With the road season nearing its finish in the United States and around the world, Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies continued to race on multiple fronts, competing in Colorado at the Tour of Vail, in France at the Duo Normand time trial, and at the USA Cycling Track National Championships in Carson, CA. the cyclocross team also continuing their inaugural season in Massachusetts at the Gloucester Gran Prix series.
Ian Moir speeds to a gold medal at USA Cycling Track Nationals. Photo C. Dave Flores
Highlighting the weekend of racing was neo-pro Ian Moir, winning a gold medal in the scratch race at track nationals. It was Moir’s first individual elite national title, the team’s second stars and stripes jersey, and the third national title of 2012 for Optum p/b KBS after Denise Ramsden’s road race win at Canadian nationals earlier this summer.
The orange and black also had strong showings at the Vail Criterium, Duo Normand, and GP Gloucester. Ken Hanson finished second in the charge to the finish line in Vail, Scott Zwizanski and Tom Zirbel finished seventh in Normandy, and Tristan Schouten and Jesse Anthony scoring two top-ten finishes in Gloucester. It was the last time in 2012 the team will compete on four simultaneous racing fronts.
Ken Hanson Narrowly Misses First ‘Stars and Stripes’ Win in Vail
After returning from his successful Europe campaign, Ken Hanson joined up with teammates and Colorado natives Andy Bajadali, Mike Creed, and Mike Friedman to contest the last race of the National Criterium Calendar, the Tour of Vail. The four-man team looked to deliver Hanson to another sprint victory on the cobbled circuit, his first with stars and stripes in tow. Optum p/b KBS were in assault mode throughout the race, delivering Hanson through the final corner in pole position. He battled over the closing meters with Jake Keough (Mountain Khakis), who snuck around the Optum p/b KBS sprinter at the last moment to carve out the win.
Final Flight Against the Clock for The Z Team
Zwizanski and Zirbel, who remained in Europe after their teammates had departed, faced off against some of the world’s top men against the clock in France’s 54 kilometer, two-man time trial Duo Normand. paired in two-man teams for the 54 The Normandy course has a rich history of winners, including Jens Voigt, Bradley Wiggins, and Sylvain Chavanel. Defending champions Svein Tuft and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) were once again unstoppable, defending their title against some of the ProTour’s best with a time of 1:05:19. The flying Z’s clocked in 2:28 behind the winning duo to place seventh overall.
Anthony Joins Schouten for First Cyclocross Race in Orange and Black
The new Optum p/b KBS cyclocross team hit their second stop of the fall calendar in Massachusets, at the 2-day Gran Prix of Gloucester. After his debut in Madison, WI. last week at the Planet Bike Cup, Schouten was joined for the first time by 7-time junior cyclocross national champion and Massachusetts native Anthony, who showed some early season form, taking tenth place. Schouten slotted in just behind his teammate, finishing 14th. On the second day of racing, Schouten delivered another strong ride, narrowly beat out national champion runner-up and cyclocross powerhouse Ryan Trebon to break into the top ten.
Optum p/b KBS Heads South to Contest Six-Day Tobago International Cycling Classic
Hanson, Mike Creed, Andy Bajadali, and Mike Friedman head to the Caribbean this week to participate in the Tobago International Cycling Classic, a diverse block of racing across the beautiful island nation’s varied terrain. Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg and Mechanic Bob Gregorio will accompany the team for the series, which culminates with Sunday’s UCI 1.2 ranked Tour of Tobago. The 112 km race circumvents virtually the entire island of Tobago, featuring beachfront roads and three categorized climbs. It will be the team’s last multi-day event of the road season in 2012.