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by Neal Rogers
May 3, 2016
Photography by John Holderness/Above Four Media
On Saturday, April 30, U.S. racers took to the 10th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix. The men’s pro-1 race was part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour; the women’s pro-1-2 women’s race was not.
The men’s pro-1 race essentially boiled down to a battle between Jamis-Sutter Home and Cylance-InCycle. With fast finisher Justin Williams in the field, Cylance was inclined to bring it down to a sprint finish. With strongmen Eric Marcotte and Luis Amaran, Jamis wanted a breakaway to get up the road.
In the end, Jamis won the battle. With both Marcotte and Amaran in a four-man breakaway along with Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) and Joshua Taylor (Full Circle Cycling), Cylance was forced to chase. However the breakaway worked well together and stayed clear, with Amaran taking the win, ahead of Marcotte. Carpenter rounded out the podium.
In the women’s race, 25-year-old Colleen Gulick (Team EPS-CSS) pulled off an incredible upset to defeat four Monster Media riders in the top-five, taking the 13-rider sprint victory ahead of Monster Media’s Shelby Reynolds, Angelica Frayre, Pam Schuster, and Jenny Rios.
For full results, click here.