Ansel Dickey sprinted to a silver medal at the USA U23 National Criterium National Championships on Sunday evening in Truckee, California. The under-23 Berries ended the same way they started the 2015 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships by working tirelessly with and for each other.
“The whole team blocked for me the whole day which was pretty good,” Dickey noted.
Ansel Dickey took second in the USA U23 criterium championships
Bike racing can sometimes be heartbreaking. A flat tire cost Ben Wolfe precious time and derailed his hopes for a podium at the USA U23 Time Trial Championships on Friday. Showing fortitude, he ultimately finished ninth, with a time of 50:29 on the 40-kilometer course. Zeke Mostov, who returned to racing after injury two months ago, was 10th, two seconds down.
“17 kilometers in, I started weaving around the road a little bit and looked down and my front tire was flat. So I had to get that changed and it kind of threw off, I tried not to panic but obviously I panicked a little bit and I think I burned a few matches trying to get back out to speed and then it kept tumbling downhill,” 21-year old Wolfe paused and added, “Bike racing.”
Ben Wolfe at the start of the USA U23 time trial championships
“It was okay, nothing was great but nothing was bad,” Mostov commented. The 18-year old returned to racing mid-April after taking five months off to recover from tendinitis. “Overall I’m content with the ride for now and I see a lot of room for improvement in the future.”
Adrien Costa clocked a time of 24:22 on a 20-km distance to win the silver medal at the USA Junior Men 17/18 Time Trial Championships on Friday. The 17-year California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider was two-seconds off the pace of the winner on the flat out-and-back course in Loyalton, California.
Adrien Costa on his way to a silver medal at the USA Junior 17/18 time trial championships
Colin Joyce finished third place in a photo-finish two-up sprint at the U23 national road race championships yesterday. Challenged by the heat, altitude and crosswinds, the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team rallied together in the hard-fought 167-km race in North Lake Tahoe, California.
“The team was unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. They helped me get into position when I needed to be, they grabbed bottles for me all day, they brought back breaks that were dangerous. It came down to the finish and they were still slaying it for me so I’m bummed not to take the win for them but a podium hopefully shows what we’re capable of as a young amateur team. It was really good, I really like the team and how much they put in for me,” Joyce said.
Colin Joyce on the podium for the U23 road race
Stefano Barberi finished fourth at the men’s elite National Road Race Championships yesterday. Racing solo, the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider challenged by crosswinds, heat and bigger teams.
“I was by myself today and Mikes Bikes had nine or ten guys, same with Herbalife, KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo had six or something like that,” Barberi said after the race. “I had a pretty good idea on what I was going to be dealing with today. I couldn’t have expected any different. If the race had been any different, those guys would have messed up.”
Stefano Barberi on the podium of the elite men’s road race
Adrien Costa went into full time-trial mode to chase down the early break for over 20 miles, solo, to finish fourth in the men’s junior 17-18 National Road Race Championships yesterday, on Wednesday. The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider led a string of top 5 finishes for the Berries in the first day of racing in North Lake Tahoe, California.
“Going into this road race I wasn’t putting too much pressure on myself because it’s really hard when you’re by yourself without any teammates. I really didn’t want to assume the responsibility of bringing anything back early, so I just chilled at the back of the pack the first 60 to 70 kilometers. I knew that as soon as I started pulling, everyone would stop pulling expecting me to do everything,” an exhausted Costa said after the race.
Adrien Costa finished fourth in the men JR 17/18 road race
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team is ready for the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, June 24-28, in North Lake Tahoe, California. The goal, simply stated but not easily achieved, is to bring home Stars and Stripes jersey.
The nine Berries racing in the under-23 events are Jacob Albrecht, Ansel Dickey, Colin Joyce, Jake King, Zeke Mostov, Tobin Ortenblad, Torey Philipp, Brendan Rhim and Benjamin Wolfe. All will contest the road race and criterium while six will race the clock in the time trial. Adrien Costa will be looking to defend his men junior 17/18 time trial title, and will also race the men junior 17/18 road race. Stefano Barberi will take part in the men elite road race and Jared Barrilleaux will contest the men elite criterium.
A top 10 finish for Tobin Ortenblad at the Stillwater Criterium today ended a solid week of racing for the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team at the 17th annual North Star Grand Prix. After six stages over five days, Ortenblad and Zeke Mostov finished second and third overall in the Best Young Rider competition. The week also included a stage win for Stefano Barberi, two top 10 finishes and two top 20 overall finishes.
“I had my stage win. Tobin was fourth on a stage, 10th in another, top 15 overall, Zeke was top 20 overall. We had a good time. It was a small team, only four of us, and we made it count,” Barberi said.
Outnumbered, the four California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized riders ran out of horsepower to cover all the attacks on the rolling 101-mile Menomonie Road Race, stage 5 of the North Star Grand Prix. Ultimately, Tobin Ortenblad and Zeke Mostov dropped to third and fifth place respectively in the best young rider classification.
“They tried really hard to keep the white jersey and there was simply too much horsepower in the field. We lost the white jersey,” directeur sportif Ken Carpenter said after the stage. “We live to fight another day.”