Day 11: Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip: East Tosa Gran Prix

By: Sylvi Teich (blog: VeloRambling)  Published July 1, 2018

Women’s Pro/1/2

To wrap up the 2018 Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip, the riders got the full midwestern weather experience – all in the span of about 45 minutes. It included blistering hot sun, high winds, with a sprinkle of tornado warnings, thunderstorms, more rain and wind, and then to finish it off, mid 70s and quite humid. The only thing that was missing was blizzards and freezing rain, though thankfully, neither happened. The weather did certainly make for interesting racing conditions. The roads started out wet, but dried off throughout the rest of the race. A breakaway of three stayed away and in the sprint among them, it was Samantha Schneider (ISCorp Pro Cycling) who won ahead of Valentina Scandolara (Roxsolt Attaquer) and Schneider’s teammate, Katie Compton (ISCorp Pro Cycling).

The race was set to start at 4:50 (16:50), but as the riders were taking a couple of warm up laps, there was thunder and lightning and a downpour started. The race was delayed and set to restart at 5:25, which it did. Even with a completely flat, classic four corner course, the wet roads would make the final stage very interesting. A few riders were pulled from the race 5 minutes into it (which, frankly, they might have been glad about). At the very start of the race, Skylar Schneider (Boels Dolmans) went solo off the front and was quickly joined by six other riders.

Three out of the seven riders (Sam Schneider, Valentina Scandolara, & Katie Compton) attacked the breakaway and the four chasers faded and were caught by the peloton. About twenty minutes into the race there was a big crash coming out of turn four that held up lots of riders, including race leader Rebecca Wiasak (Fearless Femme). The race was neutralized and continued soon after.

The breakaway of three was given a sixteen second lead over the main bunch and the gap gradually grew. Around halfway into the race, the break of three riders had a 43 second lead. With eleven laps to go, the gap had gotten up to 52 seconds and with six laps to go, Compton, Schneider, and Scandolara were over a half lap ahead. There was no ‘super prime’ on Sunday, but there were a few big ones, including the $1,000 prime from a local women’s team, the Velo Femmes, that Georgia Baker won towards the end of the race. For a good part of the race, it looked like it was Samantha Schneider who was doing the majority of the work for the breakaway. However, with just one lap to go, the pace-making switched to Katie Compton on the front. The team ISCorp Pro Cycling certainly had a plan.

Samantha Schneider sprinted to her second stage victory on the final stage of the 2018 Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip with Valentina Scandolara taking second, and Katie Compton in third. Rebecca Wiasak won the overall leader’s jersey and Emma Chilton (Vie13-KOM Financial Advice Racing Team) won the Oarsman Capital Category Two leader’s jersey.

See you next year for some more crit action!

Men’s Pro/1/2

After an exciting and interesting weather pattern, the men’s field of 146 riders took off down the streets of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin for the final stage in the 2018 Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip. It was the perfect night for a bike race – after all the rain, the temperature was in the low 70s with a few light breezes. The weather was probably the best it had been throughout the entire series. When it came down to the final, it was the Kiwi, Hayden Strong (Bissell AGB Giant) who won in the sprint, taking his third win of the series, and the week for that matter. Behind him, in second place came Imeh Nsek (M2W Academy Team) and in third, Michael Sheehan (Meteor X Giordana Racing).

The weather conditions improved a lot from just a little while earlier in the day. The road started a little wet, but also improved throughout the race. There were two small crashes in the race, probably from the wet roads, but it really could be anything. Because of the delay in the women’s race, the men’s race was only 80 minutes long, so everything had to move a little bit faster – though it wasn’t too fast for the Holowesko | Citadel p/b Arapahoe team who had been racing in the Men’s 1/2/3 15-18 category but were racing with the Men’s Pro/1/2 field on Sunday.

Many of the stages in 2018 ToAD were good stages for a breakaway to get away and Sunday, the final stage, was one of them. There were a couple of little attacks that were brought back – as always – before the final breakaway was formed. A group of three riders broke off the front of the peloton with around 25 laps to go in the race. Then, with 20 laps to go, another group of two riders formed a chase group, and they joined the break with 18 laps to go. The final group of five riders was Philip Short (Nine Lives Carbon Repair), John Heinlein (Borah Factory Racing), Michael Sheehan (Meteor X Giordana Racing), Imeh Nsek (M2W Academy Team), and Hayden Strong (Bissell AGB Giant). With 13 laps to go, local rider Henry Lutz (Holowesko | Citadel p/b Arapahoe) began a chase, but was brought back to the bunch. With 11 laps to go, the never-giving-up, Cory Lockwood (Project Echelon Racing) tried to bridge, but was also brought back.

At this point, it was pretty much clear that the breakaway would survive. It was a very strong group because everyone was working together. Contrary to some of the past stages, the breakaway got a large gap, but did not lap the peloton. When it came to the final sprint, Hayden Strong dominated, as he had already done twice, earlier in the week. Imeh Nsek took second and Michael Sheehan took third on the stage. Luke Mudgway won the overall leader’s jersey (Colin Strickland in 2nd and Cesar Serna in 3rd) and Alejandro Villada won the overall Oarsman Capital leader’s jersey for Category Two.

Come back next year for some more crit racing action!