Area Racers Top Podiums in Nation’s Largest Race Series

Local Pro Samantha Schneider and Team Tibco squad are defending her 2013 overall victory. Photo by Karl Hendrikse

Local heroes Samantha Schneider  (Team Tibco/To The Top) and her younger sister Sklyar Schneider (Team Tibco II) continue to hold slim leads in the overall results midway through the Tour of Amererica’s Dairyland. Sam Schneider is defending her overall win last year in the Pro Women’s races while Sklyar stands on top of the Category 2 podium. Meanwhile, Nate Labecki, a son of Milwaukee who races for ISCorp/NCSF, proudly wears the green and white holstein overall leader jersey for the Category 2 Men.

Despite cooler than normal temperatures and intermittent rain, the racing has been hot again this year. If you have missed it, today’s course at Schlitz Park offers spectacular spectating, with lightening fast, technical downhill turns and punchy, quad-busting climbs. My favorite corner to watch the action is near one of my favorite local restaurants, Wolf Peach, at Hubbard and Vine Streets. Not only is it a fast corner next to great eats, but the location on the edge of Brewers Hill offers gorgeous views of Milwaukee’s skyline. I also really like watching the climb up 2nd Street. Click here for a link to the course map.

Sklar Schneider of Team Tibco II Photo by Karl Hendrikse

While you watch, take note of the racers bottles. More than marketing hype, some of the pros are actually racing with chocolate milk in their water bottles! Wisconsin is lucky to have the Tour of America’s Dairyland, the biggest race series in the country and our own version of the Tour de France. The quality racing attracts some of the best teams from across the United States and even other countries.

Nate Labecki may be young, but he has been winning long enough not to blush on the podium. Photo by Karl Hendrikse

You can also be proud that the race organizers are leaders in their efforts to improve the equity in racing by offering fully equalized prize money and placings for women and men! This has garnered the series even more national attention and we have a feature story about women’s cycling equity in the July edition of the Wisconsin Bike Fed magazine, which members can find in their mailboxes soon.

If you are not a member (Why not?) you will be able to ask for our magazine at a local bike shop near you. If your shop is out of stock, just ask them to order magazines from Olympic Supply (or, you could just join the Bike Fed).

Special thanks to Lisa Downey, for this full report below on yesterday’s racing in Beloit and for her excellent reports each day!



2014 Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Day 5 of 11:  Beloit Bike Classic

pb Beloit Health System

Astellas’ Justin Williams Jets to Victory; Fearless Femme Tina Pic Wins the Day as Boston Store-Younkers Pro Women Overall Omnium Competition Heats Up

Day 5 of the Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board took riders south along the Fox River for a new ToAD race venue, the Beloit Bike Classic presented by Beloit Health System.

Post-NCC, and nearly at the halfway point of the 11-day series, Pro Men and Pro Women alike seemed to have an unsaid understanding that today was a day of much needed rejuvenation to recover from muscle fatigue, draining humidity, and stiff competition.

All said, the racing was still solid.  Midway through the Pro Women’s 60-minute contest, Jacqueline Parker (Cloud Racing) went hard off the front only to have the wind taken out of her sails after Joanne Kiesanowski picked up a prime, and kept on going.  Joined by Jen Purcell (Colavita), the two formed a small, short-lived gap. Another cash carrot brought Diana Penuela (Specialized Colombia) to the front for a moment before Laura Parsons (Pioneer Mortgage- went up the road, with Gabby Durrin (Rapha-Focus) on the chase.

A reset brought Penuela ahead of the line along with Laura Jorgensen (Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers), Mandy Heintz (Fearless Femme-Pure Energy) and Andreina Rivera (ISCorp).  A $200 prime with four remaining gave Tracey Cameron (Fearless Femme) some bank before she tucked tight with two to go.  Anyone’s race with one to go and everyone together, Cameron teammate Tina Pic led the way with Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Sam Schneider (TIBCO) and Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) on fire.  Pic held on for the win with Schneider and Allar rounding out the podium at second and third, respectively.

Schneider keeps the Pink Overall Boston Store/Younker’s jersey in her closet, just two points ahead of Allar and five ahead of Pic.  Schneider’s sister Skylar stays in the Green Oarsman Cat 2 Amateur jersey but not without her own head-to-head battle as she sits just nine points ahead of Jorgenson (Mellow Mushroom).  Team TIBCO continues to dominate the Smart Choice MRI Pro Women Team Omnium competition

The Pro Men’s contest started with 101 riders on the line including one, Mike Friedman (Team Optum), who raced with chocolate milk in his bottle – highly call-up worthy.  Much of the race was a grab bag, featuring a mix of riders at the front with every lap.  Notable was Spencer Oswalk (ISCorp) who launched a 10-minute solo flyer, reminiscent of former-ISCorp rider Alexander Ray (Hincapie Sports Devo) at 30 minutes in.  Spencer was caught, Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane) collected more prime money to stow beneath the floorboard, and then it was seemingly a friendly group ride with deep internal scheming no doubt.

Blake Anton (Team Clif Bar) and Sebastian Trillini (Hagens Berman) showed off their serious contender moves but the field just looked exhausted from their past four days.  Nudged from hibernation at 10 laps to go with a $400 prime, Andrew Dahlheim (Athlete Octane) stole the cash then loitered for a bit as the nervous energy of Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Racing) was palpable.  Plenty of movement in the final laps, with Bahati driving hard before getting pushed back by Athlete Octane and Hagens Berman.  Astellas and Champion Systems-Stan’s No Tubes join the massive metal-to-the-floor sprint as the crowd got to witness Justin Williams (Astellas) wind up with superhero force to cross the victory line.  Athlete Octane’s Holloway took second for the night but remains in the Yellow Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Overall Leader Jersey.  Miguel Bryon was a new face on the podium at third.  Athlete Octane has a stranglehold on the Smart Choice MRI Pro Men Team Omnium competition.

Tour of America’s Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board continues Tuesday with a highly technical course at the Schlitz Park Criterium near Downtown Milwaukee before heading to Elkhart Lake on Wednesday for a celebrated road race at Road America.

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About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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