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Zirbel, Powers claim NRC crowns

Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) and Alison Powers (Team Type I) have been crowned as USA Cycling National Racing Calendar champions for 2009. It was the first NRC title for both. Zirbel unseated two-time defending champ Rory Sutherland (OUCH-Maxxis), taking the title with 1,127 points, just seven ahead of Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home). Sutherland finished third with 952 points.

Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) and Alison Powers (Team Type I) have been crowned as USA Cycling National Racing Calendar champions for 2009.

It was the first NRC title for both.

Zirbel unseated two-time defending champ Rory Sutherland (OUCH-Maxxis), taking the title with 1,127 points, just seven ahead of Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home). Sutherland finished third with 952 points.

Powers, who scored 1,291 points, took over the women’s NRC title from five-time champion Tina Pic (Colavita-Sutter Home). Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo-Lifeforce) finished second with 905 points while Joanne Kiesanowski (Team Tibco) placed third with 670.

Colavita-Sutter Home claimed the men’s team title with 2,831 points. Bissell Pro Cycling was second with 2,531 and OUCH-Maxxis third with 2,015.

Tibco won the women’s competition with 2,415 points. Team Type 1 finished second with 1,988 and Colavita-Sutter Home came in third with 1,835.

USA Cycling will release the 2010 National Racing Calendar during the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, September 23-25.