June 11, 2016 (Arlington, Virginia) – Canada’s Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas) landed on the podium again, this time in the 100km Pro Men’s crit race at the Air Force Classic Clarendon Cup in Arlington, Virginia. Ty Magner (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team took the win while his teammate Coryn Rivera (USA) won the women’s 50km race.
Air Force Classic Clarendon Cup – Men’s Race
The 2016 Clarendon Cup, affectionately known as ‘The Race of 500 Corners’ among pro cyclists due to its tight, challenging course, was an exhibition of talent, speed, and pure grit in Saturday’s Men’s Pro/Cat 1 race. Despite numerous breakaways and groups of riders lapping the main field, two teams emerged victorious – UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis and Astellas.
UnitedHealthCare’s Ty Magner won his first Air Force Association Cycling Classic competition, with his teammate Carlos Alzate Escobar immediately behind him, securing second place. UHC’s Brad White finished in fourth place, helping UnitedHealthCare live up to their well-deserved reputation as a perennial favorite at the AFACC.
Astellas’ Ryan Aitcheson took the third and final podium spot. “The Air Force Association Cycling Classic was one of my favorite weekends last year,” said Aitcheson prior to the race, and he succeeded in creating more fond memories in Saturday’s race. He was supported by a solid team, including the fifth place finisher Jake Sitler.
This year’s race included several epic performances, including a stretch of brutal solo laps by PA Lightning’s Stephen Hall. For his many miles of incredible tenacity and eventual perseverance, Hall was awarded the 2016 Lockheed Martin Most Heroic Rider Award in this year’s Men’s Pro/Cat 1 race. Look for him in tomorrow’s Crystal City race in the Most Heroic Rider jersey.
The AFACC’s Clarendon Cup is part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour (formerly the National Criterium Calendar), and has been the Washington DC region’s premier Pro/Am race since 1998. The weekend-long event showcases high energy, spectator-friendly bike races that take place on a 1km course on city streets. The Clarendon Cup is known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the US due to the technical demands of the course as well as the quality of the participants.
1. Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
2. Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank
3. Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank
4. Kimberly Wells (USA) Colavita-Bianchi
5. Lauren Hall (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank
1. Ty Magner (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
2. Carlos Alzate (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
3. Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Astellas
4. Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
5. Jacob Sitler (USA) Astellas