Lauren Shirock takes Junior RR title
2007 title won after first lap break
Lauren Shirock (BMW-Bianchi) claimed the women's 17-18 category national title. Competing against 13 other riders, Shirock rode away from her competitors throughout the course of the 73-kilometer race. After ascending the course's major climb on the first of three laps, only Shirock and five others remained in contention for the win - Sinead Miller (UPMC), Ashley James (Nova-IS Corp), Jerika Hutchinson (California), Erica Zaveta (Cycle Sports) and Samantha Schneider (Mesa Cycles). Shortly after cresting the climb for the third and final time, Shirock and Miller opened up a gap as the other leaders were strung out one-by-one behind. Shirock proved to be the strongest of the lead pair, taking most of the pulls and eventually dropping Miller near the finish. At the line, she had grown her advantage to 2:00 over Miller, while James placed third at 3:34.
"Coming into the race, I was hoping to come in solo across the line, but I knew I had a lot of good competition," Shirock said after her victory. "I attacked up the climb on the third lap and two of us were able to get away. I didn't want it to come down to a sprint, so I drilled it in the final climb up to the finish."
Shirock will earn an automatic nomination to the U.S. National Team for the world championships by virtue of her winning performance on Saturday. Two weeks ago, Shirock also captured a national title in the individual pursuit at the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships and eclipsed the world team time standard to earn an automatic nomination to the UCI Junior Track World Championships, held in conjunction with the road worlds August 4-12 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Coryn Rivera (Kahala-La Grange) added a road race title to yesterday's time trial victory in the women's 15-16 category. Rivera put 2:22 between herself and runner-up Jessie Yeaton (Kaladi Subway), while Jessica Prinner (Athletes by Design) added a bronze medal to the silver she won in the time trial, finishing 4:26 back from Rivera in the 56-kilometer contest.
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