focus. Anything else is just icing on the cake.”