After a summer of drought and heat, racers and fans soaked in a finale to the professional American criterium circuit at the Bucks County Classic. Katia Martinez (CWA Racing presented by Trek) of Mexico soloed to victory in the Doylestown Health Pro Women’s race, while Scott McGill (Wildlife Generation) powered through the wheels on the uphill finish to win the Thompson Pro Men’s Race.
First a moment of silence then the Women line up for the 2022 Bucks County Classic
Paige Kostanwecki (ButcherBox Cycling p/b LOOK) gets a train going
The women gingerly take turn #6
“This is our favorite race on the calendar and we came to win it,” said Dennis Ramirez, team director for CWA Racing, which fielded a full squad and chose to focus on this single day instead of doubling up with other events as many others did. Their fresh legs showed, with CWA firing rider after rider off the front on the wet course.
Navigating the corners didn’t come easy today
Bring on the wetsuits! Lycra is just not cutting it
Bethany Matsick (Bike Works p/b Fred Beans) was happy her disc brakes were
up to the task
Kim Stoveld (AUTOMATIC/ABUS Racing) tried to initiate a break
Racing in cool, wet conditions on a course with eight turns and 90 feet of elevation per lap, the tactic shaved the field by 50 percent during the course of the 25-mile contest. But the tactics had risks as CWA’s top riders, including the 2021 Bucks County champion Paola Munoz, were shelled. But Martinez’ attack late in the race managed to stick. She finished with a 15-second advantage over Samantha Schneider (L39ion of Los Angeles), who out sprinted CWA’s defender Daniely Garcia for second.
Kristina Grossman (Good Gals) brings the bling to the game
The women did their best to concentrate on this difficult course
CWA RACING’s Katia Martinez takes the win!
Women’s Podium: 2nd place- Samantha Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles)
1st place- Katia Martinez (CWA Racing p/b Goldman Sachs ETFs)
3rd place- Daniely Garcia (CWA Racing p/b Goldman Sachs ETFs) Congrats!
Doylestown Health Pro Women’s Race (25 miles/17 finishers)
1. Katia Martinez, CWA Racing 1:04:15
2. Samantha Schneider, L39ion of Los Angeles 1:04:30
3. Daniely Garcia, CWA Racing 1:04:30
Men’s field starts on a rain soaked course
Everyone approaches the incline for the first lap together
The pro men were treated to drier conditions to start their 50-mile contest. But the weather quickly changed and the technical off camber course – notably a downhill second turn, caused complicated race situations and gaps opened up accordingly. Despite a contest twice as long as most American criteriums the competition was no less aggressive with numerous riders trying to force a selection lap after lap.
The fans turned up in full force and brought their cowbells
Some riders had no choice but to make the best of it
At 10 laps to go a group of 10 riders filtered off the front and nearly broke free only to fizzle under their own weight. That surge sent many riders to the lockers.
Mango Seed’s Jermaine Burrowes takes a lite approach to the day
Riders take the corner like they’re F1 drivers
With three to go, all buckled in for a brutal bunch sprint, the L39ion train consisting of Ty Magner, Alec Cohen,Tyler Williams and Eder Frayre – took the front for a leadout. But gauging the 350-meter uphill finish proved challenging. Noah Granigan of Wildlife Generation, fired off the L39ion train with teammate Scott McGill, a world class sprinter, glued to his wheel. McGill crossed the line in a commanding victory.
Colin Fitzgerald (Bike Works p/b Fred Beans) having a bit ‘o a rough time
Winner! Scott McGill (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling)
“Noah’s leadout was incredible,” McGill said. “All I had to do was come off his wheel.” Which he did, with Danny Summerhill of Best Buddies and Australia’s Ethan Craine of Project Echelon scooping up the final podium positions in that order.
Men’s Podium: 2nd place- Danny Summerhill (Best Buddies Cycling)
1st place- Scott McGill (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling)
3rd place- Ethan Craine (Project Echelon Racing). Congrats to everyone
Thompson Pro Men’s Race (50 miles/38 Finishers)
1. Scott McGill, Wildlife Generation 1:52.03
2. Danny Summerhill, Best Buddies 1:52:03
3. Ethan Craine, Project Echelon 1:52.03