5 years ago by Sam Wiebe

Two Podiums Highlight Alabama Cycling Classic

Erica Allar Second in Sunny King Criterium, Emerson Oronte Second in McClellan Road Race

It was a solid weekend of racing for the team at the Alabama Cycling Classic. In Saturday’s Sunny King Criterium, Erica Allar was the lone representative for the Rally Cycling women, and despite being outnumbered sprinted to an excellent second place. In the men’s race, Jesse Anthony continued his streak of top finishes with fifth. The racing continued today with the McClellan Road Race. Emerson Oronte finished in second after a spectacular chase in the closing kilometers. Anthony matched his placing from Saturday and again finished in fifth. In the women’s race, Allar crossed the line in ninth.

Erica Allar lines up solo for the Sunny King Criterium

“I am thrilled to come away from a great weekend of racing having finished second in the criterium,” said Allar. “Entering a race as a solo rider immediately places a person at a disadvantage, however, there was a large enough field to help neutralize UHC and the other strong teams. I was able to surf the first quarter of the field and maintain good position. I went into the race willing to work in a breakaway because it put the odds of landing on the podium more in my favor, but when it came down to a field sprint, I was able to line up behind the lead out trains and sprint to second. I couldn't be more excited about the way this weekend played out given the circumstances!”

Emerson Oronte and Jesse Anthony infiltrated the day's breakaway

"Getting in the break so early made for a long day in the saddle,” said Oronte. “Jesse and I did our best to balance conserving energy and keeping the group cohesive. Other teams put pressure on our group by chasing behind so we were unfortunately never really able to fully sit in. The final lap of the race turned into quite the slugfest with Jamarillo and I sneaking away in the final 10km. Again, I felt I had to force the pace to avoid having McCabe or Marcotte catch back up. While leading out isn't ideal, I figured it gave the team a better shot at winning than going against Travis or Eric. In the end, I had to settle for second.”