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Cycling - 26. September 2007.

Van Gilder, Webcor Builders capture overall women's NRC titles

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 18, 2007)
Van Gilder placed second in Traverse City to three-time defending NRC champion Tina Pic (Dahlonega, Ga./Colavita-Sutter Home-Cooking Light) but clinched the overall NRC title with 1,614 points. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Webcor Builders) was second overall with 1,267 points, while Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton) was third with 1,143 points, Felicia Gomez (Fresno, Calif./Aaron’s) was fourth with 999 points and Katharine Carroll (Sausalito, Calif./Aaron’s) rounded out the top five with 964 points.

Van Gilder’s overall title was the result of 10 wins throughout the 37-race calendar. Van Gilder’s first NRC victory of the season came at the Garret Lemire Memorial Grand Prix in April, while her last was stage 7 of the International Tour de ‘Toona. In between, Van Gilder rode to victories in stages 6 and 7 of the USA Crits SE Series, stage 2 of the Joe Martin Stage Race, the Raleigh Criterium, the Kelly Cup, the CSC Invitational, the Crystal City Classic and stage 4 of the Tour de ‘Toona.

photo US Cycling

Van Gilder last won the overall individual NRC classification in 2002.

Webcor Builders claimed the overall women’s team title after several key performances. Abbot claimed national titles in the elite women’s road race and the U23 time trial at the USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs, won a stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic and a stage and the overall classification at the Tour of the Gila. Teammate Amber Rais (Palo Alto, Calif.) dominated the mid-season Tri-Peaks Challenge with three stage wins and the overall title and won the Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain Classic Circuit Race. Katheryn Curi (Mountain View, Calif.) added another NRC victory for the team with a stage win at the Tour de ‘Toona, while Rachel Heal (GBR) captured a stage at the Tour of the Gila.

Webcor Builders finished the season with 4,468 points over Cheerwine (3,870), Aaron’s Professional Women’s Cycling Team (3,120), Team Lipton (2,757) and Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light (2,599).

On Sept. 6, USA Cycling announced Australian Rory Sutherland and Team Health Net presented by Maxxis as the overall 2007 men’s NRC champions.

2007 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar

Final Women’s Overall Standings:
Women’s Individual Standings
1. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Cheerwine) 1,614
2. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Webcor Builders) 1,267
3. Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton) 1,143
4. Felicia Gomez (Fresno, Calif./Aaron’s) 999
5. Katharine Carroll (Sausalito, Calif./Aaron’s) 964

Women’s Team Standings
1. Webcor Builders 4,468
2. Cheerwine 3,870
3. Aaron’s Professional Women’s Cycling Team 3,120
4. Team Lipton 2,757
5. Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light 2,599
*For complete standings, visit www.usacycling.org/nrc.
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 60,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information, visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.

This Article Published 2007-09-18 11:18:41 For more information contact: [email protected]

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